Oct 23, 2019


  • Harvard Medical School
  • Harvard Medical School, Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA, USA
Postdoc Epidemiology Health Postdoctoral Research

Job Description

We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow (2-year term) with training in psychiatric epidemiology  or psychology to be involved in an interdisciplinary program of research on the effects of innovative approaches to the treatment of suicidal patients in preventing suicidal behaviors. The fellow will be physically located in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, but will train and work with a large, multi-site network of researchers leading the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS). Army STARRS is focused on identifying risk and protective factors for suicidal behavior and related conditions. The post-doctoral fellow will focus on prospective observational analyses of large administrative databases for Army STARRS and other studies using modern targeted learning methods to evaluate the effectiveness of several innovative clinical interventions in place in DOD and VA to prevent suicidal behaviors.

Candidates are expected to have a PhD in psychiatric epidemiology or psychology and training in modern methods of making causal inferences from prospective observational data. Competitive candidates will have familiarity with double robust estimation and targeted learning, an interest in statistical methods for precision treatment planning, and experience in working with large administrative claims databases.

Research mentors will include: Ronald Kessler (Harvard Medical School), Matthew Nock (Harvard University), Robert Bossarte (West Virginia University and VA Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention, Canandaigua, NY) and other Army STARRS collaborators.

Please send: (a) a brief cover letter describing your background and interests, (b) CV, (c) two letters of recommendation, and (d) copies of relevant reprints/preprints.

The position will have a salary of $59,000 in the first year and $61,000 in the second year. The planned start date is July 1, 2020, but an earlier start date is possible if the candidate has a letter from his or her dissertation advisor confirming that the dissertation was defended successfully. U.S. citizenship is required for this position. The application deadline is December 15, 2019. Please send materials and any questions to: Audrey Kalmus at Kalmus@hcp.med.harvard.edu.


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