Postdoctoral Fellowship position in Family-Centered Sleep and Media Use Research

The Garrison Lab at Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pleased to announce a call for applications for postdoctoral research training for those seeking to develop a career in sleep or media use research in children, adolescents, and families. The postdoctoral fellow will receive research and training under the mentorship of Michelle Garrison, PhD, with an emphasis on the development, optimization, and evaluation of family-centered health behavior change interventions. The primary funding for this position will come from an NIH-funded grant of a harm-reduction intervention for late night media use and sleep in early adolescents using strategies that draw from past work in mindfulness and interoceptive awareness. The study will involve both in-home and in-lab assessments, with data collection including not only diaries and surveys, but also actigraphy, heart rate variability, and electrodermal activity – as a result, potential fellows with experience or interest in such digital biomarkers are especially encouraged to apply.

Our lab also has a NIH-funded randomized trial of our intervention for preschool children with behavioral sleep problems that is in the long-term follow-up phase, with participants currently 2-3 years out past baseline, and evaluation data available to collaborate on analyses and papers regarding child and parent sleep, behavior and emotion regulation, executive function, obesity, and quality of life. Other ongoing studies that may provide opportunities involve adapting our sleep interventions for different clinical populations (ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, asthma, arthritis, etc.) and age groups (from infants through adults), and exploring individual and group-level differences in vulnerability and resilience to the effects of media use on sleep.

Specific training in innovative methodologies, grant writing, manuscript preparation, and data analysis will be provided. The fellow will be encouraged to develop and complete independent projects, and will have access to numerous career development opportunities through Seattle Children’s Research Institute and the University of Washington, as well as support to participate in conferences and training activities.

Applicants must have: (a) completed their doctoral training in public health, psychology, or a related field prior to the start date, and (b) demonstrated strong potential for an academic career in sleep and/or media research. Past experience mentoring and supervising undergraduate and/or masters students would be helpful but is not required. We offer competitive salary commensurate with NIH guidelines and benefits. Seattle Children’s Hospital is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity and equity, and Dr. Garrison especially encourages applications from candidates whose backgrounds are often underrepresented in research, including those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, those living with disability, and those who have been first generation college students.

Applicants should send by May 15, 2019: a 1-2 page statement of research interests and career development aims, three letters of recommendation from mentors/supervisors, sample publications, and curriculum vitae to Michelle Garrison, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Services and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and Investigator at Seattle Children’s Research Institute – Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development. Please direct applications and/or inquiries via email to Dr. Garrison via email at both of the following email addresses: [email protected] and [email protected]. Position start date is negotiable, but ideally will be between June – September 2019.

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