Duration: Up to 2 years secured funding. Further extensions contingent on future funding.
Start: Can be immediately and negotiable
This unique research fellowship at the intersection of digital mental health, global health, smartphone apps, digital medications, and patient care offers the opportunity to work at the frontier of mobile health at Harvard Medical School. This fellowship focuses on implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of clinically focused insights derived from novel data obtained from both ongoing and new clinical research studies, community clinics, and a digital mental health clinic. The Digital Psychiatry Division of the Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School Affiliated Teaching Hospital, is leading efforts to translate advances in digital phenotyping and smartphone interventions for mental health to clinical solutions to improve the care of patients with illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. The team is led by John Torous MD, board certified in both psychiatry and clinical informatics and offers the opportunity to make a strong impact and improve mental health with new technologies. Current focuses of the group include smartphone app evaluation, digital phenotyping, digital medications, global mental health augmented by technology, and ethics/privacy.
With this current opening we are seeking a candidate with a strong skillsets related to digital mental health including experience with clinical studies, designing digital health interventions, trail design, and both qualitative as well as quantitative evaluation skills. Opportunities to present work at the annual CHI Computing and Mental Health Symposium and American Psychiatric Association annual meeting highlight the diversity of projects and audiences offered. The successful candidate would be expected to lead several projects at the intersection of digital mental health, global health, and clinical care that would result in first author publications. Finally, the successful candidate would be expected to work with our team in pursuing both industry and academic grants to expand this work.
An ideal candidate has been awarded or has completed the requirements for a doctoral degree or foreign equivalent and is a trainee pursuing advanced studies beyond the doctoral level in preparation for an independent career in quantitative data science. In collaboration with and under the mentorship of the Principle Investigator (PI), a successful Research Fellow will engage in activities in the digital mental health space that will further his or her professional development.