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We have an immediate opening for a 2-year post-doctoral fellow in the
Prevention & Methodology Training program at Penn State University
(see notice below). This is an excellent opportunity for a network
scientist who would like to apply those skills in intervention
Several data sets with longitudinal peer network data are currently
being analyzed or collected by various overlapping research teams at
PSU, with questions such as:
- how do teaching practices affect the emerging properties of
classroom peer networks (e.g., network centralization, cohesiveness)?
(72 classrooms assessed 3 times per year)
- does a classroom behavior management intervention alter friendship
patterns or the network position of disruptive youth? (40 classrooms
with pre-post network and behavioral assessments)
- does a middle-school substance-use prevention program alter the
network position of deviant youth or influence dynamics? (11,000 youth
in 28 communities studied over five years?
There are additional intervention projects in progress or planned for
which network-oriented measures might be added.
Applicants need not have any previous expertise in prevention science
but must have a genuine interest in applying their methodological
skills to prevention research.
Please contact me directly to discuss questions regarding
opportunities on specific projects. Contact Edward Smith (email below)
for more general information about the training program. Post-docs
must be U.S. citizens.
Postdoctural Opportunities in Penn State's Prevention and Methodology
Training (PAMT) Program
Penn State has received NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
funding for an interdisciplinary training program for scientists
seeking to integrate statistical methodology and prevention. This is a
unique opportunity for highly motivated individuals to continue their
training in a synergistic environment that includes both prevention
scientists and methodologists. Contact Edward Smith,[log in to unmask]; web
Scott D. Gest, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Human Development & Family Studies
Penn State University
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