October 30, 2014

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Youth Implementation Science and Psychotherapy at Judge Baker Children's Center, Boston

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Implementation Science, Quality Improvement and Evidence-Based Child and Adolescent Therapy

Judge Baker Children’s Center (JBCC), a Harvard Medical School Affiliate, is accepting applications for a one (1) year joint applied research/clinical postdoctoral fellowship. JBCC is an established center of excellence for implementation, training, quality improvement, and service initiatives focused on improving behavioral health for children and adolescents. JBCC is also home of the Center for Effective Child Therapy; an outpatient direct service provider for children and adolescents, ages 3 – 17. Therapists utilize evidence-based treatments for some of the most common presenting problems including anxiety, depression, traumatic stress, and disruptive behavior.

The postdoctoral fellow will assist with one or more behavioral health implementation and quality improvement initiatives.  The primary responsibility of the postdoctoral fellow will be to collaborate with the Director of Implementation and the Director of Training to carry out an array of activities, including implementation and quality improvement activities, coordination of training, and to act as a liaison between project staff, trainers, and community partners receiving training and/or technical assistance.  The postdoctoral fellow will also provide technical assistance and support as needed to promote quality improvement. The fellow will be supervised by the Directors of Implementation and Training for implementation and QA activities. The postdoctoral fellow will also receive training and supervision in evidence-based models for child and adolescent therapy for those applicants seeking hours towards Massachusetts psychology licensure. The applicant will spend 40% within the Center for Effective Child Therapy and 60% working on implementation and quality improvement initiatives. Appointment as a fellow at Harvard Medical School is available for the qualified successful applicant.


Candidates must meet all of the following requirements:
·         Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. / Psy.D. / Ed.D (or foreign equivalent) in Clinical, Community, Counseling, School, or Educational Psychology from an accredited academic program.
·         Completion of an APA- or CPA-approved internship.  Start date flexible.
·         At least one year experience with program implementation / implementation of evidence-based treatments, prevention, and/or education
·         At least two years experience and training in children’s behavioral health assessments and interventions, particularly with experience in providing one or more evidence-based treatments
·         Experience in utilizing quality improvement strategies, using data to improve practice and/or translational research.
·         Strong project coordination skills,
·         Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills and be comfortable collaborating with a range of professionals from other fields.

Strong applicants will have:
·         Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
·         Direct clinical experience and training in CBT for childhood depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and/or behavioral parent training for childhood disruptive behavior disorders
·         Experience with and/or knowledge of implementation science frameworks or methodologies (e.g., National Implementation Research Network, Learning Collaborative Methodology)
·         Knowledge of the child welfare, juvenile justice, and/or mental health systems in Massachusetts or other states
·         Experience with large datasets and statistical analysis using SPSS for quality improvement or evaluation purposes.
·         Experience using online database systems and/or survey tools

The responsibilities of the postdoctoral will likely include:
·         Coordinating project activities and trainings, including working closely with JBCC staff and training consultants, and a diverse range of community partners to ensure that all project deliverables are met on time.
·         Coordinating trainings, including identifying locations, arranging training logistics, preparing materials, and providing support at trainings.
·         Working with staff from state agencies and/or behavioral health providers from a quality improvement perspective to provide consultation through in-person site visits and telephone calls.
·         Working with data assistants to coordinate and assist with data systems development, maintenance, data collection, coding, and reporting.
·         Analyzing and using data to facilitate quality improvement
·         Conducting literature reviews and the possibility of writing professional journal articles
·         Assisting with maintenance and/or development of web sites and data systems as well as other administrative and operational support as needed.
·         Conducting semi-structured assessments of children ages 3-17.
·         Providing evidence-based treatment to children and families.
·         Co-supervising graduate level trainees and assisting in outreach activities to multiple community partners (e.g., school districts, pediatricians). 

Compensation is competitive and based on experience.  A generous benefits package is provided

Our Organization
Founded in 1917, Judge Baker Children’s Center is a Harvard Medical School affiliate with proven leadership in children’s mental health. We have a long history of excellence resulting from the integration of research, training, and direct service. JBCC is committed to enhancing the quality of mental health care for children and families through the dissemination, implementation and provision of evidence-based practices. JBCC has provided mental health services, training and consultation to the greater Boston area for almost a century.  We have developed expertise in the most cutting-edge, effective evidence-based mental health treatments for children and provide evidence-based direct services through our Center for Effective Child Therapy and Summer Treatment Program for ADHD and related behaviors.  Our Manville School is a nationally recognized educational institution that provides best practices curriculum and instruction to children with developmental and mental health needs. We have a significant research portfolio supported by private foundations and the National Institutes of Health and we provide training and ongoing consultation in evidence-based mental health treatments. Judge Baker Children’s Center is dedicated to the achievement of equality of opportunity for all its employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other protected group status under federal, state or local law. Judge Baker Children’s Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Interested candidates should send
1) a cover letter specifically addressing your experience related to the job responsibilities above,
2) a curriculum vitae,
3) a de-identified assessment report (e.g., psychodiagnostic report, neuropsychological report), and
4) a de-identified treatment report (e.g., treatment plan, treatment summary)
to Daniel Cheron, Ph.D., ABPP, Director of Training at dcheron@jbcc.harvard.edu. The position is available immediately, will remain open until filled, and is contingent upon available funding.

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