This is a postdoctoral training experience in a multidisciplinary research team. Division of Behavioral Medicine at UB is one of the most well-funded centers for behavioral research in the area of obesity and health related studies. The Postdoctoral Associate will be supervised by Dr. Kai Ling Kong, an Assistant Professor in the Division of Behavioral Medicine, UB Department of Pediatrics. She is the Principal Investigator for the UB Infant Lab. Her primary research focus is on infant health, specifically infant's home environments and ingestive behaviors. Her research aims to identify how infant-toddler's food and non-food behaviors affect obesity later in life and how early interventions can protect those at risk from obesity. Dr. Rina D. Eiden, Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology, and Research Professor in Community Health and Health Behavior will serve as the secondary mentor. Dr. Eiden's work focuses on the impact of prenatal and postnatal substance abuse on developmental trajectories of risk and resilience from infancy to adolescence. The Postdoctoral Associate will allocate time to collaborate on data analysis and publications existing longitudinal data sets of diverse, high risk samples by seeking to understand the developmental mechanisms, such as infant-parent relationship, self-regulation, individual differences in children's autonomic and stress reactivity, on the impact of children's health outcomes, specifically obesity risk later in life. In addition, the Post-doc will work on Dr. Kong's NIH-funded research project, and his/her own new independent research. Mentoring in grant writing will be provided to interested candidates. It is common to work more on ongoing projects in the beginning of the postdoctoral experience while transitioning to become an independent investigator. The goal is for the Postdoctoral Associate to become an independent investigator.
PhD. Must have experience conducting research with children and families, have training and experience in longitudinal data analysis, and good writing skills. Must have evidence of first author peer-reviewed publications and a flexible working schedule. Must have good communication, organizational, time management, and problem solving skills. Must have good managerial skills and be an independent worker. At least two years' experience in data collection and data analysis is required. Must be willing to obtain CPR certification.
Ph.D. degree in Developmental Psychology, Child Clinical Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, Developmental Neurobiology, or obesity/health related field. Have interest in working with infants and toddlers. Experience with statistical analysis programs such as SAS, SPSS, MPlus, HLM, R, etc.
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