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Postdoctoral Fellow Position: Elder Justice and Aging

Apr 11, 2023, 09:07 AM by SCOA

Drs. Monique Pappadis and Leila Wood, School of Public and Population Health, Sealy Center on Aging, and the Center for Violence Prevention seek to fill a postdoctoral fellowship position in elder justice and aging. 

Postdoctoral fellows collaborate with faculty at UTMB who have more than $29.9 million in annual research funding on population health, aging, and violence prevention. Funded faculty include social workers, psychologists, sociologists, economists, demographers, gerontologists, clinicians, epidemiologists, and statisticians.


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  • PhD or equivalent degree in social work, gerontology, sociology, psychology, nursing, or related field.
  • Strong qualitative interviewing and analysis skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Preferred: Experience in community-based participatory research, patient-centered outcomes research, or implementation science is desired. 

Funding is available for two years. Salary will reflect the current NIH/NRSA stipend level for postdoctoral fellows at the time of hire. Additional funding for travel and training expenses may also be available.

Application and Requirements: Interested applicants should email Stephanie Burt at with “Postdoctoral Fellowship” in the subject line and attached CV.

Elder mistreatment (EM) is chronically undetected and underreported in primary care settings, especially in older and vulnerable adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or living with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD). This mixed-method study aims to develop and test a brief screening intervention in English and Spanish to improve EM detection and reduce harms for older adults with MCI/ADRD in primary care settings. This study also aims to improve caregiver outcomes and training medical providers who serve this population.


  • Conduct qualitative interviews with patients, caregivers, healthcare providers, and topical experts.
  • Contribute to the development of the screening intervention and facilitate discussions with caregivers.
  • Perform qualitative data analyses, present at national meetings, write and submit manuscripts in scientific journals, and contribute to grant submissions. 
  • Participate in elder mistreatment, geriatrics, and violence prevention research group meetings and seminars. 
  • Complete coursework for the Postdoctoral Professional Development Certificate Program and training in the ethical conduct of research. 
  • Submit annual progress reports summarizing research activities and accomplishments.

Sealy Center on Aging

301 University Blvd. Galveston, TX 77555-0177

Phone 409.747.1632

Fax 409.772.8931


The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) is located on the eastern end of Galveston Island, 45 miles south of Houston, TX. UTMB is internationally recognized for aging research, with a focus on Hispanic health and aging.

UTMB is home to two large, population-based cohort studies of Hispanic aging: The Mexican Health and Aging Study and The Hispanic Established Population for the Epidemiological Study of the Elderly. Aging-related research initiatives at UTMB include the Sealy Center on Aging, WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center on Aging and Health, the NIH Texas Resource Center for Minority Aging Research, NIH Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, and the Center for Large Data Research & Data Sharing in Rehabilitation. This postdoctoral fellow will also have the opportunity to work with UTMB's Center for Violence Prevention, a multi-disciplinary group of researchers and practitioners dedicated to ending violence across the lifespan. This postdoctoral fellowship is provided by the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health (grant# R61AG078519).

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