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National Center for Veterans Studies at The University of Utah - Seven Multi-Year Postdoctoral Fellowships

Friday , October 12, 2018 2:00 PM

Dr. Craig Bryan, PsyD, ABPP, at the University of Utah’s National Center for Veterans Studies (www.veterans.utah.edu) and Department of Psychology (www.psych.utah.edu) invites applications for seven (7) full-time postdoctoral fellowship positions for three (3) separate research studies. Brief descriptions of each project are included below. Ideal candidates will have a background in military mental health, PTSD, suicide, and/or advanced quantitative methods. Comfort with technology and internet-based data collection is also desirable.

Salary and benefits will be commensurate with NIH guidelines concerning years of experience. Anticipated start dates are listed below for each project, but some start dates are flexible. Applications will be accepted until position is filled; review of applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis. Applications should include a vita, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation. Application materials should be sent to Dr. Craig Bryan via email at craig.bryan@utah.edu with the subject line “NCVS postdoctoral position.”

The University of Utah and the Department of Psychology value candidates who come from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

 

Project #1: Suicide and Trauma Reduction Initiative for VEterans (STRIVE)

Number of Fellowships: 3

Location of Fellowships: The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (3 positions)

Funding Agency: The Boeing Company

Anticipated Start Date: Immediate

Anticipated Duration: 3 years

The primary aims of this project are to provide empirically supported treatments to service members and veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and training licensed mental health professionals in crisis response planning for suicide prevention. Consistent with the objectives, the primary responsibilities of the postdoctoral fellows will include the delivery of cognitive processing therapy (CPT) for PTSD to eligible service members and veterans and conducting training crisis response planning workshops. A secondary aim of this project is to determine how various treatment delivery models influence treatment outcomes. Postdoctoral fellows will therefore conduct individual CPT sessions on either a daily or weekly basis. Additional responsibilities of the fellowship include analysis of data and preparation of manuscripts resulting from the project. The fellowship will also provide training in a range of areas including the assessment and treatment of suicide and PTSD in the military, train-the-trainer specific to crisis response planning for suicide prevention, and advanced statistical modeling (e.g., multilevel models, nonlinear dynamic modeling).

Qualified applicants will have earned a Ph.D., Psy.D., or equivalent in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, social work, or a related field, and have experience with cognitive behavioral therapy and manualized psychotherapies. Preference will be given to applicants who have received training and clinical supervision in one or more of the following treatment modalities: cognitive processing therapy (CPT) for PTSD, brief cognitive behavioral therapy for suicide prevention (BCBT), cognitive therapy for suicide prevention (CT-SP), crisis response planning (CRP), and/or the safety planning intervention (SPI). Clinical supervision for the purposes of licensure will be available.

 

Project #2: Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (BCBT) Replication Trial

Number of Fellowships: 2

Location of Fellowships: Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, North Carolina (2 positions)

Funding Agency: Department of Defense

Anticipated Start Date: August 2019

Anticipated Duration: 4 years

The primary aims of this project are to test the efficacy of brief cognitive behavioral therapy for suicide prevention (BCBT) as compared to present centered therapy (PCT) for the prevention of suicidal behaviors among active duty military personnel. The primary responsibilities of the postdoctoral fellows will include the delivery of BCBT and PCT to eligible service on weekly or biweekly basis. A secondary aim of this project is to determine mechanisms of action underlying treatment effects. Additional responsibilities of the fellowship include data collection and entry, administration of computerized assessment tasks, and preparation and use of psychophysiological assessment strategies. The fellowship will provide training in a range of areas including the assessment and treatment of suicide risk and the use of heart rate variability and other physiological assessment methods. Where desired, training may also be provided in scientific writing, although this is not a focus of the fellowship.

Qualified applicants will have earned a Ph.D., Psy.D., or equivalent in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, or a related field, and have experience with cognitive behavioral therapy and manualized psychotherapies. Preference will be given to applicants who have received training and clinical supervision in one or more of the following treatment modalities: cognitive processing therapy (CPT) for PTSD, brief cognitive behavioral therapy for suicide prevention (BCBT), cognitive therapy for suicide prevention (CT-SP), crisis response planning (CRP), and/or the safety planning intervention (SPI). Clinical supervision for the purposes of licensure will be available.

 

Project #3: Peer to Peer Support for Military Suicide Prevention

Number of Fellowships: 2

Location of Fellowships: The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (1 position) and Whiteman Air Force Base, Knob Noster, Missouri (1 position)

Funding Agency: Department of Defense

Anticipated Start Date: October 2019

Anticipated Duration: 3 years

The primary aims of this project are to test the efficacy of a peer-to-peer support program for the primary prevention of suicidal thoughts and behaviors among active duty military personnel, and to identify system- and community-level risk and protective factors that influence individual-level indicators of mental health and well-being. The primary responsibilities of the postdoctoral fellows will include project coordination and management, data collection and entry, and training and supervision of peer specialists. The fellowship will also provide training in advanced statistical modeling (e.g., multilevel models, nonlinear dynamic modeling).

Qualified applicants will have earned a masters degree or doctoral degree in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, community psychology, health promotion, public health, or another related field. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience with community-based program evaluation and primary prevention program evaluation. 

 

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator and its policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, age, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or veteran’s status. Minorities, women, veterans, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified veterans. To inquire further about the University’s nondiscrimination and affirmative action policies or to request a reasonable accommodation for a disability in the application process, please contact the following individual who has been designated as the University’s Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 South Presidents Circle, Rm. 135, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, (801) 581-8365, email: oeo@utah.edu