Post-Doc Research Fellowship focusing on children & youth

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In the context of an NIMH-funded, post-doctoral research fellowship (T-32) in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC), faculty are looking for candidates for a program that specializes in translational research at the university and community (efficacy-effectiveness) interface. The program trains clinical-researchers in the skills necessary to conduct treatment dissemination or implementation trials in routine practice settings. Prior clinical trials and projects have evaluated  evidence-based treatments for child/adolescent populations (e.g., behavior problems/disorders and ADHD, child physical abuse/family conflict, sexual offending, firesetting) in diverse settings/systems that deliver mental health services (e.g., pediatric primary care/family medicine, juvenile justice, child welfare, community mental health).

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is especially interested in fellows who seek to apply implementation science  to at least one of two programmatic/content areas: 1) the dissemination of Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT; see with abusive/aggressive or high conflict families in the child welfare/mental health systems, or 2) the expansion of an integrated behavioral health services/collaborative care model (Services for Kids in Primary-care, SKIP; see in pediatric healthcare or family medicine practices.  Fellows are encouraged to contribute to clinical trials, develop grant applications, and disseminate products having scientific, practice, and policy implications. These venues offer opportunities to collaborate with colleagues on projects that integrate clinical assessments, extend treatment guidelines, and train/collaborate with diverse professionals. 

Eligible candidates should have a Ph.D. in psychology (clinical/quantitative preferred) from an APA-accredited program with interests in addressing the efficacy-effectiveness continuum, the potential for excellence in scholarship/academic research, and the ability to work creatively and collaboratively. A good grounding in CBT/parent training with children/adolescents and their families, academic-community partnerships, applied research in developmental psychopathology, and exposure to vulnerable and underserved populations, are encouraged. Fellows have an opportunity to interact with some of the country’s leading clinical treatment researchers in child/adolescent psychology and psychiatry, and adult psychiatry. There has been a high success rate among post-doctoral fellows who have sought external (federal) funding for research. Candidates must be U.S. citizens. 

WPIC is consistently ranked at or near the top of all federal grant recipients among university departments and departments of psychiatry based on a substantial portfolio that includes research and research training projects relevant to mental health disorders and behavioral treatments, NIH Career Development Awards (K Awards), and post-doctoral fellows. The department has a strong commitment to training, research, and clinical service.

For preliminary discussions: Please contact David J. Kolko, Ph.D., via e-mail ( or phone (412-246-5888), and forward a CV , personal statement, and sample articles.


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