SIGMA: psychosocial determinants of psychopathology in adolescence

KU Leuven
May 19 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

For the Research Group Psychiatry we are looking for a postdoc with experience in conducting large-scale studies studying psychopathology. The SIGMA study is a longitudinal cohort study in a large group of both community (N=1600) and care-seeking (N=400) adolescents (12 to 16 year old). The SIGMA study specifically focuses on alterations in social interaction as a determinant of the development of psychopathology. Both personal and environmental factors contributing to the way a person is interacting with his/her environment will be investigated with a focus on embodied and embedded processes. A main instrument in the study will be the Experience Sampling Method, a ambulatory assessment strategy assessing people in their normal daily life. The SIGMA cohort will be initially followed up for 2 years, but the goal is to extend this period for at least another 6 years). The Center for Contextual Psychiatry (CCP) is a multidisciplinary and internationally oriented research center, widely recognized for its expertise in the design, application, and analysis of studies and clinical trials using ambulatory assessment and experience sampling methodology in the context of mental health research. The CCP is headed by prof. Inez Myin-Germeys and prof. Ruud van Winkel and currently consists of 25 researchers from a diverse background (clinical and experimental psychology, psychiatry, statistics, philosophy, movement sciences). The CCP is part of the Department of Neurosciences in the School of Medicine at KU Leuven, one of the most renowned research universities in Europe.

The responsibilities of the post-doc will be:

* the coordination of the SIGMA study (leading a group of 3 PhD students and 1 research assistant)* to closely collaborate with the research coordinator for the daily management of the SIGMA study* to reach out to schools and mental health facilities for collaboration in the study* to provide feedback on the progression of the study to the SIGMA steering committee and SIGMA advisory board* to supervise 1 of the PhD students on his/her PhD* to further develop your own line of research with papers, grant applications,... 

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