Department of Psychology awarded prestigious T32 Training Grant from NIH

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Department of Psychology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has been awarded a prestigious National Institutes of Health T32 Training Grant to train graduate students in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research. 

Spearheaded by Professors Susan Lutgendorf and Daniel Tranel of the Department of Psychology, with assistance from their psychology faculty colleagues Molly Nikolas, Michelle Voss and Mike O’Hara, the five-year grant—Mechanisms of Health and Disease at the Behavioral-Biomedical Interface—aims to teach the next generation of behavioral science researchers to utilize biomedical methodologies and conceptual frameworks for making breakthroughs in understanding both health and behavior. The training program funded by the grant will be conducted by faculty from the Department of Psychology and the UI Carver College of Medicine, with Lutgendorf as director.

"The NIH Training Grant represents a significant step forward for the Department of Psychology," said Department of Psychology Professor and Chair Jodie Plumert. "Most important, this training grant will allow us to train graduate students in innovative research at the interface of behavioral and biomedical science." Plumert noted that the program will further strengthen interdisciplinary research in the department and help forge strong connections between the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the UI Carver College of Medicine.

The funding will support two graduate students in psychology for the first year of the grant, and four students per year for the remainder of the grant. In addition, the UI Graduate College will provide matching training positions for two graduate students each year, with one earmarked for students from underrepresented populations.

--Dora Grote

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa is a comprehensive college offering 73 majors in the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. More than 17,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by professors at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all UI undergraduates through the General Education Program, and confers about 70 percent of the UI's bachelor's degrees each academic year.