Chapman University, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences

Position ID:Chapman University-Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences-PDACE [#18827]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow for Study on Childhood Adversity (ACEs) and Neurodevelopment
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Orange, California 92866, United States [map]
Subject Area: Mental Health
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2021/07/06, updated 2021/06/21)
Position Description:    

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Job Title

Postdoctoral Fellow for Study on Childhood Adversity (ACEs) and Neurodevelopment, Summer 2021







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General Information

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship position under the supervision of Dr. Laura Glynn, Ph.D., on a new California state-funded research study on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Orange County. This study is a collaboration between University of California Irvine, Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC), and Chapman University. (Funding announcement: This position is available July 1, 2021, although the start date is flexible. The position will be located at Chapman University.

Adverse early-life experiences (ACEs) are drivers of worse physical and mental health outcomes and disparities. The overall goals of this project are to better understand how ACEs impact development and study a novel way of identifying early who may be at risk for ACEs-conferred health problems, in order to inform effective interventions. We will be screening a large, diverse cohort of children for previously established ACEs in addition to a novel ACE— unpredictability in early life— to understand their unique and cumulative impact on neurodevelopment. Additionally, using intra-individual methylomics, we will identify predictive epigenetic profiles of children impacted by ACEs. This project draws on interdisciplinary expertise in neuroscience, emotional health, health disparities, community engagement, epigenetics, big data, and data-base design and sharing.

Chapman University is a nationally ranked institution offering traditional undergraduate and graduate programs in the heart of Orange County, one of Southern California’s most diverse and vibrant regions. The university achieved R2 status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a distinction held by just 10 percent of all U.S. universities and is ranked as #124th among Best National Universities by US News and World Report (2021). Our faculty include academic leaders who excel in research, publishing and world-class teaching in our 11 schools and colleges, including Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. Dedicated to forward-looking, personalized education, we create an environment for unlimited achievement by both our students and faculty. More information about the university and Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences is available at

The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman University is available at


Required Qualifications
• Ph.D. in a relevant discipline by the time the position starts.
• Prior clinical research experience.
• Strong interpersonal skills.
• Advanced data analysis skills.
• Excellent organizational skills to help enable management of a large multi-component project.
• Leadership skills
• Academic/scholarly writing skills

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience, knowledge, and/ or research interest in the role of early life adversity in mental health, developmental psychopathology, risk mechanisms, and health disparities.


We seek applicants whose research interests and experience will contribute to the scientific goals of the project. With close mentorship and support, the fellow will be involved in data analysis and manuscript preparation as well as overseeing study operations such as recruitment and assessment of mothers and infants (ages 1 month – 2 years) at CHOC and Chapman University, building and maintaining participant and collaborator partnerships, conducting standardized interviews and developmental assessments, and collecting biological samples.

Contact Information

Interested applicants should submit a letter of intent detailing a description of relevant experience and future goals, a CV, and one to two letters of recommendation to:

Dr. Laura Glynn, Professor of Psychology
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Please reach out to for additional information.
The position will be located at Chapman University and may be funded and supported for up to 3 years, pending performance and grant support. Application review will begin immediately. Review will continue until the position is filled. Successful completion of a criminal 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.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

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