Employment Opportunities Archive

Now Accepting Applications: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Prevention and Methodology

Position posted 11/6/13

The Prevention And Methodology Training (PAMT) program at Penn State has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow. PAMT, a joint effort between the Prevention Research Center and The Methodology Center, cross-trains graduate and postdoctoral researchers as prevention scientists and methodologists. Through this National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded program, prevention researchers are trained in the latest and most innovative research methods, and methodologists gain an understanding of the realities and challenges facing prevention efforts in real-world settings. This program presents a unique opportunity for postdoctoral researchers to receive training from some of the top prevention scientists and methodologists in the country.

If you are interested in PAMT or know a researcher with strong methodological skills and a passion for prevention science, take a moment to review the application requirements.

You can learn more about PAMT at http://methodology.psu.edu/pamt/. Please pass this along to colleagues who may be interested.

Application review begins December 13, 2013.
Katie Bode-Lang, Assistant Director
The Methodology Center · Penn State University
400 Calder Square II · University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814.867.0333 · kbodelang@psu.edu
Web: http://methodology.psu.edu

An Opportunity to Shape the Future of Prevention Science (Center Director & Professor)

The College of Health and Human Development at The Pennsylvania State University and the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) invite applications for the next Director of the Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development (PRC). The Director will hold the C. Eugene Bennett Professorship in Prevention Science, and will have an exciting opportunity to lead the PRC into its next phase of development by:

  • Conducting impactful research
  • Advancing methodological and technical innovations
  • Mentoring the next generation of prevention scientists
  • Extending strong collaborative relationships with researchers, the National Institutes of Health and other federal and state funding agencies, foundations, and policy makers

The new director will have access to a substantial endowment that provides a stable and flexible source of discretionary funding to support PRC activities.

The Candidate:
Candidates for this exciting position should be experienced faculty members dedicated to continuing the PRC’s impressive contributions to prevention science and eligible for tenure at Penn State. Specifically, the Director will provide leadership in developing new and innovative programs of research in prevention science, as well as for innovative training at the undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral levels. To be successful in this role, the Director must have a strong applied health research portfolio with demonstrated ability to create and foster productive interdisciplinary collaborations. As a member of the HDFS Department (with a possible secondary appointment in a related department), this person will also teach and mentor students. An earned doctorate in the behavioral or social sciences or a related public-health discipline is required. Administrative experience within a center or department is desired.

The Prevention Research Center:
The Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, a prominent interdisciplinary research center in the College of Health and Human Development, was established in 1998 to foster research focused on longitudinal, developmental aspects of risk and prevention.

Research projects in the PRC, many funded through NIH, range from etiologic studies to large-scale translation trials, examining how families, schools, and communities can work together to promote healthy lifestyles for children, youth, and families. Current research focuses on topics ranging from alcohol and skin cancer studies, to interventions to strengthen families and parenting, to the development and implementation of school-based prevention and intervention programs. Center faculty also develop clinical trials of innovative models to promote competence and prevent unhealthy outcomes for children, families, and communities, conduct rigorous research on the translation and dissemination of effective prevention programs in community settings, and conduct evaluation studies designed to inform policy within several state agencies.

The Center provides research seminars on prevention science for faculty and graduate students, and coordinates a NIDA-supported training program with the Penn State Methodology Center to foster the integration of prevention and statistical methodology in the prevention of substance use and related morbidities (e.g., HIV). The Center is also an active partner in two other training grants in obesity prevention and in interventions aimed at promoting literacy and social/emotional competence in children and youth. Through an endowment, the Center supports Bennett Faculty Scholars, Graduate Prevention Fellows, and conferences.

The PRC currently has over 55 full-time research and administrative staff and approximately 25 graduate students from across the University. One indicator of the Center’s dedication to interdisciplinary work is the active engagement in PRC research projects of over 20 tenure-track faculty from various departments and colleges throughout the University.

In December 2012, the PRC will move into a state of the art new building, in close proximity to the Department of Biobehavioral Health, the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, the Center for Healthy Aging, and the Laboratory for the Advancement of Developmental Systems.

The Department Of Human Development and Family Studies:
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies has a diverse, multi-disciplinary faculty that focuses on individual development from infancy through old age, on family structure and dynamics, on the impact of social/cultural contexts on development and family functioning, and on the design and evaluation of interventions to promote health and development, and to prevent disease. A strong research and training program in developmental and prevention methodology is integrated into the Department’s research and graduate education activities.

The College of Health and Human Development:
The College of Health and Human Development enrolls approximately 4,200 undergraduates and 350 full-time graduate students at University Park. The College includes eight academic units and several research centers and service units.

The Pennsylvania State University:
Founded in 1855, Penn State is one of the most comprehensive public institutions in the nation with approximately 44,000 students enrolled at University Park, the administrative and research hub of the University. The University and surrounding community enjoy a lively performing arts calendar, an array of intercollegiate sports, excellent on-campus childcare, and superb public schools.

Review of applications and nominations will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. For more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact the committee chair Ed Smith. Penn State recognizes and is supportive of dual career situations. Interested parties should send cover letter, curriculum vitae and supporting information (e.g., reprints, preprints, letters from three professional references) to the address below or submit electronically to Donna Bitner. Please indicate Prevention Search in the subject line of all email correspondence.

Prevention Search Committee, 211 Henderson Building South,
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802

Now Accepting Applications: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Prevention and Methodology

[Position Description Flyer]

Posted October 12, 2012

The Prevention And Methodology Training (PAMT) program at Penn State has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow. PAMT, a joint effort between the Prevention Research Center and The Methodology Center, cross-trains graduate and postdoctoral researchers as prevention scientists and methodologists. Through this National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded program, prevention researchers are trained in the latest and most innovative research methods, and methodologists gain an understanding of the realities and challenges facing prevention efforts in real-world settings. This program presents a unique opportunity for postdoctoral researchers to receive training from some of the top prevention scientists and methodologists in the country.

If you are interested in PAMT or if you know a researcher with strong methodological skills and a passion for prevention science, take a moment to review the application requirements.

You can learn more about PAMT at http://methodology.psu.edu/pamt/. Please pass this along to colleagues who may be interested.

Application review begins November 15 for a Spring 2013 opening (flexible start date) and March 15, 2013, for a Summer/Fall 2013 opening.

Research Associate

Application Deadline: 06/30/2012

Position Posted: April 12, 2012; Announcement Deactivated August 23, 2012 (Position Filled)

Work Unit: College of Health & Human Development
Department: Prevention Research Center
Job Number: 36149

The Alcohol and Skin Cancers Project Laboratory at The Pennsylvania State University has an opening for a full-time faculty research associate to contribute to existing and developing grant program activities. We seek a Ph.D. level scientist who will carry out responsibilities related to the running of NIH-funded grants awarded to the Laboratory, including assisting with data analyses and report preparation, managing and supervising staff (professional, doctoral and undergraduate students), and assisting with all pre- and post-award activities for the multiple grants and contracts awarded to the lab.

The Alcohol and Skin Cancer Projects Laboratory is part of a joint collaboration between The Prevention Research Center and the Penn State Department of Biobehavioral Health and has two lines of inquiry. Our first focus is the design and evaluation of peer, parent, and feedback interventions to help reduce risky drinking among college students and other emerging adults. The second line of inquiry involves prevention of skin cancer among both adolescents and adults.

The ideal candidate will have strong written, verbal, and quantitative skills and be familiar with the evaluation and design of intervention studies, longitudinal data analysis, and person-centered approaches such as finite mixture models and latent class analysis. Requires a Ph.D. in social, behavioral or health sciences or public health; a demonstrated interest in research on alcohol and other substance use, or cancer prevention is a plus. The position is for one year, with excellent possibility of re-funding. Competitive salary and benefits are associated with this position.

To apply, send letter of application indicating research interests and experience, a curriculum vita, and three letters of professional reference to: Michael J. Cleveland, Ph.D., Research Associate, The Prevention Research Center, The Pennsylvania State University, 204 E. Calder Way, Suite 208, State College, PA 16801. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For more information, visit the Alcohol and Skin Cancer Projects website at http://bbh.hhdev.psu.edu/lab/prcasp or contact Dr. Cleveland by phone: 814-865-0568; or email: mcleveland@psu.edu

Research Associate and Post-Doctoral Positions Available in Prevention and Gene-Environment Interaction Research

Positions posted January 25, 2012; Announcement Deactivated February 20, 2012 (Positions Filled)

The Prevention Research Center and Department of Human Development and Family Studies of The Pennsylvania State University (www.prevention.psu.edu) announce the availability of multiple positions, including two research associate positions and a post-doctoral scholar. The research associate positions are in the area of community and family prevention research and are available immediately. These positions will offer the opportunity for involvement in several innovative research projects being conducted by Dr. Mark Feinberg and collaborators (see projects listed: http://prevention.psu.edu/people/feinberg_m.html). Applications are invited from individuals who are interested in: (a) a position as a data analyst; and (b) a position combining some data analyst responsibilities with the opportunity to develop and serve as lead-author on papers utilizing available data sets. Applicants who would like to pursue the second type of position should have a background in child/adolescent development, family research, and/or community risk and prevention, as well as possess strong conceptualization and writing skills. Such an individual will be supported in developing an independent line of investigation.

The post-doctoral position is attached to a NIDA-funded study examining genetic influences on substance use prevention led by Dr. Bo Cleveland and Dr. David Vandenbergh, in collaboration with Drs. Mark Feinberg, Jenae Neiderhiser, and Mark Greenberg. The work will involve examining the extent to which candidate genes condition the impact of interventions on substance use and investigating the interplay between specific genes and family and peer contextual processes as they contribute to substance use from adolescence to young adulthood. For more information on this project: http://www.prevention.psu.edu/people/Genetic_Variance_PROSPER.html. This individual will work with Dr. Cleveland and Dr. Vandenbergh, as well as the rest of the research team, on analyzing data and developing manuscripts for publication. Applicants should have research training in adolescent risk behaviors and family and peer contexts, and a strong interest in how these outcomes and contexts transact with genetic influences. This post-doctoral position is scheduled to begin in June 2012.

Applicants to all positions should have relevant research experience, strong statistical skills, and a capacity to work closely with others. To apply, please email a letter of interest and vita to Dr. Michelle Hostetler (mxh14@psu.edu). In a brief cover letter: (1) Please indicate which of the above three positions for which you are applying. (2) State when you are available to start. (3) List competencies and experience in specific advanced statistical techniques (e.g., multi-level modeling, SEM, longitudinal analysis, etc.) and particular statistical packages (SAS, SPSS, AMOS, STATA, MPLUS, etc.). (4) Briefly describe any previous experience in applied research. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. Penn State is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Research Associate Positions Available

Positions posted November 28, 2011; Announcement Deactivated February 20, 2012 (Positions Filled)

The Prevention Research Center of The Pennsylvania State University (www.prevention.psu.edu) announces the availability of half- to full-time research associate positions in the area of community and family prevention research. The positions will offer the opportunity for involvement in several innovative research projects being conducted by Dr. Mark Feinberg and colleagues (see projects listed: http://prevention.psu.edu/people/feinberg_m.html). Applicants should have relevant research experience, strong statistical skills, and a capacity to work closely with others.

Applications will be invited from individuals who are interested in either: (a) a position as a data analyst, or (b) a position combining some data analyst responsibilities with the opportunity to develop and serve as lead-author on papers utilizing available data sets. Applicants who would like to pursue the second type of position should have a background in child/adolescent development, family research, and/or community risk and prevention, as well as possess strong conceptualization and writing skills. Such an individual will be supported in developing an independent line of investigation.

To apply, please email a letter of interest and vita to Michelle Hostetler (MXH14@psu.edu). In a brief cover letter: (1) please state when you are available to start; (2) list competencies and experience in specific advanced statistical techniques, if any (e.g., multi-level modeling, SEM, longitudinal analysis, etc.) and particular statistical packages (SAS, SPSS, AMOS, STATA, MPLUS, etc.); and (3) briefly describe any previous experience in applied research. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled.

Implementation Specialist

Position posted September 20, 2011; Announcement Deactivated February 20, 2012 (Position Filled)

Penn State Clearinghouse on Military Family Readiness
The Pennsylvania State University

The Penn State Clearinghouse on Military Family Readiness (Clearinghouse) is a new partnership among Penn State, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Clearinghouse mission is to promote and support the dissemination and use of evidence-based programs and practices designed to enhance the health and well-being of military families. The Clearinghouse also builds the capacity of professionals working with military families to implement evidence-based programs and practices.

The Clearinghouse is currently seeking a candidate for an Implementation Specialist position. Responsibilities include: (a) providing direct proactive technical assistance to professionals adopting evidence-based programs and promising practices; (b) providing instruction and training about prevention science and the enhanced value of evidence-based interventions; (c) assisting professionals with trainings, as needed, in their efforts to utilize evidence-based programs and practices; (d) facilitating collaboration between professionals and program developers and university-based scientists at the Clearinghouse; (e) assisting in interpreting and presenting research findings in terms of their application to implementation science; and (f) other tasks as needed.

The position requires a minimum of a Master's in Human Development; Family Studies; Psychology; Family Sociology, Prevention Science; or other related discipline. In addition, the candidate should have experience and understanding of implementation science.

The individual must possess excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. The successful candidate must also have the ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment, anticipate needs, be detail oriented, and be a team player. Experience working with culturally diverse populations is preferred.

This is a fixed-term position with full University benefits, including tuition discount for dependents. This project is grant-funded, with excellent possibility for annual renewal. To apply send vitae, cover letter, and salary history via email to Sandee Kyler, Program Operations Director, at sjw135@psu.edu. Please use “Implementation Specialist Vacancy” as the subject line of the email. Materials will be accepted until the position is filled.

Evaluation Specialist/Data Analyst, EPISCenter/Penn State

[Announcement PDF]

Position posted May 4, 2011; Announcement Deactivated August 24, 2011 (Position Filled)

The Prevention Research Center at Penn State University is seeking candidates for the position of Evaluation Specialist/Data Analyst with the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter).

The EPISCenter is a research and technical assistance organization supporting nearly 200 sites as they implement a variety of evidence-based prevention and intervention programs targeting delinquency and youth ATOD use. The Evaluation Specialist/Data Analyst will coordinate training and outreach activities aimed at building evaluation capacity within the EPISCenter’s client agencies, schools, and organizations, and engage in data collection and analysis for the EPISCenter. The EPISCenter’s research focuses on the large-scale dissemination of evidence-based programs (Type II translational research as defined by NIDA).

The position requires a Master's degree (Ph.D. preferred) in human development, psychology, or the social sciences, relevant research or training and technical assistance experience, excellent writing skills, and a basic working knowledge of statistical software packages (SPSS/SAS). This is a full-time position with full University benefits, including tuition discount for dependents. The position will be hired as a Research Associate or Research Assistant based on the qualifications of the successful candidate.

The Prevention Research Center at Penn State offers a supportive and collegial work environment in a safe and friendly community with good schools, affordable housing, and a low cost-of-living. Available data will provide ample opportunities for first-authored publication for early career researchers.

To apply, send CV and cover letter describing relevant experience, salary history, and a writing sample via email to Brian Bumbarger, Director. Indicate “Evaluation Specialist” in the subject line.

Screening of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

Research Scientist Position in Prevention Research

Posted October 14, 2010 [Announcement PDF]

The Prevention Research Center of Pennsylvania State University announces the availability of an early- to mid-career research scientist position in the area of family and community-based prevention research. The PRC at Penn State is an internationally recognized leader in prevention science. The position will offer the opportunity for involvement in several innovative prevention research projects with Drs. Mark Feinberg and Mark Greenberg. The ideal individual will have strong data analytic and writing skills, as well as the ability to coordinate project activities. The individual selected will be encouraged and supported in publishing and developing an independent line of investigation. Penn State offers many opportunities for collaboration with experts in a variety of fields, as well as seed grants to develop new ideas. Opportunity to gain increased expertise in prevention and analytic methods will be provided through seminars, workshops, and/or classes.

Applicants should have relevant research experience, and a capacity to work closely with others. To apply, please email a letter of interest and vita to Michelle Hostetler (mxh14@psu.edu). In a brief cover letter: (1) Please state when you are available to start. (2) List competencies and experience in specific advanced statistical techniques, if any (e.g. multi-level modeling, SEM, longitudinal analysis, etc.). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Penn State is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Research Scientist Positions in Prevention Research

The Prevention Research Center of Pennsylvania State University (www.prevention.psu.edu) announces the availability of a number of early- to mid-career research scientist positions in the area of basic and applied prevention research. We are particularly interested in young scientists interested in longitudinal data analysis and intervention design, implementation and analysis. The PRC at Penn State is an internationally recognized leader in prevention science. The positions will offer the opportunity for involvement in several innovative prevention research projects and well as substantial opportunities for publication. The individuals selected will be encouraged and supported in developing, or continuing, an independent line of investigation. Penn State offers many opportunities for collaboration with experts in a variety of fields, as well as seed grants to develop new ideas.

Applicants should have relevant research experience and a capacity to work closely with others. To apply, please email a letter of interest and vita to Mark Greenberg (mxg47@psu.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. Penn State is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Research Scientist Position in Prevention Research

The Prevention Research Center of Pennsylvania State University (www.prevention.psu.edu) announces the availability of an early- to mid-career research scientist position in the area of basic and applied prevention research. We are particularly interested in young scientists interested in longitudinal data analysis. The PRC at Penn State is an internationally recognized leader in prevention science. The position will offer the opportunity for involvement in several innovative prevention research projects and well as substantial opportunities for publication. The individual selected will be encouraged and supported in developing, or continuing, an independent line of investigation. Penn State offers many opportunities for collaboration with experts in a variety of fields, as well as seed grants to develop new ideas.

Applicants should have relevant research experience and a capacity to work closely with others. To apply, please email a letter of interest and vita to Mark Greenberg (mxg47@psu.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Penn State is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Clearinghouse Operations Manager
Penn State Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness

The successful candidate will coordinate the planning and implementation of all components of the interactive Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse is a distribution and implementation infrastructure designed to promote and support the dissemination of evidence-based programs and practices as well as build the capacity of professionals assisting military families. This includes the following:

  • Develop protocols for identifying research and scholarly outreach products as well as evidence-based programs for the Clearinghouse on issues related to military family readiness;
  • Provide overall leadership, direction, and support for the development of proactive technical assistance for professionals who support military families;
  • Provide leadership in identifying evidence-based programs, research, and scholarly outreach products related to promoting military families' resiliency and readiness within a broad focus area (e.g., families, relationships, socio-emotional development, parenting, and/or culturally diverse communities);
  • Facilitate the development and dissemination of high-quality research on topics relevant to military families;
  • Develop a request-for-proposal process for disseminating extramural funding related to military families;
  • Supervise and mentor research associates and technical assistance professionals as appropriate; and
  • Work collaboratively with the IT Analyst and the web development staff.

Position requirements: Ph.D. in Prevention Science, Human Development, Family Studies, Psychology, Family Sociology, or Communications, or other related field; experience working within the emerging field of dissemination and implementation science; experience implementing and providing technical assistance relating to evidence-based programs in "real-world settings"; experience working with a wide variety of scholars; expertise developing community-based translational research; commitment to advancing the scholarly study of military families; expertise working with culturally diverse populations; excellent communication and leadership skills and an enthusiastic attitude; a record of programmatic research as denoted by publications, conference presentations, and other scholarly activities; expertise with federal and private funding organizations; and experience and understanding of Cooperative Extension.

This is a 12-month fixed–term position for a non-tenure track faculty member and will be housed within the Social Science Research Institute at the Penn State University Park campus.

Applicants should send curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to:

Daniel F. Perkins, Ph.D., Professor of Family and Youth Resiliency and Policy, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, 107 Ferguson Building, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802; email

Senior Research Technologist

Posted March 1, 2010

A Project Coordinator is needed for a research study examining peer social dynamics in elementary school classrooms. The Project Coordinator will have two primary areas of responsibility. First, the Project Coordinator will coordinate the scheduling and staffing of school-based assessments (student interviews and surveys; classroom observations). This will involve some travel to schools to schedule assessment dates with teachers, communicating in person and via email with project personnel to staff the scheduled assessments, and working with teachers and project staff to reschedule assessments as necessary. Second, the Project Coordinator will take a lead role in preparing survey and observation materials prior to school-based assessments and in processing those materials for data entry after the assessments are completed. This includes preparing participant consent forms, maintaining a database of participants, coordinating the process of survey preparation (e.g., copying, labeling), working with graduate students to supervise the data entry process, monitoring the hours of undergraduate research assistants and other paid project staff who assist in these tasks, and working with the Project Director to prioritize survey preparation and data entry activities. In the context of these two primary areas of responsibility, the Project Coordinator will need to maintain excellent communication with other project staff via email, weekly project meetings and regular meetings with the Project Director. In addition, the Project Coordinator will spend a small amount of time in office management tasks such as coordinating the submission of time sheets by paid staff, maintaining the office filing/organization system, and ordering new supplies as needed. Requires Bachelor`s degree or equivalent, plus one to two years of work-related experience. This position also requires basic fluency in MS Word and MS Excel; familiarity with MS Access is desirable. Prior experience working in school settings is particularly desirable. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with good possibility of re-funding.

To apply, send cover letter, resume, and names and addresses of three references to Scott Gest at email: gest@psu.edu

Research Associate, PROSPERNet Project

The Prevention Research Center of Pennsylvania State University (www.prevention.psu.edu) announces the availability of an early-career research scientist position in the area of implementation and dissemination research within the PROSPERNet Project. The overarching purpose of the PROSPERNet project is to develop the infrastructure and capacity for expanded implementation of the PROSPER Model to new states. Specifically, this will include: (1) developing a process for selecting and assisting states that are ready for infrastructure development and capacity building toward Model implementation and (2) developing the capacity of a PROSPER Network Team for Scientific and EBI Implementation Support to work with these states. The candidate will work with Mark Greenberg, Daniel Perkins, Mark Feinberg and the team of researchers from Iowa State.

Over the last eight years (with funding from the National Institute of Drug Abuse), Penn State and Iowa State University have developed the PROSPER model (Promoting School-community-university collaborations to Enhance Resilience). PROSPER links three important US infrastructure systems that together create a continuum from science to practice. PROSPER involves the land-grant university, the Cooperative Extension System (Outreach arm of Land Grant universities), and the public school system. By creating new linkages between these systems, PROSPER has achieved science-based community empowerment with demonstrate high quality implementation and long-term sustainability of prevention program in communities.

Applicants should have relevant research experience human development, prevention science, psychology, education, health and human services, or related field. Previous experience in the field of social network analysis, program evaluation, or large scaled translational research would be a plus. The candidate should have at least one year of prior research experience working on a prevention research project with behaviorally-oriented data or strong administrative experience within a university-setting. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are required. Funding for the position is available for two years, with a strong possibility of continuation.

To apply, please email a letter of interest, vita, and sample papers, care of Daniel Perkins Ph.D. (dfp102@psu.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Penn State is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Part-Time Data Analyst

A new project in the Prevention Research Center involving epidemiological data is looking for a part-time data analyst. The ideal candidate will have advanced statistical skills and familiarity with SAS, SPSS, and mplus. Please send CV to Michael Cleveland (mjc37@psu.edu) if interested.

Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
Community-based Prevention
(Communities That Care Initiative)

The Prevention Research Center at Penn State University is seeking candidates for the position of Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator – Community-based Prevention. This position is responsible for providing technical assistance to communities throughout Pennsylvania in their implementation of the Communities That Care risk-focused prevention model for preventing and reducing youth delinquency and substance use.

Responsibilities include regular consultation with Communities That Care sites regarding issues of coalition functioning, risk and resource assessment, program selection and implementation, impact assessment, and sustainability, as well as the development of tools and resources to support existing coalitions.

The Prevention Research Center expects to fill full time positions based at University Park/State College, as well as part-time positions based in Eastern and Western Pennsylvania. All positions will require travel throughout Pennsylvania. A Bachelor's degree in psychology, public health, education, human services or a related field is required; a Master’s Degree is preferred. In addition, candidates must have a minimum of 5 years of related paid experience involving community-based prevention, community mobilization, or other directly relevant work.

Full-time positions will offer full University benefits including tuition discount for children and spouse. The positions are grant-funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility for annual renewal.

Screening of candidates will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled. To apply, send resume and cover letter, with detailed description of CTC experience and salary history via email to:

Brian Bumbarger, Director
EPISCenter
206 Towers Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802
Email to: EPISCenter@psu.edu

Please include “CTC Technical Assistance Specialist” in the email subject line.

Intervention Programs Coordinator

The Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter), a project of the Prevention Research Center at Penn State University, is seeking candidates for the position of Intervention Programs Coordinator. This position is responsible for providing technical assistance to communities throughout Pennsylvania in their implementation of evidence-based intervention programs targeting youth delinquency and substance abuse.

Responsibilities include regular consultation with program sites regarding issues of quality implementation, impact assessment, and sustainability; the development of tools and resources to support existing programs; and promoting the adoption of programs in additional communities. Candidates should be familiar with County Human Services systems and Medicaid/managed care.

The position is based at University Park/State College, PA and requires travel throughout Pennsylvania. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree (Masters preferred) in psychology, public health, education, human services or a related field. In addition, candidates must have a minimum of 5 years of related experience, including a minimum of two years experience coordinating or implementing one or more of the following evidence-based programs:

  • Multisystemic Therapy
  • Functional Family Therapy
  • Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care

This is a full-time position with full University benefits including tuition discount for children and spouse. The position is grant-funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility for annual renewal.

Screening of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, send resume and cover letter, with detailed description of experience with the programs listed above, and salary history via email to:

Brian Bumbarger, Director
EPISCenter
206 Towers Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802
Email to: EPISCenter@psu.edu

Please include “Intervention Programs Coordinator” in the email subject line.

RESEARCH SCIENTIST POSITION in PREVENTION RESEARCH

The Prevention Research Center of Pennsylvania State University (www.prevention.psu.edu) announces the availability of an early- to mid-career research scientist position in the area of family-focused, community-based prevention research. The position will offer the opportunity for involvement in several innovative prevention research projects, including the opportunity to publish from existing datasets. Involvement in current projects may include all phases of the research process, from intervention development to data analysis and writing. Opportunities to gain increased expertise in prevention science-related theory and analytic methods are available through seminars and classes. The individual selected will be encouraged and supported in developing, or continuing, an independent line of investigation. Penn State offers many opportunities for collaboration with experts in a variety of departments, as well as seed grants to develop new ideas.

Funding for the position is available for two years, with a strong possibility of continuation. Applicants should have relevant research experience and a capacity to work closely with others. To apply, please email a letter of interest and vita to Mark Feinberg (mef11@psu.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Penn State is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Postdoctural Opportunities in Penn State's Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) Program

WORK UNIT: Health & Human Development

Department: Prevention Research Center

Penn State has received NIDA funding for an interdisciplinary training program for scientists seeking to integrate statistical methodology and prevention. This is a unique opportunity for highly motivated individuals to continue their training in a synergistic environment that includes both prevention scientists and methodologists. Contact Edward Smith, eas8@psu.edu; web site: PAMT Program

Assistant or Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health (Immigrant Family)

Assistant or Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health (Immigrant Family)
Posted: July 30, 2008
Work Unit: College of Health and Human Development
Department: Biobehavioral Health
Job Number: 28381

The Department of Biobehavioral Health, College of Health and Human Development, at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The successful candidate will have an ongoing research program that focuses on the health and behavior of immigrant children and youth in their family or community contexts. The applicant`s research should be translational and integrative, and focus on mechanisms and processes for improving the physical and/or mental health of immigrant children and their families. The focus of the research might include cardiovascular health, obesity, stress coping mechanisms, health impacts of acculturation, and health promotion interventions focused on children and youth, families, or communities. The position is designed to strengthen the department‚s expertise in population based and global health research. Applicants should have a record of scholarly research and will be expected to establish a record of external research funding. The position entails teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. An earned doctorate in health, social, or behavioral science, or a medical degree, and evidence of strong scholarly accomplishments, are required. Applicants should have a strong interdisciplinary orientation and a willingness to engage in collaborative research and outreach activities The faculty member will have the opportunity to network with faculty in the Prevention Research Center, the Center for Human Development and Family Research in Diverse Contexts, and faculty members throughout the University whose research activities contribute to the mission of Penn State‚s Children, Youth, and Families Consortium.

The Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) is an interdisciplinary academic unit within the College of Health and Human Development. Our community of 25 faculty members, 32 PhD students and 375 undergraduate students, brings diverse yet complementary academic perspectives and backgrounds to pursue our shared mission of "advancing the frontiers of translational research and training in health behavior."

Review of applications will begin immediately, and will remain open until a suitable applicant is identified. The expected beginning date is August 2009. Applicants should send their curriculum vitae and supporting information (e.g., reprints, preprints, names of references including their email addresses and phone numbers) to:

Rob Turrisi
Faculty Search Committee
Department of Biobehavioral Health
315 East Health & Human Development Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

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Project Coordinator Positions, Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center, Prevention Research Center

The Prevention Research Center is seeking candidates for three (3) positions as Project Coordinator to assist schools and organizations throughout Pennsylvania as they implement evidence-based prevention and intervention programs targeting delinquency, youth drug use, and other adolescent problem behaviors. Duties include providing technical assistance to communities implementing evidenced-based programs, developing tools and resources to support existing programs, and promoting the adoption of programs in new communities.

A bachelor's degree in prevention, public health, education, human services or a related field, plus 3 years of experience is required (masters degree preferred).

Candidates must have a minimum of two years experience coordinating or implementing one or more of the following evidence-based programs:

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters,
  • LifeSkills Training,
  • PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies),
  • Project TND (Toward No Drug Use),
  • Multisystemic Therapy,
  • Functional Family Therapy,
  • Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care,
  • The Incredible Years,
  • Strengthening Families Program,
  • Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

The positions are based in University Park/State College and require travel throughout Pennsylvania.

Successful candidates should have a clear understanding of evidence-based prevention as well as issues related to the high-quality implementation, assessment, and sustainability of prevention programs.

This is a full-time, 12-month position with full University benefits including 75% tuition discount for dependents. The positions are funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility for renewal.

Screening of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. To apply, send resume and cover letter, with detailed description of program experience and salary requirements via email to:

Brian Bumbarger, Director
EPISCenter,
109 South Henderson Bldg.,
University Park, PA 16802
Email to: bkb10@psu.edu

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Lead Evaluator (Research Associate), Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center, Prevention Research Center

The Prevention Research Center is seeking candidates for a Lead Evaluator (Research Associate) for the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter).

The Lead Evaluator will oversee all data collection and analysis for the EPISCenter. Research will focus on the wide scale dissemination of evidence-based programs (Type II translational research as defined by NIDA). Duties include coordination and data analysis of an annual web-based survey of approximately 170 project sites; maintaining all IRB/Human Subjects applications and records, assisting in the development of technical assistance tools related to local program evaluation and collection of implementation and outcome data, as well as providing technical assistance to sites regarding local program outcome assessment. The Lead Evaluator will also coordinate with a subcontractor in the development of a multi-program online data collection, analysis, and reporting system.

Requires Ph.D. in human development, psychology or the social sciences and experience assisting communities with program evaluation. This is a full-time, 12-month position with full University benefits including 75% tuition discount for dependents. The position is funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility for renewal.

Screening of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, send CV and cover letter via email to:

Brian Bumbarger, Director
EPISCenter
109 South Henderson Bldg.,
University Park, PA 16802
Email to: bkb10@psu.edu

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

RESEARCH SCIENTIST POSITION AVAILABLE in FAMILY and COMMUNITY PREVENTION RESEARCH

The Prevention Research Center of Pennsylvania State University (www.prevention.psu.edu) announces the availability of an early-career research scientist position in the areas of family and community prevention research. The position will offer the opportunity for involvement in several innovative research projects.

Projects include trials of prevention programs aimed at: 1) enhancing the coparenting relationship at the transition to parenthood; 2) improving sibling relationships during middle childhood, and 3) reducing adverse pregnancy outcomes. Involvement in these projects may include a range of activities, including intervention development or refinement, measure selection, intervention implementation, data analysis, and writing/publishing.

Opportunities to gain increased expertise in prevention science-related theory and methods is available through seminars and classes, as well as an opportunity to teach if desired. Applicants will be encouraged and supported in developing an independent line of investigation. Funding for the position is available for two years, with a strong possibility of continuation.

Applicants should have relevant research experience and a capacity to work closely with others. To apply, please email a letter of interest and vita to Mark Feinberg (MEF11@psu.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Penn State is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Two positions available in prevention research:

1) RESEARCH ASSOCIATE/PROGRAM MANAGER

2) DATA ANALYST

The Prevention Research Center of Pennsylvania State University (www.prevention.psu.edu) announces the availability of a data analyst position and a research associate position in the area of community and family prevention research. The positions will offer the opportunity for involvement in several innovative research projects being conducted by Drs. Mark Feinberg and Mark Greenberg. Opportunity to gain increased expertise in prevention, theory, and methods will be provided through seminars and/or classes. We will consider applicants both for 20-hour/week and full-time. Research Associate/Project Manager: Tasks will include project management, analysis, and writing for publication. Applicants should have relevant research experience, statistical skills, and a capacity to work closely with others. Applicants will be encouraged and supported in developing an independent line of investigation. Data Analyst: Applicants should have relevant research experience, statistical skills, and a capacity to work closely with others. To apply for either position, please email a letter of interest, vita, and sample papers, care of Barb Oldro, (BBG3@PSU.EDU).

In the cover letter: (1) Please state when you are available to start. (2) Briefly list competencies and experience in specific advanced statistical techniques, if any (e.g. multi-level modeling, SEM, longitudinal analytic techniques, etc.), as well as expertise with statistical packages (SAS, SPSS, AMOS, STATA, MPLUS, etc.). (3) Describe any previous experience in applied research. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Penn State is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Rural Education and Prevention Research

The College of Education of the Pennsylvania State University is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow with interests in rural education and prevention research. This is a two year appointment (August 2007 - July 2009) and is supported by the National Research Center on Rural Education Support (NRCRES) with grant funding from the Institute of Education Sciences. The position will involve analyses of data and preparation of publications from a broad range of longitudinal, cross-sectional, and randomized control trial intervention studies pertaining to the educational achievement and social adjustment of rural children and adolescents. In addition, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to fully participate in the postdoctoral training activities of the Prevention Research Center (www.prevention.psu.edu) at the Pennsylvania State University.

Specific responsibilities: This position will be under the direction of the Director of the NRCRES. Responsibilities will include participation in weekly research conference calls with NRCRES faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, analyses of data, preparation of manuscripts for publication, presentations at national conferences, and occasional involvement in data collection for a national study on rural high school students’ aspirations (primarily in spring of 08). The research and analyses will pertain to the impact of school-based prevention studies in rural schools, the social and behavioral trajectories of children and adolescents at key transition points, school social networks, the development and prevention of antisocial behavior, bullying and victimization, national survey data on teacher retention and special education issues in rural schools, interventions to support distance learning in rural schools, and postsecondary aspirations of rural high school students.

Qualifications: Applicants must have documentation that they will complete a Ph.D. by July of 2007 in a relevant discipline (e.g., educational psychology, developmental psychology, human development, applied developmental science, prevention science, sociology, special education, or school psychology). Candidates must have strong quantitative skills in both variable and person-oriented approaches and have experience with longitudinal and large national databases. Individuals with interests in rural education, peer relations and social development, and prevention research are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application materials: Applicants should send a curriculum vita, a letter of interest, and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Thomas W. Farmer, College of Education, Room 227, CEDAR Building, University Park, PA, 16802. Review of Applications will begin March 19th, 2007. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Tom Farmer at twf2@psu.edu.

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Part-time positions at the Prevention Research Center (posted 2/17/05)

2 part-time positions are available coding videotaped interaction of families for a prevention research trial. The positions will involve 12-20 hours per week. Applicants should be interested in continuing through the summer and possibly next academic year as well. Hourly compensation will be $8-$14 depending on experience.

Part-time statistical analyst position available. Applicant should be comfortable conducting analyses in SAS, and should have experience with a range of techniques including multilevel analyses. Familiarity with MPLUS a plus.

To apply, please send a brief cover letter and c.v. to: Barb Oldro, Prevention Research Center. BBG3@PSU.EDU . Applicants for the statistical analyst position should include information on their familiarity with specific programs and techniques.

DATA ANALYST POSITION AVAILABLE in PREVENTION RESEARCH (removed from active site 4/14/06)

The Prevention Research Center of Pennsylvania State University (www.prevention.psu.edu) announces the availability of a position as data analyst in the area of community and family prevention research. The position will offer the opportunity for involvement in several innovative research projects being conducted by Drs. Mark Feinberg and Mark Greenberg. Applicants should have relevant research experience, statistical skills, and a capacity to work closely with others. We will consider applicants both for 20-hour/week and full-time.

To apply, please email a brief letter of interest and vita care of Barb Oldro, (BBG3@PSU.EDU). In the cover letter:

(1) Please state when you are available to start.

(2) Briefly list competencies and experience in specific advanced statistical techniques, if any (e.g. multi-level modeling, SEM, longitudinal analytic techniques, etc.), as well as expertise with statistical packages (SAS, SPSS, AMOS, STATA, etc.).

(3) Describe any previous experience in applied research.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Penn State is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

TWO POSITIONS AVAILABLE in PREVENTION RESEARCH (removed from active site 4/14/06)

1) RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
2) POSTDOCTORAL OPPORTUNITY

The Prevention Research Center of Pennsylvania State University (www.prevention.psu.edu) announces the availability of a two-year post-doctoral position and a research associate position in the area of community and family prevention research. The positions will offer the opportunity for involvement in several innovative research projects being conducted by Drs. Mark Feinberg and Mark Greenberg. Tasks will include project management, analysis, and writing for publication. Applicants should have relevant research experience, statistical skills, and a capacity to work closely with others. For the postdoctoral position, an opportunity to gain increased expertise in theory and methods will be provided through seminars and classes. Applicants will be encouraged and supported in developing an independent line of investigation.

To apply, please email a letter of interest, vita, and sample papers, care of Barb Oldro (BBG3@PSU.EDU). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Penn State is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.