Qiana L. Brown, Assistant Professor of Social Work and Urban-Global Public Health, has been awarded a Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program KL2 career development award from the New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science (NJ ACTS) as part of its Translational Scientist Junior Faculty Scholar Program.
The NJ ACTS – a new CTSA hub led by Rutgers University – selected Dr. Brown to receive the career development award from an impressive group of applicants. The award will fund Dr. Brown’s research, which focuses on substance use and maternal and child health, for up to two years. During the KL2 award period, Dr. Brown will conduct a multi-state study examining cannabis use during preconception, pregnancy, and lactation and associated maternal and child health outcomes. As a KL2 recipient, Dr. Brown is also part of the NJ ACTS’s Society of Scholars in clinical and translational science.
Dr. Brown earned her Ph.D. in and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in substance use disorder epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University, respectively. She also holds MPH and MSW degrees in maternal and child health. In addition to research, Dr. Brown founded and directs a non-profit, community-based, substance abuse treatment center, Jane’s House of Inspiration, which focuses on helping women, families, and communities address problems related to substance use disorders.
The NJ ACTS is a consortium coordinated by Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and includes Rutgers University, Princeton University, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.