Duke University School of Medicine
October 18, 2022
2400 Pratt St, Durham, North Carolina
Job Type
Contact Person/Department
Jessica R. Lunsford-Avery, Ph.D.
Phone Number
+1 (919) 681-0035


This research and clinical training position represents a unique opportunity to combine interests in pediatric behavioral sleep medicine, pediatric mental health, community-engaged research, and sleep interventions deployed in the primary care setting.

Research and clinical training will be directed by Jessica Lunsford-Avery, PhD. The postdoctoral appointee will be involved in several grant-funded initiatives, including projects that focus on the development, implementation and evaluation of behavioral sleep health interventions to support youth mental health in pediatric primary care settings. The postdoctoral appointee will also be involved in community-engaged research projects that partner with local youth-serving organizations to gather key stakeholder perspectives about facilitators, barriers, and suggested enhancements to pediatric sleep health interventions.

The postdoctoral appointee will be involved in project implementation, subject recruitment, data collection and analysis, and abstract and manuscript preparation. The postdoctoral appointee will also be supported in the development of new postdoc-led research projects. Additional collaborators include Naomi Duke, MD, PhD, an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Sociology and a physician board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Adolescent Medicine, and faculty within the Duke ADHD Program and Duke Center for Girls and Women with ADHD, one of the nation’s only programs dedicated specifically to advancing knowledge about ADHD in girls and women.

The postdoctoral appointee will be able and encouraged to take advantage of the considerable education and early career training resources in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree in a relevant field (e.g., clinical psychology). An established track record of research productivity is preferred. Candidates should demonstrate established quantitative research skills, experience in analysis of data, excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work independently and with collaborators.

Duke University is located in Durham, North Carolina, a vibrant city situated in the Research Triangle, home to multiple world-class universities and renowned tech companies. Durham is known for its celebrated eateries and craft breweries, thriving art and music scene, and a culture that celebrates diversity and community. Locals are often found biking the American Tobacco Trail, enjoying travelling Broadway shows at the Durham Performing Arts Center, hiking the trails of the Eno River State Park, and catching a baseball game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the inspiration for the movie Bull Durham. Situated centrally in the state, both Atlantic Coast Beaches are the Appalachian Mountains are perfect locations for day-trips and weekends. Learn more @ www.discoverdurham.com

To apply or for more information, please contact Jessica Lunsford-Avery @ jessica.r.avery@duke.edu. Applications must  include a cover letter, CV, contact information for three references, and one research sample (e.g., publication). In addition to contacting Dr. Lunsford-Avery, please see job listing at: https://careers.duke.edu/job/Durham-POSTDOCTORAL-ASSOCIATE-NC-27710/941808400/

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