Postdoctoral Fellowship

Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC), Department of Family Medicine is recruiting a Postdoctoral Fellow to join the Community of Scholars Health Equity (CSHE) Training Program. The CSHE aims to advance primary care and health equity by developing and enhancing research training opportunities for recruitment, retention, and success of diverse postdoctoral fellows interested in careers in biomedical and behavioral primary care research and increasing the number of researchers focused on transformative interventions for health care delivery by increasing pipeline, academic, and community engagement to disseminate trainee research findings. 

2021 – 2022 Postdoctoral Fellow

Kristin Paterson, PharmD is a 2019 graduate of Florida A&M University’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. While in school, she served as a Health Equity Research Institute Scholar where she studied gene expression variance between African American men and Caucasian American men in prostate cancer. Upon graduation, she completed training as a Fellow in Early Phase Oncology Clinical Trials at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research Inc. and ultimately returned to academia at Georgetown University to work with the National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program. Dr. Paterson hopes to use her experience to continue to be a health equity advocate for minority and underserved populations. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and trying new cuisines with her husband and playing with her dog Okja.

Fellowship Information

Fellows have the opportunity to choose research mentors from the Georgetown College (GU) Department of Psychology, GU School of Nursing and Health Studies (NHS), MedStar Center for Health Equity Research (MCHER), and the Robert Graham Center (RGC) for Policy Studies in Primary Care to advance health equity for populations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Their pivotal work will be to examine the implementation and effectiveness of interventions and delivery systems for: 

1) Preventing and reducing maternal mortality

2) Transforming the workforce by targeting primary care research on social, behavioral, and medical needs related to chronic diseases and mental health. 

The position is full-time, for at least two years, with renewal after the first year pending satisfactory performance, research proposal, and funding. Fellows will dedicate two years to the program with required coursework from GUMC Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE), NHS, and NIH, with a funding option for Master of Health Systems Administration or Public Policy degree, and teaching and mentorship roles for graduate school learners at NHS, GU School of Medicine (GUSOM), primary care residents at the MedStar GME Consortium, and pipeline students in high school, college, and post-baccalaureate programs.

This position is primarily a training position in which the incumbent plays a substantive role in planning and conducting research using quantitative and qualitative methods to collect, analyze and report data. In collaboration with the Principal Investigator, research mentors, this role will participate in independent research, analyze and interpret data, publish results, represent the University at conferences and meetings, and may develop new theories and methodologies. This position will also help the Principal Investigator to lead and direct the work of pipeline student research. This role performs work under the supervision of experienced researchers. Remuneration will be competitive and based on qualifications.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducts high-quality research in the area of interest
  • Works closely with graduate and undergraduate students and contribute to joint projects
  • Participates with teaching and outreach activities and programs
  • Presents and publishes research findings at conferences and peer-reviewed publications
  • Prepares progress reports for the funding sources
  • Seeks external funding to support and expand research activities to enhance the prestige and visibility of the University and to initiate research projects with government, private sector and public entities and the community.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Ph.D. or Dr.PH in public health, health policy, health equity, health disparities, racial justice, community health, community psychology, health psychology, social justice, health education, epidemiology, biostatistics, or health systems administration or equivalent doctoral degree
  • no more than 3 years of postdoctoral research experience by the start of the fellowship

Fellows will report directly to Principal Investigator and Chair for The Department of Family Medicine, Michelle Roett, MD, MPH, FAAFP, CPE and will collaborate with other members of the GUMC and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital community: 

  • Deliya Wesley, Ph.D., MPH,  Scientific Director, MedStar Center for Health Equity Research, with expertise in health disparities, patient-level factors that impact communication, and influence and influence decision-making. 
  • Yalda Jabbarpour, MD, Medical Director of RGC, with expertise in health policy research.
  • Christopher King, Ph.D., Director Health Systems Administration Master’s program, with expertise in creating equitable care systems. 
  • Rebecca Ryan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology with expertise in behavioral health research and social determinants of health. 
  • Kelly Smith, PhD., Senior Director of Research, Quality and Safety, MedStar Health Research Institute with expertise in patient safety, telehealth communications and 

Together with our research and career mentors, we are focused on enriching career advancement in health equity by delivering a compelling fellowship experience committed to your individual development. We will provide opportunities to work with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Racial Justice Committee for Change, and the Racial Justice Institute

About You:

  • Highly self-motivated and proactive, with exemplary problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as with teams
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of human subject research
  • Experience with biostatistics and data analysis preferred
  • Demonstrated evidence of scholarly research
  • Interest in producing research publications
  • Ability to work with the research team and supervise and mentor undergrad and graduate students. 

Condition of Employment: The initial term and duration of this appointment are subject to funding availability.

What We Need From You: 

  • Cover letter briefly describing prior experience/training and current/future career goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Relevant preprints or publications
  • Three professional references – names and complete contact information. 

Application Deadline: April 30, 2021

Contact Information: All inquiries related to this fellowship application should be directed to the Department of Family Medicine