JEAP Initiative Training Institute

This two-year individualized training and mentoring program is designed to support you in becoming an NIH-funded researcher focused on recovery support services. 
The JEAP Initiative is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (R24DA051950) 

The JEAP Initiative Training Institute includes:

  • 3-day Virtual Training Workshop

    On August 9-11, 2021, you will participate in a 3-day Virtual Training Workshop with a small cohort of other Trainees.

  • 2 years of distance mentoring

    Mentoring will be tailored to your needs to help you become an NIH-funded researcher. You will be guided by a primary mentor from the JEAP Initiative team at the Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC). All mentoring will be conducted remotely.

  • Access to pilot study funding

    Trainees will have the opportunity to apply for pilot study funding to collect preliminary data to apply for larger NIH grants.

  • Access to methods and statistics expertise

    You will receive mentoring from Scientists at OSLC and our expert consultant panel who have expertise in a variety of research methods.

  • Opportunity to collaborate with Community Boards

    You will be able to get input on research ideas from our three Community Boards of providers and payors, young adults in recovery, and formerly justice-involved adults in recovery.

  • Access to an expert consultant panel

    To complement the expertise of the JEAP Initiative team, we have also formed an expert Consultant Panel who are available to provide advice and mentoring. The panel has a wide range of expertise on topics such as implementation science, behavioral health intervention research, intensive longitudinal data collection, justice re-entry interventions, Medication Assisted Treatment, LGBTQ+ populations, and public system-involved populations.

  • Visit to OSLC in Eugene, Oregon

    Once Covid conditions allow, you will have the opportunity to travel to the Oregon Social Learning Center to meet with your mentor in person or attend another training opportunity.

  • Network of peers

    You will have the opportunity to build a network of peers focused on recovery support services, including the early career researchers in your cohort of the Training Institute and established researchers, providers, and people with lived experience. 

  • Access to monthly seminars

    You will have the opportunity to attend seminars on topics such as engaging with a Community Board, collaborating with a methodologist, addressing challenges with conducting research on recovery support services, and more. 

Interested in joining? Application Deadline: April 18

View the Eligibility Requirements and Application instructions here.

Virtual Training Workshop

Monday, August 9 - Wednesday, August 11, 2021

8:30am-4:00pm PST (West Coast time) each day  

  • The Virtual Training Workshop kicks off your two years of participating in the JEAP Initiative Training Institute.
  • You will be part of a small cohort of Trainees, allowing for a lot of interaction and discussion. 
  • The Training Workshop will be held virtually on Zoom, with breaks built in throughout each day. 
  • In this 3-day intensive Virtual Training Workshop, you will receive training on a variety of topics, including: 

  • NIH funding mechanisms 

  • NIH review process

  • Grant application process

  • Honing research ideas

  • And much more!

Primary Mentors for JEAP Initiative Training Institute

Throughout the two years of the Training Institute, you will work closely with a primary mentor at the Oregon Social Learning Center. You will also receive mentoring from others on the JEAP Initiative team and our expert consultant panel. 

The JEAP Initiative is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (R24DA051950)

Ashli Sheidow

Ashli Sheidow, a Senior Research Scientist at OSLC, researches treatments for mental health and substance use problems in teens and emerging adults, particularly those who are involved in the justice system. She’s also focused on effective ways to get evidence-based practices into the “real world,” especially through improving training and support for community-based providers.


Mike McCart

Mike McCart, a Senior Research Scientist at OSLC, is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training in cognitive, behavioral, and family systems approaches to treating serious problems in adolescents and emerging adults. His research centers on enhancing behavioral health services for two high-risk populations: (1) adolescents and emerging adults with substance use and co-occurring behavior problems, and (2) victims of interpersonal violence.

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Tess Drazdowski

Tess Drazdowski, a licensed psychologist and Research Scientist at OSLC, focuses her research and clinical work on important topics for underserved and at-risk populations. Most recently, her research has concentrated on the misuse of prescription drugs, cannabis, and polysubstance use with a strong focus on young adults. She is interested in investigating how to improve access to evidence-based practices for youth and young adults with substance use and mental health problems, particularly for those with justice system involvement.

Looking for a Postdoctoral Fellowship?

In addition to the offsite Training Institute, we also offer two-year full-time postdoctoral fellowship positions at the Oregon Social Learning Center for individuals interested in a career conducting research on recovery support services for adults with substance use disorders. 

Our next Postdoctoral Research Fellow position will have a start date of May 2023 or later. Check back in early fall 2022 for the position details and application. Join our newsletter below to stay up to date with announcements about upcoming opportunities. 

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