T32 Pre and Postdoc Training
Translational Science Training to Reduce the Impact of Alcohol on HIV Infection

The state of Florida currently ranks third in new HIV infections per year, and third in total HIV/AIDS cases in the US. Alcohol consumption contributes to poor HIV outcomes and to ongoing HIV transmission, and the relationships between alcohol consumption and HIV can vary by age, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

The multidisciplinary T32 NIAAA training program focuses on alcohol and HIV infection.

The T32 program ensures appropriate depth in knowledge regarding alcohol and HIV with additional focus areas that represent areas of strength in ongoing research at UF:

  • Behavioral intervention
  • Cognitive Science
  • Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiome
  • Mhealth

This program is funded by:

  • the NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (NIAAA) Grant #T32AA025877
  • College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida
  • College of Health and Human Performance, University of Florida 
  • College of Nursing, University of Florida
  • Florida Department of Health (FLDOH)

T32 Co-Directors

SHARC T32 Welcomes our 2022-2023 Cohort of Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellows

Training Program

The training program supports five pre-doctoral and two post-doctoral trainees at any time. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis based on availability of positions. Pre-doctoral trainees will be based in the following academic programs: Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Clinical and Health Psychology, Nursing Science, Health Education and Behavior, and the Interdisciplinary Program in Medicine. 

Our Aims

  • Deliver an academic curriculum
  • Maximize professionalism and ethical conduct of research
  • Ensure skills in communication of science
  • Provide mentoring

Program Requirements

  • Required coursework for their individual PhD programs
  • T32 Core Curriculum: 2 semesters of a weekly seminar that addresses core concepts related to research on alcohol abuse and HIV; issues in health behavior and research; data science; and artificial intelligence (AI)
  • T32 Coursework: 12 credit hours coursework in the following areas:
    • Writing for Professional Publications (3 credits)
    • Advanced Data Analysis and Artificial Intelligence (AI) (3 credits)
    • HIV/AIDS (3 credits)
    • One Elective outside the trainee’s primary area of focus in – Clinical and Translational Science, Aging and Neuroscience, or Health Behavior and Interventions (3 credits) 

Current Opportunities

The Southern HIV and Alcohol Research Consortium (SHARC) seeks Postdoctoral Fellows interested in translational science research and training focused on reducing the impact of alcohol on HIV infection, behavioral and clinical interventions, and/or neurocognition and brain science.

Postdoctoral Fellows will develop an original research program under the guidance of a faculty mentor, participate in research seminars and training experiences, and engage in individual and group mentoring sessions with distinguished faculty mentors including Co-Directors Drs. Robert Cook, Angela Starkweather and Dr. Mildred Maldonado-Molina together with faculty colleagues representing diverse disciplines across the university.

SHARC faculty mentors are affiliated with six departments and four colleges at the University of Florida, including:

Clinical and Health Psychology

Ronald Cohen, PhD
Eric Porges, PhD

College of Public Health and Health Professions UF Monuments and Buildings


Shantrel Candidate, PhD
Natalie Chichetto, PhD
Robert L. Cook, MD, MPH
Linda Cottler, PhD, MPH, FACE
Mattia Prosperi, MEng, PhD
Yan Wang, PhD

CTRB Building at UF

Health Education and Behavior

JeeWon Cheong, PhD
Liana Hone, PhD, MPH
Mildred Maldonado-Molina, PhD
Nichole Scaglione, PhD
Jalie Tucker, PhD, MPH

UF Florida Gymnasium


Hwayoung Cho, PhD RN
Debra Lyon, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN
Anna McDaniel, PhD, RN, FAAN
Jeanne-Marie Stacciarini, PhD, RN, FAAN
Angela Starkweather, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Diana Wilkie, PhD, RN, FAAN

College of Public Health and Health Professions UF Monuments and Buildings


Marco Salemi, PhD

UF Emerging Pathogens Institute

Psychiatry and Psychology

Sara Jo Nixon, PhD

The Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute of The University of Florida


Samuel Wu, PhD
Zhigang Li, PhD

CTRB building at UF

For more information about the SHARC T32 training program and to learn about application requirements, we invite you to email sharct32@phhp.ufl.edu or any of the faculty mentors listed above.


All appointments to this training grant are restricted to U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents of the U.S. and noncitizen nationals. Persons on temporary or student visas or who require visa sponsorship are not eligible for this training grant.

Preliminary inquiries should include the following documents and be emailed to sharct32@phhp.ufl.edu:

  • Statement of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae

More Information

Start Date: Review of applications will be conducted on a rolling basis. Initial appointment will be for 12 months and is renewable annually up to two years contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Compensation: Trainees receive stipends at standard NIH levels (NIH levels are described Here as well as financial support for research and travel expenses and health insurance.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution. Individuals from underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply for this postdoctoral opportunity. We highly encourage the applications of scholars from diverse backgrounds and experiences, scholars of color, scholars from rural backgrounds, scholars who have been the first in their families to pursue postsecondary or postgraduate education, and scholars interested in using academic research to drive social change.