PhD Candidate James Railey Awarded TL1 Fellowship

James Railey
James Railey

James Railey, a PhD candidate at the Silver School of Social Work, has been awarded a pre-doctoral TL1 fellowship by the NYU Langone Medical Center – NYC Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC) Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Translational research involves moving knowledge gained from the basic sciences to its application in clinical and community settings, to enhance human health and well-being. This concept is often summarized by the phrases “bench-to-bedside” and “bedside-to-community” research.

Funded by the National Institute of Health, the TL1 Scholars’ Program provides up to two years of funding for late-stage pre-doctoral and early-stage post-doctoral scholars conducting research in the area of health care and/or translational medicine. In addition to financial support, the program provides professional development training and mentorship, while emphasizing the scholar’s success within their established research area. The fundamental goal of the program is to help and support scholars interested in a multidisciplinary translational research career achieve research independence. The program encourages productivity, collaborative research, and career development.

James’ dissertation proposal seeks to explore the premise that mentoring may play a role in achieving pro-social outcomes and well-being among young adults, ages 18 – 25, with histories of mental health challenges. In translational science parlance, he seeks to employ the science of positive youth development, including the role of mentors, and how to leverage these kinds of services for socio-economically disadvantaged youth with mental health diagnoses. James applied to become a TL1 Scholar to acquire advanced training in translational research and develop an expertise in health disparities and progressive services for youth with psychiatric diagnoses.

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