Trauma and Community Resilience Center | Apply for our 2022-23 Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Boston Children's Hospital Trauma and Community Resilience Center (BCH TCRC) is dedicated to understanding and promoting the healthy adjustment of youth and families who have experienced trauma and adversity. In partnership with communities and service systems, we build prevention and intervention programs, conduct research, and develop resources to assist families and service providers.

The BCH TCRC currently focuses on three core areas of programming; this fellowship is offered under the Multidisciplinary Violence Prevention (MVP) Core. In recognition of the complex interplay of individual and societal factors that can lead to youth violence, the MVP core of the TCRC conducts research, intervention development, and capacity building in multidisciplinary approaches to violence prevention. In partnership with law enforcement, the health and social service sectors, and community members, our team has engaged in innovative research and programming over the past 10 years to understand and prevent youth radicalization to violence.

We believe that community-based multidisciplinary programming that addresses both trauma and the social context offers the greatest promise for the prevention of extremist or targeted violence. Our team is actively working to implement and evaluate this approach both locally and globally. Our commitment to social justice, equity, and human rights stands at the heart of this work.


The TCRC is offering a postdoctoral fellowship in the MVP core for the 2022-23 training year (start date negotiable; between June and September 2022). This is a full-time, one-year training experience with participation in federally funded research projects related to the prevention of radicalization to violence/terrorism. The option for a second-year advanced fellowship may be available with consideration of funding and matching fellow/program interests.

Research and scholarship

The postdoctoral fellow will work directly with Dr. Heidi Ellis, as well as collaboratively with the larger TCRC staff, on federally funded research grants. One of these grants, funded by NIJ, is focused on Understanding and targeting risk and protective factors for radicalization to violence: Advancing a public health approach to domestic terrorism prevention. Under this grant, the fellow will have access to a large-scale dataset examining the psychological and social factors among a population-based sample of adults in the U.S., and will have the opportunity to engage in data analysis, manuscript development, and dissemination of findings via conferences and briefs. The fellow will also participate in a scoping review of violence prevention models and work with violence prevention experts nationally on translating findings to practice. The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in additional federally funded grants based on needs/interests, which may involve research related to conducting formative and summative evaluations of Multidisciplinary Threat Assessment Teams for the prevention of terrorism and targeted violence, and/or developing and evaluating approaches to assessing, managing, and mitigating risk for terrorism and targeted violence (TVT) among youth. For clinical fellows, some direct clinical work with youth at risk for TVT may be available.

Didactic seminars, supervision, and educational activities

The fellow will have the opportunity to attend seminars focusing on academic/research, professional issues, and (if appropriate to discipline) clinical topics. The Psychology Program at Boston Children's Hospital hosts regular professional development seminars attended by fellows in all specialization programs. Within the TCRC and the various national networks of which it is a part, the fellow will have additional opportunities for training and collaboration. The TCRC is a part of the Prevention Practitioners Network, a national network dedicated to building capacity for the prevention of TVT. The TCRC is also a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, with additional opportunities for collaboration within the network on issues related to terrorism and disaster or other trauma-related areas.

The fellow will receive weekly supervision from Dr. Ellis, with additional opportunities for collaboration and learning from other center faculty. BCH's Institutional Centers for Clinical and Translational Research offers brief courses throughout the year on topics such as statistics and grant writing. Harvard Catalyst offers more extensive courses on topics related to clinical and translational research, responsible conduct of research, and grant writing. Learning about grant writing and manuscript development will also be embedded throughout the fellowship.


Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. in a social science discipline (e.g., clinical or other area of psychology, sociology, political science, social work), received a significant research training, be planning a research career with emphasis on prevention of violent extremism, and have an existing track record of scholarly publication and research presentations. Applicants should have a strong background in research methods in relevant areas of focus, including quantitative analysis. Qualitative data analysis and experience in community-based research are preferred, but not required.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled; applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by February 15, 2022. To apply, please click here and submit the requested documentation. Boston Children's Hospital is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We place a strong emphasis on the values of equality, diversity, and compassion.

For further information about this position, contact Heidi Ellis, Ph.D., Director of the BCH Trauma and Community Resilience Center, at

For questions about the application process, contact Jamie Kessler at