Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland

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*Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Health Psychology and Neurobehavioral Research Program, Pediatric Oncology Branch, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.*

Position Description: The Health Psychology and Neurobehavioral Research Program of the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute, NIH invites applicants for a full-time 1 to 2 year Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) postdoctoral fellowship in health psychology to begin in the late summer to fall 2020. The CRTA fellow will be integrally involved in the team’s clinical research program that investigates the effects of disease and treatment in children through adults with chronic medical conditions who are enrolled on natural history protocols, clinical treatment trials, and psychological intervention studies at the NIH Clinical Center.

The fellow will have numerous clinical and research opportunities to participate in depending on interest and experience. Our psychology team is integrally involved in a number of clinical research studies, including conducting cognitive and patient-reported outcome (PRO) assessments for patients on research protocols evaluating cutting-edge treatments for relapsed leukemia, sickle cell disease, and other hematological diseases, as well as comprehensive neurocognitive evaluations on natural history studies of children and young adults with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), other RASopathies, and rare tumors. The psychology team also has several ongoing grant-funded projects involving developing and validating PROs to assess chronic pain in children through adults with NF1 and examining the feasibility and efficacy of a mindfulness-based intervention for children and adolescents with high-risk cancers. Through these experiences, the fellow will have opportunities to participate in all aspects of clinical research process, including new protocol development, study implementation and data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and manuscript preparation.

The fellow also will have opportunities to conduct therapy (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness-based therapy) with clinical referrals of patients on research protocols and may help supervise graduate and undergraduate students. Training and supervision of the fellow will be provided by licensed psychologists in the program.

Competitive salary and benefits are offered. Applicants must have a PhD or PsyD from an APA-accredited graduate program/internship and have demonstrated research experience. Experience working with children and adults with medical conditions is preferred. This fellowship provides an excellent opportunity for a recent graduate interested in pursuing a career involving clinical research with medical populations.

Email a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for three references to Staci Martin, PhD at *martins@mail.nih.gov*. Reference letters will be requested upon invitation for an interview. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Disclaimers: This position is subject to a background investigation. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

 

(This information was submitted on November 14, 2019)