Date Posted: Mar 26, 2019
The Center for Translational Neuroscience (CTN) is a center within the Department of Psychology whose mission is to translate knowledge from basic neuroscience and apply it to improve well-being, promote resilience, and mitigate the effects of early adverse experiences. The CTN employs successive iterations of neuroscience research, theory building, and practice to drive the scientific knowledge base forward and promote evidence-based policy.
The Psychology department, located within the College of Arts and Sciences, is one of the largest departments supporting significant instructional and research activities in a wide range of fields within the discipline. The Department enrolls about 1,900 students per term, with approximately 300 undergraduate Psychology majors, and 80 doctoral students, and includes approximately 35 teaching faculty, emeriti faculty, research staff, graduate students and professional/administrative staff. For more information on the Department, visit https://psychology.uoregon.edu/. For more information on the CTN, visit http://ctn.uoregon.edu/.
The University of Oregon and the Center for Translational Neuroscience are committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse institution and seek candidates with demonstrated potential to contribute positively to its diverse community.
We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Scholar to conduct and assist in work on an NIDA-funded randomized clinical trial of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for families involved with child welfare. In this project, we are assessing mechanisms of PCIT-driven change in (a) parenting processes, (b) parental attributions, (c) children’s autonomic and brain functioning related to emotion regulation and executive control, and (d) behavioral outcomes.
Biobehavioral assessments of child welfare-involved parents and children ages 3-7 years are completed at three time points: Pre-intervention; mid-treatment; post-intervention; and follow-up at 1-year post-baseline for maltreatment recidivism. Over 150 families have enrolled in the study to date. The position is part of the Biobehavioral Health (BBH) lab, housed within the Center for Translational Neuroscience (CTN) at the University of Oregon. Work in the lab is guided by a translational neuroscience approach to understanding the pathways through which family interventions reduce risk for child maltreatment, support effective parenting, and strengthen children’s developing self-regulation skills. Under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Skowron, the primary responsibility of the postdoctoral scholar will be to develop, write, and publish manuscripts using existing data from this large, randomized controlled trial of PCIT. The Postdoctoral Scholar will also interact with Dr. Phil Fisher, CTN Director and Co-I on the study, and other study collaborators. In addition, the Postdoctoral Scholar will assist with planning and data collection for new projects and contribute to the preparation of future grant proposals. We are looking for a highly conscientious and motivated individual with shared interests and the following qualifications.
For the purpose of acquiring additional professional skills needed to pursue a career path in the chosen field, this position will have a formal mentor plan.
• Ph.D. in Clinical/Developmental Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related discipline.
• Significant history conducting research with early childhood populations, and/or high-risk clinical populations as part of candidate’s doctoral training.
• Strong record of publications (including first-author manuscripts) in peer-reviewed journals.
• Experience working in a team environment, requiring participatory decision-making and cooperative interactions among employees.
• Strong computer, statistical, and technical skills (SPSS, Qualtrics, Matlab, Python, R, SPM, FSL, AFNI, or similar platforms).
• Excellent scientific writing skills.
• Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, including the ability to function effectively as a team member and team leader.
• Topical expertise in early adversity, prevention science, child development, and/or parenting.
• Previous experience with analyses and interpretation of cardiac measures (i.e., HRV, PEP), neural measures (i.e., EEG/fMRI/rsMRI), and biological measures (e.g., blood, urine).
• Proficiency with advanced statistical methods for longitudinal and multimethod data (MLM, HLM, etc.).
• Experience in the planning, implementation, and tracking of a research project comprising multiple assessments.
• Interest in community outreach and intervention delivery in community settings.
• Experience with open science and reproducible research practices.