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Job Description Post Doctoral Fellow Sierra Leone RPCA Research Program on Children & Adversity Boston College School of Social Work The Research Program on Children and\u00a0Adversity (RPCA) at the Boston College School of Social Work seeks a\u00a0Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Global Mental Health to be based in Freetown,\u00a0Sierra Leone. The RPCA is an applied research program dedicated to improving\u00a0the evidence base on the epidemiology of mental health problems and family\u00a0functioning as well as intervention research to develop and test mental health\u00a0services for children and families affected by multiple forms of adversity, including armed conflict, poverty, and infectious disease. The newest phase of\u00a0our work in Sierra Leone involves a mental health service research hub called\u00a0Youth FORWARD (Youth Functioning and Organizational Success for West African\u00a0Regional Development). Over the next 3-4 years, in collaboration with the\u00a0University of Sierra Leone, the University of Liberia, IPA, CARITAS and the\u00a0World Bank, we will be exploring ways to link evidence based mental health\u00a0services for youth to the youth employment, education and other alternative\u00a0sectors in Sierra Leone and also build capacity for mental health services\u00a0research in both Sierra Leone and Liberia.\u00a0 The post-doctoral fellow will oversee all\u00a0implementation science aspects related to a scale-up study of cognitive\u00a0behavioral therapy treatment groups (the YRI\/Youth Readiness Intervention) for\u00a0youth (males and females ages 15-24) exposed to violence and other forms of\u00a0adversity linked to alternative delivery platforms such as education and youth\u00a0employment programs in Sierra Leone. The post-doctoral fellow will also contribute to analysis of data an\u00a0intergenerational Study of War, which has been on-going in Sierra Leone since\u00a02002. The research fellow will report to Dr.\u00a0Theresa Betancourt and her lab and will join an on-going research collaboration\u00a0between the Boston College School of Social Work, IPA, CARITAS Sierra Leone and\u00a0the National Institutes of Mental Health.\u00a0 Please include a cover letter with your application. Salary: FY17 NIH Postdoctoral Fellow Minimum\u00a0Stipend: $47,484. Requirements Basic Qualifications The ideal candidate will have a strong\u00a0background in global mental health and implementation science with an interest\u00a0in the effects of violence on mental health in diverse cultures. Experience\u00a0with intervention study data, hybrid implementation science design and\u00a0longitudinal data is especially needed. Desired statistical strengths include\u00a0ability to analyze data from cluster randomized trials, work with missing data,\u00a0conduct multilevel modeling, oversee technology-based data collection and data\u00a0monitoring, and utilize mixed methodologies to triangulate qualitative and\u00a0quantitative data. The postdoctoral fellow will also assist with direct\u00a0supervision of Sierra Leonean staff who currently are working to process\u00a0incoming data. The fellow will work alongside an in-country Program Manager to provide supervision as needed while developing and maintain established\u00a0relationship with in-country partners and stakeholders. We seek a self-driven,\u00a0creative thinker with strong qualitative and statistical skills to help develop\u00a0methods which investigate mechanisms shaping treatment outcomes, agency and provider level data, the impact of inter agency collaborative teams on fidelity\u00a0to evidence based practices, etc. The\u00a0research fellow will be expected to collaborate on grant writing and\u00a0publications, and engage in dissemination of findings and close work with the\u00a0government and other stakeholders to translate research findings to inform\u00a0policy development.\u00a0 Additional Qualifications The successful candidate should be comfortable with advanced statistical and computational programming and have\u00a0some background related to conducting research in culturally diverse contexts,\u00a0preferably in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). A publication record that demonstrates\u00a0candidate\u2019s capacities is also desirable. The postdoctoral fellow will engage\u00a0in high-level research and will be involved in analysis and publication on\u00a0projects regarding ongoing work related to the Scale-up study, the Youth\u00a0FORWARD and the Intergenerational Study of War. \u00a0 Boston College is an Affirmative Action\/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at http:\/\/\/offices\/diversity.

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