The Center for Adolescent Risk and Resilience (C-StARR) supports an ambitious research agenda addressing genetic, neural, and cognitive mechanisms in self-regulation, with an emphasis on the role of self-regulation in academic performance, peer relations, and drug and alcohol use during late adolescence. The primary work of the C-StARR is to help investigators already funded to do research relevant to the Center’s research agenda enhance and extend their work. The C-StARR also funds a small number of pilot research projects, focusing primarily on those involving interdisciplinary teams committed to seeking extramural funding for their work. The C-StARR supports a thriving intellectual community that includes two dozen faculty members from nine academic departments at Duke, ranging from neuroscience and genetics to economics and public policy.
The C-StARR, a National Institute on Drug Abuse Core Center of Excellence, has been funded continuously since 2003. In addition to supporting cutting-edge science on self-regulation during late adolescence and emerging adulthood, the Center seeks to inform relevant prevention programs, practices, and policies. The C-StARR also is committed to the mentorship and training of the next generation of scientists studying the development of self-regulation across the adolescent years and the effects of deficits and skills at self-regulation on consequential outcomes.