Areas: Juvenile Justice, Mental Health Disparities, Intervention Science, and Trauma-Informed Care
General Summary Drs. Shabnam Javdani and Erin Godfrey are seeking a postdoctoral-level investigator to work as a member of their research team on a NIH-funded 5-year, cluster randomized control trial in the areas of juvenile justice, mental health disparities (e.g., suicide), systems-level intervention, collaborative approaches to change and trauma-informed care. Targeting the contexts in which incarcerated youth reside, this project involves an effort to create and evaluate the only systematic staff-level training interventions for front-line staff. Training will be co-developed in partnership with NYC's Administration for Children's Services and will incorporate hands-on skills training to foster youth mental health, safety, rights and sociopolitical development.
Responsibilities Primary responsibilities are two-fold. The first responsibility is co-creating staff-level training materials, implementation guide, intervention manual, staff handbook and coaching protocols based on evidence-based approaches for addressing youth mental health, suicide, safety, rights and sociopolitical development. Supporting tasks may include reviews of literature on evaluation and implementation at scale for multi-site clinical trials and reviews of models such as gatekeeper training coaching, suicide prevention/intervention, dialectical behavior therapy, youth sociopolitical development and workforce issues. The second responsibility is co-developing and directing all data collection and evaluation procedures and materials. Supporting tasks include measurement development for staff and youth, data collection procedures and timelines, and data systems development.
The position will allow for dynamic experience that offers both breadth and depth in the realm of juvenile justice research, intervention and evaluation. The Postdoctoral Associate position offers a number of excellent training opportunities, including collaboration with senior and junior members of the research team, exposure to university-community research partnerships, and cross-institutional networking. This position also allows for the development of publications and conference presentations that support the candidate's programmatic research. Competitive post-doctoral salary and a comprehensive benefits package are offered and a rich array of NYU graduate/faculty seminars, and special training workshops in research methods and statistics, and in areas of social justice, mental health, implementation science and settings-level approaches are available. One year commitment required with possible option to continue contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.
Essential Functions 40% Evidence-based intervention design and development
40% Evaluation design, data collection, analysis, and data systems development
20% Project management and stakeholder collaboration
Position Details This is a full-time position beginning January 2019 or later based in New York, NY at the Institute of Human Development and Social Change, New York University. The position is benefits-eligible and reports to Shabnam Javdani, PhD and Erin Godfrey, PhD. Salary is commensurate with experience.
The candidate must have completed doctoral graduate training in applied psychology (e.g., developmental, counseling/clinical, community) intervention or prevention science, or a related field.
Experience implementing and/or evaluating evidence-based intervention protocols with attention to implementation and fidelity (experience designing evidence-based protocols strongly preferred).
Experience managing community-based research efforts and directing teams on complex tasks (at least 1 year of such field-based experience strongly preferred).
Ability to work well independently and in a multidisciplinary team, good organization skills, attention to detail and excellent oral and written communication skills required.
Relevant data design, collection, management and analytic skills are required.
Proficiency in quantitative experimental methodology and causal inference. Comfort in SAS preferred.
Track record of academic publications and presentations for scholarly and policy audiences highly preferred.
To apply, submit cover letter including statement of interest, CV, graduate school transcript, lead-authored writing sample (thesis chapter or published article), and names, phone numbers and email addresses of three referees.
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