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Staff Scientist - National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging Intramural Research Program
(Posted 10/22/2019)

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), Intramural Research Program (IRP), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is recruiting for a Staff Scientist 1 in the Health Disparities Research Section (HDRS) of the Laboratory of Epidemiology and Population Sciences in Baltimore, MD. The overall research goal of the HDRS is to conduct interdisciplinary research focused on examining health disparities among minorities and the poor and to investigate the underlying behavioral and biological factors that drive the development of health disparities. Our study, Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity across the Life Span (HANDLS) provides a cohort for these bio-behavioral investigations. Ideally, the incumbent will have expertise in behavioral science with specialized experience in cognition, socio-demographic factors associated with cognitive functioning within the context of aging and health disparities. The incumbent will also assist in translational studies that examine biologic transduction pathways through which social determinates of health result in impaired cognitive function, health, and well-being. Relevant research experience and peer-reviewed publications in the topic of cognition, behavior, social determinates of health and aging are a plus. Excellent written and oral (English) communication skills are also required. In addition, incumbent should have demonstrated knowledge and experience in multivariable and longitudinal statistical approaches to epidemiologic data, and fluency with programs for analyzing data such as R. The incumbent will have a major role in assisting the Principal Investigator in project management, manuscript preparation, experimental design, training of junior fellows, providing technical assistance, and maintaining research continuity within HDRS. Staff Scientists do not receive independent resources, although they often work independently and have sophisticated skills and knowledge essential to support the work of the Laboratory and the Principal Investigator. The successful individual must have a PhD degree in neuropsychology, psychology, social epidemiology, or similar fields. Salary is commensurate with research experience and accomplishments. A full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life, and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan participation, etc.) is available. All employees of the Federal Government are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct. Additional information regarding the NIA IRP is available at the following website: To apply: Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation to: Angela Prazak; Office of the Scientific Director; Vacancy #NIA-IRP-19-13; National Institute on Aging, Biomedical Research Center, 251 Bayview Boulevard, Suite 100, Room 04C230, Baltimore, MD 21224 or email: Applications, including letters of recommendation, must reference the vacancy number above. The second round of reviews is expected to occur on or about December 23, 2019; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

Tenure-track Position at the Assistant Professor level, Health Disparities/ Health Psychology
(Posted 8/7/2019)

Department of Psychology, California State University, Long Beach announces a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin in Fall 2020 in Health Disparities/Health Psychology. Requirements include PhD in Health Psychology or related discipline; evidence of teaching at the college level; an active program of research, and peer-reviewed publications. Duties include teaching in specialty area, conducting research that incorporates students, and service. For complete position description with details on Required and Preferred Qualifications, Duties, Required Documentation, etc., see . Application review begins September 16, 2019.

Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) Position: Social and Health Psychology
(Posted 7/29/2019)

The Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University is seeking applicants who work at the intersection of Social or Personality and Health Psychology for a tenure track Assistant Professor position. We are interested in candidates with a strong grounding in psychological theory, cutting-edge methods and research programs, high-quality teaching, and strong statistical training and quantitative skills. We place high value on programmatic, theory-driven research that contributes to the substantive advancement of social or personality and health psychology. We also value open science efforts and strive for replicable and reproducible research. For serious consideration, application materials should emphasize how applicants: • work at the intersection of social or personality and health psychology • have a strong conceptual grounding for one’s work in psychological theory • have a track-record of experience with study design, data collection, and analysis Carnegie Mellon is a highly supportive environment for scientists seeking to span disciplines and employ multiple methodologies in their research. We are committed to building a diverse faculty within an increasingly broad university community. We believe that diversity of researchers, of research questions (at the intersection of social or personality and health psychology), and of research populations improves our field and our department, and we are actively seeking to improve and represent those values. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups, and/or from researchers whose work involves these populations. We also work actively to meet the needs of dual-career couples. Carnegie Mellon offers highly competitive salaries and startup packages in an attractive and highly livable urban environment. To be considered for positions beginning Fall 2020, applications must be received no later than October 1, 2019. To apply to this position, please see: Questions may be addressed to Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Term Tenure Track Professor at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Symptom Research Department
(Posted 10/23/2018)

Professor, Term Tenure Track The Department of Symptom Research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is recruiting for a full Professor, Term Tenure Track appointment. Scientific contributions must impact the implementation and development of patient reported outcomes of cancer and its treatment. The candidate should have good leadership qualities to supervise evidence-based approaches to the development of patient reported outcomes in clinical practice at MD Anderson and leveraging these to evidence a proven benefit to clinical outcomes with a focus on research and implementation of research on patient reported outcomes and participation in clinical trials. The candidate should actively engage in and encourage translational and clinical research and scholarly activity to enhance the academic environment of the department. This requires the ability to synthesize a myriad of details pertaining to the multiple areas of clinical practice and research activity. She/he should have a good publishing history, and should be able to demonstrate the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams that include research and clinical staff. The candidate should seek appropriate funding mechanisms to support the research activities which will require to communicate effectively with funding agencies, advocacy groups, foundations, policy leaders, and other stakeholder groups. The candidate should be able to maintain visibility by presenting results of studies in national and international professional and scholarly societies and meetings. The candidate would also have to supervise continuing professional education for the staff of the research group. The ideal candidate must have five years as Associate Professor or equivalent and experience in implementation and/or development of patient reported outcomes and/or involvement in clinical trials, with a Ph.D. in psychology, public health or other appropriate fields of science. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to: Lori Smith: Operations Manager MD Anderson Cancer Center 1515 Holcombe Blvd, Unit 1450 Houston Texas, 77030 Email: MD Anderson Cancer Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local laws, unless such distinction is required by law. All positions at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center are security sensitive and subject to examination of criminal history record information. Smoke-free and drug-free environment.

Postdoctoral Fellow - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
(Posted 9/7/2018)

The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position to begin immediately. The successful candidate will participate in a NIH grant-funded project evaluating biobehavioral mechanisms by which optimism may lead to healthier aging and longevity, which involves primary data collection and secondary data analyses in large cohorts. The fellow will work with our highly interdisciplinary research group, including scientists in epidemiology, aging, psychology, epigenetics, and natural language processing. Basic Qualifications -PhD in psychology, health and human development, social epidemiology or a related field -Skills in managing & programming large-scale data sets -Proficiency with advanced statistics -Knowledge of the interface between mental and physical health Additional Qualifications -Interest in & experience with biological data (e.g., epigenetics, metabolomics) Details and Instructions for applying:

International Lab to Lab Exchange

The Health and Behavior International Collaborative (HBIC) Award committee, of which APS is a sponsor, is  pleased to announce the 2019 Health and Behavior International Collaborative Award winners.

The winners and their sponsoring organizations are:

  • Thomas Kraynak (American Psychosomatic Society)
  • Suzanne Tanya Nethan (International Society of Behavioral Medicine)
  • Tess Langfield (International Behavioural Trials Network)
  • Leslie Johnson (Society for Behavioral Medicine (USA))
  • Chloe Huelsnitz (Society for Health Psychology)

Winners are each awarded USD$3000 to facilitate a minimum of a one-week visit to an international laboratory or research group under the guidance of an identified international mentor.

Following are details on the APS recipient, Thomas Kraynak, Position: Graduate Student, and his project:

Home institution: University of Pittsburgh, USA

Host/mentor institution: Professor Hugo Critchley, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, UK

Project: To adapt a standard psychological stress paradigm to experimentally manipulate cardiac viscerosensory signaling.

Biographical and project sketch: Thomas Kraynak is a graduate student in the Biological and Health Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. He is co-mentored by Pete Gianaros and Anna Marsland. Thomas has deep interests in brain-body interactions in the context of emotion, stress, and physical health. As part of this award, Thomas will travel to the laboratories of Professors Sarah Garfinkel and Hugo Critchley at Brighton and Sussex Medical School in the United Kingdom. His proposed project will adapt a standard psychological stress paradigm to experimentally manipulate cardiac afferent signaling. The proposed project will explore the impact of this manipulation on subjective and cardiovascular responses to psychological stress.

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