The specific objectives of this training program are for trainees to attain theoretical and methodological capability to:
- Expand knowledge of the biobehavioral interface between individual vulnerabilities and environmental risks throughout the lifespan.
- Integrate biological and behavioral instrumentation and state of the art technologies for studying transactions between individual vulnerabilities and environmental risks for the development or progression of adverse health responses, disease, and disability.
- Expand inter- and multidisciplinary and collaborative efforts to test interventions aimed at managing biobehavioral vulnerabilities and environmental risks in the prevention or progression of disease, impairment and functional disability.
This institutional training program supports four (4) predoctoral and three (3) postdoctoral scholars each year in order to continue to increase the cadre of nurse scientists skilled in biobehavioral theory and methodology. At the completion of the program, trainees are expected to:
- Demonstrate skill in using integrated methodologies such as advanced instrumentation and biotechnologies for biobehavioral management of vulnerabilities and risks in selected populations.
- Demonstrate skill in the critique and design of studies that advance theoretical knowledge of the pathways and manifestations of vulnerabilities and risks in health and illness in selected populations.
- Carry out or collaborate in an appropriate investigation to manage biobehavioral vulnerabilities and risks, or test selective or indicated prevention in a particular population.
- Collaborate with investigators in nursing and other disciplines to enhance efforts to reduce the impact of health disparities on biobehavioral health outcomes.
- Disseminate research findings through publications and presentations for scientific, professional, and public audiences in a sound, critical, and appropriate manner.
- Demonstrate respect for and commitment to the principles of scientific integrity and the responsible conduct of research.