Postdoctoral Psychology Research Fellowship, 2021-22
McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
The McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School Geriatric Psychiatry Research Program (GPRP, https://www.geriatricpsychiatryresearch.org), and Spirituality & Mental Health Program (SMHP, www.mcleanhospital.org/treatment/smhp) are seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to work under the supervision of Brent Forester, MD, MSc, David Harper, PhD, and David H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP. The successful candidate will be proposed for academic appointment as a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. The GPRP is directed by Dr. Forester and is dedicated to studying the neurobiological causes and correlates of psychiatric disorders and Alzheimer’s/related dementias in later life, the relationship between cognitive impairment and mood changes, and novel treatments to improve quality of life for older adults. The SMHP is directed by Dr. Rosmarin and conducts research on the relevance of spirituality to anxiety, mood, substance use, and other disorders, while innovating methods to incorporate faith into evidence-based treatment, and raising greater awareness about spirituality and mental health.
The successful candidate will assist with preparation of outputs from clinical research studies on geriatric mental health (50% effort), and spiritual factors in mental health (50% effort). Specific responsibilities will include developing and testing hypotheses within existing databases, conducting data analytics, overseeing research assistants in developing figures, tables, reference sections, etc., and completing other duties as assigned. Current studies within GPRP are examining the longitudinal trajectory of geriatric mood disorders, the relationship of mood disorders and cognitive functioning with advancing age, the relationship between mood, cognition and neuroimaging biomarkers using fMRI, DTI and MRS techniques. Current SMHP studies are examining spiritual/religious predictors of anxiety, mood, and other disorders across the lifespan using self-report, neurocognitive, and neuroimaging modalities. This fully funded position requires a minimum two-year commitment, and carries a professional appointment at McLean Hospital. Opportunities will be available to gain supervised clinical experience for the purposes of licensure in psychology in the State of Massachusetts.
A PhD or PsyD in clinical psychology or a related field with a strong record of academic achievement including publication of scientific manuscripts and conference abstracts is required. Candidates with interests and experience with geriatric mental health and/or spirituality and mental health are preferred. Required general competencies include excellent interpersonal skills, professionalism, and respect for subjects’ rights and needs, strong oral and written communication skills, excellent scientific writing skills, excellent organization skills and ability to prioritize a variety of tasks, careful attention to detail, and a high degree of computer literacy with basic software used for communication, clinical, and administrative purposes. Candidates must clearly and consistently demonstrate McLean Values of integrity, compassion and respect, diversity and teamwork, excellence, and innovation throughout all work activities and interactions.
To apply, send a cover letter of interests as well as a CV and names/contact information for three references to Kaitlin McManus via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters should be addressed to the attention of Brent Forester, MD, MSc, and David H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP. Review of applications will begin in December, 2020 and the expected start for this position will be summer/fall, 2021.
About the McLean Hospital:
Founded in 1811, McLean Hospital is a world leader in treatment and scientific investigations of mental disorders and in training clinicians. Today, McLean maintains the largest program of research in neuroscience and psychiatry of any private psychiatric hospital in the United States, and it has been ranked as America’s best freestanding psychiatric hospital for 17 consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report. McLean is located in Belmont, Massachusetts, 5 miles from Boston. McLean Hospital is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and Mass-General-Brigham.
McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of McLean Hospital to affirmatively provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants for employment and existing employees without regard to their race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender orientation or any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable law or regulation. McLean Hospital does conduct pre-employment drug screening, and any offer of employment is contingent upon satisfactory results of the screening. McLean Hospital is a member of Mass General Brigham Health Care System.