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Fellowship in the Clinical Neuroscience of Emotional Dysregulation

Postdoctoral Position as a Clinical Associate

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center

This postdoctoral fellow will have a two-year position as a Clinical Associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke. The position is split as 30% clinical effort and 70% research effort based on a funded project titled “Identifying Optimal Targets for Misophonia Interventions.” The project is a REAM foundation grant supporting a new line of research that compares neural signatures of misophonia (i.e., intense anger, anxiety, and other emotional responses to certain sounds) and clinical emotional dysregulation using neurostimulation and behavioral methods in order to identify targets for personalized intervention development. This project brings together a multidisciplinary team that includes clinical psychology, neuroscience, neurology, cognitive psychology, and statistics to tackle questions about the neural bases of misophonia and emotional dysregulation. The study will be integrated within the newly launched Duke Center for Misophonia and Emotion Regulation (CMER) directed by Dr. Rosenthal, which will provided additional opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and collaboration. The clinical portion of the position will be supported by the School of Medicine and will involve active training in contemporary evidence based treatments including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

The postdoctoral fellow will work under the supervision of Andrada D. Neacsiu, PhD and will serve as Project Manager for this REAM foundation project, in close collaboration with Drs. Neacsiu and Rosenthal. The fellow’s specific responsibilities will be:

  • To interface with the Regulatory Coordinator and the CMER center in recruiting and screening participants
  • To conduct structured assessments for the study that include diagnostic interviews, examinations of Misophonia, and personalization of stimuli to be used during the experimental procedures (under the supervision of Drs. Neacsiu and Rosenthal)
  • To interface with the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center to collect neuroimaging data
  • To supervise a small group of undergraduate students in data entry, management, and cleaning
  • To be actively involved in publications at the intersection of neuroimaging, neurostimulation, and emotion regulation treatment development

As a Clinical Associate, the Fellow will have the opportunity to provide psychotherapy services under the supervision of a licensed psychologist within the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The emphasis of the clinical practice will be determined based on interests and training goals, and it may include gaining clinical experience across the range of services and programs that are offered at Duke, including as a participant on multidisciplinary teams. A strength of the Duke program is the opportunity to learn or gain in depth experience with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) a treatment that was developed for emotional dysregulation and difficult to treat problems. Additional opportunities in multicultural care, trauma-informed therapies, behavioral activation, and other contemporary CBTs are also available.

To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your interest in this position and relevant experience, a CV or NIH-formatted bioskecth, and a list of 3 professional references with email and phone contact information to Andrada D. Neacsiu, PhD at andrada.neacsiu@duke.edu. Letters of recommendation are welcome (from the references above or others), but not required immediately to apply. You are also welcome to contact Dr. Neacsiu if you have any questions.

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