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For Post-Docs

Postdoctoral trainees hold doctoral degrees and have varying backgrounds in biobehavioral health research. Each Postdoctoral trainee will hold a two year fellowship,direct experience in ongoing research, and develop a base from which to conduct an independent project. The goal of postdoctoral training is to achieve competence in biobehavioral health research sufficient to launch an independent research career.

Progression and Training

Each postdoctoral scholar will have a mentor from among the core or supporting faculty with whom he or she will work closely to design an individualized program of training.

  • Fellows may wish intensive experience with a new methodology or population.
  • Fellows may also seek to develop foundational skills and knowledge and will elect considerable course work in both basic biomedical and nursing sciences.
  • All Fellows are expected to participate in their first year in the specialized offerings and seminars of the training program.
  • During both years, fellows will participate in ongoing program seminars for discussion of their work and proposals.
  • Postdoctoral fellows will participate on the research team of the core and supporting faculty, design and conduct a small-scale study related to that team with guidance from a faculty mentor.

Typical progression through postdoctoral work will include:

  1. Assessment of the dissertation research and refinement or direction based on that work;
  2. Design of a series of studies, at least one of which is pilot-tested during the funding period;
  3. Publication of research results;
  4. Production of a research proposal for extramural funding, with critiques from members of the Biobehavioral Nursing Research Training Program, as well as other relevant disciplines,
  5. Collaboration and possible publication with one or more faculty in their ongoing research;
  6. Participation in peer review