Research Fellowship, in Developmental Psychopathology, Clinical Child Psychology or Child Psychiatry

Research Fellowship, in Developmental Psychopathology, Clinical Child Psychology or Child Psychiatry

The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre is a children’s and youth mental health treatment, research and teaching centre. The Centre is dedicated to promoting optimal social, emotional, and behavioural well-being in infants, children, youth, and their families, and to contributing to the achievement of healthy communities. Each year, more than 8,000 children and families are helped through a variety of prevention, early intervention, outpatient, and residential treatment programs.

We are seeking a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in developmental psychopathology, clinical child psychology, psychiatry or a closely related discipline. The primary roles of the Fellow will be to collaborate on ongoing descriptive and intervention studies and to develop new project(s) of interest. Specific duties will consist of: 1) participating in developing new grant proposals, 2) collaboration on ongoing and new projects and 3) data analysis and manuscript preparation. Ongoing and future projects will include intervention and youth engagement studies, studies examining the social determinants of health and standardized test development.

The Fellow will have access to various academic and training experiences by virtue of involvement at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre/Institute. The Fellow also will be eligible for joint appointment as a Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.

This is a one-year, full-time, contract position. A second year renewal is subject to fulfillment of objectives. Applicants interested in a second fellowship year will be encouraged and supported to apply for independent funding (e.g., CIHR or SSHRC) in the first fellowship year. The position start date is negotiable between September 1 and October 1 2015. The salary will be $30,000 plus benefits.

Qualifications/Requirements

The successful candidate will have obtained a Ph.D. in developmental psychopathology, clinical child psychology (or a closely related discipline), or specialization in child psychiatry by the start date. A minimum of 3 years of human subject research experience in a relevant topic area is required. Familiarity and experience with topics such as social identity, intergroup relations and social cognition is an asset.

The highest preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate strong conceptual and statistical skills (e.g., multi-level modeling, structural equation modeling, growth mixture modeling, cluster analysis). Experience with clinical assessments, including structured interviewing and self-report-rating scales is required, as is experience with children and youth. Clinical trials experience would be an asset. A demonstrated record of scientific productivity, as evidenced by peer-review publications, is required.

The successful candidate will also possess excellent attention to detail, strong communication, interpersonal, leadership and community collaboration skills, and will be responsive to deadlines and performance feedback. Candidates must possess a strong ability for self-directed learning and production of independent scholarly work. The ability to work effectively in a fast-paced clinical research environment with minimal supervision is essential, as is the ability to effectively lead and direct project assistants and to collaborate effectively with multidisciplinary clinical and research teams.

To apply please email a current CV and brief statement of research interests to Drs. Nancy Cohen at

ncohen@hincksdellcrest.org and Fataneh Farnia at ffarnia@hincksdellcrest.org. Applications will be accepted until August 15 2015, or until the position is filled. Only applicants who are selected for interview will be contacted.