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Assistant/Associate Professor, Perinatal Mental Health

Northwestern University Center For Community Health
Chicago, Illinois
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Apr 16, 2023

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Assistant/Associate Professor, Perinatal Mental Health

Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

The Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is seeking an assistant or associate professor in the Team Science (non-tenure) track with research expertise in the area of perinatal mental health. The faculty position will be closely aligned with the Mothers and Babies Research Lab ( that focuses broadly on developing and testing perinatal mood disorder preventive interventions. Research areas of interest that complement current and anticipated future projects within the Mothers and Babies Research Lab include, but are not limited to, the relationship between perinatal mental health and infant/young child development, paternal mental health, the use of mHealth technology (e.g., online interventions, ecological momentary assessments, text messaging), cultural and contextual intervention adaptations to promote intervention research to sexual and gender minority and other sub-populations, health disparities, implementation science and intervention scaling, relationship between perinatal mental health and cardiovascular health, and trauma-informed interventions.

The successful candidate ideally should have demonstrated success in research collaboration including on grant- funded projects in the broad area of perinatal mental health. This faculty position is on the team science track and the candidate will be expected to collaborate/support external grant submissions and research projects led by existing faculty within the Feinberg School of Medicine and across Northwestern University. The candidate will also be encouraged to develop/continue their own externally funded independent research program in perinatal mental health. The independent research program established by the new faculty member can build on work conducted in the Mothers and Babies Research Lab. Other collaboration opportunities are available with the Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders ( and the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (

The new faculty member will be based within Northwestern’s Center for Community Health (CCH) (, which is home to the Mothers and Babies Lab. The faculty member’s academic appointment will reside in a Department within the Feinberg School of Medicine appropriate to the individual’s training. This position will report to Dr. Darius Tandon, who directs both the Mothers and Babies Lab and CCH.

Rank and salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Start date is flexible, with a preference for the faculty member to start no later than September 1, 2023.

Minimum requirements include:

  • A PhD or MD (or foreign equivalent) in a health-related field
  • Research experience with perinatal mental health (particularly depression and anxiety)
  • A record of, or demonstrated potential, to develop an independent research portfolio in perinatal mental health
  • Experience with manuscript writing for peer-review
  • A demonstrated ability to work with diverse (e.g., race, ethnicity, sexual orientation) perinatal populations

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Training and clinical experience in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) Familiarity and previous research experience in implementation science

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website.

The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. We acknowledge and honor the original people of the land upon which Northwestern University stands, and the Native people who remain on this land today.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, the names and contact information of three references, a CV, and three writing examples related broadly to perinatal mental health or maternal and child health. Letters of recommendation may be requested at a later date.

Materials should be submitted here through the Northwestern application portal. You are also welcome to notify of your interest and to confirm submission of your application. To ensure full consideration, please submit materials by April 1, 2023.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Darius Tandon

Director, Center for Community Health

Associate Professor, Department of Medical Social Sciences



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