MDRL hiring a two-year postdoctoral research fellow in Medical Decision Making

The University of Missouri’s Medical Decision Research Lab (MDRL), under the direction of Dr. Victoria Shaffer, is seeking applications for a TWO-YEAR POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW IN MEDICAL DECISION MAKING. Research in MDRL focuses on supporting healthcare decisions made by patients and providers and improving health communication by applying strategies based in decision theory and behavioral economics. MDRL is jointly affiliated with the Department of Health Sciences, School of Health Professions: and the Quantitative division of the Department of Psychological Sciences: 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 efforts. 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, engineering, journalism, law, and a university hospital all on the same campus.

The post-doctoral fellow will have access to training in quantitative and qualitative methods provided by the two departments and access to collaborative relationships within both departments as well as with other faculty in the School of Medicine, Public Health, and the School of Journalism. More information can be found at: or

Candidates should have a PhD in Psychology, Public Health, or a related field, a demonstrated ability to work independently, and the ability to produce high quality manuscripts. The post-doctoral 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 application (e.g. cancer care, HIV/AIDS, etc.) will be determined by the interests of the candidate and the mentorship team developed for the candidate. Postdoctoral mentoring will be prioritized to help advance the individual’s research portfolio and preparation for an academic career. Salary is competitive and based on NIH guidelines for education and experience. Fellows will receive money for travel and other research related expenses.

All requirements of the PhD must be completed before the appointment can begin. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2015. Candidates should submit a letter describing their research interests and training goals, relevant reprints/preprints, and a CV with contact information for three references. We will begin reviewing applications on January 12, 2015 and will continue to accept materials until the position has been filled.

Application materials should be sent in electronic format to:

Victoria Shaffer, PhD
Department of Health Sciences, School of Health Professions
Department of Psychological Sciences, College of Arts & Science
University of Missouri





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