Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA - 1 Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in the Psychology of Imagination

The Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow to begin in the Summer or Fall 2014, for one to three years. The fellow will help implement a grant awarded by the John Templeton Foundation to the National Philanthropic Trust (NPT) on the psychology of imagination. The fellow will work with Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman as well as other members of our research team. In addition, the fellow will interact with senior scientists on the scientific advisory board for this grant. The fellow will be housed at the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center.

The fellow’s main responsibilities include planning research meetings attended by creative leaders in a variety of fields. To that end, the fellow will implement the following tasks: selecting and recruiting participants, overseeing meeting preparation and logistics, developing interview and research procedures (including qualitative and quantitative assessments), managing and analyzing data, as well as writing up articles and/or books summarizing findings of meetings in collaboration with other members of the research team.

In addition, the fellow will have the opportunity to continue developing his or her independent research program related to the psychology of imagination, broadly defined as the mental representations (visual, verbal, and auditory) of things that are not present to the senses. Research by the fellow can include investigations of imagination, prospection, original thinking, creativity, and innovation, among other constructs. Research by the fellow may involve examinations of determinants, measurement, and enhancement of imagination-related abilities, among other topics. The fellow’s scientific work can be in the area of neuroscience, clinical, cognitive, social, or personality psychology, and can take place in the laboratory or doing fieldwork.

Experience with qualitative and quantitative research design, advanced statistics, as well as strong writing abilities and publication record is required for this position. Individuals with a Ph.D. in psychology are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please send a CV, statement of interest (two pages maximum), 2 reprints/preprints, and at least 3 letters of recommendation to: Jeanette Elstein at elsteinj@psych.upenn.edu. The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE/Affirmative Action Employer.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Child NeuroBehavioral Center for Health and Wellness (Private practice), Augusta, Georgia, USA : 1-2 Postdoctoral Fellowships

Position Description: The Child NeuroBehavioral Center for Health and Wellness, PC is offering two postdoctoral positions designed to train individuals seeking to work with a variety of psychological and neurological clients. Patients are referred by doctors and neurologists. Opportunity exists to work with children, adolescents, young adults, families, and foster/adopted families. Experiences would include psychological and neuropsychological testing, evidence-based therapies (PCIT, TF-CBT), play therapy, individual/group/family therapy, Reactive Attachment Disorder Intensives, qEEG and neurofeedback training, and vision and cognitive rehabilitation therapy. Thorough individual and group supervision is provided. Additional information is posted at www.childneuropsychology.info.
Practice Description: This center is a private practice offering coordinated and comprehensive neuropsychological and therapy services for children, adolescents, and adults in the Georgia area. Dr. Maria E. Gangarosa-Emerson will provide supervision. The practice also currently consists of two post-doctoral fellows, a part-time pre-doctoral intern, and three masters’ level psychometrists. Weekly didactic training is incorporated as well as other learning opportunities.

Compensation: Compensation will be discussed at the time of interview and will be commensurate with national, competitive postdoctoral fellowships.

Start dates:
June/July/August 2014 (exact dates to be negotiated)

Application Process: Candidate should be license eligible in state where s/he intends to practice. Please submit the following materials:

Materials for Submission: Please submit the materials listed below to Dr. Gangarosa-Emerson by fax (706-447-8701) or email at help@childneuropsychology.info.:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcript from Graduate Program
  • Sample report (HIPAA compliant)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation from clinicians well-acquainted with your graduate training, clinical work, and professional interests
  • List of tests given with approximate number of administrations

Formal Interview: Upon review of the above-listed application materials, Dr. Gangarosa-Emerson may invite you to schedule one or more formal interview(s). In the event you receive an interview, you will be contacted by email to discuss scheduling options.

Additional Information: Thank you in advance for your interest in this Postdoctoral Fellowship position! Please contact Dr. Gangarosa via email with any questions.

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Seaver Autism Center and F.E.G.S., New York, NY, USA - 1 Postdoctoral Fellowship in clinical psychology.

The Seaver Autism Center at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and F.E.G.S. Health and Human Services System are seeking qualified applicants for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology.

The Seaver Center and F.E.G.S. have partnered to develop a unique clinical and research opportunity for candidates interested in improving the functional outcomes for adults with autism spectrum disorders. The successful candidate will receive joint training at the Seaver Autism Center and F.E.G.S. Day services. F.E.G.S. provides day and residential services to adults with developmental disabilities, including ASD, in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island. The Seaver Center is a multi-disciplinary research center with research programs in genetics, neuroimaging, and treatment for individuals with ASD.

At the Seaver Autism Center, fellows will receive training in clinical research and evaluation methods utilized with children and adults with autism. Fellows will be responsible for conducting evaluations (e.g., cognitive, diagnostic) on children and adults with ASD who are participating in research. Fellows will be responsible for conducting cognitive and diagnostic assessments as part of the research battery as well as writing comprehensive evaluations. Fellows are expected to attain research reliability on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - 2 and the Autism Diagnostic Interview –Revised. Therefore, familiarity with these instruments is preferred but not required. At F.E.G.S., the candidate will be expected to oversee ASD-classrooms for consumers in two locations (Bronx and Manhattan), conduct assessments to evaluate individuals’ progress in the programs, provide staff training, and provide consultation for problem behaviors across F.E.G.S. programs. In addition, the fellow will help bring the use of technology into the ASD classrooms.

Qualified applicants should have broad training in behavioral interventions, community mental health services, as well as evaluation and testing of individuals with ASDs. Salaries are competitive with medical school/hospital benefits. The fellowship is designed to begin in Fall 2014. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, until the position is filled. Interested applicants may send inquiries and application (CV, 2 letters of recommendation, one comprehensive psychological evaluation) to Michelle Gorenstein, Psy.D., Seaver Autism Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine-Department of Psychiatry, One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1230, New York, NY 10029. Phone number: 212-241-9193. Fax Number: 212-241-5670. E-mail: Michelle.Gorenstein@mssm.edu.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Community Head Injury Resource Services (CHIRS), Toronto, ON, Canada - 1 postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology

Overview:  CHIRS is a registered no-for-profit charitable organization primarily funded by the Central Local health Integration Network and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. CHIRS provides support services to over 300 people with moderate to severe acquired brain injury with diverse and complex needs and maintains active research and clinical partnerships with the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH), an academic and clinical research health centre as well as community based agencies addressing homelessness and severe mental illness.

Neuropsychological services at CHIRS are dedicated to providing evidence-based, client-centered programming to pursue our mission of enhancing the lives of people who have been affected by acquired brain injury. At CHIRS we seek to exploit the best of evidence-based practices, implemented in the community with a focus on meeting clients’ personal goals.

Training provided at CHIRS conforms to the Houston Conference guidelines for Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology. We promote a scientist-practitioner model. Trainees are provided with supervision and experience intended to prepare them for registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) and board certification in clinical neuropsychology through the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN), a member board of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).

Goals:  The goal of our program is to prepare fellows for independent specialty practice in adult Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology. Although the focus is on acquired brain injury, fellows will get extensive exposure to a variety of medical conditions including anoxia, brain tumour, toxic exposures and serious mental illness.

In the first year, fellows will focus on developing an understanding of CHIRS clinical model and the role of neuropsychological assessment in the community-based care of people living with brain injury and complex co-morbid conditions. Fellows will complete assessments with newly injured older adolescents and adults as well as those who have been living with their injuries for several decades. All referrals have history of acquired brain injury, but those from our community partners may also have complex co-morbid conditions. This population provides exposure to the neuropsychology of substance use disorders as well as serious mental health. Participation in ongoing programming including our residential program and outreach programs will be provided. In the first year fellows also participate in the delivery of psycho-educational and clinical group programs, assisting experienced clinical team members in service delivery. Fellows will be provided with introductions to settings outside of CHIRS where clinical experiences may be developed for the second year of service.

In the second year, Fellows will participate in the development and implementation of group-based clinical services, provide clinical consultation and support program growth according to their interests and program needs. Fellows with enough supervision hours will obtain registration as a psychologist. They may spend one day per week off site getting exposure to another population of interest. Another goal of the second year is to complete the eligibility requirements for board certification (ABCN). Graduates of our program have entered into positions in academic medical centers, private practice and multi-disciplinary community clinics.

Training Activities: Post-doctoral fellows are expected to provide direct clinical service for at least 70% of their time and participate in research and/or educational activities for the remaining 30% of their time. Educational time includes attending rounds, participation in research projects or a focused review of literature relevant to cases seen in the assessment or treatment clinic. Training will include comprehensive neuropsychological consultation, functional neuroanatomy, ethical practice, cultural diversity, writing reports specific to community-based, medical and medical-legal consumers, the psychologists’ role in trans-disciplinary teams, and clinical research. Fellows will receive feedback and training regarding administration of examinations, provision of feedback to family members, clinical teams, and paraprofessional service providers.

Other Training Opportunities:
• Motivational Interviewing (with observed, supervised practice)
• Development and delivery of training for CHIRS staff members or for community groups
• Supervision of practicum students during the second year of the fellowship
• Cognitive-Behavioural and Family intervention after brain injury
• Neuropsychological assessment in the context of Addictions and Mental Health

Supervision: Fellows can expect to have 2 hours per week of face-to-face supervision, in addition to accompanying supervising psychologists in various clinical activities. Topics addressed in supervision will include neuropsychological assessment and clinical conditions in addition to the complex ethical and psychosocial issues that arise in the context of psychological practice. Professional standards and ethics will be emphasized.

Didactics: The Fellow is required to participate in a variety of formal and informal educational opportunities.  Clinical reading as required to maintain evidence-informed practice. The supervisor may suggest Readings. Fellows are encouraged to attend formal round to ensure a broad knowledge base in Clinical Neuropsychology, and include:

  • Weekly Baycrest Neuropsychology Rounds (required)
  • City-Wide Behavioural-Neurology rounds (optional)
  • Rehabilitation rounds University of Toronto (optional)
  • Center for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) (optional via EENet)

Eligibility: Applicants should be graduates of CPA/APA accredited clinical psychology programs and have completed a CPA/APA accredited internship in clinical psychology. It is expected that applicants will have internship-level training in neuropsychology. Applicants with prior coursework in Functional neuroanatomy, Clinical Neurology, Basic Neuroscience, and/or Neuropathology are preferred. Applicants who bring diversity to the program (e.g., fluency in in a second language or experience with under-served populations) are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are expected to defend their dissertation within the first three months of fellowship in order to qualify for registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario for supervised practice.

Application: The following application materials should be submitted electronically by March 1, 2014:
  • Letter of interest including training goals.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Official graduate transcripts listing courses, grades and degrees.
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • A letter or e-mail from the internship Training Director confirming that a internship will be completed by September 3, 2014.
  • A letter or e-mail from the CPA/APA-accredited graduate program Training Director confirming that the requirements for the doctoral degree are completed and defence is anticipated before January 2015
Application materials should be sent electronically to:
Carolyn Lemsky Ph.D., C. Psych., ABPP-CN
Community Head Injury Resource Services of Toronto (CHIRS)
62 Finch Ave. West, North York, Ontario Canada M2N 7G1

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Judith Ann Griese Institute at Judi’s House, Denver, CO, USA - 1 Psychology Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Family Grief and Trauma

Applicants are sought for a Psychology Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in family grief and trauma to begin September 1, 2014. This is a unique opportunity to receive advanced training in grief and trauma assessment, intervention, and community-based research, and to contribute to the emerging child bereavement field through collaborative publications and presentations. This fellowship includes both research and clinical opportunities (60%/40%, ratio negotiable), with an emphasis on the integration of academic research and evidence-based practice within a community setting. The fellowship involves collaboration with clinical and research staff from Judi’s House and academic faculty and staff from both the University of Colorado Boulder Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Judi’s House is a non-profit, community-based bereavement center that provides comprehensive care free of charge to approximately 1,000 grieving children and adult caregivers annually. The comprehensive model of care developed at Judi’s House includes a structured assessment protocol for bereaved children and adults, a trauma-informed curriculum used in 10-week bereavement groups, ongoing support groups, and individual and family counseling and therapy. Services are provided at Judi’s House and in schools and community-based organizations throughout metro-Denver. In an effort to better understand the needs of bereaved families and continuously evaluate and improve its programs, Judi’s House has a longstanding collaboration with Dr. Louise Silvern from the University of Colorado at Boulder Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. In collaboration, they have been conducting a prospective, longitudinal study on the short- and long-term impact of bereavement and of grief support services for children and families. This ongoing study currently includes over 2,000 participants, and has been instrumental in shaping services provided at Judi’s House. In conjunction with the newly formed Judith Ann Griese Institute, Judi’s House is developing a collaborative network of researchers, practitioners and community partners aimed at utilizing innovative technology, training and multi-site research to increase access to integrated systems of care that effectively address the unique and diverse needs of the bereaved throughout Colorado and beyond.

Fellowship applicants should have a doctoral degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology or a related field and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team. We are seeking applicants who have a strong interest in developing a program of research in the area of child and family grief and trauma. As collaboration will be a key component of this position, there will be ample opportunity for scientific writing, publication and presentation. The ideal candidate will have previous research experience as well as experience working with grieving and/or traumatized children and families. APA accredited graduate programs and internships preferred. Strong data analytic skills are preferred, although support with analyses will be provided by statisticians and researchers on the project. Salary is commensurate with level of experience. Benefits include vacation, paid time off, professional development funds and leave and health care coverage.

Opportunities within this Postdoctoral Fellowship will include:

  • Collaborating on publications based on large, established dataset concerning bereaved children and families as part of an interdisciplinary research and clinical team
  • Ample time for literature review and writing
  • Topics include effectiveness of an established bereavement intervention program and wide-ranging questions about individual differences and developmental trajectories
  • Conducting data analyses and interpreting findings as part of collaborative team
  • Assisting with coordinating data collection and management
  • Conducting assessments and providing group and individual counseling/therapy with bereaved children and adults
  • Providing trainings and presentations to interns and community-based clinicians and agencies
  • Opportunities for supervision may be available depending on previous experiences and fellowship responsibilities
  • Participating in trainings at Judi’s House and the Judith Ann Griese Institute
  • Participating in research colloquia at CU Boulder and didactics, grand rounds, presentations and trainings at CU Medical School and Children’s Hospital Colorado
Individual clinical and research supervision will be provided weekly, in addition to participation in weekly clinical review meetings at Judi’s House, which include disposition planning and case consultation. All hours accrued (both for clinical and research activities) will be supervised by a licensed psychologist and will count towards psychology licensure. The following four licensed psychologists will be working closely with the Fellow to fulfill the established goals of the postdoctoral fellowship:

  • Micki Burns, Ph.D., Director of Programs, Judi’s House
  • Brook Griese, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer, Judi’s House
  • Louise Silvern, Ph.D., Principal Investigator for the Judi’s House Research Initiative; Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Ayelet Talmi, Ph.D., Director of Research, Judi’s House; Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado

Application Procedures: Applications will be considered until the position is filled. To apply, please submit: 1) a cover letter specifying interest in this postdoctoral fellowship; previous clinical, research and professional experience relevant to the position; and expectations of personal and/or professional goals that may result from engaging in the fellowship; 2) a current Curriculum Vitae; 3) three letters of recommendation. Prior to accepting an offer for fellowship, candidates will need to provide written verification from graduate program training directors and internship training director regarding status toward degree/internship completion, if applicable. Candidates will also need to provide proof of degree prior to beginning fellowship.

To apply, please email the above application materials to the fellowship selection committee at HR@judishouse.org, including “Postdoctoral Research Fellowship” in the subject line of the email. Please contact Dr. Ayelet Talmi at ayelett@judishouse.org with any questions about the position.