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The JHU Multi-Site Post-Doctoral Training Program in Prevention Science

The JHU Multi-Site Post-Doctoral Training Program in Prevention Science is centered in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where it is directed by Dr. Nicholas Ialongo and is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Additional training sites include the University of South Florida's College of Public Health in Tampa, Florida and the University of California, Los Angeles's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Dr. Bengt Muthen (bmuthen@ucla.edu) is director of training at the UCLA site, whereas Dr. C. Hendricks Brown (hbrown@hsc.usf.edu) serves as director of training at the University of South Florida site.

The program provides training to individuals interested in the theory and methods of prevention science. We particularly encourage individuals with backgrounds in statistics or economics to apply. The program trains economists and clinical, behavioral, biostatistical, social and public health researchers to develop, implement, evaluate, and teach prevention research. Central to the training program is the belief that the rapidly emerging field of prevention research should be built on the integration of life course development and community epidemiology. This developmental epidemiologic perspective leads to research that focuses on developmental paths and vulnerability and variation in development as a function of individual, family, peer group, neighborhood, and community characteristics and the interactions between them over development. In turn, such research translates into the development of preventive interventions aimed at facilitating healthy development, while taking into account the characteristics of the targeted population and the environment within which it exists.

The UCLA and USF sites provide training to fellows with a strong interest in methodological applications and statistical research related to preventive interventions (randomized trials). In particular, topics concerning statistical analyses with latent variables in the context of repeated measurements, noncompliance, missing data, and multilevel data. 

Postdoctoral fellows responsibilities include participation on research teams, scientific paper writing, and developing expertise in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, and prevention via formal courses and fieldwork. Candidates should have a Ph.D. or M.D. by the start date of the fellowship. The fellowship is available for two years. 

Annual stipends range from $35,568-$51,036, depending on post-doctoral years of experience. Funds are also available to cover the cost of health insurance provided by the university. Up to $4,000 per year is available for program related travel and/or supplies. Only U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are eligible for NIH support. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Contact Nick Ialongo, Ph.D., Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 624 North Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21205 for further information. Telephone 410-955-0414, E-mail: nialongo@jhsph.edu. Online applications can found at https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=jhsph

 

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