Postdoctoral Fellowship – Early Course Psychosis Treatment and Research
Maine Medical Center
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Doctorate
Postdoctoral Fellowship – Early Course Psychosis Treatment and Research Maine Medical Center Portland, ME Full Time
Ideal start for this role would be July/August, 2022.
Maine Medical Center is seeking up to two Postdoctoral Research Fellows for a well-established and growing early psychosis clinic and research program in Portland, Maine. Portland is a community rich in cultural and outdoor opportunities, under 2 hours from Boston and 6 hours from New York, and identified as one of the best places to live in the United States.
The position, working closely with Dr. Kristen Woodberry at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute and Dr. Meredith Charney at Maine Medical Center, will include a rich combination of clinical work and research with adolescents and young adults in the first couple years of a psychotic disorder or at clinical high risk for psychosis. The affiliated Maine state and SAMHSA-funded first episode program, PIER, provides coordinated specialty care (CSC) including multifamily group psychoeducation, CBT for psychosis, case management, supported education and employment, cognitive enhancement therapy, and peer and family partner supports. Over the next 9 months, PIER and its partner program, RESILIENCE, are expanding their capacity to a census of 80 and will become the hub for expanded state-wide programming. Thus we expect strong potential for ongoing career development in Maine.
The current research program is focused on four project areas: 1) establishing psychosis screening norms and procedures for use in primary care settings serving adolescents and young adults; 2) rural pathways to care and specialized psychosis service delivery; 3) peer and family support during and prior to Coordinated Specialty Care referral or intake, and 4) identifying dynamic predictors of psychosis outcomes and clinical trajectories using experience sampling. Opportunities are also available to work with collaborative projects and databases, including studies of stigma, autism and psychosis, social skills training, cognitive enhancement training, substance use, and family involvement in coordinated specialty care. The person hired will be supported in taking leadership, participating in trainings, publishing, and seeking independent funding for research within current or complementary project areas.
Conducts complex research procedures and analyses using a variety of techniques and instrumentation. The research fellow may serve as an institute resource as a principal user or expert in a specialized instrument or technology.
Collaborates with the PI and other institute investigators as part of the overall responsibility for project inception and completion.
Participates in the training of undergraduates, summer students and institute personnel at all levels in the research fellow’s area of expertise.
Stays current in literature relevant to area of research interest and expertise. May present research results at regional or national conferences.
May provide substantial input, both data and its interpretation, in the preparation of both manuscripts and grants.
Will be proactive in identifying, reporting and participating in the resolution of any potential or actual patient safety issues.
Prepares advanced training of personnel in the use of key technology or software.
Interprets and presents research results in manuscript form where the research fellow has been the principal participant in a research project.
A doctoral degree (e.g. PhD, MD, DO, DVM, PharmD)
The ability to comply with research regulations, standards, and policies, and established skills in good research practice, data collection and analysis.
Communication skills that are sufficiently developed that the individual at this level will be able to present research results at regional and national research conferences.
The ideal candidate will have the following:
A recent Ph.D. in clinical psychology or related field.
Training and/or experience with adolescents and young adults and with individuals experiencing psychotic symptoms and mood or psychotic disorders.
Specific training and experience in specialized early psychosis clinical care or research.
Training and experience with structured clinical assessments commonly used with early psychosis populations such as the Structured Clinical Interview of DSM-IV or 5 Disorders (SCID), the Structured Interview of Psychosis-risk Syndromes (SIPS), the Comprehensive Assessment of At-Risk Mental States (CAARMS), the Schizophrenia Proneness Instrument, Adult (SPIA) or Child and Youth (SPICY) versions, the Global Functioning Social and Role Scales (GF-S, GF-R).
Specific training or experience in psychosis screening, primary and integrated care, clinical trials, suicide risk or self-harm research, experience sampling, and/or research into the biological correlates of affect, affect variability, or sleep.
Strong statistical analysis skills and capacity to learn and apply new analytic techniques.
About Maine Medical Center: Maine Medical Center is a Magnet designated 606-bed tertiary care and teaching institution. MMC is Maine's largest hospital and a state-wide health care resource. MMC offers outstanding career opportunities and quality of life in Portland.
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit integrated health system consisting of twelve local hospital systems, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare network, diagnostic services, home health agencies, and over 22,000 employees. It is the largest health system in northern New England and provides preventive care, diagnosis and treatment to 1.1 million residents in Maine and New Hampshire.
We offer benefits that support an individual's needs for today and flexibility to plan for tomorrow. Our package includes health and dental insurances, paid parental leave (available at most locations), retirement program, generous paid time off, and much more! Our comprehensive array of benefits are competitive, affordable, and include choices that meet specific, but ever changing, needs.
With a career at any of the MaineHealth locations, you’ll be working with healthcare professionals that truly value the people around them – both within the walls of the organization and the neighborhoods that surround it. We are deeply invested in the wellbeing of our communities and employees. We believe in fostering a work environment of strong commitment, compassionate caring and continuous improvement. Our care – and the science behind that care – is top rate. Join us and your abilities will be challenged and enhanced as you take your career to another level.
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