Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Junior Research Scientist: Family Translational Research Group

Posted: 1/17/2017 (Employment)

The Family Translational Research Group (FTRG) at New York University (NYU) is looking for talented, hard-working people with a passion for understanding and preventing family maltreatment and improving the lives of military families to join our team at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.

FTRG conducts research on topics ranging from defining maltreatment in ways that can be reliably used by field workers, to determining how the way couples handle conflict relate to violence, to examining the effects of family violence on children’s psychological and physical functioning, to furthering our understanding of risk and protective factors for child maltreatment and partner abuse. In addition to this basic research, FTRG is involved in large community-based prevention efforts (with both military and university communities) and in multi-level family prevention efforts. These studies use the full spectrum of research methods — from intensive observational tools to epidemiological surveys to intervention science. The FTRG is co-directed by Dr. Amy M. Smith Slep and Dr. Richard E. Heyman.

Researchers at the FTRG have (a) developed and refined definitions of partner and child maltreatment; (b) tested the agreement between master reviewers and installation committees; (c) assisted in the implementation of a new family maltreatment decision- making body; and (d) tested the dissemination of the decision process at 40 military installations worldwide.

For this next part of our research, we need full-time, military-site coordinators to: (1) complete initial training and intensive phone and video-based supervision, (2) collect data, (3) attend clinically-relevant meetings regarding maltreatment and intervention, and (4) meet with members of research team when they visit the installation.

Candidates for the Junior Research Scientist position must possess a master’s degree in psychology, social work, counseling or related field. License-eligible or licensed preferred. It is strongly preferred that applicants have experience with (1) family maltreatment — clinical or research, (2) supervision, (3) research — especially with relevance to family maltreatment, and/or prevention, and (4) military culture/military families. Fluency in computer applications (e.g., Microsoft Office), as well as video-based applications (e.g., Google Hangout, FaceTime) is required for training and supervision purposes.

To apply, please send your curriculum vitae with contact information for three references on the final page to Tracy Hillenbrand.

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Location: Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA