Training Opportunities with Team IMPACT

We are regularly seeking trainees, research staff, and volunteers to join our vibrant team. A number of opportunities exist at various levels, beginning at high school and on to part-time undergrad research experiences and full-time post-baccalaureate research staff positions. These experiences offer a wonderful opportunity to advance your career prior to graduate school.

In addition, we often mentor predoctoral psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows, several of whom have joined our faculty as junior investigators. One of the Team IMPACT PIs, Dr. Smith, originally joined Team IMPACT as a postdoctoral fellow before obtaining independent funding and transitioning to a faculty position. There are a number of mechanisms at MUSC to support trainees across all these levels, including those listed below.

For more information about any of these opportunities, please contact Dr. Carpenter ( or Dr. Smith ( based on your interests.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Tobacco Regulatory Science with Team IMPACT

MUSC and Hollings Cancer Center are recruiting a postdoctoral fellow in tobacco regulatory science. The initial appointment is for 2 years, with the ability to renew for subsequent years dependent on progress. The research fellow will work under the direction and mentorship of Dr. Tracy Smith on clinical trials related to tobacco regulation, e-cigarettes, and tobacco flavoring.

Opportunities are available to develop independent research projects either within ongoing trials, using existing data from completed clinical trials, or to lead small-scale studies involving primary data collection. The candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with a strong group of tobacco researchers at MUSC. The fellow will receive support and be encouraged to develop their own grant applications (e.g., K series or institutional research grants). Additional activities will be determined by the fellow and Dr. Smith.

A Ph.D. in psychology, public health, or a related field is required. The ideal candidate will have a record of research productivity and strong references. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV, and list of potential references to Tracy Smith, Ph.D. ( The cover letter should include a description of your research interests.

Undergraduate and Graduate Research Training in Addictions

Diversity in Addiction Research Training (DART) Summer Research Fellowship

This fellowship introduces promising students to research, both basic science and clinical in nature, and affords them the opportunity to work closely with a research mentor and his/her investigative team.

Predoctoral Training: Clinical Psychology

Charleston Consortium Psychology Internship Program

This program has been training predoctoral interns since its inception in 1968, offering a wide range of clinical and research experiences. There is strong emphasis on research training, and interns are assigned a preceptor to develop individual training goals. Interns in behavioral medicine, substance abuse, or general tracks are particularly well-suited to work within our group.

Postdoctoral Training


The NIDA training program is meant for fellows interested in gaining knowledge and experience in conducting independent basic and/or clinical substance use research.


The Pulmonary Focused Foundations in Innovation and Scholarship (PUFFINS) training program is designed to ensure that the next generation of investigators has the skillsets needed to improve health care and outcomes for individuals with lung diseases, with particular emphasis on lung cancer prevention, screening and implementation, critical care, and rare lung diseases. Tobacco research is a specific pathway for trainees within PUFFINS.

Junior Faculty

There are many opportunities to support junior faculty at MUSC, including: