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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Youth-Nex


Postdoctoral Research Associate, Youth-Nex

  • R0043295
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Professional Research Staff
  • The University of Virginia
The University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development's Center to Promote Effective Youth Development ( Youth-Nex ) is seeking highly qualified applicants for a one-year Postdoctoral Research Associate position, with the possibility of extension to two years based on an annual basis dependent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. This position is part of the Preventive Interventions Team: Collaborative Research on Engagement and Wellbeing ( PIT-CREW) , which conducts research related to promoting effective youth development, intervention, and programming, including preventing behavioral and mental health problems in schools.

The candidate will be asked to support implementation of projects in conjunction with the National Center for Rural School Mental Health ( NCRSMH ) which is a 5 year grant funded by the Institute of Education Sciences focused on building partnerships between researchers, clinicians, and rural schools to conduct research that improves academic and behavioral health outcomes for rural young people. Faculty affiliated with the NCRSMH currently lead projects related to mental health screening, needs assessment, intervention adaptation, training, and implementation of school mental health prevention and early intervention services . Partner schools for this project are located in Virginia. Mentorship will be provided by senior colleagues Drs. Catherine Bradshaw and Amanda Nguyen, and the broader PIT-CREW research team.

  • Support recruitment of rural elementary, middle, and high schools to participate in the implementation of the Coping Power Rural Program , Double Check online program, the mental health screening of students, and related evidence-based programs within the National Center for Rural School Mental Health.
  • Support coaching of teachers in the implementation of the evidence-based programs, collection of data, and assessment of program impact.
  • Run advanced quantitative analyses using software such as Stata, R, Mplus, HLM, and/or SPSS.
  • Generate research questions for analysis utilizing quantitative and qualitative data collected from prior trials of prevention programs and frameworks like PBIS, Double Check, Coping Power, MTSS-B.
  • Lead and co-author papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
  • Communicate research findings at key conferences (e.g., Society for Prevention Research, Society for Research in Child Development, Society for Research on Adolescence, etc.).
  • Contribute to submission of federal and private grant proposals including to funders (e.g., current and prior funders include Institute of Education Sciences, National Institutes of Health, William T. Grant Foundation, etc.).
  • Support the implementation of current trials, which may include research activities related to obtaining, modifying, and continuing institutional review board approval (IRB), developing and refining survey measures, communicating with local district and school partners, supporting data collection including classroom observational and online survey data.
  • Contribute to the intellectual environment of the broader PIT-CREW team by keeping current on recent scientific studies and relevant advanced quantitative methods.
  • Support the team with data cleaning and project management tasks as needed.
  • Other tasks including various writing and content creation (e.g., research briefs to partners), tool development, technical assistance, and presentations.


Education : An earned Ph.D. in a research-oriented field, such as Clinical/School Psychology, Education, Psychology, Public Health or a related field is required by the start date of the position.

Experience : Prefer candidates with prior experience supporting implementation of evidence-based programs in schools, coaching schools to implement programs with high fidelity. The ideal candidate is an early-career researcher with a track record of supporting schools to implement evidence-based programs.

  • Content expertise in some of the following areas: rural and/or urban K-12 school settings, school climate, multi-tiered systems of support, positive behavior support, social emotional learning, implementation science, rural school mental health, school-based intervention, teacher professional development and coaching, classroom management, and implementation/coaching supports.
  • Methods expertise in one or more of the following areas: Survey data analysis; research-practice partnerships; conducting applied research in school settings; implementation of cluster and student randomized controlled trials.
  • Administrative expertise: Proficient with Box, Google Suite, Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams), Zoom, Qualtrics or similar survey data collection tools, and ability to learn new software quickly and introduce new useful applications and platforms to the team.

Physical Demands

This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job occasionally requires local and regional travel to schools for recruitment and coaching, and walking some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

Anticipated Hiring Range: $55,000 to $60,000 (commensurate with qualifications). For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit postdoc.virginia.edu and https://hr.virginia.edu/benefits .


For questions about the position, please contact Youth-Nex , and for questions about the application process, please contact Margaret Weeks .

Please apply through Workday , and search for ‘'Postdoctoral Research Associate, Youth-Nex". Complete an application online and attach:
  • Cover letter (addressed to Catherine Bradshaw)
  • CV/resume
  • Two publications/writing samples
  • Statement of research interests
  • Contact information for three references who can comment on your scholarly accomplishments and promise.

Submit all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field, alternatively you can merge your materials together and submit as one. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile.Applications that are missing materials will not receive full consideration.

Research Associates are appointed annually, and continuation is dependent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. Review of applications will begin January 2023, however the position will remain open until filled.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visitthe UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpageprior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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