School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center Post-Doctoral Fellowship [Apply by Nov. 1, 2017]

Aug 11,2017 | Consortium_staff Fellowships

Application Due Date: November 1, 2017
Location: Seattle, WA

The University of Washington School of Medicine and College of Education are recruiting two fellows for 2018 for the SMART Center’s Postdoctoral Research Training Program in School Mental Health. The fellowship’s areas of focus align with those of the SMART Center and include research-based school behavioral health strategies and policies, implementation science, educational equity, clinical research methodology, and understanding and reducing ethnic and racial disparities. The successful applicants will work closely with one or more faculty in the School of Medicine and/or CoE who will serve as mentors on current and recently completed federally funded research projects. (For more details on the SMART Center’s funded projects and faculty interests, see

In addition to mentorship from faculty who serve as PIs on federally funded research projects, fellows will also:

  • Engage in an individualized sequence of applied experiences in research design and advanced statistical techniques from SMART Center faculty who are nationally recognized experts in educational statistics and methodology;
  • Engage in extensive scholarly writing, secondary data analysis, and development and execution of their own independent research agendas;
  • Participate in coursework relevant to the fellow’s interests and individualized plan;
  • Interact with partners from schools, districts, and state education authorities as part of the SMART Center’s community evaluation and mobilization projects;
  • Receive a $5,100 travel budget each year to attend up to 3 events, meetings, or trainings (additional meetings may be attended using relevant grant funds);
  • Have access to $6,000 each year for independent research project costs (e.g., laptop, statistical software, participant honoraria, local travel, hourly research assistant time).


  • Interest and experience in research focused on: (1) effective strategies for implementing evidence-based and culturally-responsive mental health assessment and intervention practices in the education sector; (2) strategies for understanding and reducing ethnic and racial disparities in discipline and achievement; (3) enhancing school mental health data collection and use capacities (e.g., via screening, measurement-based care, data-driven decision support); and/or (4) care coordination models in education and community settings for diverse youth, and those with complex needs.
  • An earned doctorate in Clinical, Community, School, or Educational Psychology or a related discipline – such as Special Education or Social Work at the time of appointment.
  • Candidates must be citizens of the United States to be eligible for the fellowship.

To apply, please email:

  • A detailed letter describing interest in and qualifications for the position, including academic preparation, relevant experience, and research agenda. Please include a section identifying potential SMART Center mentor(s), your shared interests, and how the mentor(s)’ projects and foci may support the candidate’s progress toward professional goals. Please also describe experiences with and commitment to diversity-related work and equity in research, teaching, service, and/or outreach, including experience engaging with historically underserved schools, communities, children, and/or families.
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • Two examples of scholarly writing;
  • Names/contact information for at least three references

Please send the above information to Eric J. Bruns, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington at

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