Health Specialist GS12-13 Position at the National Institute on Aging

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the premier health research center for the nation and the world. The 27 Institutes and Centers at NIH employ approximately 18,000 employees in a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. The NIH mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.
Located in downtown Bethesda, Maryland, the Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) of the National Institute on Aging is a major funder of basic and translational social and behavioral research and research training on the processes of aging at both the individual and societal level and related to both normal aging and to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and AD-related dementias (ADRD).
BSR plans to hire a Health Specialist with a degree and experience in the psychological, behavioral, social, or health-related sciences, to provide scientific and logistical support to the research portfolio in BSR’s Individual Behavioral Processes Branch, in areas such as those listed below:

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T32 Precision Lifestyle Medicine and Translation Research (PREMIER) Postdoctoral Training Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Seeking Postdoctoral Applicants:

The program objective is to provide postdoctoral fellows who aspire to be both independent investigators and team scientists in lifestyle medicine the opportunity to develop skills in prevention and control of cardiovascular and respiratory chronic conditions translational research.

Fellows can focus their research and skill developments in either of these cores of central interest:

  • Mechanistic Explorations of Behavior & Behavior Change
  • Behavioral Sciences for Multi-morbidity Prevention & Control
  • Population Health Equity & Policy

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June 25, 2019 | Jennifer Inauen, PhD Presenting on Advancing the Science of Behavior Change Using Intensive Longitudinal Methods

Jennifer Inauen, PhD., is Assistant Professor of Health Psychology in the Department of Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine at University of Bern, Switzerland. She completed her PhD in psychology at the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), Switzerland. In her thesis, Jennifer developed and tested theory-based behavior change strategies to promote arsenic-safe water consumption in Bangladesh. She subsequently joined the team of Prof. Urte Scholz as a researcher and lecturer (University of Konstanz, Germany, and later University of Zurich), before joining the Columbia University Couple’s lab (Niall Bolger), and Patrick Shrout’s lab (New York University) during a research fellowship for prospective researchers awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. At her return to Switzerland, Jennifer established her own research group at Eawag as a group leader in environmental and health psychology, before joining the University of Bern as assistant professor. Jennifer Inauen’s research aims to understand the principles of health behavior change, which she studies at the example of healthy eating, physical activity, beverage consumption, hygiene, and medication adherence. Using mobile technology and innovative experimental designs in daily life, she is particularly interested in distinguishing within-person and between-person behavior change processes, and their temporal development. Based on these insights, she aims at developing more effective behavior change interventions.

 

Access the lecture via the following information:
Meeting URL: https://meetings.webex.com/collabs/#/meetings/joinbynumber

Meeting Number: 191 366 190

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PREMIER T32: Postdoctoral Training Program

Seeking Postdoctoral Applicants:

T32 Precision Lifestyle Medicine and Translation Research (PREMIER) Postdoctoral Training Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago

The program objective is to provide postdoctoral fellows who aspire to be both independent investigators and team scientists in lifestyle medicine the opportunity to develop skills in prevention and control of cardiovascular and respiratory chronic conditions translational research.

Fellows can focus their research and skill developments in either of these cores of central interest:

  • Mechanistic Explorations of Behavior & Behavior Change
  • Behavioral Sciences for Multi-morbidity Prevention & Control
  • Population Health Equity & Policy

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I2I Online Seminar with Katie Witkiewitz: Precision medicine approaches to the development and dissemination of treatments for alcohol and substance use disorders

Date: Apr 26, 2019 1:00 PM in Eastern Time

Abstract: There are multiple effective interventions for alcohol and other substance use disorders, however, effect sizes versus control conditions tend to be small. For example, our work has found mindfulness-based interventions to be more efficacious and effective than “gold standard” treatments (cognitive behavioral treatment, 12-step approaches) in the treatment of substance use disorder with small effect sizes. The current presentation will discuss the development and dissemination of mindfulness-based interventions and recent attempts to identify which individuals are most likely to respond best to mindfulness-based interventions based on different phenotypic profiles. The presentation will also highlight similar research in the area of medications for alcohol use disorder and how methodological approaches can be used to phenotype individuals to pursue precision medicine hypotheses. Future directions that include rigorous tests of precision medicine hypotheses and adaptive designs will also be discussed.

Katie Witkiewitz is a Regents’ Professor of Psychology and Scientist at the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions at the University of New Mexico. She has studied mindfulness-based interventions for substance use disorder since 2001. Dr. Witkiewitz also has expertise in quantitative methods and is interested in how the methodology can inform precision medicine for alcohol and other substance use disorders.

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