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Postdoctoral Associate - Psychiatry - Adult Div - ACT at Duke, Merwin Team

Duke University
Adult Psychiatry & Psychology

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School of Medicine Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation's top medical schools. Ranked sixth among medical schools in the nation, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve human health locally and around the globe. Composed of more than 2,500 faculty physicians and researchers, more than 1,300 students, and more than 6,000 staff, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing, Duke University Health System and the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) comprise Duke Health. a world-class academic medical center. The Health System encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.A postdoctoral fellowship position is available at Duke University Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences under the mentorship of Dr. Rhonda Merwin, Director of the ACT at Duke Program. ACT at Duke is a contextual behavioral science (CBS) research lab, with an affiliated ACT-based clinic and training program in Duke University’s School of Medicine. Research focuses on the mechanisms and treatment of eating disorders and related issues. Interventions are grounded in ACT and engage digital and mobile technology for real-time, contextually sensitive intervention and assessment of treatment outcomes and processes of change. The postdoctoral fellow will work on NIMH and foundation-funded grants in a thriving academic-medicine environment. The fellow will directly contribute to project management, procedural development and execution, and have responsibilities in data preparation and reporting, and manuscript and grant preparation. Fellows gain experience in all areas of clinical research and the use of digital and mobile technology in treatment development and implementation and assessment of multi-level processes of change. The fellow will receive ongoing mentorship to advance their personal career goals and have opportunities for secondary data analysis and first author publications. Fellows are encouraged to take advantage of the extensive continuing education and professional development activities, attending seminars, grand rounds etc. offered throughout the university. Candidates with a doctoral degree in psychology and strong analytic and writing skills are encouraged to apply. Experience with single case or multiple baseline designs and process-based research preferred. Projected start date is August 1, 2023. This is a 1-year position, with the possibility of additional years based on performance and funding. Reach out to [email protected] with questions.

Occ Summary

Conduct independent research activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor in preparation for a full time clinical-research career.

Work Performed

  • The Postdoctoral Appointee holds a PhD or equivalent doctorate (e.g., ScD, MD, DVM). Candidates with non-US degrees may be required to provide proof of degree equivalency.

  • A candidate may also be appointed to a postdoctoral position if the candidate has completed all the requirements for a degree, but the degree has not been formally conferred: in this case, the candidate may present evidence of completion of the degree requirements, to get her with statement documenting the date on which the degree is to be conferred.

  • If the degree is not conferred by this projected date, the postdoctoral appointment may be terminated.

  • Note for international candidates: Immigration classifications (e.g., H-1B, J-1, etc.) require that the requisite degree be conferred before a petition can be filed or a visa document issued to sponsor the individual.

  • The term of the appointment is limited (see Section 5 of the Post doc Policy for length of appointment).

  • The appointment involves research or scholarship and may include teaching responsibilities, as well as clinical responsibilities.

  • The Postdoctoral Appointee functions under the supervision of a mentor or a department at Duke University.

  • The Postdoctoral Appointee is expected to publish the results of his or her research or scholarship during the period of the appointment.


  • The conscientious discharge of research or scholarship responsibilities, which may include teaching responsibilities for Postdoctoral Associates Conformance to standards of responsible conduct in research.
  • Compliance with good scholarly and research practice. Maintenance of a laboratory notebook and/or other comparable records of research activity, which remains the property of Duke University upon termination Adherence to University standards regarding use of isotopes, chemicals, infectious agents, animals, human subjects, and the like Open and timely discussion with the mentor regarding all facets of the Postdoctoral Appointee's research activities.
  • Postdoctoral Appointees are encouraged to consult the AAMC Compact Between Postdoctoral Appointees and their Mentors for suggested guidelines for the Postdoctoral Appointee-mentor relationship Prompt disclosure to the mentor regarding the possession and desire to distribute materials, reagents, software, copyright able and potentially patentable discoveries derived from the Postdoctoral Appointee's research.
  • Collegial conduct towards members of the research group and others as described in the Duke University School of Medicine Ho nor Code of Professional Conduct and other relevant conduct policies pertaining to other schools at Duke University.
  • Compliance with all applicable University and departmental policies and procedures.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ability to work independently and to function as effectively as part of a team

Ability to apply psychological theory and principles of behavior change

Ability to meet high standards for ethical research and clinical practice

Basic understanding of intervention science and strategies for maintaining data integrity

Experience with multiple-baseline designs or process-based research

Effective oral and written communication skills

Motivation and curiosity

Minimum Qualifications

PhD in psychology


See job description for education requirements.


Experience with ACT, eating disorders and/or type 1 diabetes preferred.


Experience with ACT, eating disorders and/or type 1 diabetes preferred.

Minimum Qualifications


See job description for education requirements.


See job description for requirements.

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


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Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

Mission Statement

Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

“To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

 “By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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