The National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is seeking applications for its NIMH-funded T-32 post-doctoral research training program, Basic & Translational Research Training in Traumatic Stress Across the Lifespan (T32MH018869). This program is in its 27th year of funding. It is anticipated that a minimum of one fellow and up to three fellows will be selected for the 2015-2016 year. The NCVC offers post-doctoral fellowship training for entry level and/or experienced mental health professionals who want to develop the clinical research skills necessary to pursue an independent research career in the field of traumatic stress, with a particular emphasis on civilian trauma. The fellowship is designed to be completed in two years. Stipends are based on NIH-designated levels. Successful applicants will demonstrate a strong commitment to a career in clinical science and must hold a doctoral degree in psychology, psychiatry, social work, or similar field.
The NCVC fellowship training program is designed to produce clinical scientists skilled in strategies to investigate the impact of traumatic events upon adults and children. Our comprehensive research training program provides trainees with mentorship, coursework, seminars, mental health treatment experiences, and research training necessary to conduct competent, interdisciplinary, and translational traumatic stress research. All fellows will have a primary NCVC faculty mentor and a co-mentor in a complementary field. Co-mentors will be jointly identified by the fellow and the training faculty, based on training needs, and may include Ph.D.s and M.D.s with a broad range of scientific expertise including (but not limited to) developmental psychopathology, behavioral and molecular genetics, HIV prevention, neuroscience, substance abuse, treatment efficacy, and dissemination and implementation research. The NCVC has a number of major extramurally-funded projects that include national epidemiological studies of exposure to traumatic stressors and risk of mental disorders, gene-environment interaction studies of resilience following exposure to disasters, treatment development and randomized clinical trials (RCTs), and projects addressing translation and dissemination of effective treatments to clinical practice (including mobile and web-based translations).
The NCVC is a division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC in Charleston, SC. The affiliation with a strong academic department (ranked 7th in the country for NIH funding across US Departments of Psychiatry) complements the outstanding post-doctoral training available through the NCVC fellowship. NCVC faculty includes 11 doctoral level professionals who are energetic and enthusiastic participants in the fellowship training program. The common interest of the faculty in traumatic stress provides a basis for building strong research programs. All faculty encourage collaboration with fellows within their research. Applicants are encouraged to visit academicdepartments.musc.edu/ncvc/about_us/faculty_list.htm for overviews of the faculty’s research.
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Applications must include: a) a letter outlining the basis of your interest in the fellowship and goals for advanced research training in traumatic stress research (inclusive of long term career goals); b) an updated C.V.; c) any p/reprints (minimum of one) you feel would help to demonstrate your research proficiency; and d) a list of 3 names (and contact information) for individuals who may serve as references for your research and work. Please note, we are not asking for letters of recommendation at this time. We may request this information at a later date. In considering research interests and goals for the fellowship training, interested applicants are encouraged to review current NIMH research priorities: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/research-priorities/index.shtml. We encourage applications from women and underrepresented ethnic, racial, and cultural groups, sexual minorities, and from people with disabilities. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.