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The Division of Prevention and Community Research, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine invites applications for an opening in our two-year NIDA T32 postdoctoral research training program in substance abuse prevention. Applications are now being accepted for an earliest start date of September 2015.
The program emphasizes five research training aims: 1) to understand substance use/abuse and related behaviors within an ecological framework that emphasizes relevant developmental, family, social, cultural, and neurobiological contexts; 2) to enhance knowledge development and application in pre-intervention, implementation, and dissemination research; 3) to learn state-of-the-art data analytic methods that incorporate rigorous field and laboratory research methods, including mixed method designs when appropriate; 4) to gain experience in interdisciplinary research through collaborations with scientists in other departments, centers, and programs; and 5) to increase knowledge about the translation of research into real-world contexts so as to impact prevention practice and policy, and ultimately, public health.
Postdoctoral fellows participate in core seminars on Research and Data Analytic Methods, Grant Development, and Professional Development as well as in seminars and colloquia that cover related topics, such as the ethical conduct of research and current topics in substance abuse prevention. The Fellow selected for this position will receive mentor-based training on at least two scientific projects while working concurrently with Drs. Cindy Crusto and Joy Kaufman who will serve as the fellow's scientific advisors.
Competitive candidates should have: 1) a Ph.D. in community, clinical, developmental, counseling, or health psychology, or a doctoral degree in public health or family studies; 2) a strong research background; and 3) interest in pursuing an academic career. Applicants should send a CV, representative reprints, a statement of interests and future goals, and three letters of recommendation to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or to: Jacob K. Tebes, Ph.D., Director, Division of Prevention and Community Research, Yale School of Medicine, 389 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511. Reviews of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minority group members are encouraged to apply.
Cindy A. Crusto, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology) and Director, Program and Service System Evaluation at The Consultation Center. Dr. Crusto's program of research examines the impact of psychological trauma (e.g., family and community violence) on children, and ecological influences on child and family well-being. Dr. Crusto also studies social processes and influences on the health and development of young children, including parent experiences of racism, neighborhood context, and substance use. Opportunities are available to join: (a) an NIH-funded study on the influence of child factors, and broader social determinants and processes on young children's health; (b) an NIH-funded study that evaluates the impact of (GXE) genetic and psychological environmental factors (discrimination, depression, parenting behaviors, substance use) on the health of African American children aged 3 to 5 years and their mothers; and/or (c) a foundation-funded evaluation of mobile phone text messaging (Short Message Service, SMS) support groups to provide peer and professional support for adolescents living with HIV in South Africa.
Joy S. Kaufman, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology), Deputy Director for Operations at The Consultation Center and Director of Evaluation Research within the Division of Prevention and Community Research. Her research program examines contextual factors, such as exposure to violence, substance use, and familial stress that impact outcomes for populations at risk. Utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods, including community-based participatory research, Dr. Kaufman and her team evaluate the implementation of evidenced-based practices within community-based networks of care and the impact of system functioning on service recipient outcomes. The fellow would have the opportunity to: (a) join a team developing manuscripts examining outcomes and implementation processes from a community-based behavioral health network of care served children under the age of 6 with social and emotional difficulties (parental substance use, parental stress, child outcomes); (b) join a team evaluating the implementation and outcomes of state-wide system of care for children with severe emotional and behavioral issues (youth substance use, exposure to traumatic events, parental stress, youth outcomes); and/or (c) join a team evaluating the implementation and outcomes of a multi-site national evaluation of model programs to reduce the rate of homicide resulting from domestic violence.