Dwyer Lab at Yale Child Study Center post-doc position for clinical trial project for pediatric treatment-resistant depression

Pediatric Depression and Suicidality Clinical Trials:
Clinical Post-doctoral Associate

Posting Date: March 8, 2021

The Developmental Affective Neuropharmacology (DAN) Lab and Pediatric Treatment Resistant Depression Program at the Yale Child Study Center seek a highly qualified post- doctoral associate to participate in cutting-edge clinical research on adolescent depression and suicidality. This NIMH-funded work assesses novel interventions for treatment-resistant affective disorders in adolescents and incorporates assessment of neuroimaging biomarkers into clinical trial designs.

The DAN Lab at Yale is hiring a post-doctoral associate for training in the context of a clinical trial that tests ketamine as an anti-suicidal agent in teenagers with treatment resistant depression and suicidal thinking, incorporating fMRI imaging to identify biomarkers predictive of treatment response. Responsibilities will include conducting diagnostic and clinical assessments of teenagers with depression and suicidality, providing oral and written clinical feedback to families, and conducting longitudinal assessments of mood and cognition, as well as other research activities within the Yale Pediatric Treatment Resistant Depression Program. Applicants should have experience in the clinical and diagnostic assessment of adolescents with affective disorders; clinical trial experience in adult or pediatric depression is appreciated, but not required.

As part of the broader study, the post-doctoral associate will be part of an interdisciplinary research team conducting a wide range of longitudinal assessments, including diagnostic, observational, and fMRI measures. As part of the appointment, there will be opportunities for supervising post-graduate associates with clinical training, as well as potential for participation in research dissemination through publication or conference presentations.

There may also be opportunities to accrue clinical hours for those who are pursing licensure. We are seeking a two-year commitment (all initial appointments are one year, with the potential for renewal).

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

Eligibility Requirements

(1) Excellent interpersonal and clinical skills; (2) Doctoral degree in clinical, developmental, or school psychology, with emphasis on pediatric mood disorders; (3) Clinical assessment experience with adolescents with psychiatric illness; (4) Preferable research reliability in clinical depression scales such as the Montgomery Asberg Depression Scale (MADRS) and the Children’s Depression Rating Scale-Revised (CDRS-R)

Application Information

A complete application includes the following items (please include your full name on every page of your application):

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Names and contact information for two references
  4. Written work sample (de-identified) of a mood disorder assessment

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please submit applications via email to

[email protected]

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Submit your application with the subject line: LAST NAME_Position Title (e.g., SMITH_Clinical Post-Doc). For additional questions, interested applicants should contact [email protected] or call (203) 433-2788.

Direct applications to:
Jennifer Dwyer, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Child Psychiatry and Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
Co-Director, Yale Pediatric Treatment-Resistant Depression Program
Principal Investigator, Reducing Adolescent Suicide Risk: Safety, Efficacy, and Connectome Phenotypes of Intravenous Ketamine