Assistant Research Professor - 22890BR

Assistant Research Professor

Bureau of Child Research
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Employee Class: 
A-Unclassified Academic Staff

Position Overview

The University of Kansas Center for the Advancement of Research on Eating Behaviors (CARE) is searching for 1-2 Assistant Research Professors to support clinical trials, assessment, and classification research for people with eating disorders across the life course. Under the supervision of Dr. Kelsie Forbush, the Assistant Research Professor will advance research in the eating-disorders field, including focus on areas such as assessment, classification, treatment development and dissemination, neuroimaging, and community engagement. The Assistant Research Professor will be expected to lead research design in support of the development of new, and implementation of existing, funded research projects, and support grant preparation activities, including building their own line of research. Duties will include serving as an author or co-author on scientific papers and other dissemination products for presentation and publication. Additional duties and responsibilities will involve accruing clinical hours for licensure and supervision of trainees.

Our current research projects include focus in the following areas:
  • Large-scale mobile-health intervention of Guided Self-Help Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT-gsh) for young adults.
  • NIH-funded clinical trial designed to develop a mobile-health app that uses machine learning to predict likelihood of relapse in adolescents with anorexia nervosa.
  • DoD-funded research designed to develop a new screening tool for eating disorders and related mental health conditions in two nationally representative samples of veterans.
  • Community-based research with young adults to develop new assessment and classification tools to better identify eating disorders in school-based populations.
  • Pilot fMRI studies to identify predictors of treatment outcome in adolescents and young adults with an eating disorder.
The CARE Laboratory has several large existing datasets, including (but not limited to) a longitudinal dataset of over 30,000 patients with eating disorders in collaboration with Recovery Record, Inc., an ongoing five-wave longitudinal study of over 350 community-recruited adults with eating disorders, and a four-wave longitudinal study of > 900 military veterans who completed measures of eating-disorders, externalizing, and internalizing psychopathology. Finally, our center has close relationships with numerous local and national eating-disorder treatment centers, including Children’s Mercy – Kansas City and Eating Recovery Center, making this an ideal setting for researchers seeking to establish an independent clinical-research career.

The ideal candidate should have a doctoral degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology and have completed their internship by the position start date (note that the start date is set at July 1st, 2023, but the start date is negotiable). Individuals who are currently on internship are welcome to apply. Individuals who are not yet licensed will be provided with high-quality post-doctoral supervision and expected to seek independent licensure in the second year of employment. We offer a range of outstanding post-doctoral and junior faculty training opportunities through this position, depending on candidate experiences and interests. KU has a post-doctoral network that provides social support, didactic educational opportunities related to research. Additional training experiences and funding opportunities for post-doctoral and junior faculty are offered through the Frontiers Clinical and Translational Science Institute, including the KL2 Scholars Program and the TL1 Trainee Programs.

Job Description

This position will be hybrid to start with and will transition to fully on-site and will require relocation to Lawrence, Kansas. The University of Kansas is located in suburban Lawrence, a short drive from metropolitan Kansas City, which is the 23rd largest city in the USA, with many urban attractions and activities, including professional sports, shopping, food, museums, theatre, music, and dance!

CARE is committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive research and educational environment for faculty, staff, and students. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, we actively encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.

Job Description
70% Research
20% - Research Grant Development
  • Lead development of grant proposals to support research activities relevant to the mission of CARE, including preparation of all required elements for federal, state, or other grant applications.
  • Develop research questions and other narrative components.
  • Collaborate with staff statisticians to select appropriate research designs and statistical techniques to prepare methods and analysis plans.
  • Establish research partnerships to solicit letters of support, as required.
  • Coordinate input from resource teams within the KU Life Span Institute (project development, finance and grant planning, communication) during grant preparation.
  • Strengthen existing research partnerships within KU, build new relationships with community partners to support development of cooperative grant applications, and integrate community-based participatory research into grant development.
25% - Research Management and Supervision
  • Contribute to the implementation of existing, funded research projects in the areas of assessment, classification, and treatment of eating disorders.
  • Integrate participatory research, latent variable modeling, and other inferential statistical methodologies into research activities.
  • Lead regular research project meetings, including overseeing the development of meeting agenda/notes.
  • Support recruitment activities for research projects with support from professional staff and students.
  • Oversee and deliver trainings and other development activities, aligned with research projects goals, as necessary.
  • Supervise the work of professional staff and students supporting research project goals.
  • Secure Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval when appropriate and ensure that research integrity policies are followed for all research involving human subjects.
  • Prepare and submit progress reports to federal, state, and other funding agencies.
25% - Dissemination of Research Findings
  • Write technical reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, or other manuscripts related to research project activities and analyses.
  • Disseminate and present findings and research activities at local, state, and national meetings and conferences.
30% Supervision and Clinical Work
  • Provide Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT-E), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy to adolescents and adults with an eating disorder.
  • Conduct intake assessments to determine study eligibility and inform treatment planning.
  • Conduct clinical structured interviews to determine DSM-5 diagnoses.
  • Lead or co-lead group supervision meetings each week.
  • Provide individual one-on-one supervision or co-supervision to trainees learning to treat individuals with an eating disorder.

Required Qualifications

  1. PhD (or ABD) in clinical psychology or counseling psychology by the position start date.
  2. Completion of an American Psychological Association (APA) or Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) approved internship by the position start date.
  3. Three years of research experience with research and publication record in areas related to: eating disorders, disordered eating, obesity, or body image as evidenced by application materials.
  4. Demonstrated strong professional writing skills, including research reports, peer-reviewed research articles, other print and electronic publications and experience presenting at conferences and professional meetings as indicated by application materials.
  5. Experience providing evidence-based treatment to individuals with an eating disorder as indicated by application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Two or more years of experience in developing and managing project-related budgets and timelines.
  2. Two or more years of experience directing federally and state funded research projects.
  3. Two or more years of experience in participating in and contributing to approaches to training and research that use interdisciplinary teams and varied perspectives.
  4. One or more years of experience in providing peer supervision for evidence-based psychotherapy.
  5. Strong organizational and communication skills as demonstrated by application materials and interview.
  6. Ability to work well with diverse populations and communities.
  7. More than two years of proficiency with software such as Microsoft Access, Excel, SPSS, SAS, Mplus, or R.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Please submit an online application, cover letter, vitae and contact information for three professional references. In the cover letter, please indicate how you see your skills and experience contributing to research at CARE. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Application Review Begins September 15, 2022 and will continue until all positions are filled.

Contact Information to Applicants

Kelsie Forbush, Ph.D., L.P., Director, Center for Overcoming Problem Eating and Center for the Advancement of Research on Eating Behaviors

Advertised Salary Range

$75,000 or higher (depending on years of experience)

Application Review Begins


Anticipated Start Date


Search Jobs
Posting Information
Posting ID:
Bureau of Child Research
Primary Campus:
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Employee Class:
A-Unclassified Academic Staff
Application Review Begins: