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Research Coordinators

Applicants are being sought for 4 full-time research coordinator positions in the Drexel University Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science (WELL Center). The start date for the positions is somewhat flexible, and encompasses February 2022 through August 2022. The positions are under the direction of Dr. Evan Forman, Dr. Adrienne Juarascio, and/or Dr. Stephanie Manasse, and each coordinator will oversee one-to-two NIH-funded or pilot clinical trials. Responsibilities include overall coordination of all study elements; implementing an advertisement/recruitment plan; refining and implementing the assessment protocol; scheduling and conducting participant screening and clinical assessments; managing data and databases; maintaining contact and approvals with NIH and IRB; collecting data with wearable sensors.

This research lab is staffed by faculty, post-doctoral fellows, research coordinators, clinical psychology Ph.D. students, and undergraduate students, providing an environment rich in intellectual stimulation and mentorship. The position represents an excellent opportunity to gain experience in obesity/eating disorders clinical research and to be trained in both research and clinical tasks. This position provides excellent preparation for individuals who wish to pursue graduate study in clinical psychology or a related area. Opportunities also will be available, as desired, for grant application preparation, research diagnostic assessment training, additional data analysis, and preparation of poster presentations and/or manuscripts related to the projects. Coordinators also have the opportunity to be exposed to treatment provision.

To apply please do the following:

Click here to complete the official application

Click here to provide supplemental information

We are specifically recruiting research coordinators to oversee the following 4 NIH R01-funded clinical trials:

  • Project DASH MAN, evaluating whether gamification and neurocognitive training improve engagement and weight loss outcomes for men;
  • SmartTrack, investigating whether a sophisticated digital intervention can enhance low-intensity behavioral weight loss counseling;
  • The COMPASS Project, the independent and interactive efficacy of mindfulness and acceptance-based treatment components when combined with behavioral treatment for transdiagnostic binge eating;
  • The CBT+ Project, testing the use of a smartphone augmentation to CBT for transdiagnostic binge eating that provide just-in-time adaptive interventions.

mPOWER Summer Research Fellowship

The Minority Pipeline for Obesity and Eating Disorder Research (mPOWER) fellowship is designed to provide research experience and mentorship to underrepresented racial/ethnic minority individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in eating disorders and/or obesity research. Click here for the application and more information.

Prospective Undergraduate Students

The WELL Center has training opportunities for undergraduates from Drexel, University of Pennsylvania and other local universities. The opportunities take the form of research assistantships, part- and full-time co-ops, STAR student sponsorships and supervised honors thesis projects. If you have questions email wellcenter@drexel.edu. Apply using this form.

Prospective Graduate Students

For 2022, Butryn, Forman and Juarascio are planning on taking a PhD student, and Butryn, Forman, Juarascio, Manasse, Schulte and Srivastava are planning on taking an MS student. Interviews will take place in February and March of 2022.

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Post-Doctoral Fellows

The WELL Center (www.drexel.edu/wellcenter) is currently recruiting for a Clinical Postdoctoral Fellow under the supervision of Adrienne Juarascio, PhD.

The position entails working as a study therapist on NIH-funded clinical trials examining innovative treatments for eating disorders. These projects include but are not limited to a Multiphasic Optimization Strategy (MOST) trial to evaluate the independent efficacy of components of mindfulness and acceptance treatments for transdiagnostic eating disorders

The position is fully clinical, with 100% of their time dedicated to direct clinical contact, case management, individual and group supervision (2-4 hours per week), and administrative duties related to clinical work. The majority of the fellow's time will be spent in delivering individual, outpatient manualized treatments (e.g., CBT) for eating disorders to support ongoing clinical trials, but opportunities for group treatment and provision of treatment through the WELL Clinic may be available. The fellow will carry a caseload of approximately 15-20 individual patients and will gain sufficient hours for licensure after 1 year. This training experience is designed to build expertise in clinical research in the area of eating disorders.

The ideal candidate will have a doctorate in clinical psychology and have experience with CBT and mindfulness and acceptance-based treatments for eating disorders. Training and experience with evidence-based, manualized, and/or cognitive-behavioral treatments for psychopathology (e.g., anxiety, depression, eating disorders) are required.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide initial evaluation and diagnostic assessments.
  • Provide individual and group outpatient clinical treatment services. Timely completion of clinical notes/forms. 
  • Participate in weekly peer supervision meetings.

If you have questions, please contact Adrienne Juarascio (asj32@drexel.edu).

Submit application here

Full posting here (PDF)

Faculty and Staff Positions

We are currently recruiting an Assistant Research Professor. The ideal candidate has or is completing a Ph.D. in eating disorders/obesity, exhibits strong promise of attaining external funding through high-impact research, and has or shows potential for a high rate of federal/large-scale grant proposal submission and/or receipt of significant awards (including training grants). We are willing to consider a remote position under certain circumstances. 

This position involves roles as a co-investigator, clinician and/or clinical supervisor on existing clinical trials, while working towards attaining principal investigator roles and independent funding. The successful candidate will take the lead in applying for external funding as well as support the grant writing of other WELL Center faculty. 

The position offers ample opportunities for developing the candidate’s line of research including the planning and execution of independent projects. As such, research infrastructure, pilot study funding, and mentoring from experienced R01-funded faculty will be provided. Thus, candidates will be highly competitive for the NIH Loan Repayment Program, training grants (e.g., K23s), and R-level research grants.

Submit application here 

Study Therapist

Applicants are being sought for three study therapist positions beginning winter/spring 2022. Study therapists provide intervention through brief weekly coaching calls and receive weekly supervision and specialized training in evidence-based interventions for individuals with weight concerns. The positions can be conducted entirely remotely, and hours are flexible (4-10 hours/week).

Full posting here (PDF)


 Link to online application: https://careers.drexel.edu/en-us/job/497713/assistant-research-professor