3 Postdoctoral Fellows - Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic (ATRC) at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and McMaster University

December 21, 2021 9:31 AM | Diane LaChapelle (Administrator)

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

The Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic (ATRC) at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University seeks 3 Postdoctoral Fellows to support ongoing grant-funded research. Primary research supervisors include Dr. Randi McCabe, Dr. Karen Rowa, Dr. Elizabeth Pawluk, and Dr. Brenda Key.

Training setting and opportunities. The ATRC is a specialized outpatient care clinic dedicated to clinical service, education, and research in the area of anxiety and related disorders including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. The ATRC receives over 3000 referrals each year and provides comprehensive assessment and treatment services. The ATRC is one of Canada’s leading centres for education and research in the area of for anxiety and related disorders. Each year, students from various disciplines (psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy, nursing, social work) complete clinical and research training at the clinic, making it an exciting hub of activity with numerous opportunities for postdoctoral fellows. 

Postdoctoral fellows will support ongoing research projects and have the opportunity to develop personal research interests. In addition, research time will be balanced with clinical service responsibilities, including assessment and treatment of individuals presenting with a wide range of anxiety and related disorders. Clinical service hours will meet the supervised practice requirements for the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Fellows are also offered opportunity to attend journal clubs, clinical and research rounds (e.g., Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health and Addiction Rounds), and to engage in teaching and supervision of learners.

Research Projects. We are seeking three postdoctoral fellows to support ongoing grant-funded research at the ATRC. The current research projects include:

  • Diagnostic Assessment Research Tool (DART) Study
  • A comprehensive study of the psychometric properties of the DART funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The DART is a modular diagnostic assessment interview for DSM-5 Mental Disorders. The DART was developed by psychologists at the ATRC to support the need for open-access assessment tools.
  • Primary research responsibilities will include conducting clinical interviews (i.e., DART and Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5; SCID); data management, data analyses, and manuscript writing; overseeing and collaborating with research coordinator and research assistants to support participant recruitment and data management.
  • Experience with interview development and validation is an asset.
  •  Mindfulness and OCD Treatment Trial
  • This CIHR-funded, multi-site randomized controlled trial will examine the outcomes of a standardized Mindfulness-based group intervention for the treatment of OCD.
  • Primary research responsibilities will include developing and overseeing protocol development, participant recruitment, supervising research staff, conducting Mindfulness-based intervention groups, data management, manuscript writing, completing REB submission and amendments, and other duties required to support the study.
  • Research and clinical experience with mindfulness-based interventions and randomized control trials is an asset.

Eligibility.Successful applicants will:

  • Have a PhD in Clinical Psychology from an APA or CPA-accredited graduate program (or equivalent)
  • Registered, or eligibility for registration, with the College of Psychologists of Ontario
  • Possess specialized clinical experience for individuals with anxiety and related disorders
  • Competency and experience with an appropriate range of psychological tests, measures, and assessment techniques with specific competency and experience in semi-structured and diagnostic interviews (e.g., SCID, MINI) and specialized anxiety assessment techniques.
  • Possess specific competency and experience in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and CBT applications for anxiety and related disorders.
  • Teaching and supervisory experiences at the undergraduate and graduate level
  • An established track record of academic productivity (e.g., peer-reviewed funding, peer reviewed publications, presentations at professional meetings)
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team, to collaborate with community resources and services, and to advocate for the needs of clients.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills required for assessment reports, scholarly presentations, and scholarly publications

 Interested applicants may send their cover letter and CV to Dr. Karen Rowa, Clinical Director, Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton via email: krowa@stjoes.ca.  Applicants should also forward (or arrange for) 2 letters of reference to krowa@stjoes.ca.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

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