We are on the leading edge of clinical and research training
From bench to bedside, researchers in the program are developing new ways to improve treatment and understand the causes of eating disorders. Our training projects examine eating disorders and range from molecular genetic studies to clinical trials.
The team includes research faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, residents, medical students, and postgraduate and undergraduate trainees.
Our postdoctoral training opportunities are funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (T32).
MD and PhD researchers are encouraged to apply. More detailed information about the postdoctoral trainee program can be found here. Click here for application instructions and the application form. Questions? For more information contact our Associate Research Director, Dr. Jessica Baker.
Undergraduate and Postgraduate Training
This is an ideal research experience for local students interested in attending graduate programs for psychology, social work, nutrition, public health, genetics and medical school. Students are also encouraged to attend our weekly research meetings, journal club, and didactic seminars each Tuesday morning. To apply as a student trainee, you must be able to commit to work with our program for two semesters and devote 10 hours a week. We also require trainees to have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Facility with Spanish and graphic design are highly desirable. Psychology 395 credit is available to the undergraduate trainees offered positions in our lab. Psychology 395 class times change by semester. Trainees are also sometimes given honor's thesis mentorship, depending on the length and quality of their contribution to the research program.
The application form for trainees can be downloaded . Applications are due by August 1st, December 1st, and April 1st for the following semester. We conduct interviews each August, December, and April for the following semester. We will contact you for an interview if you have made it to the second round of the application process and will announce acceptance into the program by the end of the semester. Questions? For more information contact our trainee coordinator, Dr. Melissa A. Munn-Chernoff
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Bulik; Faculty Advisor’s Department: School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
Summer Research Fellowship
Summer research fellowships are highly competitive positions open to undergraduate, postgraduate, and graduate students. Many of our summer fellows have been in the first years of a graduate program (e.g., clinical psychology, epidemiology). These positions are open for competitive applicants interested in an 8-week 40 hours a week research experience working in the Center. Those accepted to the program receive a $2,500 stipend. Fellows are given project and mentor assignments based on their experience and interests. We are not able to provide housing. Fellows attend our weekly research meetings, journal club, and didactic research seminars, shadow clinical care in our inpatient and outpatient programs, and attend an expert lecture series offered to the fellows by research faculty. This series offers fellows an introduction to a wide range of topics in the eating disorders field (e.g., genetics, bariatric surgery, family-based treatments). One to two summer fellows are selected each year. The application form for fellowships can be downloaded Applications are due by April 1st and interviews are conducted in April. .
Additional Training Opportunity
Dr. Christine Peat seeks a student research trainee with special interest the etiology and treatment of eating disorders and bariatric surgery patients. Responsibilities include (but are not limited to): conducting literature reviews, developing study protocols and associated materials, participant recruitment, data entry and coding, and/or coordinating focus groups. Opportunities to work on and edit publications may also be available. The extent and nature of contributions to projects will be determined in part by interests, qualifications, and availability.
The trainee should be able to commit to 8-10 hours/week and be available for a yearlong term. Applicants should be interested in learning how to conduct high-quality research that focuses on real-world applicability and broad dissemination. Ideal candidates are reliable, professional, punctual, detail-oriented, and able to work independently. Previous research experience is strongly preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with a working knowledge of psychology and/or public health, as well as to those with experience in Qualtrics.
Please submit both a CV/resume and a cover letter directly to Dr. Christine Peat.
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