Nov 26, 2018

Postdoctoral Fellow/Program Evaluation Research Scientist

  • Drexel University - Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
Postdoc Applied Psychology Postdoctoral Public Policy Quantitative Research Statistics

Job Description

The Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab in the Department of Psychology at Drexel University is hiring one positions to be filled by a post-doctoral fellow or early career professional. This is a two-year position contingent upon fit and funding. This position is funded by Dr. Naomi Goldstein’s research program, which is supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Program Description. The successful candidate will have a primary role in evaluating the Philadelphia Police School Diversion Program, which was implemented city-wide in 2014 and involves cross-system collaboration among Philadelphia’s juvenile justice and child serving agencies. The Philadelphia Police School Diversion Program was designed by the Philadelphia Police Department to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline by diverting youth from school-based arrest and into prevention services. As a result of this program, the city’s annual number of school-based arrests is down 71% from the number of school-based arrests in the year prior to program implementation. More information about the Philadelphia Police School Diversion Program is available:

Job Description. This individual will serve as a lead member of the program evaluation team. This individual will:
 Author, co-author, and collaborate on related publications, presentations, and grant proposals.
 Work with the statistician to help develop data analysis plans and run analyses
 Collaborate with research partners to facilitate a Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Diversion Program
 Communicate with IRBs and funders;
 Provide feedback to partner agencies about research findings to inform program enhancement;
 Play a key role in program dissemination to and trainings for juvenile justice stakeholders in other jurisdictions seeking to replicate the program.

Learning and Professional Development. The successful candidate will gain valuable learning and professional development opportunities. This individual will:
 Work closely with the evaluation team, which includes Dr. Goldstein, a statistician, a data and evaluation manager, a research coordinator, the former Deputy Police Commissioner who founded the diversion program, doctoral students, and undergraduate research assistants—all of whom work in the same location at Drexel;
 Collaborate with community partner agencies, including Philadelphia’s Police Department, Family Court, School District, Department of Human Services, Offices of the District Attorney and Public Defender, and service providers;
 Receive mentorship in applied juvenile justice research, policy work, and grant writing.
 If the successful candidate is a postdoctoral fellow, this individual can participate in postdoctoral seminars and professional development workshops at the University of Pennsylvania.
 Additional opportunities available to teach pending interest.

Qualifications. The Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab seeks a candidate with a doctoral degree in statistics, public health, criminology, public policy, psychology, or a related discipline. The ideal candidate will have strong quantitative and writing skills necessary for publications and grant proposals, and the excellent interpersonal skills needed to successfully collaborate with juvenile justice stakeholders. Title dependent on experience and career track.

Salary. $50,000 plus benefits. Funded by NIJ grant #2017-CK-BX-0001 and OJJDP grant #2017-JF-FX-0055

How to Apply. Please send a letter of interest and CV to Naomi Goldstein, Ph.D., Director of the Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab, Co-Director of the Law and Psychology Program, and Professor of Psychology at Drexel University: Please specify in the subject line, “2019 Application for Position 1”. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue on a rolling basis until position is filled.


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