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Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow for Mental Health Implementation Science
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Organization: CUNY Center for Innovation in Mental Health
Posted: 1/17/2019
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: New York,     
Position Description: General Description

The Center for Innovation in Mental Health (CIMH) at the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to support implementation science research related to the evaluation of ThriveNYC, the largest urban mental health initiative in the world. CIMH is the academic arm of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Mental Health Innovation Lab (DOHMH MHIL) and is partnering with DOHMH on ThriveNYC evaluation activities. CIMH provides coordination between DOHMH and other researchers, investigators, and academic institutions, as well as direct research and evaluation services to assist DOHMH on all aspects of mental health quality improvement, technical assistance, evaluation, best practices dissemination, and data development, analysis, and management related to ThriveNYC. CIMH has extensive expertise in quality improvement, implementation science, qualitative and quantitative evaluation and operations and can provide opportunities to develop a research career in these areas.

Other Duties

The goal for this position is to build upon mental health implementation science evidence using opportunities from the ThriveNYC initiative.Working under the direction of the CIMH Deputy Director for Research and Evaluation and other senior research associates, The Postdoctoral Fellow is responsible for supporting evaluation and research activities, including 1) identification of metrics for the Thrive Initiative, 2) designing evaluation and research studies in mental health and implementation science, 3) analysis, presentation, and manuscript and report preparation, and 4) supporting and leading grant applications to develop new projects. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work with a range of evaluation and community partners, as well as initiative leads and implementing organizations. The individual in this position will be expected to have conducted primary research using (ideally) quantitative and mixed methods, led analyses, written manuscripts, managed specific evaluation projects, put together research presentations, and contributed to grant development.

Qualifications: Qualifications

Expertise with health and mental health delivery systems which includes: health care operations and services; implementation science; community-based participatory research methods; evidence-based practices; health services research; quality improvement; Experience collaborating with diverse community, health care system, academic, and policy stakeholders; Strong quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed methods research skills including ability to use statistics software program such as R, SPSS, SAS, or STATA; Atlas.ti, Nvivo, or Dedoose; Experience with grant development and project management; Ability to promote the development of an active and coordinated body of research across a diverse community of investigators, programmers, and institutions; Ability to offer technical assistance to develop monitoring and evaluation plans with appropriate measures, processes for data collection, analysis and write-up, and provide guidance on effective implementation in diverse programmatic contexts; Ability to operationalize research projects (e.g., submit IRB applications, establish data storage and use protocols and agreements); Ability to organize and effectively direct the work of a team of researchers and support staff, including external partners and constituents, in achieving the goals of the project within deadlines and budget constraints; Ability to exercise intellectual leadership in resolving issues, re-conceiving and redirecting project activities as needed, and maintaining clarity of goals; Ability to train and direct junior research and program staff in the techniques, applications, and practices pertinent to the projects; Ability to communicate effectively and convey concepts, processes, and statistical findings to other researchers, supervisors, students, sponsors, administrators, and (importantly) the public or a non-expert audience; Ability to listen and respond to the concerns/ideas of partners and stakeholders; Ability to author, publish, and present findings to a community of scholars in the field, utilizing professional publications, colloquia, symposia, reports, demonstrations, performances, etc. consistent with the scope and nature of the project and the requirements of the sponsor.

Qualifications An earned Ph.D. in an appropriate field of study (psychology, social work, nursing, public health, sociology, etc.) from an accredited institution, and ideally not fewer than two (2) years of experience working within the subject, scope and complexity of this project, of which at least one (1) years have been overseeing the work of others;AND Developing record of research, publishing, and scholarship in the related field; Possession of the core competencies determined to be required at the time of hire; AND Timely availability to begin the project; AND Willingness to comply with all RF policies and procedures regarding staffing, budgeting, safety, reporting, and grants administration as evidenced by signing an attestation at the time of employment.

Organization Description: The Center for Innovation in Mental Health (CIMH) at the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy is designed to support the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DOHMH) Mental Health Innovation Lab on all aspects of mental health quality improvement, technical assistance, evaluation, best practices dissemination, and data development, analysis, and management. CIMH is funded by DOHMH to serve as the academic arm of the Mental Health Innovation Lab and to coordinate between the Lab and other researchers, investigators, and academic institutions.

CIMH also hosts training activities for all City University of New York (CUNY) students and DOHMH including a Mental Health Methods Series, the Interdisciplinary Academy for Professional Development in Mental Health, and quality improvement initiatives to improve clinicians’ skills in process improvement. The Center has extensive experience and a team of experts in quality improvement, qualitative and quantitative evaluation and operations, and works closely with the DOHMH and other city agencies to provide consultation for the ThriveNYC initiative.

CIMH is directed by Virna Little, PsyD LCSW-r CCM SAP, whose expertise involves integrating primary care and behavioral health services, collaborative care, and developing behavioral health services in community settings. Research and evaluation efforts are led by Deputy Director Victoria Ngo, PhD MS, whose research background includes developing, evaluating, and implementing evidence-based treatments for depression, anxiety, and trauma in diverse communities in the United States and abroad.

Closing Date: 3/2/2019
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Contact Name: Abigail Baim-Lance, PhD,  Research Assistant Professor
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New York    10027
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How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, CV, and writing sample via: pvnID=PH-1901-002889

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