The CREATIV Lab in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar interested in research on substance use treatment/prevention, online interventions, and peer support. Our team includes several University of Washington researchers and community partners working together to improve access to online information, prevention, and treatment services for people with substance use-related problems.
The Postdoctoral Scholar will work on a project that partners with a large, non-profit online platform that offers information, resources, and peer support for people experiencing problems related to substance use. More than 100,000 users access this platform annually to seek help for substance use, primarily adolescents/young adults and 40% racial and/or ethnic minority individuals. The Postdoctoral Scholar will be part of a research team that aims to (1) understand factors that are associated with optimal engagement with existing online resources related to substance use (e.g., screening, psychoeducation, peer support), (2) work with community partners from non-profit agencies in 6 states to develop and improve online content that will increase engagement, motivation, and self-efficacy, and (3) conduct a pilot trial that will test the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effectiveness of a novel "digital bridging" program that will connect online users with human coaches/peer navigators to increase self-efficacy, motivation, and knowledge for linking to treatment.
Working with research and community partners, the Postdoctoral Scholar will help to achieve the study aims described above, through activities such as:
Collaborating with community partners (counselors, community agency leaders, peer support specialists) to develop and improve online content (e.g., screening, psychoeducational materials) to be accessed by a large and diverse population of online users with varying levels of substance use, substance-related problems, and SUD severity.
Helping with research design, data analysis, and dissemination of findings from micro-randomized trials that test whether new online materials help improve engagement, motivation, and self-efficacy.
Collaboratively developing a novel "digital bridging" program to offer human support specialists upon request, and helping the research team to ascertain whether this program increases self-efficacy, motivation, and knowledge for seeking community-based SUD treatment services.
Contributing to study design and quantitative data analyses related to the study aims above (for multimodal data such as online analytics, usability data, survey data, and coaching/peer navigation sessions).
Disseminating research findings and presenting and publishing results.
Postdoctoral scholars will receive intensive mentorship to help advance their research training, professional networks, and career development. Postdoctoral scholars will be supported and encouraged to develop their own lines of research, including (but not limited to) online and/or digital interventions, addiction and mental health services research, and implementation science.
This is a full-time, one-year appointment with the option to renew for a second year. The intended start date is negotiable, currently anticipated for summer or autumn 2023. This position is full-time with competitive salary and benefits through the University of Washington.
Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.
A doctoral degree or foreign equivalent in Psychology, Public Health, Health Informatics, or a related field. Prospective candidates must have completed all doctoral degree requirements prior to the start of postdoctoral employment, currently anticipated for summer or autumn 2023.
Expertise in research related to substance use, digital health interventions, telehealth, clinical trials, and/or peer support specialists is preferred.
To apply for this position, please submit the following:
Cover letter describing your research experiences and interests, both broadly and with respect to the postdoctoral position.
Names and contact information for three references (optional: up to three letters of support)
A statement detailing how your research has supported underrepresented populations across dimensions of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, backgrounds, and interests. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further the Department's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Direct questions to Dr. Kevin Hallgren (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applications will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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