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Position # 119

Position Details

School / Department: School of Medicine / Psychiatry
Classification: Postdoctoral Associate
Funding source: NIH Grant
Start Date: 9/1/2009
Description: A post-doctoral research fellowship in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital of UPMC/Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is available. This is a two-year fellowship. This program provides evidence-based psychological interventions for children and adolescents experiencing anxiety, mood and behavior disorders, and conducts federally-funded research exploring the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral interventions adapted for children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions. The program is housed in the Department of Gastroenterology at Children’s Hospital of UPMC and allows for a unique opportunity to integrate the delivery of mental health and medical care. The post-doctoral fellow will be involved in several aspects of the research program, including the delivery of a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)-based treatment, development and publication of manuscripts, and grant writing. In addition to the CBT trial, the program also conducts genetic and neuroimaging research exploring the neurobiological basis of depression in children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions, and involvement in these aspects of the program are also encouraged. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) is part of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine. WPIC is consistently ranked among the top three recipients of federal funding among Psychiatry departments in the US. WPIC ranked #1 in NIH funding last year, receiving in excess of $62 million dollars. There are 170+ ongoing research and research training projects at WPIC that address basic and clinical research issues relevant to behavioral/psychiatric treatments. There are currently 232 faculty members, 38 of which have NIH Career Development Awards (K awards). WPIC has demonstrated a strong commitment to training, research, and clinical service. Presently, 52 post-doctoral fellows participate in programs designed to facilitate the education of junior health professional and future faculty members. In addition, there are outstanding mentorship opportunities and post-doctoral fellows participate in seminars designed to improve grant and manuscript writing as well as statistical skills. In this position, fellows will have an opportunity to interact with some of the country’s leading clinical treatment researchers in child/adolescent psychology and psychiatry. For preliminary discussions, please contact Eva M. Szigethy, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics (412-692-8147;
Qualifications: We seek individuals with a PhD in psychology (clinical with a quantitative emphasis) from an APA-accredited program who 1) have an interest in addressing depression in children with a physical illness, 2) want to explore the neurobiological causes of depression, 3) intend to achieve excellence in clinical care and academic research and 4) would like the opportunity to work creatively and collaboratively with an active research team. Experience in psychotherapy, family/child training, developmental psychology, and/or significant experience working with children are required. A familiarity in developmental psychology is encouraged. Candidates must be U.S. citizens.
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Faculty/PI Name: Eva M Szigethy
Mailing address: c/o Eva M Szigethy
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