Postdoctoral Research Training Program in School Mental Health

This one-year fellowship offered by the UW School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center offers opportunities to work on current and recently completed federally funded research, training, and or national, regional, state, and local implementation support projects.

Fellowship Type(s):
Psychology Fellowship, Research Fellowship

Department Faculty
Eric Bruns, PhD
Aaron Lyon, PhD

SMART Core Faculty: Aaron Lyon, PhD; Eric Bruns, PhD; Elizabeth McCauley, PhD; Carol Davis, EdD; Angel Fettig, PhD; Janine Jones, PhD; Jill Locke, PhD; Mike Pullmann, PhD; Elizabeth Sanders, PhD; Maggie Sibley, PhD; Larry Wissow, MD.

The successful applicants will work closely with one or more faculty in the SoM and/or CoE who will serve as mentors on current and recently completed federally funded research, training, and or national, regional, state, and local implementation support projects. Examples of research projects include development and testing of teacher trainings to enhance and restore relationships with students; designing and testing implementation strategies to support the uptake and sustained use of evidence-based practices for teachers and school-based clinicians; large scale, multi-site efficacy trials of a school-based intervention; leveraging social media and machine learning to address adolescent suicide risk; studies of racial and ethnic disproportionality in discipline; development and testing of measures to support educator adoption of evidence-based practices; and many others.

We also seek applicants whose interest may be primarily or secondarily in promoting implementation of research based strategies in authentic education settings, and other kinds of applied scholarship. Such fellows would work with SMART faculty and trainer/consultants on the Center’s many federally and locally funded training, technical assistance, and continuous quality improvement projects, in order to become fluent in implementation practice and methods of community engagement and apply them with rigor in academic, education, non-profit, or other professional settings.

The SMART Center represents a unique collaboration between the School of Medicine and College of Education, intended to facilitate more effective and integrated approaches to conducting research and providing technical assistance surrounding school behavioral health. The SMART Center, SoM and CoE are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

$55,100 with full University of Washington benefits (see

  • An earned doctorate in Clinical, Community, School, or Educational Psychology; Special Education; Social Work; Public Health; or a related discipline at the time of appointment.
  • Interest and experience in research on and/or implementation support for: (1) strategies for implementing evidence-based and culturally-responsive mental health assessment and intervention practices in education; (2) strategies for understanding and reducing ethnic and racial disparities in discipline, achievement, and health; (3) enhancing school mental health data collection and use capacities (e.g., via screening, measurement-based care, data-driven decision support); and/or similar school mental health topics.
  • Candidates must be citizens of the United States to be eligible for the fellowship.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Ideally, the fellowship will begin on or before October 1, 2020. To apply, please email the following to the address below:

  • A detailed letter describing interest in and qualifications for the position, including academic preparation, relevant experience, and agenda for research and/or public impact.
    • Please include a section identifying potential SMART Center mentor(s), your shared interests, and how the mentor(s)’ projects and foci may support the candidate’s progress toward professional goals.
    • Please also describe experiences with and commitment to diversity-related work and equity in research, teaching, service, and/or outreach, including experience engaging with historically underserved schools, communities, children, and/or families.
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • Two examples of scholarly writing;
  • Names/contact information for at least three references

Eric J. Bruns, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of Washington