Postdoctoral Fellowship

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Traumatic Stress Research

The National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is seeking applications for its NIMH-funded T-32 post-doctoral research training program, Basic & Translational Research Training in Traumatic Stress Across the Lifespan (T32MH018869). This program is in its 34th year of funding. At least one fellow will be selected for the 2022-2023 year. The NCVC offers fellowship training for entry level and/or experienced clinical scientists to develop clinical research skills necessary to pursue an independent research career in the field of traumatic stress, with a particular emphasis on civilian trauma and its impact on mental health. Stipends are based on NIH-designated levels. Successful applicants must have a strong commitment to a career in clinical research and a doctoral degree in psychology, medicine, social work, public health, or similar field.

The NCVC fellowship training program produces clinical scientists skilled in strategies to investigate the impact of potentially traumatic events (PTEs) upon the mental health of adults and children. Our research training program provides trainees with mentorship, coursework, seminars, mental health treatment experiences, and research training necessary to conduct competent, interdisciplinary, and translational traumatic stress research. All fellows have a primary faculty mentor and a co-mentor in a complementary field. Co-mentors are jointly identified by the fellow and the training faculty, based on training needs, and include Ph.D.s and M.D.s with a broad range of scientific expertise including (but not limited to) developmental psychopathology, neuroscience, behavioral and molecular genetics, mental health disparities, substance abuse, HIV prevention, treatment efficacy, and dissemination and implementation research. The NCVC has a number of major extramurally-funded projects that include studies of exposure to PTEs (e.g., child maltreatment, sexual violence, and other forms of interpersonal violence, racism-related trauma, mass violence incidents (MVIs), environmental crimes, traumatic grief) and risk of PTSD and related mental disorders, studies of resilience following exposure to PTEs, treatment and prevention intervention development and randomized clinical trials (RCTs), and projects addressing translation and dissemination of effective treatments to practice (including mobile and web-based platforms). The NCVC also hosts the Office for Victims of Crime-funded National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center that is engaged in large scale epidemiological studies of the mental health impact of mass violence incidents, resilience given exposure to such incidents, and evaluation of self-help apps to facilitate resilience and recovery.

The MUSC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is a strong academic department that consistently ranks in the top 10 in the country for NIH funding. This complements the outstanding post-doctoral training available through the NCVC fellowship. NCVC faculty includes 11 doctoral level diverse professionals who are energetic and enthusiastic participants in the fellowship training program. Core faculty from other Departments (e.g., Neuroscience) and Divisions in Psychiatry at MUSC (e.g., Addiction Sciences, Brain Stimulation Lab, Global and Community Health) who specialize in traumatic stress research also serve as primary and secondary mentors for post docs. Applicants are encouraged to visit for overviews of the NCVC faculty’s research.

Charleston is a beautiful, historic, diverse ocean-side city with fun and interesting things to do and see. Beaches, boating, fishing, golf, and other outdoor amenities combine with a strong value of historic and environmental preservation and a relatively low cost of living to produce a wonderful place to live and work. Charleston has been named the No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada by Travel+Leisure’s World’s Best Awards.

Applications must include

  • a ONE PAGE letter outlining the basis of your interest in the fellowship and goals for advanced research training in traumatic stress research (inclusive of long term career goals)
  • an updated C.V.
  • any p/reprints (minimum of one) you feel would help to demonstrate your research proficiency
  • a list of 3 names (and contact information) for individuals who may serve as references for your research and work.

We are not requesting letters of recommendation at this time but may do so at a later date. In considering research interests and goals for the fellowship training, interested applicants are encouraged to review current NIMH research priorities:

We encourage applications from women and underrepresented ethnic, racial, and cultural groups, sexual minorities, and from people with disabilities. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Please electronically email application materials BY 5:00 p.m. FRIDAY, October 8, 2021 to:

Carla Kmett Danielson, Ph.D., MPI/Director of Post-Doctoral Training:

National Crime Victims Center

The NCVC is a division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC in Charleston, SC. The affiliation with a strong academic department complements the outstanding post-doctoral training available through the NCVC fellowship. NCVC faculty includes 11 doctoral level professionals who are energetic and enthusiastic participants in the fellowship training program. The common interest of the faculty in traumatic stress provides a basis for building strong research programs. All faculty encourage collaboration with fellows within their research.