Summary Description: The Nurture Science Program's overall mission is to translate preclinical and clinical nurture science into effective family intervention models. We are conducting multiple randomized clinical trials of nurture-based interventions in infants aged 0-5 that are based upon a new non-psychological theoretical construct, the Calming Cycle. This pioneering theory proposes that maladaptive behaviors of mother/infant resulting from separation can be overcome through subcortical counter-conditioning (calming cycle intervention). The intervention's effect is theorized to occur at the subconscious, autonomic levels of the mother and infant, as opposed to the CNS/brain level of the infant. As a result, we are in the process of developing new assessment tools for the constructs emotional connection and autonomic co-regulation. We are seeking a senior or graduated postdoctoral fellow to help design, conduct and publish ground breaking research. The candidate must be able to work creatively, independently and collaboratively within the program's overall theoretical framework. Current studies include investigation of effects of reunion following maternal separation in preterm infants. The candidate will work with a large group of clinical and basic science researchers.
Minimum Qualifications: At least 5 years experience in clinical trials, development of assessment tools, statistics, Noldus coding of mother/infant behavior is desired.
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