Postdoctoral Fellowship in Substance Use and Co-Occurring PTSD Treatment Research
Medical University of South Carolina

Description: An immersive postdoctoral fellowship opportunity is available at the Medical University of South Carolina in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Addiction Sciences Division. This postdoctoral fellowship will provide specialized clinical training in implementing trauma-focused, integrated psychotherapies for civilians and military veterans with PTSD and co-occurring alcohol and drug use disorders. The fellow will work on two ongoing NIH-funded clinical trials examining integrated manualized treatments using prolonged exposure (PE) or cognitive processing therapy (CPT) to treat PTSD and cognitive behavioral therapy to treat SUD. These projects also offer additional points of advanced multidisciplinary training, including the combination of psychotherapy and oxytocin, neuroimaging at pre- and post-treatment, and ecological momentary assessment (EMA) to evaluate daily substance use, PTSD symptoms, and relevant cognitions and behaviors to elucidate mechanisms of change.

The fellowship includes mentored research training and opportunities for manuscript and grant writing, data analyses, conference presentations, and ongoing seminars and workshops to advance early-career investigators’ research and professional skills. The fellow will work closely with Dr. Sudie Back and a multidisciplinary team to investigate a range of clinical research questions related to co-occurring SUD/PTSD and effective treatments.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, providing manualized therapy to patients with co-occurring SUD/PTSD, assisting with data collection, preparing scientific reports, and assisting with manuscripts, conference abstracts, and grant applications.

A competitive salary and benefits will be provided based on the NIH scale.

The fellowship is for one year initially, with the possibility of extending it.

The fellowship is full-time (40 hours/week) and in-person in Charleston, SC.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. degree in clinical or counseling psychology or an MD in psychiatry is required. Excellent communication (written and oral communication), organization, and time-management skills are required. Prior research training and experience with cognitive behavioral therapy is required.  We aim for an inclusive workplace and welcome applications from members of groups that are underrepresented in science.

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