Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

Applying Basic Behavioral Science to Improve Children’s Health and Well-being
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

***The next opening for post-doctoral positions on the T32 will be for positions beginning in July 2018. Please watch for application information in Fall 2017.

Applications are now being accepted for an NICHD post-doctoral research fellowship (1 year with opportunity for 2nd year based on satisfactory performance) at the University of Michigan Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD). The Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD) is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to the advancement of research on children’s health and development by fostering collaborations among biomedical, behavioral, and social scientists. CHGD’s scientists integrate the science of child development with pressing public health issues affecting children and their families. CHGD will award one post-doc starting in Fall 2016. The goal of this training program is to prepare future leaders in the field of child development who will be poised to make substantial contributions to improving health and well-being in childhood by integrating biology, behavior, and intervention science. Cross-cutting themes in the training program include: (1) trajectories of child development and their biological underpinnings; (2) parenting as a transactional process with roots in biology; and (3) behavioral intervention implementation.

The major features of the training include: 1) a mentor-based research apprenticeship with an NIH-funded investigator that culminates in the completion of an independent research project; and 2) a formal core curriculum that focuses on the skills necessary to become an independent investigator, including: developmental theory and methodology, study design and statistical modeling, translation of research findings into interventions, professional socialization, , grant preparation, career planning, scientific presentations, project management, and the ethical conduct of research.

The successful candidate will have earned a Ph.D. by the time of appointment in developmental psychology, human development and family studies, developmental neuroscience or a related field specializing in research on child development. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is necessary due to training grant requirements. Salary is in line with NIH pay scale. Offer includes full U-M health benefits, and discretionary funds to be used for conference travel and research expenses.

To Apply:
In addition to submitting an application for Job Opening ID 119034 through the University of Michigan Careers at the U website (, submit CV (including indication of citizenship), a statement describing research interests and career objectives, and 3 letters of recommendation, to: by January 29, 2016. Applications will be reviewed immediately. The key selection criteria include: (1) a demonstrated proficiency and potential to become a leader in research in child development; and (2) a demonstrated interest in an interdisciplinary approach to applying basic developmental and behavioral science to improve children’s health and well-being.
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Training Program Faculty

Ronald Chervin, M.D.
Professor, Neurology Obstructive sleep apnea, sleep disorders in children

Pamela Davis-Kean, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychology Pathways through which socio-economic status of parents relates to the outcomes of their children; use of replication methods and large scale data sets

Barbara T. Felt, M.D.
Professor, Pediatrics Effects of iron deficiency during early brain development on longer term brain and functional behavioral outcomes; sleep in young children

Ashley Gearhardt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology Similarities between addictive and eating behaviors through a multi-method approach including neuroimaging, eye-tracking, and measurement development; role of the food environment (e.g., food commercials)

Niko Kaciroti, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, CHGD Application of statistics in an interdisciplinary setting using linear and nonlinear mixed models, survival analysis and structural equation modeling

Ioulia Kovelman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology Language and reading development in monolingual and bilingual infants and children using behavioral and brain imaging methods (fMRI, fNIRS).

Betsy Lozoff, M.D.
Professor, Pediatrics Common nutritional and environmental problems that adversely affect children’s development, especially in resource-poor settings; developmental and behavioral effects of iron deficiency in infancy

Julie Lumeng, M.D.
Professor, Pediatrics Predictors of childhood obesity, particularly among low-income children, including maternal feeding styles and biobehavioral markers of psychosocial stress; community-based interventions for childhood obesity

Alison Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education Childhood mental health, developmental psychopathology; childhood poverty and stress, eating behavior and obesity; biobehavioral self-regulation, socio-emotional development, and school readiness; child and family interventions.

Karen Peterson, D.Sc.
Professor, Environmental Health Sciences Biosocial and environmental influences on child growth and maturation during sensitive developmental periods; design and evaluation of population-based interventions addressing dietary and physical activity behaviors in diverse populations

Kenneth A. Resnicow, Ph.D.
Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education Design and evaluation of health promotion programs for special populations, understanding the relationship between ethnicity and health behaviors, school-based health programs, substance use prevention and harm reduction.

Katherine Rosenblum, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychiatry Trauma and relationship disruptions in early childhood, parent mental health, interventions to enhance parent-child relationships, and the special needs of young children in the context of military families, adoption and foster care.

Prachi E. Shah, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics Development of emotion regulation of infants born in the late preterm period.

Delia M. Vazquez, M.D.
Professor, Pediatrics Impact of early life stress on the developing hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and vulnerability to growth disorders, psycho-pathology and substance abuse.

Brenda L. Volling, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology Social and emotional development of infants and young children; the role of family relationships in facilitating children’s developmental outcomes; the role of fathers, the quality of sibling relationships, and parent-infant attachment.

Henry M. Wellman, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology Children’s acquisition of foundational knowledge – early acquired understandings that shape and frame later cognitive developments – studied via naturalistic and laboratory studies with infants and young children; development of a “theory of mind” and understandings of physical objects and biological phenomena.

Marc Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education Empowerment theory, adolescent health and resiliency, youth violence prevention, community-based prevention and evaluation research.

Katherine Bauer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences, Social and behavioral determinants of obesity among children and adolescents

Jenny Radesky, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics. Parent and child digital media use, parent-child interaction, and child social-emotional development.

Susan A. Gelman, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology and Linguistics. Concepts and language development in young children, implicit messages conveyed in parental language, psychological essentialism. Methods include laboratory-based behavioral studies and analyses of natural language.