The interdisciplinary Prevention Science PhD program at Washington State University (WSU), in collaboration with the Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR), seek candidates for a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship. The fellowship can begin as early as 8/15/2015. The candidate will work with Dr. Laura Hill, a prevention scientist and chair of WSU’s Department of Human Development, who will provide mentored training in research as well as protected time to participate in publishing, grant writing, and other career development opportunities, including teaching if desired. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team of prevention scientists, state behavioral health (substance abuse and mental health) agency administrators and researchers, and community coalitions. The mentored portion of the position will be dedicated to evaluating the effectiveness of a statewide, non-experimental implementation of a community-coalition model for substance abuse prevention, the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI). CPWI coalitions, developed from evidence-based models including Communities that Care and SAMHSA’s SPF-SIG framework, are currently operating in 52 communities in Washington with an additional cohort of communities to be added in 2015. The project provides an opportunity to conduct cutting-edge methodological research on the effects of large-scale evidence-based interventions on population health and to work closely with a state agency to use research and program evaluation to inform policy and practice.
The fellowship program is administered by the Prevention Science PhD program and is co-funded with DBHR. The candidate will be located on the main campus of WSU in Pullman, Washington but will travel occasionally to the state capital, Olympia. The fellowship provides a competitive annual salary and health insurance. To be considered, candidates must submit application materials by email, including a letter of application describing interests, qualifications, and relevant experience; a current curriculum vitae; and complete contact information for three professional references. Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Laura Hill: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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