Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine - Colorado Program for Patient Centered Decisions

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Position #00794222 – Requisition #24794


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The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a world-class medical destination at the forefront of transformative science, medicine, education and patient care. The campus encompasses the University of Colorado health professional schools, more than 60 centers and institutes, and two nationally ranked independent hospitals - UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado - that treat more than two million adult and pediatric patients each year. Innovative, interconnected and highly collaborative, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus delivers life-changing treatments, patient care and professional training and conducts world-renowned research fueled by over $650 million in research grants. For more information, visit

ACCORDS is a unique environment supporting innovative and interdisciplinary research across the CU Anschutz campus. ACCORDS brings together a large group of investigators from multiple disciplines, some who have their primary office at ACCORDS, and others who collaborate with ACCORDS personnel, programs and cores, while maintaining an off-site research home. Our methodologic cores provide support for the development of new projects, grant proposals for faculty, consultative support to investigators, as well as support our programmatic areas.

Fellowship Details

A two-year postdoctoral fellowship opportunity is available at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The position sits within the Colorado Program for Patient Centered Decisions (CPPCD) as part of the Adult & Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research & Delivery Science (ACCORDS). The CPPCD is led by a multidisciplinary team of established researchers focused on shared decision making and patient centered care. Researchers at CPPCD conduct studies to promote informed medical decisions, e.g. about cancer screening, the implementation of cardiac devices, end of life care and hospice. Our research examines the psychological aspects of health decision making, including risk communication and the influence of emotions and motivations on patients’ medical decisions. The fellowship in CPPCD provides advanced training to health services researchers and clinicians and prepares fellows for positions in academic medicine. The CPPCD postdoctoral fellow collaborates on established projects and is encouraged to conduct independent research with an emphasis on manuscript writing and grant submission. Preference will be given to a candidate with a strong interest in heart failure and health decision making.

We encourage applicants from underrepresented groups or backgrounds including, LGBTIA+, U.S. veterans, persons with a disability, or ethnic minorities such as Black or African American, Hispanic, American Indian, or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and Asian to apply. 

The CPPCD Team of researchers currently consists of:

    Daniel Matlock, MD, MPH, Director, Geriatrics, Palliative Care, Shared Decision Making, Implementation Science:  His research is aimed at fundamentally changing and improving how patients make decisions around invasive technologies. He has been funded under an NIH career development award, three NHLBI RO1s (two Co-I, one PI), and four PCORI projects studying shared decision making among older adults making decisions around invasive technologies.Larry Allen, MD, MHS, Cardiology, Heart Failure, Shared Decision Making, Clinical Trials: His primary research interest has been to better anticipate progression into end-stage heart failure and then help patients make tough choices regarding invasive therapies and palliative options.Laura Scherer, PhD, Social Psychology, Decision Psychology: Her research lies at the intersection of behavioral science, decision-making and medicine, and seeks to understand patient preferences, healthcare seeking vs. avoidance, and how to facilitate shared decision making and improve communication between doctors and patients. Carmen Lewis, MD MPH, General Internal Medicine, Shared Decision Making:  Her current and past research includes broad areas of medical decision making, preventive care and cancer screening, and health care quality. Dr. Lewis has developed decision support for patients and physicians and has evaluated methods to implement decision support into ambulatory practices.Colleen McIlvennan, PhD, DNP, ANP, Cardiology, Heart Failure, Caregivers, End of Life Care: Her research focuses on family caregivers, decision making, and end-of-life preferences.  Her clinical experiences with patients who have advanced heart failure have led her to pursue a research career grounded in this patient population. She has experience with qualitative methodology and mixed methods.Christopher Knoepke, PhD, MSW, LCSW, Social Work, Communication, Cardiac Procedure Decision Making: His research investigates means by which to improve the inclusion of patient values and voice in medical decisions, especially those which are technologically complex, emotionally burdensome, or for stigmatized conditions.Channing E. Tate, PhD, MPH, Disparities, Gerontology, Hospice and Palliative Care: Her research interests include working with disparate populations and health disparities, aging populations, hospice, and end-of-life care transitions, and shared decision-making.
The fellow will be assigned a primary fellowship mentor based on their interests and career goals, and will have access to:

    Involvement in scholarly group meetings Dedicated time for manuscript preparationFinancial support for mentored researchPartnering with fellow researchers as interests grow

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $53,760 – 58,608.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. 

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.



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Diversity and Equity:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected].

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.



Minimum Qualifications

Required: Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

    PhD in a health-related field (e.g., social/health/decision-making psychology, nursing, health services research, etc.). Other health professional degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis.Ability to devote 100% FTE to research and career development activities.  
Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate level training in statistics, research methodology, and health-related research preferred.
Competencies/Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

    Ability to lead, coordinate and implement research projects.
  • Understanding of evidence-based practice and the basics of implementation science.
  • Superb written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience with data analysis programs.
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment, develop effective interpersonal relationships, provide superior customer service, and communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to receive, incorporate, and provide feedback.
  • Ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, adapt to changing priorities, manage time, and meet deadlines.
Please note: we are unable to provide employment-based sponsorship for this position.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Feb 16, 2022
Unposting Date: Ongoing

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