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Postdoctoral Fellowship Offer:
Behaviour Change Communication Training for Healthcare Professionals

Project summary:

This fellowship will be directly attached to a pan-Canadian CIHR-funded study designed to develop and test behaviour change communication training programs targeting physicians, nurses and allied healthcare providers working in the area of chronic disease management. Using a variety of methodological techniques, the study will develop an optimised training intervention and then test various doses and instructional methods of this core intervention using a SMART trial design. The study is being conducted in 6 cities across Canada. Though the project is national in scope, the position will be based at the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre (https://mbmc-cmcm.ca), which is a collaborative centre between the CIUSSS-NIM Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montreal, Concordia University, and UQAM.

Position summary:

The individual who is selected for this position will be expected to help the study PI’s, Drs. Kim Lavoie (https://mbmc-cmcm.ca/member/kim-lavoie-2/) and Simon Bacon (https://mbmc-cmcm.ca/member/simon-bacon/), with the national coordination of the study. They will also have the opportunity to work with the national investigative team consisting of experts in: behaviour change communication training programs; behavioural intervention development; the application of motivation and behaviour change theories to intervention design; behavioural trial methodology; and integrated knowledge translation/patient-oriented research.

In addition to aspects of coordination, the fellow will be able to work on a variety of research-related aspects of the study including:

  • Behavioural intervention development and design
  • Delivery of behaviour change communication skills and training programs
  • Behavioural trial methods and reporting
  • Participating in stakeholder engagement activities
  • Qualitative and quantitative methods and analyses (including validation studies)
  • Systematic reviews, meta-analyses and reporting

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in an applied clinical discipline (e.g., Psychology, Kinesiology, Nursing, Medicine, Public Health)
  • Demonstrated experience conducting research in at least one of the following areas
    • Chronic disease prevention (primary, secondary, or tertiary)
    • Behavioural intervention development
    • Healthcare communication / behaviour change counselling / motivational communication
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated research productivity (peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations)
  • Ability to work autonomously and take a lead role on projects under supervision of principal investigators

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Experience with statistical methods and ability to work with analytic software
  • Experience using integrated stakeholder engagement strategies
  • Experience with student mentoring and supervision
  • Openness to learn new methods and techniques in an applied clinical setting
  • Ability to communicate (orally) in both English and French

Start date, Duration, Stipend, and Location

The start date is flexible; funding has already been received.

The position is full time for one year and is renewable for a further 2 years. The funding package consists of a stipend (consistent with CIHR funding levels) plus conference / training funding.

The successful candidate could be registered at Concordia University (www.concordia.ca) or UQAM (www.uqam.ca); the actual work would be conducted at the CIUSSS-NIM, Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montreal (https://rechercheciusssnim.ca/).

To apply, please forward the following:

  • A complete curriculum vitae, including summary of GPA’s, a full publication list (including hyperlinks where possible) and email contact details for two referees
  • A letter of motivation and statement of research accomplishments and future research goals
  • 2-3 research publications that best demonstrate your fit for the position

How to apply:

  • The complete application package must be emailed to: apply@mbmc-cmcm.ca. Please include “Fellowship in Behaviour Change Communication Training” in the subject line.
  • Queries about the application should be sent to either Dr. Lavoie (kiml_lavoie@yahoo.ca) or Dr. Bacon (simon.bacon@concordia.ca).
  • The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday June 30, 2021, 5 pm EDT. However, please note that we will review applications as they are received.