Evan Trager, M.D. Selected as Recipient of Resident Training Award in Substance Use Disorders Grant

UCR School of Medicine psychiatry resident receives prestigious grant from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and National Institute on Drug Abuse

Evan Trager

Evan Trager, M.D. received the Resident Training Award in Substance Use Disorders grant by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Second-year psychiatry resident Evan Trager, M.D. of the UC Riverside School of Medicine has been selected as recipient of the Resident Training Award in Substance Use Disorders grant by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).

The award of up to $10,000 provides recipients with a mentored experience to learn about substance use disorders and their treatment in the child and adolescent populations. Trager’s proposal, titled “Prevalence and Predictors of Comorbid Substance Use Disorders and Mental Illness Among Foster Youth” was selected from a highly-competitive field of applicants.

“The funding will allow me to carry out a secondary analysis of a large nationwide health survey to identify risk factors for co-morbid substance use disorders and mental Illness in foster youth,” Trager said. “It will also support my pursuit of master level classes in clinical epidemiology, research ethics, and the design and analysis of clinical trials as well as allow me to travel to meetings run by the funding agencies.”

“This is a highly competitive award that draws applicants from around the country,” said Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Howard B. Moss, M.D., who helped mentor Trager through his residency as well as the application process. “It is remarkable that Dr. Trager, a PGY2 resident coming from a brand new residency program, was a successful awardee. His achievement highlights the quality of our UCR School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry’s training program and the high caliber of our residents.”

Moss described Trager as “bright, inquisitive, and extremely energetic,” who “cares deeply about the outcomes of foster youth.”

“He has embarked upon a number of research projects in the child and adolescent arena, and that in itself makes him a unique resident and an asset to our department,” Moss added. “I look forward to mentoring him on this research, and see an extremely bright future for him.”

Trager attended medical school at UC San Francisco and did his undergraduate work at Swarthmore College.

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