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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
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Donna Evon
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Department: Gastroint Biology & Dis Ctr

Position Summary: This is a full-time Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship position designed to provide training in research and clinical activities applied to the liver disease patient population. There is a large focus on psychosocial aspects related to chronic hepatitis C and antiviral therapy. The Postdoc will work closely with a PhD-level licensed clinical psychologist, a member of the multidisciplinary UNC Liver Center, located within the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the UNC School of Medicine. Research Training: The Postdoc will be involved in several research projects involving patients with liver disease with comorbid psychiatric and addiction conditions. A majority of the Postdoc's training will include serving as an addiction therapist providing manualized treatment as part of a NIAAA-funded multisite R01 trial that will begin in the Summer of 2014. The Postdoc's research activities on this study count towards clinical hours for licensure. The Postdoc will serve as a research coordinator on other studies and be responsible for many administrative aspects of study coordination. He/she will gain hands-on training in preparing manuscripts, abstracts, and grant applications. The Postdoc would receive co-authorship on manuscripts in which he/she contributes, and preparation of first-authored papers is highly encouraged. Clinical Training: The Postdoc will work with the hepatology psychologist one day per week in the UNC Liver Clinic conducting psychological evaluations of patients with liver disease and working closely with a multidisciplinary team in the care of liver patients presenting with a variety of psychosocial issues. Clinical supervision is 1 hour per week and as needed. The Postdoc will gain experience in the application of clinical psychology principles and skills to the healthcare of patients with liver disease, including those with hepatitis C & B, alcoholic hepatitis and fatty liver disease. Clinical hours for licensure should be met halfway through the second year.

Education Requirements: Completion of a Predoctoral Psychology Internship and receipt of a PhD in Clinical, Health, or Counseling Psychology from an APA-accredited program. Current psychology interns should apply.

Qualification and Experience: Competitive applicants will be those who have research and/or clinical experience in one or more of the following: (a) psychological treatment for addiction (i.e., motivational interviewing), health psychology/behavioral medicine, HIV, adherence; (b) project coordination or protocol therapist on federally-funded trials; and (c) previous manuscript-writing experience. Applicants are not expected to have previous experience in liver disease. Applicants should have strong study coordination skills, excellent report-writing skills, enjoy scientific writing, and have intentions to pursue a career in academic clinical research.

Department Contact Name and Title: Donna Evon Associate Professor

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