Postdoctoral Fellow – Pediatric Psychology

This postdoc position involves leading and coordinating a HRSA-funded project in pediatric asthma.  For the first year of the project, we are particularly interested in hiring a postdoc who has experience and interest in qualitative research and digital technology.  We will be conducting focus groups with patients, parents, and providers as well as working closely with a web-production & software development company to design a pictorial asthma action plan to address literacy barriers and health disparities in rural youth with asthma. There are sufficient opportunities available to tailor the position to the training needs and interests of the fellow. This position can be funded 1-3 years. 


If you are interested in applying or have any questions, please send an email to the PI, Christina Duncan (



Postdoctoral Fellow – Pediatric Psychology (PSYCH 15-00)


The West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC) seeks to hire a Postdoctoral Fellow – Pediatric Psychology in the Department of Psychology at West Virginia University (WVU). The position is available immediately, with a preferred start date no later than July 1, 2015. This position will serve as the project coordinator for a federally-funded project (PI: Christina Duncan, PhD) involving a randomized clinical trial to evaluate the relative impact of a new asthma action plan format on family knowledge of asthma care, medication adherence, health outcome, and satisfaction with asthma care education in rural youth with asthma. This position involves working closely with pediatric patients with asthma and their families, a digital technology company, and an interdisciplinary healthcare team in the implementation and conduct of this cutting-edge research.  


A PhD in Psychology, Nursing, or Pharmacy, and experience in conducting clinical or applied research are required. An emphasis in pediatric/clinical child psychology or clinical psychology, and/or experience in conducting clinical or applied research with a pediatric care focus are preferred. It is essential for the candidate to have strong communication and interpersonal skills, publication record, organizational skills, experience and comfort in working with technology, and ability to coordinate multiple tasks.


In addition to the candidate’s project tasks, he or she will be expected to contribute to the laboratory through mentorship of graduate and undergraduate students, participation in other research projects, and preparation of manuscripts and grant proposals. Opportunities are available to tailor the position to the candidate’s individual training interests, including clinical and teaching activities. The PI will be committed to helping the fellow reach his or her career goals.


WVU is a comprehensive land-grant institution with an enrollment of over 29,000 students and is a Carnegie High Research University. The PI’s research bridges work between the Department of Psychology and the Department of Pediatrics at WVU Health Sciences Center ( The WVU Health Sciences Center offers advanced clinical care to individuals throughout the state of West Virginia, as well as patients in the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Ohio. The institution is making major investments in new state-of-the-art facilities and improvements in research, education, and clinical care.


WVU is located in Morgantown, WV (, an hour south of Pittsburgh, PA. Morgantown is regularly recognized as one of the top small cities in the nation, based on access to healthcare, support for schools, good jobs, low cost of living, and other measures of livability. Along with the exciting atmosphere associated with a university community, Morgantown offers exceptional access to the outdoors for recreation during all seasons (e.g., WV has world-class whitewater rafting, rock climbing, biking, hiking, skiing/snowboarding, etc.).


Competitive NIH-scale salary and benefits package offered. For a complete job description and to apply for this position, please visit and click on the “WVURC Employment Opportunities” link. Applications will be accepted immediately and considered until the position is filled.  Applications must include submission of three PDF documents (1) vita, (2) statement of interest or cover letter, and (3) three letters of recommendation (combined into one document). AA/EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/E-verify compliant employer.



JoNell Strough, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychology

Coordinator, Doctoral Program in Life-Span Developmental Psychology

Director, Graduate Training, Department of Psychology 



Phone: 304-293-4924

Fax: 304-293-2001

Department of Psychology

West Virginia University

53 Campus Drive

Morgantown, WV 26506-6040