POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN DIGITAL MENTAL HEALTH

Northwestern University’s Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITs; www.cbits.northwestern.edu) is seeking applicants for our NIMH T32 postdoctoral fellowship, “Multidisciplinary Training Program in Digital Mental Health” beginning July 2021. This fellowship focuses on mental health, and co-trains fellows in psychological science (psychology, psychiatry, and behavioral science) and human-computer interaction (HCI; computer science, communication, engineering, design, and human factors). The program provides fellows with research training and mentorship in both mental health and HCI research with the aim of preparing the next generation of digital mental health researchers to tackle the challenges of the field. The program is co-led by Drs. David Mohr PhD and Madhu Reddy PhD. Dr. Mohr is an expert in the use of technology and psychological approaches for the treatment of depression and anxiety. Dr. Reddy is a leader in HCI as applied to medical settings with expertise in qualitative methods.

CBITs, located in Chicago within Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, provides a unique scientific home for interdisciplinary scholars working in psychology, HCI, computer science, biostatistics, implementation science, and health disparities. The mission of the center is to design, evaluate, and sustainably implement digital mental health solutions. The overarching theme of CBITs’ research is focused on the design, evaluation, and implementation of technology-enabled interventions for mental health problems in the context of real world care settings.

Fellows work in a variety of complementary lines of research focused on digital mental health. This work will include collaborations with specialists in HCI, mental health, implementation science, social influences, and health disparities. The successful candidate will take a leadership role, overseeing individual research projects on multidisciplinary teams. The fellow will also have access to existing data for publications. Mentorship is available from experienced researchers who have federal and foundation funding including Drs. Mohr and Reddy as well as a variety of other faculty in both clinical science and HCI (see https://www.preventivemedicine.northwestern.edu/education/postdoctoral/digital-mental-health/mentors.html).

The primary objective of this fellowship is to prepare the individual for an academically oriented career in fields relevant to technology and mental health.

CBITs is dedicated to training fellows that will enhance diversity and equal opportunity in higher education and digital mental health research. As our healthcare and academic institutions serve increasingly diverse constituencies, it is vital to understand the ways in which differences in gender, class, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, and other identities can both divide us and offer us better ways of thinking and working. The CBITs faculty are committed to training fellows to work in an increasingly diverse society by promoting equity and justice for all individuals, actively working to eliminate barriers and obstacles created by institutional discrimination.

To comply with NIMH rules, fellows must be US citizens or have permanent resident status. We are reviewing applications in the fall and on a rolling basis thereafter, until the positions are filled. Appointments are for one year, renewable to two. To apply, send CV, statement of research interests and goals, 1-2 reprints or preprints of scientific publications, & three letters of recommendation to David Mohr, PhD and Madhu Reddy, PhD, care of Lucia Ontiveros at lucia.ontiveros@northwestern.edu, and cc Dr. Emily Lattie at emily.lattie@northwestern.edu.