The three Cores of C-StARR—the Administrative Core, Data Core and Biological Methods Core—work together to provide comprehensive administrative and technical support to all C-StARR research projects.

Administrative Core

Services

1. Nurture the Training and Career Development of Junior Investigators

The Core supports five postdoctoral fellows who work in multiple labs with superb mentors. The postdoctoral fellows are immersed in several research projects and collaborate on writing grant applications and publications with C-StARR investigators and affiliates.

2. Enhance and Support an Intellectual Community and Integrative Theory Development

The Core fosters multidisciplinary collaborations  by bringing together a diverse set of investigators with practitioners and supports multi-disciplinary working groups, seminar series, an annual day-long retreat, a monthly newsletter, research briefs, and a website.

3. Conduct Pilot Studies that Test Novel Hypotheses and Generate Larger Studies

The Center supports a substantial number of pilot studies that have the common theme of establishing linkages among multiple levels of regulatory processes in the prevention, initiation, and maintenance of substance abuse among adolescents. Some pilots led to the funding of full scale studies that support a number of post docs and graduate students.

4. Facilitate the Administration and Grants Management of Planned, Pending, and Funded Projects

Through the grant support services of the Social Sciences Research Institute (SSRI) at Duke, the C-StARR provides pre-award support to approved PIs and Co-PIs for proposals being developed, and post-award services for funded grants.

People

The Administrative Core is directed by Rick Hoyle, Director of the Center for Child and Family Policy (CCFP), and administrative support and services are provided by Erin Davisson, Associate Director.

Rick Hoyle, Ph.D.

Associate Director, CCFP
Professor
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Duke University

He can be reached at rhoyle@duke.edu.
erin_davissonErin Davisson

Associate Director
Administrative Core

She can be reached at ekb8@duke.edu.
megan_golonka2Megan Golonka

Research Coordinator
Administrative Core

She can be reached at megan.golonka@duke.edu.
Ann Skinner

Research Project Manager
Center for the Study of Adolescent Risk and Resilience
Behavioral Sub-Core
Center for Child and Family Policy
Duke University

She can be reached at askinner@duke.edu.
Caroline Hamilton

Associate in Research
Administrative Core Staff
Center for Child and Family Policy
Duke University

She can be reached at carrie.a.hamilton@duke.edu.
karen_novyKaren Novy

Administrative Core Staff

She can be reached at karen.novy@duke.edu.

Data Core

Services

1. Provide Leadership in the Application of Rigorous and Innovative Statistical Methods

Provides a broad range of measurement, methodological, and statistical consultative services to C-StARR investigators for proposal development, study design, data analysis, and publication.

Fosters collaborations between C-StARR investigators and consulting methodologists and statisticians.

2. Provide Data Management, Storage, Retrieval, and Quality Control and Assurance Services

Supports C-StARR investigators in the development of databases in collaboration with other research units at Duke.

3. Expand Core Services to Meet Emerging Needs of Investigators

Provides essential liaisons among prevention scientists and methodologists and pursues additional sources of support to bring needed statistical and data management resources to C-StARR investigators and other scientists at Duke.

4. Promote Methodological and Statistical Education Training Opportunities

Designs and implements online materials and tutorials for C-StARR investigators, research scientists, and graduate students.

Teaches workshops each academic year, including courses on logistic and probit regression, SEM using Mplus, SAS, Stata, and ArcGIS.

Collaborates with the CCFP and SSRI to facilitate participation in short courses and collaborates with the C-StARR investigators to develop new courses in advanced quantitative methods.

People

The statistical support of the Data Core is coordinated by the Core director, Ken Dodge, and associate director, Madeline Carrig.

ken-dodgeKen Dodge, Ph.D.

Director of CCFP
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Professor of Public Policy
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Sanford School of Public Policy

He can be reached at dodge@duke.edu.
madeline-carrigMadeline Carrig, Ph.D.

Associate Director
Data Core

Madeline is a key contact for inquiries regarding Methodology and Statistics Core resources, ongoing projects, consultation, and staffing needs. She can be reached at mcarrig@duke.edu.
Jenny Park, B.A.

Data Manager
Data Core

Jenny is a key contact for inquiries regarding current study inquiries, ongoing projects & participant recruitment, and staffing needs. She can be reached at jenny.park@duke.edu.
Sharon Eatmon

Data Core Staff
Analyst Programmer II

She can be reached at sharon.eatmon@duke.edu.

Biological Methods Core

Services

1. Expand capacity of research base projects by helping investigators develop biomarker resources.

Provide consultation on data analysis and data storage for biomarker resources.

Provide training opportunities for project personnel on biomarker data collection.

2. Facilitate collaboration among C-StARR investigators by augmenting biomarker resources.

Sponsor “Epigenomics for All” seminar series, designed to help C-StARR investigators incorporate epigenomics into existing data sets and series.

Connect C-StARR investigators to create shared biomarker protocols across studies.

3. Create and maintain public database of biologically-informed studies of adolescent substance use.

Enable data and resource sharing across studies by C-StARR investigators.

Consult on data security issues relevant for sharing and storage of biomarker data.

People

The statistical support of the Biological Methods Core is coordinated by the Core director, Jane Costello, and associate director, William Copeland.

jane_costelloJane Costello, Ph.D.

Director, Biological Methods Core
Associate Director, Center for Child & Family Policy;
Director, Center for Developmental Epidemiology Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

She can be reached at jcostell@psych.mc.duke.edu.
william_copelandWilliam Copeland, Ph.D.

Associate Director
Biological Methods Core

He can be reached at william.copeland@duke.edu.
bob-cook-deeganRobert Cook-Deegan, MD

Senior Consultant
Biological Methods Core
Research Professor

He can be reached at bob.cd@duke.edu.