Dec 01, 2017

T32 PostDoctoral Position Focusing on Mood Regulation and Depression

  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Postdoc Biopsychology Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience General Physiological Research

Job Description

T32 POST-DOCTORAL POSITION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY, focusing on mood regulation and depression: A T32-postdoctoral position is available in our lab, which has focused on the course, long-term outcomes, and consequences of juvenile-onset depressive disorders, with an emphasis on risk factors and psychological as well as physiological mechanisms, particularly in the area of emotion/mood regulation. Our multidisciplinary team also has been investigating psychosocial, clinical, and physiological (mostly autonomic nervous system) factors that may affect adult affective functioning and physical health-related outcomes in our target populations. One of our current projects seeks to characterize trajectories of the regulation of sadness/dysphoria from childhood/adolescence up to middle-age among adults who had juvenile-onset depressive disorders (compared to emotionally healthy controls). It also examines how autonomic nervous system processes and decision making tendencies contribute to long-term affect regulatory profiles by implementing a neuro-economic approach to decision making.

The T32 training components include department-based seminars, individually tailored didactics, and involvement in projects that focus on the measurement of autonomic nervous system processes and clinical diagnostic assessment. The successful candidate also will receive skills training relevant to grantsmanship and publication of scientific articles. Duties may include, but are not limited to, originating/contributing to data-based manuscripts, overseeing preliminary data analysis, and facilitating research coordination and management. The incumbent also will conduct research clinical interviews with adults and arrive at DSM diagnoses: if appropriate, he/she will receive clinical supervision that can be used toward license certification. Further opportunities include involvement in other existing projects and access to large, developmental, multi-disciplinary data sets relevant to depression. Given our emphases on clinical/diagnostic issues, and lab experiments to test theory-based hypotheses about emotion regulation, this T32 position is a great opportunity for a clinically oriented research psychologist.

Requirements are: doctorate in clinical psychology or related field, 2-3 years of experience/exposure in an academic research setting preferably in a position of some responsibility, clinical exposure including experience with standardized diagnostic assessment procedures, and familiarity with the clinical and experimental literature on depression. Some experience with psychophysiological assessment is highly preferred. Excellent communication, problem-solving, time management, and supervisory skills are essential, and boundless curiosity is welcome. A two-year commitment is expected.

Qualified candidates may submit their CV and three (3) letters of recommendation via email: to or by mail to Dr. Maria Kovacs, Childhood Depression Research Program, 3811 O’Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15213. Applicants will be considered until the position is filled. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative-Action and Equal Opportunity employer.

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University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine



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