Training Opportunities

CollaborationThe Center for Women's Health Research at UNC is eager to advertise training opportunities in the areas of women's health. If you know of an opportunity please contact the Center.



The Center for Women’s Mood Disorders within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosts the only postdoctoral training fellowship program in the field of Reproductive Mood Disorders funded by the NIH. The program, directed by David R. Rubinow, M.D. and Susan S. Girdler, Ph.D., is designed to train both MD and PhD scientists, and foster the development of researchers with expertise in both the biological basis and clinically relevant (predictive) phenotypes of reproductive mood disorders (perinatal depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and perimenopausal depression). Training will involve a broad-based and integrative perspective, involving not only psychiatry but cardiology and genetics, endocrinology, neuroscience, and obstetrics/gynecology.

The program’s emphasis is on training in pathophysiological mechanisms that underlie reproductive mood disorders. The trainees will develop mastery in the following: reproductive hormonal physiology and signaling; methods for manipulating the reproductive system; and clinical phenomenology of reproductive mood disorders. Additionally, trainees will develop expertise in at least one of four methodological training tracks: Neurosciences, Genetics, Stress Physiology, or Clinical Trials Methodology. Fellows will have a primary research mentor (representing their training track) and a secondary mentor (from a different track), thereby providing exposure to the interdisciplinary nature of science. Fellows who complete this program will be poised to become independent researchers, having the requisite foundation to examine biobehavioral mechanisms in reproductive mood disorders and the ability to identify therapeutic biologic targets in their future independent research.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill represents an ideal setting for this program because it possesses a well-known collaborative infrastructure, a vibrant women’s mood disorder clinical program (which includes the first inpatient perinatal depression program in the country), and a critical mass of researchers in reproductive mood disorders with a track record of success.

This is a two year training program, with possible extension for a third year. Salary is consistent with the NIH post-doctoral stipend levels. Criteria for selection include demonstrated experience in reproductive mood disorders (or a highly related area), a strong potential to become an independent investigator, strength in verbal and written communication, curiosity, and genuine commitment to advancing the scientific rigor of the reproductive mood disorders field. Applicants with interdisciplinary interests are strongly encouraged.

If interested, send your curriculum vitae to Susan Girdler, Ph.D. (co-Program Director) at or Department of Psychiatry CB 7175 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC 27599


The University of North Carolina is accepting applications for a two year Research and Epidemiology Fellowship starting July 2015

The Program:

A two-year post-doctoral program designed for obstetrician-gynecologists to learn clinical research and advanced epidemiology methods. Fellows will conduct research in an academically rigorous and supportive environment. Faculty and mentors come from the University of North Carolina and Duke University (led by Kim Boggess, MD; Mark Weaver, PhD; and Evan Myers, MD, MPH, respectively).

Program Goals:

  1. To develop the skills needed to become a self-sustaining professional in women's health research and
  2. To expand the number of researchers in obstetrics and gynecology in academia, international health organizations, public health agencies and industry.

Fellows may pursue a Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) or Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Department of Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, or a Master of Health Science (MHS) from Duke University. Alternatively, if an applicant already has a Master's degree, a certificate program in such areas as Global Health, Health Disparities, or Medical Ethics can be pursued.

The curriculum is designed to enhance research career skills. Courses have been tailored specifically for clinicians, and provide a strong foundation for conducting methodologically rigorous research. Areas of study include: clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, design of clinical research, and selected topics such as global health, health disparities, medical ethics, health policy, and medical economics. Fellows will also participate in forums and workshops so as to polish their scientific writing, oral presentation, and proposal writing skills.

Mentoring and Other Support

Each fellow works closely with mentors to optimize the learning experience. Mentors are established senior investigators in women's health research who are affiliated with two of the nation’s premier research institutions: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. Mentors provide comprehensive guidance for conducting research projects including: initial hypothesis development, protocol development, securing protocol approval by the IRB, project implementation, data analysis, scientific writing, grant writing, and presenting research results. Clinical mentors and additional resource faculty provide consultative expertise, career planning, and networking among the partnering institutions, and national and international organizations.

A Research Coordinator is available to fellows to provide guidance with grant applications, study budgets, IRB applications, recruitment plans, and other study related logistics.

Time Commitment and Salary Support

Fellows will have a minimum of 75% protected time for research and academic studies, with 25% clinical time. The fellow’s primary rank is Clinical Instructor and Teaching Fellow within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. A stipend and tuition support is provided.

For eligibility and application requirements, view the TECT web page. Contact Debra Powers, Program Coordinator, at or 919-843-7851 with any questions. Applications must be received by November 15, 2014.


Carolina's standing as one of the world's great universities relies on effective faculty leadership at all levels of the institution. Directing research labs, chairing committees, serving as deans and department heads, and presiding over international scholarly organizations are some of the ways UNC faculty members are called upon to lead both within the University and within the wider academic community. The Center for Faculty Excellence helps faculty members develop the knowledge and skills needed to successfully carry out their leadership and organizational responsibilities at various stages of their career.

CFE organizes its own programs and partners with other units on campus to provide or publicize leadership development programs for UNC faculty members campus-wide.

CFE also provides:

For more information:

David Kiel, CFE Leadership Coordinator or (919) 962-9972