On behalf of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center of Excellence (COE) for Psychosocial and Systemic Research, and in partnership with the MGH Department of Psychiatry and Harvard Medical School (HMS), Dr. Corinne Cather is recruiting a full-time, one to two-year postdoctoral fellow. The overarching goal of the position is to conduct research to improve the lives of people with mental health disorders and will start in Fall 2021.
Eligible candidates will have interest and prior research experience in an area of expertise held by senior leadership so that mentorship can be provided. These areas of expertise include but are not limited to: 1) psychosocial research to improve symptoms, functioning, physical health, and quality of life for either adolescents/young adults at risk for psychiatric illness or substance use disorder, or individuals diagnosed with first episode or early psychosis, or those with chronic serious mental illness; 2) systemic interventions to address disparities in access or care provided to individuals from minority groups. The postdoctoral fellow will receive weekly mentorship from at least two senior staff and will be expected to use results from pilot studies, as well as their previous work, to apply for external funding at the K or R01 level.
The selected candidate will join a vibrant clinical and research community at MGH, located in Boston’s West End. He/she/they will be recommended for an academic appointment as a clinical and/or research fellow at HMS and will receive ample encouragement and mentorship to pursue scholarly publications. The fellow will have access to MGH’s employee benefits plan.
Key responsibilities include:
- Designing and conducting pilot research
- Capitalizing on opportunities to analyze electronic medical record data to answer research questions related to the area of interest
- Writing manuscripts, presenting results at local and national conferences, and applying for both internal and external grant funding to develop a research career as a researcher/clinician- researcher in academic medicine
- Participating in ongoing community-Center quality improvement projects
- Assisting with the day-to-day activities of the COE, including:
- Disseminating information in plain language to the larger community
- Collaborating with colleagues with lived experience of mental health and substance use challenges
- Participating in educational and training activities
- Reporting to the funder, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
- PhD in clinical psychology or a related field
- At least 5 years of research experience, inclusive of research experience acquired during doctoral training
- Commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion
Additional desirable experiences and skills:
- Clinical training and license eligibility upon completion of a one year postdoctoral fellowship
- Fluency in another language
- Background in clinical research design and methodology, statistics, and manuscript preparation
- Experience with grant writing
As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, the COE recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.