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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Shannon Wiltsey Stirman

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Wiltsey Stirman, Shannon
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Psyc: Behavioral Medicine
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
12-24 months
Appointment Start Date: 
How to Submit Application Materials: 

email to with "Messaging Study Postdoctoral Application" in the subject line

The Fidelity, Adaptation, Sustainability and Training (FAST) Lab at Stanford University School of Medicine, in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences department is looking for a highly motivated, self-driven postdoctoral fellow to support an NIMH-funded study (PIs Shannon Wiltsey Stirman & Katy Dondanville) on trauma-focused intervention delivered by asynchronous messaging. This position will be working conjointly with investigators at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio and Talkspace, LLC.  The study will compare a messaging-based, culturally sensitive cognitive processing therapy (CPT) with culturally sensitive messaging-based trauma therapy as usual, and will also compare two different strategies to promote greater engagement in treatment. The fellow will have opportunities to learn about and support the conduct of a clinical trial, including screening and eligibility determination, data collection and analysis and fidelity support and assessment. They will also contribute to the development of a novel AI-based approach, and to the development of manuscripts and presentations based on study findings. The fellow will have opportunities to work with various team members to expand their skills in areas including PTSD clinical trials research, culturally responsive psychotherapy, CPT, implementation science, mental health consumer motivation, and machine learning. This is a one-year position with the option to continue for a second year.
Applications will be reviewed beginning on December 15 on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Planned start date in Summer or early Fall 2022, earlier start may be possible.

Required Qualifications: 

1. Must have graduated from an accredited PhD or PsyD program by the start of the postdoc fellowship.
2. Training in the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD
3. Supervised training in Cognitive Processing Therapy
4. Experience or interest in mental health equity research, digital mental health, implementation science, AI, statistics or data science
5. Demonstrated ability to work independently, self-initiative, attention to details, self-motivated with a strong aptitude for team work.
Preferred Qualifications
1. Fluent in Spanish
2. Experience working with under-represented consumers of mental health services

Required Application Materials: 

 A cover letter detailed your past work and reasons for your interest in this specific position
 Curriculm Vitae
 Contact information for three professional references


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.