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RIA Postdoctoral Training Program

Former RIA postdoc Amy Gancarz, PhD

Former RIA Postdoctoral Associate Amy Gancarz, PhD, received the first-place Beverly Bishop Poster Award at UB's Seventh Annual Neuroscience Research Day in September 2013.

The Research Training on Alcohol Etiology and Treatment program, funded through NIAAA, provides specialized postdoctoral training to scientists in preparation for conducting addictions research.

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The UB Research Institute on Addictions postdoctoral program offers:

  • Interdisciplinary training emphasizing:
    • etiology and course of alcohol use and misuse
    • treatment for alcohol use disorders
  • Guidance of qualified mentors while fellows develop and pursue their independent research interests
  • Seminars on alcohol use disorders and current alcohol research
  • Workshops on grant writing and publishing
  • Career planning and development
  • Negotiable start dates

 The mainstays of RIA’s scientific endeavors are the senior research scientists who develop and conduct research on the etiology, prevention, and treatment of addictive behaviors. There are nearly 40 doctoral-level staff members representing a variety of disciplines, including sociology, psychology (social, organizational, developmental, physiological and clinical), epidemiology, behavioral neuroscience and biochemistry.

Established in 2000 through a NIAAA grant of nearly $1.2 million, the training program was renewed in 2005 with a grant of nearly $1.7 million and again in 2010 with a $1.76 million grant.

A Wealth of Resources for Your Work

RIA offers:

  • Interviewing, conference and social interaction laboratory facilities with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment
  • Experimental bar and family laboratory settings
  • Biological and physiological laboratories
  • Reference library (among the Top 10 addictions collections in U.S.)
  • Clinical Research Center providing outpatient services
  • Computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI) centers
  • Computer services department
  • Graphic and communication services 

National Leader in Addictions Research

For more than 40 years, RIA has conducted groundbreaking research on significant addiction issues. Our scientists have made and continue to make important and widely recognized contributions to our knowledge regarding addictive behaviors.

RIA’s diverse research portfolio includes topics related to the following:

  • etiology, prevention and treatment of addictions
  • role of alcohol and other drugs in violence
  • needs of special populations, including minorities, women and youth
  • family functioning, including domestic violence
  • drinking and driving
  • social, psychological and neurophysiological aspects of addictions
  • health and medical aspects of addictions
  • prevalence of gambling behavior

Learn more about RIA’s current and previous research endeavors.

RIA scientists are working on a variety of multi-year funded projects that represent a range of interdisciplinary studies. Methodologies used include surveys, laboratory experiments, ecological momentary assessment, clinical outcome studies, and sophisticated statistical techniques. Presently, investigators are conducting more than 30 federally-funded research projects.

Why Choose Buffalo?

A national leader in the study of addictions since 1970, RIA is a center of research excellence at the University at Buffalo. RIA occupies a five-story building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. This urban medical campus, located on 100 acres just outside the downtown district, includes several of the region’s major health care and research-related institutions.

The Buffalo Niagara region includes world-class architecture, delicious regional and international cuisine, superb theatre, major league sports, the amazing Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Niagara Falls and annual summertime festivals that run from May to October. Housing, hotels, galleries, restaurants, entertainment, transportation and the cost of living in Buffalo are all nearly 10 percent below the national average.

Learn why we love the Buffalo Niagara region.

To Apply

Interested individuals are encouraged to contact either Kenneth E. Leonard (RIA director), or R. Lorraine Collins (associate dean for research and professor, School of Public Health and Health Professions), co-training directors, in advance of submitting application materials.

 Applications should include a vita, representative reprints, two to three letters of reference, and a cover letter describing research interests and training goals.

 Send to:

Alcohol Research Postdoctoral Training Committee
Attn: Kenneth E. Leonard and R. Lorraine Collins
Research Institute on Addictions
1021 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14203-1016

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

For more information, contact:

Co-Training Directors
Kenneth E. Leonard at
R. Lorraine Collins at