Department of Psychology

The University of South Alabama Department of Psychology is seeking to hire a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow to assist in the implementation of the CDC-funded R01 grant “Participatory Action Research to Inform a Social-Ecological Model of Gun-Related Attitudes, Behaviors, and Practices” awarded to Dr. Krista Mehari (PI). This project will use a participatory action research approach and mixed (qualitative and quantitative) methods to develop and test a cross-cutting, culturally grounded social-ecological model that describes factors underlying risky gun-related attitudes, behaviors, and practices, and to identify the acceptability of specific approaches to the prevention of violence with guns, in particular homicide and suicide. The grant provides funding for this position up to three years, including benefits and funding to attend conferences. The Postdoctoral Fellow will perform a number of functions related to the implementation of the project including supervision of graduate students, preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication, and interacting with community advisory boards and participants. Supervision and mentorship will be provided by Drs. Krista Mehari and Phillip Smith.


Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate-level degree in psychology or other social sciences or health-related fields
  • In-depth and extensive knowledge of quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis techniques
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Project management experience
  • Experience as member of research team
  • Ability to engage effectively across diverse communities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Publications and presentations at professional conferences on issues related to prevention science, violence, suicide, or participatory research
  • Experience in community engagement

We strongly value the contributions of all individuals and support the development of diverse workforce. The University of South Alabama is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression), religion, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.


To apply:  Email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a description of research interests to Krista Mehari, Ph.D. (mehari@southalabama.edu). Materials should be sent in a .pdf file format. Please put “Postdoctoral Fellowship” in the subject line of your email. In your cover letter, provide contact information for three individuals who have agreed to serve as professional references. Letters of recommendation will be solicited for those candidates who are selected for an interview, following initial review of applications.


Review of applications will begin November 1, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is negotiable between January and August 2021.