November 3, 2015

Postdoctoral Fellowship Harvard University Youth Psychotherapy Research

Research on Psychotherapy Effectiveness and Implementation with Children and Adolescents [Start date: Summer 2016]
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship under the direction of Professor John Weisz in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. The research includes:
  • Randomized trials testing psychotherapies for children and adolescents, encompassing anxiety, depression, trauma, and conduct-related problems and disorders.
  • Training and supervising community and school clinicians in the use of evidence-based practices, and testing various methods of implementation and dissemination.  
  • Tests of candidate mechanisms of change (psychological, behavioral, and biological) in youth psychotherapy  
  • Evaluation of treatment monitoring and feedback systems to guide treatment of children and adolescents.
  • Meta-analyses of youth treatment outcome research.
Strong applicants will have:
  • Experience and demonstrated effectiveness in youth treatment-related research.
  • Clinical training and experience in CBT for youth depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress, and in behavioral parent training for youth conduct problems.
  • Experience and skill in giving professional presentations.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
Other highly-desirable skills include:
  • Experience in supervising, consulting, or training clinicians in evidence-based methods.
  • Experience with psychophysiological and/or neuroimaging data collection and analysis.
  • Strong computer, statistical, and technical skills.
Postdoctoral activities may include directing funded research trials, training and supervising community and school clinicians who are research participants, study database management, oversight of online clinician feedback systems, and grant-writing and manuscript preparation consistent with the individual’s research interests. The work involves collaboration with an active research team at Harvard University under the mentorship of PI John R. Weisz. Data from multiple clinical investigations can be used for the postdoctoral fellow’s individual research. The stipend and benefits are quite competitive.
Interested applicants should submit (1) a letter of interest (including names of EBTs/treatment manuals that you have used in your own clinical practice or in the supervision of others), (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) names and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Jacqueline Hersh, Lab Director, at In your message, please cc Prof. John Weisz (

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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