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Post-baccalaureate Research Associate - updated June 1, 2022

We are seeking a full-time post-baccalaureate research associate to coordinate data collection for an NIMH R01, Risk and Resilience in Urban Black Acute Trauma Survivors. This study is one of a number of ongoing projects housed under the Milwaukee Trauma Outcomes Project (MTOP), co-founded by Dr. Terri deRoon-Cassini of the Medical College of Wisconsin and Dr. Christine Larson of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The research associate will work directly with the project coordinator under the supervision of Dr. deRoon-Cassini and Dr. Larson.

The participants in this study are Black adults from the Milwaukee area recruited from the Emergency Department at Froedtert Hospital/Medical College of Wisconsin because they experienced a traumatic injury. Data will be collected at 2 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months post-trauma. Assessments include structural and functional MRI, blood draws, self-report, and interviews of clinical symptoms. Measures are designed to assess factors that may predict trajectories of resilience or risk following an acute trauma, including socioenvironmental factors that may predict outcomes, such as neighborhood cohesion and safety, individual and neighborhood measures of resources (e.g.,food and housing security, socioeconomic position), racial discrimination, and exposure to community violence. The research associate will work jointly with the project coordinator to manage all aspects of data collection with the participants, including training and supervising volunteer research assistants, programming tasks, maintaining and updating data collection protocols, assisting with data collection, overseeing management of collected data, and other study and laboratory tasks as needed. We also offer opportunities to present and publish work from MTOP studies.

Qualified applicants will have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or relevant experience at the time of application, experience conducting human subjects research, strong interpersonal skills, and a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. The official appointment is in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.We promote excellence through diversity strongly encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to send the following to Dr. Larson at larsoncl@uwm.edu.
• Current CV
• Brief (250-500 word) statement of research experience, interests and career goals

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

A postdoctoral position is available with the Milwaukee Trauma Outcomes Project and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Medical College of Wisconsin. Fellows will be co-mentored by Dr. Christine Larson and Dr. Terri deRoon-Cassini. The fellow will support NIH funded projects examining relations between neurobiological indices (multimodal neuroimaging, endocannabinoid signaling) and socio-environmental stress and protective factors (e.g., neighborhood disadvantage, discrimination, social support, community cohesion), and in turn how these measures predict long term risk for PTSD and other outcomes among recent trauma survivors.

Projects include a significant focus on addressing systemic barriers affecting racial/ethnic minorities and those facing socioeconomic disadvantage. Fellows will be able to take lead authorship on papers using extant data and will also have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing projects, including studies of urban Black trauma survivors and youth victims of violence. The fellow will also contribute to mentorship of junior trainees.

Candidates will hold a Ph.D. in neuroscience, psychology or a related field with experience in analysis of multi-modal neuroimaging data. Expertise with trauma, stress or related problems is desirable, but not necessary. A track record of publications is preferred. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The position will be paid through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). UWM is classified as an R1 institution in the Carnegie classification. UWM and the UWM Psychology Department are dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in recruitment and employment. Qualified applicants should send a .pdf including a cover letter, CV, representative publications, and contact information for three referees to Dr. Larson at larsoncl@uwm.edu.

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