Requisition ID:  22779

Clinical Postdoctoral Scholar

Job Summary


Postdoctoral scholar position (remote possible) available on an NIH-funded project led by Dr. Bridgette Kelleher (PI) in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. The project (R01HD105502 Optimizing a personalized health approach for virtually treating high-risk caregivers during COVID-19 and beyond) seeks to address the acute mental health needs of caregivers of children with neurogenetic conditions by developing a novel network for delivering personalized triage and digital treatments. Specifically, the project will scale up and integrate a series of brief, evidence-based digital health interventions to support caregiver mental health. This position will expose the individual to a large-scale, multi-site clinical trial using telehealth methods, providing a unique opportunity to develop research skills (and clinical skills, if desired) in psychology, as well as engaging in professional development with a large, collaborative team.


Project WellCAST ( is hiring a postdoctoral scholar with strong project management, writing, and data analysis expertise to support the implementation of this ongoing clinical trial. Specific focal areas may vary by candidate expertise, which must include at least one of the following topics relevant to the project: neurogenetic syndromes, caregiver/parenting interventions, clinical psychology, ecological momentary assessment, precision health, peer-to-peer coaching, or motivational interviewing. Supervised clinical hours are possible for candidates interested in pursuing psychology licensure who reside or plan to reside in Indiana.



The candidate will have ample opportunities to write, analyze and disseminate data through conference presentations and manuscripts. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and collaborative, with prior experience working as part of interdisciplinary teams. Special consideration will be given to candidates with clinical experience treating caregivers and an interest in neurogenetic conditions.


The position is 40 hours per week with a possible duration of two years, contingent upon successful performance in the first year. Longer-term employment is possible pending additional funding. Application review begins immediately, with start date as early as August 15, 2023.


The candidate will work directly with PI Dr. Bridgette Kelleher and study investigators at Purdue University. Remote work is possible, however candidates interested in accruing licensure hours must reside in Indiana.



Education and Experience


Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. in psychology, data science, or a related disipline



Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in at least one content area relevant to Project WellCAST, including: neurogenetic syndromes, caregiver/parenting interventions, clinical psychology, ecological momentary assessment, precision health, peer-to-peer coaching, or motivational interviewing
  • Excellent writing skills and evidence of success leading first-authored publications
  • Experience independently conducting statistical analyses using longitudinal datasets, including ecological momentary assessment (EMA) and/or clinical trial data
  • Ability to manage, summarize, and visualize datasets in R, SAS, or other statistical software packages
  • Commitment to supporting an inclusive and diverse laboratory environment
  • Exceptional communication skills, interpersonal skills, and professionalism as a collegial team member
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with emphasis on accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to efficiently multitask and meet deadlines
  • Skill in taking initiative, assuming responsibility, and handling confidential information with discretion
  • Experiences leading and mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students
  • Clinical candidates must also have appropriate training in implementing evidence-based interventions such as ACT and DBT with adult clients

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette