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Number of positions: 1

Fellowship begins: July of each year

Applications are invited for the postdoctoral fellowship position under the mentorship of Dr. Luana Marques, director of Community Psychiatry PRIDE within the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor at Harvard Medical School.

About Community Psychiatry PRIDE

Community Psychiatry PRIDE is a dissemination and implementation (D&I) research center with a mission to reduce mental health disparities in ethnic and racially diverse communities. As such, Community Psychiatry PRIDE focuses on developing strategies for increasing access and improving quality of care for mental health problems in these communities. Through community-based participatory research strategies, Community Psychiatry PRIDE has formed strong academic-community partnerships. Research projects focus on the implementation of evidence-based treatments (EBTs) for mental health problems. Generally, study therapists in these projects include mental health specialists and non-specialists who have limited or no prior experience with EBTs.

About the Fellowship

The postdoctoral fellow will be directly involved in all ongoing D&I research projects. The fellow will gain experience in conducting research on cultural adaptation of EBTs, clinical effectiveness trials, implementation trials, and community-based participatory research. The fellow will have access to large epidemiological data sets and will be afforded the opportunity to gain skills in predictive epidemiological modeling of health disparities. With close mentorship from Dr. Marques and field-based learning, the fellow will develop expertise in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods data collection, analysis, and integration.

The fellowship has a strong emphasis on translational research, and ideal candidates are individuals interested in pursuing an academic career. To support career development in research, fellows will receive protected research time and grant-writing mentorship. Fellows are expected to make significant contributions to the research productivity of the lab, including preparations of manuscripts as well as submitting for extramural funding (for their own research and for the lab).

Clinically-trained fellows may additionally be involved in training and supporting community-based providers enrolled in ongoing research projects. Fellows will also be involved in direct clinical care to the extent that is necessary for licensure.

The fellow will be considered for a joint Harvard Medical School appointment. Salary is competitive with excellent benefits.

Candidates

Community Psychiatry PRIDE is offering this postdoctoral fellowship program for individuals with an interest in clinical psychology and public health. The ideal candidate preferably has the following:

  • PhD in Clinical or Counseling Psychology, or related disciplines
  • Interest in implementation science, diversity, community mental health, and/or health disparities

Research

Current Ongoing Research Projects

  • Implementation of Cognitive Processing Therapy for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Diverse Communities

    • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded implementation-effectiveness trial
    • Partner: Mass General Chelsea HealthCare Center—one of Mass General’s community health centers where the majority of clients identify as Latino
  • Implementing Evidence-based Life Skills Programming for Reducing Recidivism Among High-risk Youth

    • Foundation-funded project focused on the development and pilot-testing of a transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioral therapy-based curriculum at a community-based organization. Providers in this trial are paraprofessionals
    • Partner: Roca, Inc.— a nonprofit organization in Chelsea, MA, that serves young men ages 17-24 who are at high risk of incarceration, have limited employment or educational experiences and are gang (or street) involved
  • Transdiagnostic approaches to facilitate sustainable implementation of evidence-based mental health treatment in safety net settings
    • Institutional grant aiming to investigate the feasibility and acceptability of an evidence-based treatment in a safety net setting
    • Partner: Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program – a nonprofit organization that provides access to the highest quality health care for all homeless men, women and children in the greater Boston area

Learn more about our current research projects.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • Letter of interest (addressed to Dr. Luana Marques)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of three references
  • Writing sample (preferably a published manuscript)

Send applications materials to: Kaylie Patrick, program manager (kpatrick6@mgh.harvard.edu) with the subject line "PRIDE Fellowship"

Application deadline: February 1st

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