Summer Research Institute


An intensive program for undergraduates interested in substance use and co-occurring disorders

Application Deadline is March 11, 2019 at 8:00am.

Student Researchers The Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) at the University of South Florida is dedicated to research and education related to substance use and related disorders. FMHI invites undergraduate students to apply for a highly selective Summer Research Institute that is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).


The Summer Research Institute (SRI@FMHI) is designed for students interested in building their research skills within the context of substance use and co-occuring disorders to help them prepare for a Senior Thesis and/or graduate school.


The SRI@FMHI is a 11-week program from May 22, 2019 to August 2, 2019.

Program Structure:

The SRI@FMHI consists of four components: an independent research project conducted with guidance from a distinguished faculty mentor; research seminars; professional development seminars; and skill-building workshops. The research seminars will complement the research that students are conducting with their faculty mentors. Throughout the 11-week period, students will work intensively with faculty mentors on their research projects. In addition, students will gain experience with research ethics, IRB practices, and will participate in a community rotation to gain experience with substance use services in an area related to their research project.

Students will be required to write a research report describing their research project, present the report at a Research Symposium and Poster Session, and submit the completed paper for consideration at an Undergraduate Research Conference or Symposium. Because of the intensity of the summer program, students must participate on a full-time basis and may not be employed or attend other classes during the 11-week program.

Student Application and Selection Process:

Applications must be received no later than March 11, 2019. Students accepted to the program should be notified by March 29, 2019.

Up to 12 students will be selected for the SRI@FMHI. Because each SRI Scholar will be matched with a faculty mentor, primary consideration will be given to those applicants whose area of interest is closely aligned with the expertise of a faculty member who is available to provide mentorship during the summer. Typically, students will be considered for the program if they have begun coursework in their academic major, completed a minimum of 60 hours of college coursework, and have an expected graduation date no earlier than December, 2019. Priority will be given to students who are within 12-15 months of graduation. Courses in statistics and research methodology are required to be eligible. The application form may be obtained at or by contacting An official transcript and letter of recommendation from a faculty member are required.

Student Support:

All students who are accepted for the program will receive the following benefits:

Students are responsible for paying for the cost of housing and food. On-campus housing is available on the USF campus.

Outstanding Research Awards will be presented to students whose papers are considered meritorious and whose overall participation is exemplary.

Potential Faculty Mentors:

Student researcher with faculty mentor

Roger Boothroyd, Ph.D. (Mental Health Law & Policy) specializes in measurement, evaluation, and examines access to and quality of behavioral health care.

Annette Christy, Ph.D. (Mental Health Law & Policy) studies the interaction of behavioral health and criminal justice and is director of the Florida Baker Act Reporting Center.

Glen Currier, M.D., M.P.H. (Psychiatry) studies the impact of healthcare legislation (e.g., ACA) on behavioral health services, suicide prevention, behavioral health needs of the elderly, and behavioral health care in hospital emergency rooms.

Jack Darkes, Ph.D. (Psychology) conducts research on substance use, forensic psychology, validity of self-reports, and optimization of clinical trials.

Norin Dollard, Ph.D. (Child & Family Studies) conducts research on the behavioral health needs of children and families, with a particular emphasis on behavioral health services for youth in foster care.

Bryanna Fox, Ph.D. (Criminology) investigates psychological and developmental risk factors for criminal behavior. She is a former Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Maayan Lawental, Ph.D., M.S.W (School of Social Work) works in the area of substance abuse related to women's health and mental health, and trends in club drug use.

Oliver Massey, Ph.D. (Child & Family Studies) examines substance abuse prevention and treatment, with emphasis on implementation of evidence-based practices, and behavioral health services in schools.

Ojmarrh Mitchell, Ph.D. (Criminology) does meta-analysis of substance use treatment in the justice system, and examines issues of race, crime, and substance use.

Kathleen Moore, Ph.D. (Mental Health Law & Policy) conducts research on co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders with emphasis on treatment drug courts.

Roger Peters, Ph.D. (Mental Health Law & Policy) examines assessment and treatment of substance use and co-occurring disorders in the justice system.

Ráchael Powers, Ph.D. (Criminology) work focuses on causes and consequences of violent victimization, and how victims interact with the criminal justice system.

Khary Rigg, Ph.D. (Mental Health Law & Policy) examines prescription drug and opioid misuse, and focuses on rural communities, and club drug use among young people. He also examines prevention strategies and rural-urban differences in the opioid epidemic.

Sarah Steinhardt, PharmD, J.D., M.S. (Pharmacy Practice) investigates drugs of abuse, addiction, legal issues related to substance abuse, and law enforcement responses to substance abuse.


Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences The National Institute of Drub Abuse
Student researchers