MUSC Flex Research Elective

Serena Walker and mentor, Dr. Elizabeth Santa Ana at the 2018 Summer Research Day
COM student Serena Walker presents her summer research with mentor Dr. Elizabeth Santa Ana on the Relationship Between Perceived Social Support and Outcome in Concurrent Treatment of PTSD and Substance Use Disorders using Prolonged Exposure.

FLEX Research Elective

The DART Program will offer a FLEX Research Elective.

Select students will be matched with a mentor who will work closely with and guide the student through a research project. Students will gain experience collecting data, running analyses, scientific writing and training through weekly didactic seminars and journal club meetings alongside other DART trainees.

Application Procedure

This program is open only to MUSC College of Medicine FLEX Students. To apply, students should submit the following materials to DART Program Coordinator Emily Bristol by Friday, October 22, 2021. Please describe your research interests in your Letter of Interest.

  • CV
  • Letter of Interest
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation (can be included with student's application materials or can be sent directly to Emily Bristol)

Notices of selection will be e-mailed.

Available Mentors (FLEX 2022)

The following faculty are interested in mentoring during the DART 2022 FLEX Research Elective. To apply to work with one of the mentors below through the DART Program, please describe your research interests in the Letter of Interest submitted with your DART application materials. 

  • Dr. Alison Wilkerson
  • Dr. Jane Joseph
  • Dr. Lisa McTeague

Questions? Please contact DART Program Coordinator, Emily Bristol

DART FLEX Trainees

Current DART FLEX Trainees



Jelissa Suarez
Mentored by Tom Uhde, M.D. & Alison Wilkerson, Ph.D.
Research focus: Sleep Disorders
Final project pending

Previous DART FLEX Trainees


Peter Leahy - DART FLEX

Peter Leahy
Mentored by Erin McClure, Ph.D. and Rachel Tomko, Ph.D.
Final Project: Brief-Wisdm as Predictor of Cue-Induced Craving in the Real World

Julia Rodes - DART FLEX

Julia Rodes
Mentored by Kelly Barth, D.O., Taylor Crouch, Ph.D., and Jeffrey Borckardt, Ph.D.
Final Project: Gender Differences in Outcomes of Interdisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation

Layne Walker - DART FLEX

Layne Walker
Mentored by Lisa McTeague, Ph.D.
Final Project: Assessment of Social and Emotional Needs After Stroke