Postdoctoral Fellow, Racial Disparities and Physical & Mental Health

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Work type: Postdoc / Research / Fellow
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Postdoc / Fellow, Research

The University of Denver Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE: is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to join an interdisciplinary team of scholars and practitioners for a two-year term from summer/fall 2020 through summer/fall 2022. Under the guidance of mentorship faculty from the Department of Psychology, the postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to pursue an inter- and trans-disciplinary approach to examining racial inequity in physical and psychological health. The position will provide experiences in research, teaching, and service, preparing the fellow to pursue a professional trajectory including, but not limited to, tenure-track appointment in the academy.

Position Summary


The fellow will have opportunities to train in validated and innovative health research methodologies, in the recruitment of specialized populations, and in the implementation of interdisciplinary and community-engaged collaborations. Specifically, the postdoctoral fellow will spearhead a project examining racial biases in psychological care recommendations.

The fellow will be housed in the Department of Psychology. The fellow will primarily engage in independent research, scholarship, and creative work under the guidance of departmental faculty. Drs. Kathryn Fox and Paige Lloyd will serve as primary mentors, and Drs. Elysia Davis and Angela Narayan will provide additional mentorship, collaboration, and training opportunities. For example, the postdoctoral fellow would be invited to pursue publication opportunities using existing data in collaboration with Drs. Davis and Narayan focused on health, pregnancy, and parenting outcomes among minority group members. The mentorship team includes early career and established faculty who are trained in clinical, social, and developmental psychology, one of whom is a licensed psychologist. The mentorship team will provide unique perspectives, approaches, and training that will advance the fellows development as an independent scientist. The fellow will have the opportunity to interact with the faculty and graduate students in the Psychology Department and greater DU community, and to receive clerical and research support (e.g., grant writing support, professional development workshops).

Fellows will teach one course in their first year and two courses in their second year. Course will satisfy requirements for DU's Critical Race and Ethnic Studies minor. Courses may be cross-listed across relevant departments and/or taught in alternative departments in different terms. Fellows will have access to resources and training, including inclusive pedagogical practices through the University of Denver's Office of Teaching and Learning and through quarterly teaching seminars offered through the Psychology Department.

The fellow will work closely with IRISE to develop as a campus leader and to thereby extend the impact of DU faculty and students on issues of racial (in)equity. More specifically, the fellow will collaborate on the vision, design and implementation of IRISE programming related to their research areas each year. The successful candidate will also be expected to actively participate in and support IRISE's intellectual life and various other partner initiatives (DU IMPACT 2025 and the DU Grand Challenges ) in amplifying their role as a scholar confronting racial inequality in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West. Clinical opportunities are also available, if of interest.

The ideal candidate will have strong methodological training, a record of successful publication in a related field, and a demonstrated commitment to racial equality and social justice. Preference will be given to fellows with prior experience in research examining racial and/or intersectional inequality. We will also prioritize applicants who demonstrate advanced statistical abilities that can be applied to multi-method research designs. Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to working with diverse student and community populations. We do not expect the candidate to have experience in all areas of the fellowship, as training will be provided by the mentors. In addition, because of the value of lived experiences in the investigation and understanding of inequality, we especially encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups.

Essential Functions

  • Active research engagement across psychology laboratories and involvement with opportunities available at the department level (e.g., colloquia, seminars).
  • Teach (or co-teach with a mentor or another faculty) one undergraduate or graduate-level course in year one and two courses in year two.
  • Participate in a quarterly educational inequities research group and colloquiums for the DU campus as part of the IRISE lecture series.
  • Participate in campus-wide and or community forums exploring questions of racial and intersectional forms of diversity, equity, and inclusion at DU and the broader academic community.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD or terminal degree in psychology or a related field (e.g., sociology, public health). Applicants must have completed all requirements for their PhD or terminal degree by start date.
  • Interest in pursuing research that integrates clinical, social, and/or developmental psychology in addition to the applicants own background of training.
  • Strong methodological training and a record of successful publication in psychology or a related field.
  • Candidates should be committed to working with diverse student and community populations. In addition, because of the value of lived experiences in the investigation and understanding of racial inequality, we especially encourage applications from racially minoritized groups.
  • We do not expect the candidate to have experience in all areas of the fellowship, as training will be provided by the mentors.

Application Deadline
While applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For best consideration, please submit applications by 6:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on July 6th, 2020.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Inquiries about this position can be made to the search co-chairs, Drs. Paige Lloyd ( and Kathryn Fox (

The fellowship carries a stipend of $50,004 for the first year and $50,004 for the second year, a professional development and research account ($3,000 per year), access to space and research equipment (including personal office and computer), and a comprehensive benefits package.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Cover letter (which includes a brief research statement and description of teaching interests/accomplishments)
  2. CV
  3. One writing sample (e.g., peer-reviewed publication(s), dissertation, chapter)
  4. Names and contact information of 3 individuals that can provide a letter of recommendation

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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