How to Apply


Application Steps

* Note: All faculty listed as primary mentors can also serve as secondary mentors.


What needs to be in my application?

 

Predoctoral candidates 

Please email yjackson@psu.edu for deadline information.

Predoctoral candidates must be a graduate student in good standing at Penn State University in the Psychology, Human Development and Family Life, Biobehavioral Health, Nursing, Educational Psychology, or the Sociology departments. The applicant must be post-Masters. 

Predocs Application Materials Needed (1 PDF preferably) 

  • A current CV
  • 5-page, double-spaced written statement of interest and possible primary and secondary mentors
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Transcript of graduate grades and planned coursework for the 2020-2021 year
  • Writing sample

 

Postdoctoral candidates 

January 15, 2021 by 5:00 PM EST is the application deadline for postdoctoral candidates. 

Postdocs Application Materials Needed (1 PDF preferably)

  • A current CV
  • 5-page double-spaced statement of interest that includes their previous experience, career goals, a primary training track and preferred primary mentor, secondary training track(s) and several secondary track preferred mentors
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Sample published paper

Postdoc applicants should hold a Ph.D. by the start of the training in a field relevant to child maltreatment.

Note: once application materials are reviewed – postdoc applicants will participate in a video interview with potential mentors

Only U.S. Citizens or permanent residents are eligible for postdoc positions.

Competitive applicants for the predoc trainees include (1) interest in developing an independent research program focusing on the integration of CM science evaluated through the applicant’s statement of research interests and courses taken; (2) demonstration of excellent academic performance, as indicated by course grades and evaluations by faculty; (3) aptitude, skill, and productivity in research, as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and presentations at conferences; (4) excellent evaluation by faculty in recommendation letters; and (5) commitment to a research career in an academic or applied research setting, particularly as described in the applicant’s statement of career objectives.

Competitive postdoc applicants include (1) interest in and likelihood of developing an independent research program focused on advancing CM science, evaluated through the applicant’s statement, presentation, and research experience to date; (2) commitment to a research career in an academic or applied research setting; (3) aptitude, skill, and productivity in research as demonstrated by peerreviewed publications and presentations at conferences; (4) outstanding evaluation by faculty in recommendation letters; and (5) delivery of an excellent presentation during their interview


Where do I send my application?

All materials should be sent to the Director of Training, Yo Jackson, Ph.D, ABPP yjackson@psu.edu


What's happens after you submit your application?

Candidate applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Team and those identified for further consideration will be contacted by the Training Director at some point in February to set up interviews in early March.

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