The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus is accepting applications for a full time Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect.
Following the seminal work of Dr. C. Henry Kempe, the Kempe Center has built a reputation as a world leader in the prevention, identification, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Center activities include developing and testing new prevention and treatment programs, overseeing the implementation of established evidence-based programs, evaluating and diagnosing children who are suspected victims of abuse and neglect, training professionals, and conducting studies that inform program development and public policy. In addition, the Kempe Center also hosts the Kempe Interdisciplinary Summer Research Institute, a week-long intensive set of courses providing training and research support for multidisciplinary professionals and students. Through funded projects and other collaborations, the Center has partnerships with the Department of Psychiatry, School of Public Health, the Kempe Foundation, the State of Colorado, and the National Foundation to End Child Abuse and Neglect (EndCAN) to name a few.
The Kempe Center is a section of the Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine. The University also houses the Developmental Psychobiology Research Group (DPRG), an interdisciplinary group of developmental researchers in the Denver area which has been continuously funded by an NIH training grant for over 30 years. The School of Medicine is also home to the Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS) and the Harris Infant Mental Health Program. The CU Anschutz campus is also home to the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH). The CSPH research programs span the range of research in community health and violence prevention to epidemiology, including the epidemiology of child maltreatment and Kempe faculty share joint appointments with the school. The Kempe Center and the Department of Pediatrics both have a strong affiliation with The Children’s Hospital, which hosts weekly pediatric and psychiatry grand rounds, continuing education courses, and ethics seminars, all of which are available to our researchers.
This is a full-time (1.0FTE), 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship designed to support the development of a Fellow who wishes to become an independent investigator in the field of child maltreatment and/or child welfare. The Fellow is expected to assist and collaborate on projects and programs at the Center, engage in scholarly activities, and participate in coursework, workshops and seminars toward the development of an independent program of research. There may also be opportunities to collaborate with several multidisciplinary, multi-university research groups, as well as clinical supervision. In addition, the Fellow will have opportunities to publish and to apply for external funding sources.
Current research projects at the Kempe Center focus on children who are at risk for or have experienced child maltreatment and/or other types of child trauma as well as youth-serving systems including child welfare, community mental health, and policy development. The recent projects, funded by both federal and local grants, have tested interventions in randomized controlled trials, conducted developmental risk research, evaluated effective strategies for community-based implementation of evidence-based child abuse and mental health practices, and studied the impact of major child welfare policies on the health, mental health, and development of youth.
Areas of Responsibility / Scope of Research:
Specific duties will vary depending on Fellow's interests, skill set, and current projects and needs at the Kempe Center. Faculty and program mentors will work with the Fellow to design a curriculum of educational activities and specific set of expectations including instructional activities, scholarly products, and Center program support activities. See examples below.
Examples of Work Performed:
Participate in grant writing
Data management and analysis
Grant based activities
Community training and program development activities
Collaborate with several multidisciplinary, multi-university research groups
Apply for internal/external funding
Participate in coursework, workshops, and seminars
Seminar development and some teaching
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a doctorate and/or MD in one of these fields of study: psychology, behavioral sciences, psychiatry, public health, epidemiology, medicine, demography, social work, or other related field
Prior research experience in area(s) of child/adolescent development, mental health research, intervention development, epidemiology, health or social service policy, implementation/dissemination research, or related fields
Prior experience with computer software including Microsoft Office products, reference products (e.g., EndNote) and one or more statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS, R)
Prior experience specifically in the area of child maltreatment research
Prior publication experience
Prior experience working on funded research
Competencies - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work independently within a research setting
Strong research skills and reasoning ability
Ability to manage time effectively while concurrently working on multiple projects
Ability to publish scholarly works and submit for research funding
Conditions of Employment:
Must successfully pass a 10-panel drug test through Children's Hospital Colorado
Must be willing and able to pass a national criminal and sex-offender background check
PLEASE NOTE: Candidates may be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.
Internal Number: 757591
About University of Colorado
The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver. CU Denver is our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver and located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets in this vibrant urban center.