National Hispanic Science Network
14th Annual International Conference
September 3-September 6, 2014
University of Texas at El Paso

The 2014 NHSN Annual International Conference titled"Resiliency and Neuroplasticity Among Vulnerable Populations - Towards a Synchrony of Disciplines" was led by Co-Chairs Dr. Edward Castañeda, Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola and Dr. Patricia Molina. For more information, please visit the 2014 Conference webpage. Click here for the conference program.

NHSN Member, Dr. Jose Ruben Parra-Cardona, an Associate Professor in the program of couple and family therapy at Michigan State University (MSU), shares how NHSN has helped him advance professionally and personally.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is currently recruiting individuals who are interested in being a peer reviewer for our upcoming grant review season.  Specifically, SAMHSA is encouraging Latino behavioral health professionals including practitioners, evaluators, and providers to consider this opportunity!  Please take a moment to browse the RFA announcements for recently funded programs on the SAMHSA website under “FY 2015 Grant Announcements.”  To be considered as a peer reviewer, individuals must have expertise and knowledge related to issues in mental health, substance abuse prevention and/or treatment.
Reviewers are chosen for specific grant programs based on their knowledge, education and experience. Grant review panels are selected to reflect diversity of ethnicity, gender, experience and geography.
Preferred Skills and Experience
SAMHSA peer reviewers must:

Have related program experience and education
Be able to analyze grant applications effectively against specific criteria
Be able to clearly express their evaluations in writing
Be interested in contributing to the advancement of knowledge

SAMHSA is interested in potential peer reviewers with knowledge and backgrounds in:

Mental health services, with a knowledge of community-based systems of care and services for adults with serious mental illnesses and children with serious emotional disturbances
Substance abuse prevention, with expertise or experience working with activities that discourage substance abuse as well as behaviors that increase the risk of substance abuse
Substance abuse treatment, with expertise in evidence-based, effective substance abuse treatment services, programs, and activities

Time Commitment and Compensation
SAMHSA peer reviewers are expected to review between 6 and 8 applications over a 2-week period through SAMHSA’s online review system.  Additionally, reviewers may be required to participate on a conference call with committee members to discuss qualitative ratings, quantitative scores, as well as comments on strengths and weaknesses for each application.  Reviewers will receive $140 for each completed assessment form and participation on the conference call.  

Click here to learn more about SAMHSA peer review opportunities.  To apply, please contact Zarinah ‘Ali at 240-276-1092 or zarinah.ali@samhsa.hhs.gov for further instructions.


Postdoctoral Position in Children's Intervention/Implementation Research

The Center for Children, Families and Communities (CCFC) within the Department of Psychology at Central Michigan University seeks to fill a one year (12-month) appointment for a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical child psychology to begin August 2015. The position is a researched-based appointment with some teaching requirements. The CCFC supports federally funded research and is affiliated with the CMU doctoral program in clinical psychology. Click here for more info.

Department of Physiology: LSU Health – New Orleans

The Department of Physiology in the School of Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA seeks outstanding candidates with a PhD or equivalent degree for a tenure track faculty position at the assistant to full professor level. Special consideration will be given to candidates with significant extramural funding and research strengths in cardiovascular physiology or alcohol-related pathophysiology. Click here for more Info

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Neurobiological Intersection of Pain and Alcoholism

A postdoctoral position is available to investigate the interactive mechanisms of pain and drug addiction in the Department of Physiology at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in New Orleans. Research in Edwards Lab studies alterations in neuronal signaling following excessive drug or alcohol use and aims to determine which neuroadaptations are most critically involved in driving excessive drug intake and relapse. Our most recent focus is on the interaction of addiction and chronic pain mechanisms. Click here for more Info.

T32 Fellowship in the Substance Abuse Epidemiology training program at Columbia University

An outstanding opportunity for post-doctoral training is offered in the Substance Abuse Epidemiology training program at Columbia University through the Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health. Current pre- and post-doctoral fellows in this NIDA-funded training program are working in the areas of epidemiology, stress research, genetics, comorbidity, and HIV.   Click here for more info


The Department of Psychology at UCLA invites applications for an open rank position, broadly defined as diversity science in psychology, to begin July 1, 2015. Diversity Science extends psychological science to understudied populations including racial/ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, individuals with diverse minority sexual orientations and socio-economic classes. This can both test the boundaries of current psychological theory and make new discoveries in identifying unique psychological processes relevant to the experiences of these diverse minority populations. The ideal candidate will have a record or promising evidence of an innovative, productive, and interdisciplinary research program studying issues relevant to diversity science. This search is open in terms of specific content areas in diversity science.  See More

University of Miami is launching an Innovative and Cutting-Edge Doctoral Program in Prevention Science and Community Health

The University of Miami is launching an exciting a Ph.D. Program in Prevention Science and Community Health. Applications are now be accepted at http://publichealth.med.miami.edu/graduate/academic-programs/phd-in-prevention-science and are due by February 1st.
Application decisions will be made in March 2015 and the first cohort of students will begin in August 2015. Potential applicants can find additional information on the website and on the attached brochure, including contact information for Seth Schwartz, Doctoral Program Director and Willy Prado, Chief of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Attachment

The University of Texas at El Paso College of Liberal Arts :Department of Psychology :Behavioral Neuroscience Faculty Position

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Department of Psychology invites applications for a faculty position in Behavioral Neuroscience at open rank depending on the level of expertise and experience. The anticipated appointment date is Fall 2015.  The new hire will be part of a collaborative community of 10 transdisciplinary neuroscientists across a vibrant campus (see BehNeurFaculty). Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and qualifications, statement of teaching philosophy, complete contact information for three references, and no more than three relevant reprints or pre-prints.  Review of applications will commence immediately and remain open until the position is filled.  The Search Committee will solicit letters of recommendation for applicants invited to interview. Submit applications to the following link, c/o: Drs. Laura O’Dell or Eddie Castañeda, Co-chairs; Behavioral Neuroscience Search Committee; BehNeurSearch@utep.edu

Assistant Professor of Community/Public Health, Ohio University

This is a nine-month tenure track position that reports to the Chair of the Department of Social and Public Health.  The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses (MPH program) in community/public health.  The candidate will also advise community/public health students, conduct research studies and secure external funding on community/public health issues.  The candidate is also expected to engage in professional, university, and community service.   Teaching and research interests should be related to a variety of community health and/or public health issues including, but not limited to, rural health, Appalachian health, social determinants of health, and social and behavioral health.  For more information and to apply, please visit: http://www.ohiouniversityjobs.com/postings/11338

Review of completed applications will begin Feb. 9, 2015 and will continue until filled. 


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