NIH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Center for Adherence and Self-Management
The Center for Adherence and Self-Management has two open research fellowship positions funded by a NIH-NICHD T32 training grant in treatment adherence research and involves all center faculty. This position affords extensive opportunities in multidisciplinary research with faculty in clinical psychology, pediatrics, and biostatistics. Program fellows have opportunities to conduct research in the following areas: measurement of adherence to treatment including electronic monitoring, behavioral and pharmacological approaches, statistical methods, including predictive models of influence on adherence to treatment, studies of the relationship of adherence to clinical outcomes and clinical trials to promote treatment adherence and health outcomes for a range of chronic conditions. For information about these fellowship opportunities, please contact program director Kevin Hommel, PhD, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Patient and Family Wellness Center in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute
The Patient and Family Wellness Center in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute (Ahna Pai, PhD, Director) and Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology are collaborating to offer one, two-year research fellowship position in psychosocial hematology and oncology research. This position provides a tailored training experience with clinical and research faculty in the Patient and Family Wellness Center. This position affords extensive opportunities in multidisciplinary research with faculty in clinical psychology, pediatrics, and biostatistics. Program fellows have opportunities to conduct research in the following areas: measurement of psychosocial distress, treatment adherence, survivorship, bone marrow transplant, statistical methods, and clinical trials to promote psychosocial and health outcomes for the patients and families served by the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute. For more information, visit the Patient and Family Wellness Center. For more information about the position, contact Dr. Pai, email@example.com.
T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Center for Child Behavior and Nutrition Research and Training
Funded by a NIH-NIDDK T32 training grant (T32DK063929; Co-PIs Meg H. Zeller, PhD, and Scott W. Powers, PhD, ABPP), the Center for Child Behavior and Nutrition Research and Training trains promising clinical researchers in the fields of behavioral medicine, pediatrics, and nutrition science to establish research skills necessary for designing and conducting innovative, programmatic clinical research that will ultimately lead to better nutrition-related health care for youth across the pediatric age range. Fellows in this program engage in specialized research training in targeting the improvement of outcomes for youth with chronic medical conditions for which nutrition management and/or dietary change are key components of care. Through mentored experiences with NIH-funded faculty, the fellow will gain research training in study design and execution (randomized clinical trials, observational longitudinal outcome studies), manuscript writing, and grant preparation. Additional mentorship is provided through team collaborations with affiliated T32 faculty in pediatric endocrinology, gastroenterology, surgery, pulmonary medicine, allergy and immunology, neurology, as well as nutrition and basic science. For the upcoming cycle, applicants with specific interests in obesity prevention in children 0 to 24 months and 2 to 5 years, nutrition in cystic fibrosis (firstname.lastname@example.org), family-based obesity interventions for school-age children, co-occurrence of health risk behaviors (obesity, substance use, sexual risk behaviors), adolescent and young adult severe obesity, and bariatric surgery (email@example.com), pediatric migraine, and adherence to nutrition treatment in young children with chronic illness (firstname.lastname@example.org) are encouraged to apply. These are two-year positions (required). For information about these fellowship opportunities, please contact Meg H. Zeller, PhD, email@example.com.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Pain Psychology
The Pediatric Pain Research Program has two open positions. The first position, under the mentorship of Dr. Kashikar-Zuck, requires a 2-year commitment and involves a large multi-site NIH funded study on cognitive behavioral and exercise-based treatment of adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia. The pain fellow will assist with the implementation of this clinical trial as well as other studies on biopsychosocial mechanisms and treatment of pediatric chronic pain and rheumatic diseases. The fellow will have opportunities to participate in study coordination, manuscript preparation, and to be involved in multiple collaborative related research projects in pediatric chronic pain with researchers at the Pain Center, the Imaging Research Center, and Divisions of Rheumatology, Gastroenterology, and Sports Medicine. Projects may include validation of pediatric pain assessment instruments, assessment of physical activity and quantitative sensory testing/functional imaging of pain. Additional clinical training opportunities are available within the multidisciplinary Pain Service. For information, please contact program director Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, PhD, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second position, under the mentorship of Dr. Natoshia Cunningham (email@example.com) is limited to 1 year of postdoctoral training. This position involves an NIH funded cognitive behavioral treatment study for youth with functional abdominal pain and co-occurring anxiety that uses brain imaging (fMRI) to understand treatment response. Other studies include 1) a fMRI study involving cognitive manipulation and pain induction in youth with functional abdominal pain and healthy controls, and 2) a remotely delivered cognitive behavioral therapy developed for adolescents and young adults with childhood-onset lupus. The fellow will serve as a research therapist on the CBT studies and will have the opportunity to be involved in neuroimaging research. The fellow will also have opportunities to participate in study coordination, abstract/manuscript preparation, grant reviews, and may also participate in related research projects in the area of pediatric chronic pain in collaboration with researchers in the Imaging Research Center and Divisions of Behavioral Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Rheumatology. For information, please contact program director Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, PhD, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sickle Cell Disease Psychosocial Research
The Sickle Cell Disease Psychosocial Research Program within the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology has one open position. During this one- or two-year mentored experience, the fellow will serve in a leadership role and work on multiple federally-funded studies of sickle cell disease and patient/family engagement, including intervention studies focusing on promoting self-management/adherence and transition readiness in adolescents and young adults, collaborating with stakeholders to improve care and outcomes, and shared-decision making. Additional training opportunities are available in quality improvement, qualitative methods, and participatory research methods with other chronic disease populations. The fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in clinical training opportunities offered by the division. For information, please contact program director Lori E. Crosby, PsyD, email@example.com.
Pediatric Headache Medicine Fellowship
We now offer a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Headache Medicine. The focus of this two-year position will be on training in clinical research and provision of evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy for pediatric migraine as part of NIH R-level projects led by Scott Powers, PhD. This position is supported by an NIH T32 training grant (T32DK063929; Co-PIs: Scott Powers, PhD, Meg Zeller, PhD). One major investigation is examining the brain and pain modulation mechanisms of preventive therapies for migraine. Functional MRI and quantitative sensory testing are being used in the “How and Why Youth with Migraine Get Better Study” to discover the brain and pain modulation mechanisms involved in improvements in headache days and disability that result from CBT, medication, and placebo pill. As such, this position will include learnings in neuroscience, pain medicine, headache medicine, and mind and body treatments for pediatric pain.
Another study is focused on development and testing of an mHealth web-based portal to enhance adherence and teach self-management skills (such as relaxation) to children and adolescents with migraine. Experience with translation of effective face-to-face behavioral care into more accessible formats for youth and families, clinical trials, and adaptive intervention designs such as SMART and MOST approaches will be obtained as part of this fellowship. The fellow will be actively involved in preparing research manuscripts, analyzing data from a number of completed NIH funded projects, collaborating in the writing of new grant proposals, and working with the research team on currently funded protocols (including the delivery of CBT to youth with migraine as a research therapist). As an NIH trainee, there are funds provided to develop and execute an independent research project, and this is a key aspect of the overall training experience. Additional clinical training and supervision opportunities are available at the multidisciplinary Headache Center. For more information, contact Scott Powers, PhD, firstname.lastname@example.org.