Social Work PhD Candidate Awarded NIDA Research Dissertation Grant

PhD; Social Work

JaNiene Peoples, a fourth-year social work PhD candidate at the Brown School, has received a highly competitive two-year Research Dissertation Grant (R36) from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Her dissertation project is titled, “Ecological Momentary Assessment of Mechanisms Linking Racial Discrimination and Substance Use in Black College Students.”  

“Racial discrimination and substance use are pressing public health issues that disproportionately impact Black Americans,” Peoples said. “Receiving the NIH/NIDA R36 enables me to center health equity, enhance health disparities research related to substance use, and inform prevention and intervention efforts for Black and other racial and ethnic minority students on college campuses.”

Peoples had previously been selected as one of the 13 doctoral students in the inaugural cohort of the Grand Challenges for Social Work (GCSW) Doctoral Award. She received a $3,000 stipend for this dissertation proposal addressing racial discrimination and substance use. The GCSW fellowships are funded by a $100,000 grant from The New York Community Trust.