Chapman University, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences

Position ID:Chapman University-Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences-POSTDOCTORALRESEARCHFELLOW [#13675]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychology, May 2019
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Orange, California 92866, United States [map]
Subject Area: Health / Health
Appl Deadline:2019/07/31 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/05/02, finished 2020/02/02, listed until 2019/07/31)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

Drs. Laura Glynn and Elysia Davis, at Departments of Psychology at Chapman University and the University of Denver, respectively, invite applications for a postdoctoral fellow position beginning in the summer of 2019.

The position funded by a National Institute of Mental Health Conte Center ( grant is titled: Fragmented early-life experiences, aberrant circuit maturation, and emotional vulnerabilities. Fellows may be funded and supported for up to 3 years, pending performance and grant support. The position will be located at Chapman University and involves close collaboration with both PI’s.

Chapman University offers traditional undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences and select pre-professional and graduate programs and has gained national recognition for its commitment to excellence through innovative research and teaching. Ranked #5 among western universities by U.S. News and World Report, Chapman University has recently achieved R2 status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. More information about the University is available at The university is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman can be found at


Postdoctoral Fellow must hold a Ph.D. or an equivalent of a doctoral degree by the beginning of employment at Chapman University. The doctorate or equivalent must have been awarded within the last five years. (Candidates who have exceeded five years of prior postdoctoral experience will not be considered.) A Ph.D. in clinical psychology is preferred.

We are seeking candidates whose research interests and experience include mood disorders, the role of early life adversity in mental health, developmental psychopathology, and risk mechanisms. Interested candidates should have advanced data analysis skills, prior clinical research experience, strong interpersonal skills, and excellent organizational skills to help enable management of a large multi-component project.


The main project for this position examines the role of a unique indicator of prenatal and early life adversity; unpredictability on child, adolescent and young adult mental health. We seek applicants whose research interests and experience will contribute to the scientific goals of the center. In these projects, which are part of the larger P50 effort, we are examining the role of a unique indicator of prenatal and early life adversity – unpredictability – on child, adolescent and young adult mental health. Project aims will be tested in two large longitudinal cohorts of individuals who have been followed prospectively from before birth. During the current funding period participants in one cohort will be assessed at ages 3, 4.5 and 6 and in the other at ages 16 and 18. Comprehensive assessments include parent and self-report, behavioral observation, home visits, methylomics, clinical diagnostic interviews and neuroimaging.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will receive mentoring from Drs. Laura Glynn and Elysia Davis, Departments of Psychology at Chapman University and University of Denver, respectively. Under their mentorship, the Fellow will have the opportunity to write manuscripts in the area of emotion, stress, and health with other preexisting datasets; develop health intervention studies; mentor undergraduates; and apply for foundation and federal grants. In addition, the Fellow will have the opportunity to engage with faculty at the Center for Excellence in Biopsychosocial Approaches to Health (CEBAH;

Duties include data analysis, manuscript preparation and structured interviews.

Contact Information

Applicants should electronically submit a letter of intent detailing relevant experience showing excellent organizational and managerial skills, CV, research statement outlining previous, current, and future research plans and three letters of recommendation.

If you have additional questions you may reach out to Dr. Laura Glynn or Dr. Elysia Davis at Successful completion of a background check is required for the final candidate.

Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866 Human Resources Department

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