Our Program

TRACC trains underrepresented racial/ethnic minoritized groups in translational addiction research how to integrate basic science findings into clinical/community practice and use new technologies to enhance the reach of treatments. TRACC is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Our Mission

Scientists from diverse racial/ethnic groups are underrepresented in the addiction sciences, despite years of field-wide diversification efforts. TRACC aims to address this gap by reaching earlier into the career development pipeline to identify and actively facilitate the professional success of talented students from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups. In 2020 NIDA awarded an additional five years of funding to continue to support TRACC’s mission. 

TRACC is a novel, multi-institution collaboration. We capitalize on The City College of New York’s and Rutgers University’s exceptional pool of diverse students, and along with Columbia University Irving Medical Center’s Division on Substance Use Disorders, leverage a rich multidisciplinary faculty to provide training and mentorship. Trainees will be selected from among graduate psychology students from The City University of New York (CUNY), CUNY School of Medicine Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education BS/MD program, Rutgers University Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies and the Master’s and Doctoral Programs at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, as well as other local New York graduate programs.