Social and Behavioral Health and Prevention Postdoctoral Fellowship – University of Missouri’s Department of Health Sciences

Social and Behavioral Health and Prevention Postdoctoral Fellowship – University of Missouri’s Department of Health Sciences

The University of Missouri’s Department of Health Sciences, under the direction of Dr. Michelle Teti, seeks applicants for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in social and behavioral health and prevention. Dr. Teti’s research focuses on improving social and behavioral health outcomes among vulnerable populations living with serious and stigmatized illness, such as HIV/AIDS. She designs and tests interventions to help people make sense of health and illness, through methods like photovoice – a participatory process in which people use images to identify and express their experiences. Accordingly, areas of training will include, but not be limited to: vulnerable populations, social determinants of health and behavior, intervention development, mixed quantitative and qualitative analysis and intervention evaluation methods, and community-based participatory research. More information can be found at and

The University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) is one of only 34 public US universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the Association of American Universities and designated “Doctoral/Research Extensive” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. MU has an outstanding research environment on campus that fosters interdisciplinary and collaborative research. Particularly notable are strengths in health and medical sciences. Moreover, MU is one of only six universities nationwide with schools of medicine, nursing, health professions, veterinary medicine, agriculture, journalism, law, and a university hospital on the same campus.

The post-doctoral fellow (fellow) will have access to training provided by the Department of Health Sciences and to other faculty in Public Health, Nursing, Medicine, Psychology, or other disciplines of interest. The fellow is expected to collaborate on established projects and encouraged to conduct independent research with an emphasis on study inception, manuscript writing, and grant applications. Specific areas of focus will be determined by the interests of the fellow and the interdisciplinary mentorship team and training plan developed. Mentoring will help the fellow advance his/her research portfolio and prepare for an academic career. Salary is competitive and based on NIH guidelines for education and experience. The fellow will receive money for travel and other research expenses and have the opportunity to take one graduate-level course per semester.


Candidates should have a PhD or DrPH in Public Health or a related field, a demonstrated ability to work independently, and the ability to produce high quality manuscripts and grant proposals. All requirements of the PhD must be completed before the appointment can begin. Anticipated start date is fall of 2014. Candidates should submit a letter describing their research interests and training goals, a CV, and two letters of reference. Application review will begin on December 1, 2013 and continue to until the position has been filled.


Application materials should be sent to:

Michelle Teti, DrPH

Department of Health Sciences

512 Clark Hall

University of Missouri (email preferred)