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Research Associate

Requisition Number:



Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience’s CREST (Clinical Research for Evidence-Based Services and Training) Lab has a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate position available for the Healthy Body, Mind, and Voice Among Young Women (HBMV) project. 

In collaboration with the University of Colorado Boulder and the Boulder Valley School District, our HBMV team is working to iteratively refine and assess a novel prevention program designed for young women in high school and transitioning to college. The overall aim of this project is to identify scalable and sustainable methods that promote healthy identity and shift the cultural narrative about women’s body, mind, and voice. We hope to provide young women with the necessary tools and opportunities to be grounded in their day-to-day life, to build communities of support among peers, and to challenge societal and cultural messages about appearance. Our research design uses a participatory approach, engaging youth voice throughout the development and implementation of the program, and prioritizes inclusivity and responsiveness to diverse communities. Our theoretical framework draws from clinical, social, and educational psychology, bridging disciplines to inform the most effective ways to support and sustain positive outcomes for young women.

Who We Are

Under the direction of Dr. Sona Dimidjian, the Clinical Research for Evidence-based Services and Training Lab at the University of Colorado, Boulder, in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience (CU CREST) works to engage the principles and methods of clinical psychological science to build knowledge that will reduce suffering and enhance well-being in the lives of individuals and communities. CU CREST houses an interconnected cutting edge clinical research program and a range of academic and community training efforts. Supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the University of Colorado Boulder, including the Division of Outreach and Engagement, private foundations, and individual donors, CU CREST focuses on the scientific innovation and investigation of clinical practices and professional training designed to accomplish its central mission. In addition, CU CREST places a special emphasis on the mental health needs of women across important transitions throughout the life cycle, including pregnancy and the postpartum and adolescence. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The candidate will primarily be responsible for the following research activities:
  • Work collaboratively on the co-design of research materials
  • Lead manuscript preparation to contribute to theoretical and scholarly literature to support project goals
  • Lead grant preparation to seek funding to support expansion of the research program
  • Lead research implementation 
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative data analyses
  • Oversee data collection and management
  • Interpret data and communicate results to academic and lay audiences
  • Synthesize existing literature related to youth development, including disordered eating, body image, and prevention
  • Assist with IRB and regulatory matters
  • Develop and maintain standard operating procedures 
  • Mentor volunteers, staff, and graduate students
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of respectful relationships with community and school partners
  • Maintain project focus on diversity, inclusivity, and equity

What You Should Know

Desired start date is June 15, 2019.

What We Can Offer

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

Minimum Requirement: 
  • PhD in Psychology or Education, completed prior to commencement of appointment.

What We Would Like You To Have

Desired Qualifications:
  • Advanced experience with quantitative or mixed methods data analysis, interpretation, and publication
  • Excellent knowledge of clinical and/or health psychology
  • Familiar with participatory research methods
  • Able to carry out self-directed projects and work autonomously
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Eager to work with an interdisciplinary team
  • Flexible and adaptive to change
  • Strong mentorship and leadership skills
  • Willing to develop and advance data science skills through formal and informal training

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Statement of Research Philosophy
  4. List of references - You will need to submit 3 names and emails for this position. These individuals will be contacted and asked to submit a letter of recommendation as part of your application materials. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.
This position will remain open until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Julia C. Zigarelli, PhD

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer