Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Preventive Medicine

Training Opportunities

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at Northwestern University.  The Behavioral Medicine Division in Northwestern University’s Department of Preventive Medicine and the Center for Behavior and Health, Institute for Public Health and Medicine, seek one or two postdoctoral fellows with strong interest and competency in obesity treatment or in technology supported interventions to foster healthy lifestyle change (in diet, physical activity, smoking, or stress).  Project management experience is required.  The fellow will manage one of the lab’s ongoing health promotion clinical trials that implements a novel intervention optimization research design (MOST, SMART, or JITAI) and incorporates mobile health intervention components.  He or she will have access to data sets for publications, receive mentorship in grant writing and publication, participate in providing academic and clinical mentorship of graduate students and research staff, and be afforded career development opportunities through Northwestern University. The Center provides a unique, intellectually vibrant scientific home for researchers and clinician scientists who develop, implement and evaluate technology-supported behavioral interventions to promote health.  We house several post-doctoral training programs in behavioral and psychosocial aspects of cancer and cardiovascular disease.  Robust collaborations between the Chicago and Evanston campuses and the surrounding community support a full spectrum of translational research and implementation.  In addition to behavioral scientists and physicians, the Department’s 45 faculty include 20 biostatisticians as well as world class experts in epidemiology, nutrition, public health, and computer science.  Several ongoing clinical trials aim to develop or test the effectiveness of technology-enhanced interventions to promote health behavior change, weight loss, and chronic disease risk reduction in at-risk populations. The primary objective of the fellowship is to prepare the individual for a career in behavioral medicine or health promotion research.  Applicants should have a doctoral degree (or ABD) in health psychology or a related behavioral or social science, excellent communication and writing skills, as well as training in research methodology and statistics. Minority applicants are encouraged. Appointments are for two years, contingent on first year performance. Salary and benefits are competitive. To apply, please send CV and statement of interests to Bonnie Spring, Ph.D., ABPP, c/o Dr. Howard Allen, Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University, 680 N. Lakeshore Drive, Suite 1400, Chicago, IL  60611, or to