Investigators: James S. Jackson
Funding: National Institute on Aging, 2015-2017 (3 P30 AG 015281 18 S3)
This diversity supplement will be a critical step in providing Dr. Turner with the training and mentorship needed to significantly contribute of the field of aging research. It will allow him to acquire methodological approaches to address scientific gaps in aging research on mental health, recruitment and retention issues for older adults, hypothesis generation, and successful grant preparation. It would also sharpen his scientific writing for peer review publications (specifically journal style writing) and assist him in refining his conceptualization of how accelerated aging occurs in NFL athletes that suffer from traumatic injury and experience chronic pain. Dr. Turner is new to aging research thus his mentoring team and other scholars will play significant roles in his development. They will expose him to theoretical perspectives as well as empirical approaches pertinent to aging research. He will have mentors through the MCUAAAR and local mentoring to achieve his goals. He will interact frequently with MCAAAR faculty and scholars with expertise in analyzing data from the Study of Retired NFL Players. They will provide an opportunity to learn the full breadth and depth of the database and the opportunities and limits for answering the questions of interest to the candidate. He will have access to an expert on cognitive aging in African Americans and multiple mentors who study the relationship between stress, health, and aging among African Americans. He will participate in investigator training activities such as the MCUAAAR summer training institute and be exposed to issues related to faculty development, and large-scale survey research projects. Thus, Dr. Turner will be treated like a MCUAAAR pilot investigator and will participate in these activities. The diversity supplement will significantly contribute to him becoming an independent investigator in the research and discourse of health disparities.