Post Doctoral Fellow Sierra Leone RPCA
Research Programme on Children & Adversity
Boston College School of Social Work
The Research Programme on Children and Adversity (RPCA) at the Boston College School of Social Work seeks a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Global Mental Health to be based in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The RPCA is an applied research programme dedicated to improving the evidence base on the epidemiology of mental health problems and family functioning as well as intervention research to develop and test mental health services for children and families affected by multiple forms of adversity, including armed conflict, poverty, and infectious disease.
The newest phase of our work in Sierra Leone involves a mental health service research hub called Youth FORWARD (Youth Functioning and Organisational Success for West African Regional Development). Over the next 3–4 years, in collaboration with the University of Sierra Leone, the University of Liberia, IPA, CARITAS and the World Bank, we will be exploring ways to link evidence based mental health services for youth to the youth employment, education and other alternative sectors in Sierra Leone and also build capacity for mental health services research in both Sierra Leone and Liberia.
The post-doctoral fellow will oversee all implementation science aspects related to a scale-up study of cognitive behavioural therapy treatment groups (Youth Readiness Intervention) for youth (males and females ages 15–24) exposed to violence and other forms of adversity linked to alternative delivery platforms such as education and youth employment programmes in Sierra Leone. The postdoctoral fellow will also contribute to analysis of data on intergenerational Study of War, which has been ongoing in Sierra Leone since 2002.
The research fellow will report to Dr Theresa Betancourt and her lab, and will join an ongoing research collaboration between the Boston College School of Social Work, IPA, CARITAS Sierra Leone and the National Institutes of Mental Health.
Please include a cover letter with your application.
Salary: FY17 NIH Postdoctoral Fellow Minimum Stipend: $47,484.
Further information is available at Boston College
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