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NIH Postdoctoral Fellow Minimum Stipend: $53,760
PROJECT DESCRIPTION The Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA) is an applied research program dedicated to improving the evidence base on the epidemiology of mental health problems, family functioning, and intervention research to develop and test mental health services for children and families affected by multiple forms of adversity, including infectious disease, poverty, and armed conflict.
With many war-affected populations coming from Islamic societies, there is a call to understand the obstacles faced by and to support the needs of Muslim communities. The current political climate, travel bans, and increase in hostile incidences have contributed to even greater anxiety and stress among Muslim populations resettled in the US. Stressors caused by poverty, limited access to care, and discrimination often exacerbate risks due to war-related trauma exposure.
The RPCA is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to support research with specific attention to disparities facing war-affected, Muslim refugee populations, and other populations on topics such as substance use/abuse, community support, and caregiver-child relationships. The postdoctoral fellow will help measure psychosocial outcomes to assess the effectiveness of the Family Strengthening Intervention for Refugees (FSI-R), a 10-module home-visiting intervention focused on skill-building and psychoeducation to reduce mental health disparities. Currently, the FSI-R is being tested for effectiveness through a randomized controlled trial with 300 families in Lewiston, Maine, and Springfield, Massachusetts.
POSITION DESCRIPTION The Postdoctoral Fellow will support research with specific attention to disparities facing war-affected, Muslim refugee populations. The fellow will provide data collection and analysis to assess the effectiveness of interventions; and, contribute to the evidence base on the epidemiology of mental health problems and family functioning by publishing on studies. The Postdoctoral Fellow will report to the Principal Investigator and Director of the Research Program on Children and Adversity, Dr. Theresa S. Betancourt.
PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION (65%) - Work alongside Boston-based Program Manager to provide study oversight, support staff supervision, and conduct fidelity monitoring supervision - Support activities related to the digital adaptation of the FSI-R and the development of a family-facing application using co-design and evidence-based approaches to increase engagement - Supervise and mentor student interns, field placements, and volunteers
DATA MANAGEMENT AND DATA ANALYSIS (25%) - Provide implementation science expertise to local team with understanding of hybrid design, cluster randomized controlled trials, and quality improvement approaches to fidelity and supervision - Use statistical analysis to address missing data, conduct multilevel modeling, oversee technology-based data collection and data monitoring, and utilize mixed methodologies to triangulate qualitative and quantitative data - Qualitative analysis of participant interviews and process evaluation data
RESEARCH AND DISSEMINATION (10%) - Engage in high-level research and analysis, publishing on projects regarding ongoing work related to the Family Strengthening Intervention (FSI-R) - Collaborate on grant writing and publications, and present at conferences
The Postdoctoral Fellow may work nights and weekends in order to meet project deadlines. This position will be based in Boston with monthly or twice monthly visits to sites in Springfield, MA and Lewiston, ME. The fellowship is funded for one year, with the option to renew up to two years. Residing in Boston, MA is strongly preferred.
- Doctoral degree, preferably in Public Health, Implementation Science, Social Work, Developmental Psychology, Mental Health, or another related field - Strong Experience with implementation science to include hybrid design, cluster randomized controlled trials, longitudinal studies, and quality improvement approaches to fidelity and supervision that relate to long-term sustainability and scalability - Experience conducting research in culturally diverse contexts, preferably with refugee or immigrant communities. Proficiency in utilizing computer applications including Microsoft Office, STATA, R, MAXQDA, and other applicable quantitative and qualitative data analysis platforms - Expert knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies including mixed-methods. - Knowledge of Community Based Participatory Research (CPBR), implementation science, processes related to fidelity monitoring and supervision, and costing analysis - Understanding of the application of technology both for data collection as well as routine symptom monitoring, fidelity monitoring and quality improvement efforts in global mental health and child development - Publication record that demonstrates the candidate's capacities is also desirable
Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:
Tuition remission for Employees
Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
Low-Cost Life Insurance
Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
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