Postdoctoral Scholar in Sexual Minority Couples’ Health and HIV Prevention

The IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program within the Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) seeks a post-doc to be involved in two randomized controlled trials of 2GETHER–a relationship education and HIV prevention program for young male couples. Research activities include project-related activities (e.g., facilitating sessions), authoring and co-authoring manuscripts, analysis of existing data, and collaborating on ongoing projects. If applications are Clinical Psychologists, they may gain hours toward licensure by facilitating intervention sessions. Existing data sources for analysis and dissemination include two longitudinal cohort studies of the health and developing of sexual minority and gender diverse youth. This position also offers the unique opportunity to work with ISGMH faculty as they seek to build new interdisciplinary collaborative research projects on sexual and gender minority health at Northwestern.  Opportunities exist to gain exposure and mentorship on grant writing.  The post-doctoral scholar will be mentored directly by Dr. Michael Newcomb and will also have opportunities to collaborate with other ISGMH faculty members.

Research projects that offer opportunities for analyses and publication include:

  • 2GETHER: 2GETHER is a relationship education and HIV prevention program for young male couples. It is a 4-session program (a hybrid of 2 group and 2 individualized couples sessions) implemented in university and community settings across Chicago. We are currently evaluating the efficacy of the 2GETHER in an attention-matched randomized controlled trial relative to a couples-based positive affect enhancement program. This project is funded by an R01 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH/NIAAA).
  • 2GETHER Online: This project is adapting the 2GETHER program for online administration via videoconferencing technology. Upon completion of a brief pilot trial, we will conduct a comparative effectiveness trial of 2GETHER online relative to existing public health practice (i.e., HIV testing and counseling, medication adherence counseling). This project is funded by a DP2 Early Career Innovation Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH/NIDA).

ISGMH is the nation’s first university-wide center focused exclusively on LGBTQ health.  It provides leadership and infrastructure that promotes innovative, multidisciplinary research to improve the health and well-being of SGM individuals and communities.  The IMPACT Program jointly based within ISGMH and the Department of Medical Social Sciences in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  The mission of the IMPACT Program is to conduct translational research that improves the health of the LGBTQ youth.   It was founded by Dr. Brian Mustanski in 2008 and has been the home to many federal- and foundation-funded research projects.   The Program’s multidisciplinary team includes 6 doctoral-level scientists, multiple masters’ level staff, a team of research assistants and data managers, and a full-time program coordinator for administrative support.

Eligibility: Completion of the doctorate prior to the start of the position is required for postdoctoral scholars.   It is preferred that the candidate has a doctorate in the social/behavioral/health sciences or a related field.  Experience conducting research on couple, sexual and gender minority health, HIV/AIDS, or substance abuse required.  Start date is flexible ranging from immediately through summer 2018 (we will prioritize fit with research projects over preferred start date).  Applications will be reviewed as received so interested candidates should apply as soon as possible regardless of their preferred start date.

To apply:  Applicants should email application materials to Dr. Michael Newcomb (   Applications should include a CV and a cover letter explaining fit with this position, research experience, career goals, and then name of two references that will be contacted only for finalists.  Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

ISGMH Diversity Statement: ISGMH’s commitment to diversity is critical to our mission of advancing access to excellence in academic programs, world-class research, and health programs. Engagement in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military service, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression will not be tolerated. Through its work, ISGMH advances the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ individuals. Staff and trainees should expect to find a diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities among ISGMH staff, trainees, research participants, and in outreach experiences. We highlight the importance of respecting and valuing this aspect of diversity among staff and trainees.