Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

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

CHGD is not accepting any fellowship applications for 2019-2020

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 2018. 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 151716  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 26, 2018. 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.

The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Training Program Faculty

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

Ronald Chervin, M.D.
Michael S. Aldrich Collegiate Professor of Sleep Medicine, Director of Sleep Disorders Center, and Professor of Neurology – Research interest: Obstructive sleep apnea, sleep disorders in children

Pamela Davis-Kean, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology – Research interests: 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 of Pediatrics and Director of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics – Research Interests: 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 of Psychology – Research interests: 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)

Susan A. Gelman, Ph.D.
Heinz Werner Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Linguistics – Research interests: 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.

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

Ioulia Kovelman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology – Research interests: Language and reading development in monolingual and bilingual infants and children using behavioral and brain imaging methods (fMRI, fNIRS).

Betsy Lozoff, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics – Research interests: 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 of Pediatrics – Research interests: 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 of Health Behavior and Health Education – Research interests: 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.
Chair and Professor of Department of Nutritional Sciences – Research interests: 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

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

Kenneth A. Resnicow, Ph.D.
Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education – Research interests: 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 of Psychiatry – Research interests: 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.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics – Research interests: Development of emotion regulation of infants born in the late preterm period.

Delia M. Vazquez, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics – Research interests: 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 of Psychology – Research interests: 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.
Harold W. Stevenson Collegiate Professor of Psychology – Research interests: 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.
Marshall H. Becker Collegiate Professor of Public Health and Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education – Research interests: Empowerment theory, adolescent health and resiliency, youth violence prevention, community-based prevention and evaluation research.