January 17, 2014

Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Implementation of Research with Children



David J. Kolko, Ph.D., ABPP, Amy D. Herschell, Ph.D., Barbara Baumann, Ph.D., and

Oliver Lindhiem, Ph.D.
Science and Practice for Effective Children’s Services (SPECS)

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

In the context of an NIMH-funded research fellowship (T-32) in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, we seek 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 “real-world” settings.

We are especially interested in fellows who seek to promote implementation science in either of these programmatic/content areas:
1) building agency/community capacity to adopt/sustain evidence-based interventions with families involved in conflict, aggression, or abuse in the child welfare/mental health systems (e.g., Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy,AF-CBT; see www.afcbt.org) , or
2) expanding the scope and impact of integrated behavioral health services for children/teens focusing on collaborative care models in pediatric healthcare or family medicine practices (e.g., Services for Kids in Primary-care, SKIP; seewww.skipproject.org). 

Our prior clinical trials and projects have evaluated evidence-based treatments for child/adolescent populations (e.g., behavior problems/disorders, ADHD, and child anxiety; child physical abuse/family conflict, sexual offending, firesetting) in diverse systems that deliver mental health services (e.g., pediatric primary care/family medicine, juvenile justice, child welfare, community mental health).

Eligible candidates should have a Ph.D. in psychology (clinical 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 collaboratively.  Candidates must be U.S. citizens.  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.

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

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