Evan Trager Receives ‘Resident Training Award in Substance Use Disorders’ Grant

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).

Evan Trager

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.

“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,” said Clinical Professor of psychiatry Howard B. Moss, M.D., who helped mentor Trager through his residency as well as the application process. “I look forward to mentoring him on this research, and see an extremely bright future for him.”

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Brandon Brown Named Interim Chair of TruEvolution Board of Directors

Brandon Brown

Brandon Brown, an assistant professor in the Center for Healthy Communities at the UCR School of Medicine, has been named interim chair of the TruEvolution board of directors. TruEvolution is a Riverside-based organization dedicated to fighting for LGBT justice and advocating for the prevention and elimination of HIV/AIDS in America.

Founded in 2008 as a response to the growing disparities faced by the LGBT community in the Inland Empire, TruEvolution was founded by UCR Alumnus Gabriel Maldonado, along with a group of youth activists determined to use education and leadership as vehicles for empowering marginalized and underserved youth in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Working with high-risk and underserved youth populations, the organization uses a holistic approach to address factors that disproportionately impact them, such as homelessness, social displacement, and homophobia.

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