University of Wisconsin-Madison

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Mental Health

Center for Healthy Minds

Seeking a postdoctoral research scholar with prior research and mental health training to work on a mobile health and depression study. The position will start in late Spring or Summer 2021 at the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Simon B. Goldberg, Heather C. Abercrombie, and Richard J. Davidson are recruiting a motivated and creative postdoctoral scholar for a project evaluating a mobile health intervention for depression. The intervention is based in contemplative practices and designed to improve well-being and reduce depression. The study will evaluate intervention-related behavioral changes. In addition, affective computing methods will be used in the development of novel “passive” measures of the plasticity of well-being that can be derived from natural speech. Drs. Goldberg and Abercrombie are licensed psychologists and will provide clinical supervision for mental health assessments within the study.

The Center for Healthy Minds (CHM) offers an exceptional interdisciplinary environment with extensive training opportunities. CHM is a research center comprised of psychologists, psychiatrists, neuroscientists, and contemplative scholars. Our mission is to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind.

Qualifications: Individuals with clinical degrees (e.g., PhD in clinical or counseling psychology) are highly encouraged to apply and, if desired, may have an opportunity to accrue clinical hours for licensure during the study. The ideal candidate will have experience conducting psychological and/or mental health research, mental health assessments and providing psychological support and risk management. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required, in addition to a motivation for collaborative and independent research and the openness, desire, and curiosity to learn new skills and pursue new research opportunities. Those with experience using affective computing methods (e.g., machine learning), mobile health research and/or remote data collection will receive preference.

Salary/Benefits: This is a full-time research position with 1 1/2 years of guaranteed funding. Additional funding may be available; the successful candidate will be motivated to seek independent funding (e.g., through NIH, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, or other private foundations) to extend postdoctoral training. Grant writing mentorship will be provided. A full benefits package is available.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should send the following information to Corrina Frye at cfrye@wisc.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with priority given to those received by Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Please include “Mobile Health and Depression Study Postdoc Position” in the email subject line.

  1. A current CV
  2. A statement (2-3 pages) that covers experience and goals regarding the following:
    • research
    • clinical assessment, therapeutic support, and risk management
    • equity and diversity
    • providing mentorship
  3. Names and contact information for 3 references

Equity and inclusion are integral to achieving the vision of the Center for Healthy Minds. We seek candidates with an awareness of and commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion across all spectrums. The Center is committed to continuously increasing the cultural competence of its faculty, staff and students through organization-wide forums and professional development opportunities.

University of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

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Last updated: 2021-03-25