Wednesday, May 25, 2011

UTMB Health - Two postdoctoral fellowships (60-75% research) in Galveston, Texas.

The recently formed Psychological Health and Research program at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB Health), in collaboration with the Transitional Learning Center (TLC), is currently inviting applications for 2 postdoctoral fellowships. The selected fellows will spend 60-75% of their time in research-related activities (authoring manuscripts, writing grants, assisting in data management/analysis). Candidates should have a strong interest in research on women’s and/or adolescent health (intimate partner violence, substance use, disordered eating, health risk behaviors). Current research opportunities include NIH-funded projects on teen dating violence (Temple) and adolescent weight-related behaviors (van den Berg), as well as studies examining chronic pelvic pain, sexual functioning, adolescent health risk behaviors, and post-acute TBI assessment and intervention studies.

The remaining 25-40% of the fellowship's time will be devoted to clinical activities, and fellows will be encouraged (and given time) to obtain licensure. One fellow will spend 2 days/week at TLC, a post-acute brain injury residential program with supervision provided by Dennis J. Zgaljardic, Ph.D., ABPP. The fellow will receive advanced training in conducting clinical interviews and providing therapy to patients with mild to severe TBI, as well as patients with conflict-related PTSD. In addition, there will be an opportunity to receive training in neuropsychological assessment. The other fellow will be majority research, but will dedicate 1-2 days/week providing clinical services in one of several primary Ob/Gyn medical clinics. Clinical focus will be women’s health (peripartum depression/anxiety, pelvic pain, sexual functioning) and will consist of individual, couple’s, and group therapy.

Competitive applicants will have 1) a strong interest in pursuing an academic career, 2) prior experience in all phases of the research process, 3) strong skills in managing/analyzing data, and 4) an interest in providing clinical care in an interdisciplinary environment. Qualified applicants will have completed their doctoral training and pre-doctoral internship at an APA-accredited or CPA-accredited program by the start of the fellowship year (fall 2011). The anticipated start date is flexible and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

UTMB Health, one of the oldest academic health centers in the nation, is part of the world famous Texas Medical Center and is located on the Texas coast just south of Houston. With 32 miles of beaches, historic landscape, and affordable living, Galveston is the ideal place to live and train (link). The Psychological Health and Research program is housed within UTMB’s Department of Ob/Gyn, which is nationally ranked in the top 10 for  NIH funding. Please send a personal statement, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to Jeff R. Temple, PhD via email at or standard mail at 301 University Blvd., Galveston, TX 77555-0587. Electronic submissions preferred. Recommendation letters can be emailed directly to Dr. Temple. Questions about the program should be directed to Dr. Temple.

Jeff R. Temple, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Director, Pelvic Health
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
UTMB Health
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-0587
Phone: 409-747-8560