Postdoctoral Research Associate: Trauma and Stress Studies Center, Texas A&M University

The Trauma and Stress Studies Center in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Texas A&M University is seeking two highly motivated postdoctoral fellows interested in clinical research focused on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related conditions. The postdoctoral fellow will receive specialized clinical training in implementing trauma-focused, integrated psychotherapies for adults with PTSD and co-occurring substance use disorders (SUD). The fellow will work on an ongoing NIH-funded clinical trial examining integrative manualized treatment using cognitive processing therapy (CPT) to treat PTSD and cognitive behavioral therapy to treat SUD. This project also offers additional points of advanced multidisciplinary training, including work with first responders and ecological momentary assessment (EMA) methodologies. Any assessment and treatment provided will be in the context of IRB-approved research protocols. 

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

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, providing manualized psychotherapy to patients with co-occurring SUD/PTSD, providing supervision of doctoral students and staff, assisting with various aspects of data collection, preparing scientific reports, and engaging in preparation of manuscript, conference presentations, and grant proposals. 

We have two positions available. A competitive salary and benefits will be provided commensurate with NIH guidelines. The fellowship is for one year initially, with the possibility of extension. This position will take place in-person at Texas A&M University. 

The overarching mission of the Trauma and Stress Studies Center, led by Dr. Anka Vujanovic, is to improve the health and well-being of adults who have experienced traumatic life events or who experience posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or co-occurring conditions, such as substance use disorders and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Our research program is designed to inform the development and refinement of evidence-based interventions via: 

  1. investigation of risk and maintenance processes for subclinical and diagnostic PTSD, particularly those that may be targeted via cognitive-behavioral strategies. 
  2. examination of biopsychosocial mechanisms underlying the highly prevalent co-occurrence of posttraumatic stress and substance use disorders. 
  3. evaluation of clinical correlates of suicide risk among various trauma-exposed populations, including college students, first responders, military veterans, and treatment-seeking adults. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Anka Vujanovic (avujanovic@tamu.edu) or Research Program Coordinator Kayla Hall, M.S. (kaylahall@tamu.edu).

Start date: ASAP
Positions available: 2
Location: College Station, TX

Learn more or apply at: https://tamus.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/TAMU_External/job/College-Station-TX/Postdoctoral-Research-Associate–2_R-067237