We are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Dr. Rachel Gross, MD, MS, and Dr. Mary Jo Messito, MD, on research projects to generate new knowledge about the behavioral, social, economic, and environmental factors during pregnancy, infancy and early childhood that increase disparities in the rates of early child obesity. The work will also focus on developing and evaluating behavioral, social and environmental interventions to reduce early behavioral patterns associated with obesity and to ultimately implement and disseminate these innovative strategies to diverse economic and ethnic communities to achieve population level health outcomes. Our multidisciplinary team of researchers brings together experts from a wide range of fields, including general pediatrics, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, obesity medicine, and nutritional science.
For candidates with interests in obesity prevention during pregnancy, infancy and early childhood, promotion of healthy infant feeding, activity and development, enhancement of general parenting skills, and addressing maternal psychosocial risks, such as maternal depression, anxiety, stress and financial difficulties, this position offers a remarkable opportunity to be part of an innovative project. The candidate will be responsible for management of scientific and administrative operations for the Starting Early Program projects. In addition, the candidate will have significant opportunities for involvement in other ongoing research. This fellowship provides substantial opportunities for new PhDs seeking significant experience, mentorship, and networking, as well as close collaboration with the Principal Investigators and considerable involvement in authorship of abstracts, presentations, and manuscripts.
Participation in research design and methodology
Provide oversight for data collection, processing, organization, management, and analysis (including database design and management)
Development of parent interviews, child assessments, and measures of parent/child interactions
Execution of statistical analyses and generation of reports
Coordination with representatives of hospitals, universities, and agencies involved
Liaison to colleagues at other institutions
Write-up of and support for grant applications and reports
Dissemination of findings, including leadership role on certain publications and presentations
Scientific assistance with other research projects as needed
Development and maintenance of grant, financial, and other regulatory records, including budgetary materials and Institutional Review Board records
General project management tasks
Administrative assistance with other research projects as needed
PhD in developmental psychology, nutrition science, or related field
Fluency in Spanish is beneficial but not required
3+ years of research experience, and previous experience supervising employees, students, or volunteers
Independent writing skills and communication skills
Proficiency with database and statistical software required (for example, Microsoft Excel, SPSS, R, STATA, REDCap); previous experience with database development preferred
Proficiency with statistical design and analysis
Internal Number: 462
About New York University School of Medicine
NYU LANGONE HEALTH and NYU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
NYU Langone Health is one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers. Its trifold mission to serve, teach, and discover is achieved daily through an integrated academic culture devoted to excellence in patient care, education, and research. NYU’s mission to advance science and improve healthcare through scientific discovery brings together outstanding scientists and clinical researchers, fostering highly collaborative, multidisciplinary investigations. This teamwork inspires new ideas and discoveries, and helps to quickly translate scientific advances into innovative ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Following the traditions and missions of the NYU School of Medicine and with its main clinical base in Bellevue Hospital Center, the Department of Pediatrics and Division of General Pediatrics has a long-standing and powerfully strong commitment to the care of underserved, vulnerable children.
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