Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Substance Use Recovery Support Services at UConn Health 

The University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Medicine has a new postdoctoral research fellowship focused on substance use recovery support services for emerging adults. The fellow will work directly with Dr. Kristyn Zajac, with opportunities for external mentorship from researchers at the Chestnut Health Systems’ Lighthouse Institute and the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine.

The fellow will primarily work on a NIDA-funded Initiative (the Collaborative Hub for Emerging Adult Recovery Research [CHEARR],, R24DA057632) focused on recovery supports for emerging adults with opioid use disorder. CHEARR seeks to advance research on the effectiveness of recovery support services, particularly continuing care models, for emerging adults who take or who have taken MOUD. Of note, recruiting postdoctoral fellows with lived experience (i.e., in recovery from substance use and/or personal experience with familial substance use problems) is a high priority for CHEARR. Therefore, we encourage applicants with lived experience and applicants from communities that are historically underrepresented in science to apply for this position. 

Beyond CHEARR activities, integration into other projects will be based on the fellow’s interests and training needs. There are currently multiple NIH-funded studies that involve a variety of high-risk populations, such as emerging adults with substance use problems, and that employ various research designs and methods, including stepped-wedge cluster randomized trial, multimodal assessments of risk factors for treatment dropout, and mHealth intervention development and evaluation, among others. 

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