Bethesda, Maryland, USA
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation
HJF is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to support the Preventing Obesity in Military Communities Program within the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology (MPS), located Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland and at Dewitt Army Community Hospital (DACH) in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to MPS.
The mission of MPS includes teaching, research, and service. MPS trains Ph.D. students and post-doctoral fellows in medical and clinical psychology as well as contributes to medical student education. Research activities focus on psychology and health (physical and mental) and on relevant biological and behavioral processes.
The incumbent will be responsible for initiating and carrying out research projects in collaboration with both research teams.
1. Implements scientific research under supervision of PI. Applies scientific principles and theories to psychological and behavioral interventions for eating behaviors among adults and children.
2. Performs specialized clinical interventions under the supervision of licensed clinical psychologists, including but not limited to Interpersonal Psychotherapy for binge eating patterns and Behavioral Choice Treatment for obesity. Conducts consents with adults and assents with adolescents for research studies.
3. Acclimates research assistants, graduate students, and administrative staff in implementing and evaluating scientific research projects.
4. Collects and handles data; Keeps detailed records of clinical interventions; Listens to audio tapes of clinical interventions; Updates treatment manuals.
5. Assists with the preparation of data for presentations at scientific meetings and for publication in journals. Submits manuscripts for publication, makes revisions of manuscripts.
6. Position requires travel to off campus locations to lead community based weight loss groups, including evening and weekend work hours.
7. Assists with grant writing and preparation.
8. Assists with training laboratory staff as needed.
9. Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of appropriate scientific area; ability to analyze and interpret data, write and revise manuscripts for publication, and give presentations at professional meetings. Must have training in SPSS statistical software program, must have experience with participant recruitment, consenting, and follow up. Must have experience leading weight management groups. Must have experience leading a clinical research study, including data and participant management. Must have demonstrated an ability to publish scientific articles and present at scientific conferences.
Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Ph.D. in clinical psychology with emphasis in medical/health psychology. Must have completed an APA approved program in Clinical Psychology and an APA approved Clinical Psychology internship. Must have completed dissertation and all requirements for PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Minimum Experience: 0-2 years experience with clinical interventions focused on weight management and cognitive behavioral approaches aimed at changing eating behavior promoting obesity. Must have experience in community based interventions.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: May provide guidance to research staff and assist with supervision of medical and clinical psychology graduate students.
Work Environment: Office space.
Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources.
When applying for this position, please mention you saw this ad in the APS Postdoc Exchange.