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Position Summary

Dr. John S. Carlson ( in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education ( seeks a Research Associate (RA) to work on a diverse array of projects while getting experience with graduate-level teaching in school psychology. This Post-Doctoral Research/Teaching position in School Psychology will engage in the following: (1) provide leadership on a state-funded evaluation of evidence-based mental health practices with youth presenting with serious social-emotional-behavioral problems, (2) work collaboratively to develop a line of research pertaining to the impact of target hardening (schools) on psychological and physical safety, (3) carry out a line of research that links closely to the Postdoctoral RAs current and/or future research interests, (4) teach graduate-level courses in school psychology (1 course each semester; fall/spring).


  • Conduct longitudinal analyses examining the impact of the early childhood consultation on caregiver and young children’s behavior
  • Coordinate data collection and processing/analysis of survey and institutional data
  • Engage in systematic review of the literature using PRISMA guidelines
  • Mentor graduate and undergraduate research associates
  • Contribute to manuscripts
  • Engage in grant writing opportunities

Required Degree:  Applicants should have an earned doctoral degree in school, developmental, or child clinical psychology or a related field or provide evidence that the doctoral degree will be completed prior to the start of the appointment.

Minimum Qualifications: Experience conducting psychological and/or educational research using a variety of research designs; knowledge and expertise in the use of SPSS and Excel.

Desired Qualifications:  Background in school psychology as well as an interest in statistics a diverse array of analytic approaches.

Salary/Benefits: commensurate with experience

Required Application Materials: (1) cover letter detailing qualifications for the position, including a clear statement of research interests and description of relevant statistical and data management experience, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) up to three representative publications, and (4) names and contact information for three references.

Special Instructions to Applicant:  Please submit all application materials by January 15, 2019 at Please refer to Posting #551182Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Late submissions will be considered if suitable candidates are not identified by the deadline. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.  MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.  The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. For questions or inquiries, please contact the Search Committee Chair, John Carlson at