Training Institute

This virtual 2-year individualized training and mentoring program is designed to support Trainees in becoming NIH-funded researchers focused on recovery support services within the focus areas of the JEAP Initiative.

The Training Institute includes:

  • 3-day virtual Training Workshop

    On July 31st- August 2nd, 2023, you will participate in a 3-day virtual Training Workshop with a small cohort of Trainees.

  • 2 years of distance mentoring

    You will receive mentoring tailored to help you become an NIH-funded researcher focused on recovery support services from a primary mentor from the JEAP Initiative team. (This mentoring is intended to supplement, not replace, the mentoring received at your home institution.) All mentoring will be conducted virtually.

  • Access to various seminars

    You will have the opportunity to attend seminars on topics such as preparing key components of an NIH grant application, preparing manuscripts for publication, addressing ethical challenges with conducting research on recovery support services, and more.

  • Access to pilot study funding

    You will have the opportunity to apply for pilot study funding to collect preliminary data for NIH grant applications.

  • Access to travel funds

    You will be eligible to request funding to support travel to a JEAP-related professional development, training, or mentoring activity (e.g., presenting results from JEAP Initiative pilot study, meeting in-person with JEAP Initiative mentor).

  • Opportunity to collaborate with Community Boards

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

  • Access to 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 and the previous cohort of the Training Institute, established researchers, providers, and people with lived experience. The JEAP Initiative also is part of the Consortium on Addiction Science (CoARS), a collaboration of 11 projects focused on recovery support services.

  • Access to methods and statistics expertise

    You will have access to the JEAP Initiative team and expert Consultants who have expertise in a variety of research methods and statistical approaches.

  • Access to expert Consultants

    You also will have access to expert Consultants to the JEAP Initiative who are available to provide advice and mentoring. The Consultants have a wide range of expertise on topics, such as implementation science, behavioral health intervention research, intensive longitudinal data collection, justice re-entry interventions, medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD), LGBTQIA+ populations, and public system-involved populations.

Applications Closed April 19th

View the Eligibility Requirements and Application instructions here.

Virtual Training Workshop

Monday, July 31st - Wednesday, August 2nd, 2023

11:00am-6:30pm ET / 8:00am-3:30pm PT each day  

  • The Training Workshop will kick off the two years of the JEAP Initiative Training Institute.
  • You will be part of a small cohort of Trainees, allowing for a lot of interaction, discussion, and feedback.
  • The Training Workshop will be held virtually, with breaks built in throughout each day.
  • In this 3-day intensive 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!

Mentors for the Training Institute

Throughout the two years of the Training Institute, you will work closely with a mentor from the JEAP Initiative team. You will also receive mentoring from others on the JEAP Initiative team and our expert Consultants.


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 criminal legal system involvement.

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