Postdoctoral Fellowship in Early Course Psychosis Research

  • MaineHealth
  • Portland, ME, USA
  • Aug 25, 2021

Job Description


  • Maine Medical Center is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for a well-established and growing early psychosis clinic and research program in Portland, Maine. Portland is an idyllic, affordable community rich in cultural and outdoor opportunities, under 2 hours from Boston and 6 hours from New York, and identified as one of the best places to live in the United States.

    Position is open immediately but we are also accepting applications for a July/August 2022 start.

    The position, working closely with Dr. Kristen Woodberry at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, will include a rich combination of clinical work and research with adolescents and young adults in the first couple years of a psychotic disorder or at clinical high risk for psychosis. The affiliated SAMHSA-funded first episode program, PIER, provides coordinated specialty care including multifamily group psychoeducation, CBT for psychosis, case management, supported education and employment, and peer and family mentorship.

    The Research Fellow conducts a variety of complex research procedures and is able to conduct independent research in consultation with the principal investigator. The research fellow has a sufficient level of experience, expertise and independence to conduct a defined research project and report results in a peer reviewed forum.

    The ideal candidate will have relevant experience and be looking to develop an independent research career in early psychosis, but will have opportunity to complete hours for licensing and obtain specialized training in assessment and early psychosis treatments. The current research program is focused on three project areas: 1) identifying dynamic predictors of psychosis outcomes and clinical trajectories using experience sampling; 2) establishing psychosis screening norms and procedures for use in primary care settings serving adolescents and young adults; and 3) rural pathways to care and specialized psychosis service delivery. Opportunities are also available to work with collaborative projects and databases, including studies of stigma, autism and psychosis, social skills training, cognitive enhancement training, substance use, and family involvement in coordinated specialty care. The person hired will have a major role in the primary care projects and rural expansion, and will be supported in taking leadership, publishing, and seeking independent funding for research within current or complementary project areas.

    Essential Functions

  • Conducts complex research procedures and analyses using a variety of techniques and instrumentation. The research fellow may serve as an institute resource as a principal user or expert in a specialized instrument or technology.
    • Strong statistical analysis skills and capacity to learn and apply new analytic techniques

      The ideal candidate will have the following:

    • A recent Ph.D. in clinical psychology or related field.
    • Training and/or experience with adolescents and young adults and with individuals experiencing psychotic symptoms and mood or psychotic disorders.
    • Specific training and experience in specialized early psychosis clinical care or research.
    • Training and experience with structured clinical assessments commonly used with early psychosis populations such as the Structured Clinical Interview of DSM-IV or 5 Disorders (SCID), the Structured Interview of Psychosis-risk Syndromes (SIPS), the Comprehensive Assessment of At-Risk Mental States (CAARMS), the Schizophrenia Proneness Instrument, Adult (SPIA) or Child and Youth (SPICY) versions, the Global Functioning Social and Role Scales (GF-S, GF-R).
    • Specific training or experience in experience sampling, research into the biological correlates of affect or affect variability, sleep, psychosis screening, primary and integrated care, clinical trials, suicide risk or self-harm research, or therapeutic videogames.

    • Ph.D. in the social sciences or other relevant field.
    • Communication skills to present research results at regional and national research conferences.
    • Demonstrated level of independence to perform research responsibilities.
    • Interprets and presents research results in manuscript form where the research fellow has been the principal participant in a research project.
    • Prepares advanced training of personnel in the use of key technology or software.
    • Will be proactive in identifying, reporting and participating in the resolution of any potential or actual patient safety issues.
    • May provide substantial input, both data and its interpretation, in the preparation of both manuscripts and grants.
    • Stays current in literature relevant to area of research interest and expertise. May present research results at regional or national conferences.
    • Participates in the training of undergraduates, summer students and institute personnel at all levels in the research fellow’s area of expertise.
    • Collaborates with the PI and other institute investigators as part of the overall responsibility for project inception and completion.

Additional Information

Maine Medical Center is a Magnet designated 606-bed tertiary care and teaching institution. MMC is Maine's largest hospital and a state-wide health care resource. MMC offers outstanding career opportunities and quality of life in Portland.