Congratulations, Dr. Stamates!
Dr. Stamates, Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island’s Department of Psychology & Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program, was part of cohort 1 of the Advance-K Scholar Career Development Program. The year-long program from the Brown Division of BioMed and Advance-CTR gives one-on-one and group training to highly qualified junior investigators with the goal of submitting a successful NIH K or equivalent proposal by the conclusion of the program. The K01 Award will help Dr. Stamates launch her independent research career.
The Study: Mechanisms underlying risky alcohol use among young adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Dr. Stamates’ program of research focuses on the relationship between impulsivity and alcohol use among young adults. Her recently funded K01 examines young adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) because they are at higher risk of developing alcohol use disorder (AUD), as compared to peers without ADHD. Her K01 will examine executive functioning, craving, and alcohol-related behaviors over 12 months, and findings will inform approaches aimed at mitigating alcohol-related risks for those with ADHD.
Her interest in studying alcohol use began as an undergraduate working under Dr. Cecile Marczinski at her lab at Northern Kentucky University. Dr. Stamates noted that “drinking culture is ingrained socially, but only certain individuals develop an AUD. This piqued my interest as a college student – who is at risk and why?” Dr. Stamates’ K01 will highlight key information for at-risk young adults. As she states: “I hope my research helps address this significant public health problem. Alcohol use is a pervasive issue that has long-lasting impacts on individuals and communities.”