Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Psychology

Posted Date: 
Monday, April 1, 2019
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Job Type: 
Commensurate with experience ($45,000 - $60,000 CAD per year)
Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is Canada’s largest and foremost cardiovascular health centre dedicated to understanding, treating and preventing heart disease. Investigators in the Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation have a unique array of initiatives and programmes with a particular emphasis on innovative approaches to prevention (primary and secondary) and treatment of cardiovascular disease. 

This fellowship offers the opportunity to gain and contribute knowledge to the area of cardiac psychology. This postdoctoral fellowship is ideally suited to an early-career clinical psychologist who wishes to pursue a career path as a clinician-scientist. Supervision for licensure with the College of Psychologists of Ontario is available in the following competency areas: clinical, health, and rehabilitation.

Current research projects include:

  • Cardiac Couples  research investigating the impact of couple relationships on the physical and mental health of cardiac couples, including an evaluation of the Healing Hearts Together intervention.
  • Sleep to Your Heart’s Content – an evaluation of an insomnia intervention for patients with heart disease.
  • psychological screening and triage of cardiac patients, including transplant candidates.
  • PREPARE study – an evaluation of a lifestyle intervention for patients listed for heart transplantation.
  • Smoking cessation research (FLEX study). 
  • various projects in behavioural medicine and mental health (e.g., exercise and quality of life among patients with atrial fibrillation).

It is expected that the successful candidate will assume responsibility for the preparation and publication of manuscripts as well as assist in the submission of research grant applications. Opportunities to collaborate with highly respected clinicians and scientists in our division, at our facility, and the greater Ottawa area is also available.

The fellow may obtain additional support from our Research Services Department and Cardiovascular Methods Centre.

Potential clinical activities include:

  • providing psychological assessment and treatment to patients attending various clinics at UOHI such as cardiac rehabilitation, heart failure, heart transplant and ventricle assist device, electrophysiology, and adult congenital.
  • providing psychological interventions as part of the research studies (described above). 
  • training and consulting with UOHI staff regarding psychological issues to enhance patient care. Supervision of clinical and research trainees may be possible.

The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in training and educational activities (e.g., grand and prevention and rehabilitation rounds, clinical trials, seminars on psychology professional practice). The fellow will be a member of the Psychology Department at The Ottawa Hospital.

The position is a one-year fellowship that may be renewed contingent on funding.  The stipend is commensurate with experience (range $45,000 - $60,000 CAD per year), and includes 3 weeks paid holidays and paid statutory holidays.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from a CPA or APA accredited program.
  • a completed internship from a CPA or APA accredited program.
  • previous research experience within a team environment.
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • a strong understanding of clinical research design, research methodology and data analysis.
  • previous experience analyzing datasets.
  • evidence of experience in preparation and publication of manuscripts.
  • strong technical writing skills.
  • excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office, ReferenceManager, EndNote, SPSS).
  • ability to take guided initiative and to work in an organized fashion within a fast-paced environment, including flexibility in shifting between independent and collaborative work.
  • demonstrated collegiality, professionalism and interpersonal skills.
  • previous experience in health psychology is an asset.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three referees to Dr. Heather Tulloch. Application deadline: May 15, 2019. Start date is negotiable, preferably September-October, 2019. This postdoctoral fellowship complies with APPIC criteria.

Accommodations will be provided in all parts of the hiring process relating to any specialty requirements. Applicants should make their needs known in advance.

The successful candidate will be required, prior to the start of employment, to complete mandatory organizational training available online, provide a satisfactory criminal record check and provide an official piece of photo identification.

For further information, please contact Dr. Heather Tulloch

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