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Fellowships in the Health Behavior Branch

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:
The Health Behavior Branch (HBB) seeks candidates for the NIH Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) postdoctoral fellowship. HBB IRTA fellows collaborate with scientists in the Branch on research related to the Branch's mission to understand the social and behavioral determinants of health and health- related behaviors, develop and test interventions promoting optimal health and development, and conduct research on the problem of health disparities over the life course. The disciplinary expertise represented in the HBB currently spans the fields of psychology, education, nutrition, and social and psychiatric epidemiology. Research within HBB investigates the social and behavioral mechanisms that influence health during developmentally sensitive periods and the dynamic interplay between social, behavioral, and biological determinants of health and well-being utilizing methodologies including population-based observational studies and randomized trials.

Current focus areas include: (1) the etiology of child and adolescent health and health-related behaviors including substance use, diet, weight, sleep, smoking, and physical activity; (2) etiology and prevention of motor vehicle crash risk among novice young drivers; (3) influence of neurobehavioral, social, and environmental factors on eating behaviors and diet-related health outcomes during pregnancy and early childhood; and (4) developmental risk factors for mental health problems and their outcomes including suicide. Branch scientists are internationally recognized as leaders in these areas and are recruiting fellows with interests overlapping with the mission of the Branch. Postdoctoral fellows are expected to develop their own initiatives within the scope of ongoing research in the Branch.

Candidates legally approved to work in the USA with an earned doctoral degree in the social and behavioral sciences or closely related field (e.g., psychology; public health; social, psychiatric, or developmental epidemiology; health education; nutrition; or quantitative methods) are invited to apply. Preference will be given to candidates with superior analytic, written, and oral communication skills, and with demonstrated research interests in areas currently under investigation in the Branch. Salary is commensurate with training and relevant research experience. These positions will remain open until qualified applicants are found.

To Apply:
Applicants should send: a curriculum vitae, official transcripts for undergraduate and graduate degrees, a statement of research interests to be pursued during training, and three letters of reference to the contact listed below.

Dr. Risë Goldstein
Health Behavior Branch, Division of Intramural Population Health Research
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 6710B Rockledge Dr., Rm. 3139B, M.S. 7004, Bethesda, MD 20892-7004
Tel: 301.594.9151; E-mail:

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