Faculty Positions in Research Methods and Data Analytics in Digital Health as Applied to Behavioral Health
The Department of Biomedical Data Science at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth (Geisel) seeks two outstanding individuals to join our faculty within the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health (CTBH). CTBH is an interdisciplinary research group whose mission is to inform the optimal development, scientific evaluation, and sustainable implementation of digital therapeutics for behavioral health. CTBH is a designated “Center of Excellence” by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The successful candidates will be pursuing a vigorous research program focused on the use of novel methodologies and/or data analytics in digital health as applied to behavioral health. This may include research in adaptive and/or personalized digital therapeutic interventions for health behavior change and/or development/refinement/application of analytic models for densely sampled intensive, longitudinal digital health data (including data captured via mobile devices and sensing technologies). Research focused on clinical effectiveness and/or implementation of digital health behavior-change interventions will also be considered. Research designed to understand mechanisms of behavior change with digital health interventions is also of interest, as are interventions focusing on addictive behaviors and/or cancer-causing behaviors.
Successful individuals will be provided a tenure-track faculty appointment in the Department of Biomedical Data Science at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College commensurate with experience. Secondary appointments in other Geisel departments may be available. Candidates who currently hold or have experience commensurate with the rank of Assistant Professor are preferred.
Applicants for all positions must have earned a PhD and/or MD (or equivalent), have formal advanced training in the fields described above, and should have a successful track record of peer-reviewed publications, and a history of extramural funding. Expectations for teaching and mentoring are a critical part of this role, and individuals will be provided with such opportunities through membership in relevant PhD graduate programs (e.g., The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice; Program in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences; Molecular and Cellular Biology). Training grants in relevant areas (e.g., Science of Co-occurring Disorders; the Burroughs Welcome training fund for Unifying Population and Laboratory-based Sciences) are available to support trainees in areas relevant to successful candidates.
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Using Interfolio http://apply.interfolio.com/115050 applicants should submit a cover letter addressed to Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Nicholas Jacobson, discussing the impact and importance of their research goals, and as well as how their teaching, research, service, and/or life experiences prepare them to advance Dartmouth’s commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, and a 2-3 paged description of their research interests and future research plans, and a statement on teaching interests. Applicants should also arrange for submission of 3 letters of recommendation through Interfolio. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Postdoctoral Research Training Fellowships (1-2) in Substance Use and Behavioral Health
The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College is accepting applications for 1-2 Postdoctoral Research Fellows to join a dynamic interdisciplinary research group, the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health (CTBH), a NIH-NIDA funded Center of Excellence focused on promoting state-of-the-science and state-of-the-technologies related to digital health approaches for substance use, behavioral health, and related conditions. Scholars will have access to the broad interdisciplinary faculty, training opportunities, and resources of CTBH, including workshops, seminars, grant writing consultation, and pilot funding opportunities for digital health research (www.c4tbh.org). We are committed to promoting equity and inclusion in our research and central to this mission is a commitment to fostering research training for historically underserved trainees.
The Research Fellows will join a team of clinicians and researchers focused on a program of research being led by CTBH faculty. Fellows will be mentored by a member of the CTBH faculty located at Dartmouth. Areas of focus include but are not limited to: substance use and serious mental illness (Mary Brunette, MD); cannabis intervention and policy research using social media research and population science methodologies (Alan Budney, PhD and Jake Borodovsky, PhD); digital assessment, therapeutics and data analytics for mental health and substance use (Nick Jacobson, PhD); identifying optimal models of substance use treatment and health care for pregnant and parenting women with opioid use disorder and their children (Sarah Lord, PhD); digital assessment/therapeutics, opioid use disorder treatment innovations, behavior change mechanisms (Lisa Marsch, PhD); and digital health behavior change interventions for adolescents and young adults (Catherine Stanger, PhD). Please review our website to learn more about these and other CTBH faculty and their interests (www.c4tbh.org).
The Research Fellows will also become immersed in our innovative T32 training program focused on the Science of Co-Occurring Disorders (geiselmed.dartmouth.edu/scd/) and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The program offers predoctoral and postdoctoral training in transdisciplinary and translational research on co-occurring substance use and other health conditions. Multidisciplinary faculty offer training in developmental, social, behavioral, neurobiological, and transdiagnostice mechanisms of substance use, mental health, and co-occurring disorders. Faculty include preeminent national/international leaders and PhD and MD investigators with strong histories of training scientists and obtaining funding (NIDA, NIAAA, NIMH, NCI, NCATS, NICHD, PCORI). Mentors have excellent track records for helping Research Fellows obtain independent funding and academic or health science industry positions. All Research Fellows can participate in T32 training and activities regardless of how their Postdoctoral Fellowship is funded.
Appointment: 2-3 years. Eligibility: Applicants must have completed their doctoral training by the time the position begins. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Trainees are selected on the basis of training, experience, and interest in research relevant to CTBH faculty interests, and should have a strong commitment to developing a career path that includes research in substance use or behavioral health. Benefits: Competitive salary, health insurance, and travel funds.
CTBH/Dartmouth is an equal opportunity employeer and we are looking for ways to increase the diversity and culture within our team to promote unique and different perspectives. We are highly committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive population of trainees, faculty, and staff. Broadening our community of fellows and trainees by increasing inclusion of Black, Indigenous, and people of color, individuals from LGBTQ+ communities, and those with disabilities is important to foster a more informed next generation of scientists and healthcare professionals. Applicants should state in their cover letter how their academic and/or life experiences prepare them to advance CTBH/Dartmouth’s commitments to diversity, equity,and inclusion.
For more information about fellowship opportunities contact Dr. Alan Budney (email@example.com) or any of the CTBH faculty whose research is of interest to you.
To apply: Forward curriculum vitae, statement of related research interests, and 3 letters of reference to Rosanne Kerr, Operations Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications will begin review on Dec 1, 2022 and continue until filled.
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Undergraduate Research Assistants
Dr. Nick Jacobson is recruiting undergraduate research assistants in the lab. He has several opportunities that undergraduates could become involved in including:
1. Creating new smartphone applications to assess and treat anxiety, depression, and substance use.
Developing Apps for Mental Health: Very few persons have access to care for their mental health. A major focus of this lab is creating digital solutions to assess and treat mental health problems. The main mental health problems that we treat are anxiety and depressive disorders, although there are opportunities to develop treatments for other types of mental health problems. These include smartphone-based and web-based applications. To date, we have created applications with more than 50,000 installs, and, consequently, this work can have profound and wide impact on persons daily lives.
2. The integration of smartphone-based and wearable data to draw inferences about a person’s mental health status.
Digital phenotyping/passive sensing of mental health: In recent years, wearable devices and smartphone sensors have been used to measure constructs related to psychopathology. The current work requires quantitative interests in applying machine learning and deep learning to smartphone sensor data to determine whether some signals might be fundamentally related to psychopathology processes (e.g. whether we can determine if someone is experiencing an increase in anxiety based on their sleep patterns detected through smartphone accelerometers).
3. Developing statistical methods for densely sampled data collection.
Extensions of modern statistical methods: Current smartphone-based and wearable data collection are limited in their ability to draw strong conclusions about the timing of causal processes. One of our foci is the creation and validation of new tools, including the timing of naturalistic and causal processes within intensive longitudinal data.
Note that Dr. Jacobson is currently recruiting undergraduate research assistants, a lab manager, graduate students, a programmer, and a post-doctoral fellow. If you’re interested in working with Dr. Jacobson please visit http://nicholasjacobson.com/#join and contact Dr. Jacobson directly at Nicholas.C.Jacobson@dartmouth.edu.
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