Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position with Dr. Gregory Aarons & Dr. Danielle Fettes at the University of California San Diego, Department of Psychiatry and the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CARSC). The position is in our highly collegial research center focused on implementation and effectiveness research, and community-academic partnerships, located in central San Diego.

Dr. Aarons’ lab focuses on the implementation and sustainment of evidence-based practices in community-based settings. Drs. Aarons’ and Fettes’ work is known the examination and improvement of system and organizational level factors affecting implementation and sustainment of evidence-based practice, understanding and improving services for diverse and vulnerable populations of children and families, engaging in bi-directional, community-academic partnerships, and the advancement and integration of quantitative and qualitative methods in implementation research, particularly focused on public-sector service systems.

The postdoctoral scholar will primarily work with Dr. Fettes and Dr. Aarons on a William T. Grant Foundation funded project, The Community-Academic Partnership for Translational Use of Research Evidence (CAPTURE), which collaborates with one of the largest public sector child welfare systems in the United States, with the aim of increasing the use of research evidence in program, policy, and practice. The project provides opportunities for training in community-academic partnerships, leadership and organizational strategies, and fostering cultural exchange between researchers and community partners.  In addition, the scholar will work with Dr. Fettes on closely-related evaluation activities in San Diego County. CASRC provides additional opportunities for working with Dr. Aarons and/or other investigators on related projects and with existing data sets.

Primary activities include:

  • An integral role in facilitating the CAPTURE implementation, such as co-leading partner meetings and guiding system-change initiatives
  • Interact with key stakeholders, including system and community-based organization leaders, providers and consumers across CAPTURE and related evaluation activities
  • Support project logistics, including overseeing mixed-methods data collection
  • Data analysis and manuscript writing


  • PhD or equivalent in public health, psychology, social work, sociology, or related field
  • Strong interest in implementation science and the implementation of evidence-based interventions in community settings, community-academic partnerships, and system and organizational implementation issues
  • Knowledge of statistical software (e.g., SAS, SPSS, Stata, Mplus, etc.)
  • Preferred mixed-methods experience and knowledge of qualitative analysis software (e.g., NVivo, Dedoose)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Previous experience partnering with community stakeholders and community-based organizations

Salary: NIH post-doc rate

Start Date: Summer 2019 or as soon as possible. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter, CV, at least 2 writing samples, and the names of 3 professional references.  Send materials to Dr. Fettes <>.