Nov 21, 2019

Post-Doctoral fellow

  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Full time Abnormal Clinical Physiological Psychopathology Research

Job Description

T-32 POST-DOCTORAL POSITION IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY: This position provides exposure to ongoing experimental research, focused on how maladaptive emotion regulation and its underlying autonomic psychophysiology impact on the onset, maintenance, recurrence, and other outcomes of depressive disorders. One of our projects uses a behavioral-economic model of decision making to study its association with emotion regulatory processes in samples at high- and low-risk for depression. Another study investigates daily emotion regulation behavior (EMA), laboratory based regulation, and attention processes among young adults at high- and low-risk for depression.  Supporting the current work is a unique, multi-level, longitudinal developmental psychopathology and experimental data base (including clinical, psychiatric, epidemiologic, psychophysiological, and self-rated variables) across the life span on several samples, focusing on risk for juvenile-onset depressive and mood disorders and their life-long impact on emotional and physical health.

Post-doc training includes broad spectrum Psychiatry Department seminars, access to experts in various areas, developing a working knowledge of cardiac psychophysiology (autonomic nervous system processes) and its assessment, interfacing with other T32 trainees, and improving scientific and grant writing skills under the close mentorship of the Principal Investigator. The successful applicant will be expected to play an active and leading role in data analyses and publications. He/she also will share responsibility for coordinating ongoing studies, and if qualified, conduct some research clinical interviews with adults focused on DSM diagnoses. If appropriate, the trainee can receive clinical supervision that can be used toward licensing. Duties may include additional tasks across multiple projects.

Requirements are: a doctorate in developmental psychopathology or clinical psychology or related field, 3+ years of research exposure, preferably to psychophysiological assessments and standardized clinical diagnostic procedures, and familiarity with the developmental, clinical, and experimental literature on depression. Excellent communication, problem-solving, time management, and writing skills are essential. A multi-year commitment is expected.

Qualified candidates (USA citizens, green card holders) may submit their CV and three (3) letters of recommendation via email: to or by regular 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. (Nov.2019)



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