Alcohol Research Training Program

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) research training program on Alcohol Etiology and Treatment features both postdoctoral and predoctoral opportunities for scholars interested in alcohol use and misuse, as well as in the treatment of alcohol use disorders.

Program Overview

The Research Training on Alcohol Etiology and Treatment program offers interdisciplinary training in the etiology and course of alcohol use and misuse, as well as the treatment for alcohol use disorders. 

Our program hosts eight trainees, four at the predoctoral level and four at the postdoctoral level. The predoctoral training is a four-year commitment, which is the average duration of doctoral training for most of our programs. Psychology fellows will enter the program in year two, as the duration of their program is seven years, concluding with a clinical internship. 

Trainees will have the guidance of qualified mentors as they develop and pursue their independent research objectives. Mentors are assigned based on areas of research interest, faculty resources and availability, and specific expertise that would benefit a fellow.

Program background

Established in 2000 through a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism grant of nearly $1.2 million, the training program has been renewed in 2005 ($1.7 million), in 2010 ($1.76 million), in 2016 ($2 million), and most recently was renewed in 2021 with a $1.7 million grant.

Predoctoral Research Training and Activities


Our faculty come from diverse yet complimentary disciplines such as psychology, social work, public health and the psychobiological sciences. All faculty have extensive alcohol research experience and are productive researchers with current grants or substantial external support.

How to Apply


The Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions (CRIA) and the School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) at the University at Buffalo have openings for one postdoctoral fellow. See information below for how to apply.

Interested individuals are encouraged to contact co-directors Kenneth E. Leonard or Gregory G. Homish in advance of submitting materials. 

Applications including a vita, representative reprints, three letters of reference, and a cover letter expressing research interests and training goals may be sent to Brandon Kuhn at

Alcohol Research Postdoctoral Training Committee
Attn: Kenneth E. Leonard and Gregory G. Homish
Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions
3435 Main Street
322 Kimball Tower
Buffalo, NY 14214

Applicants must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the U.S. or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence. AA/EOE. 

Application due

  • May 15 | Predoctoral applicants apply by May 15 for the August start.
  • Postdoctoral applicants apply on a rolling basis with a flexible start date.

Current Fellows