Postdoctoral Fellows in Disability - Policy Department of Community and Behavioral Health, Elson S. Floyd School of Medicine, Washington State University, Spokane, WA

Posted: Wednesday, July 7, 2021


Postdoctoral Fellows in Disability Policy - Call for Applicants 

The Washington State University's new Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the Elson S. Floyd School of Medicine in Spokane Washington is pleased to announce up to 3 new openings in our postdoctoral research training program in disability policy. The primary goal of this fellowship program is to provide a highly personalized 18-month research training experience to scholars who hold doctorates or similar advanced degrees, and are personally committed to understanding and improving health policies and services for all Americans with disabilities.

Appointment: Temporary research faculty (18 months).
Compensation:  $51,000 per year, plus paid leave and benefits, tuition waiver, conference travel, and moving stipend.
Location: Washington State University, Spokane WA.
Disability accommodations:  personal assistance and adaptive technologies at the WSU campus.
Application due date:  Review of completed applications will begin on July 15, 2021, and will continue until positions are filled.
Campus visits scheduled: August 2021 (negotiable)
Start date:  September 15, 2021 (negotiable)
End date: March 15, 2023 (negotiable)

The fellowship will complement and extend the work of the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL), a multisite Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).  Current/recent CHRIL research projects include:

  • Ways in which health insurance and health policy affect health outcomes, employment, and community living for adults with disabilities.
  • Strategies for helping disability advocates and service providers to influence public policies.
  • Use of prescription opioids among adults with disabling chronic pain.
  • Intersectional relationship(s) between disability, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
  • Impact of COVID-19 on access and utilization of health, rehabilitation and support services among adults with disabilities; and
  • Impact of COVID-19 on services provided by Centers for Independent Living (CILs).

Position responsibilities:

  • Attending a weekly independent study seminar on US health policy, disability, and health services research.
  • Meeting weekly with the CHRIL-F principal investigator or co-investigator.
  • Developing a five-year research plan and academic CV.
  • Attending a grant-writing workshop. 
  • Completing and submitting at least one grant proposal.
  • Conducting collaborative and independent research on disability and health policy (including research design, statistical analysis, and preparing journal articles).
  • Co-authoring and presenting research at professional and scientific conferences.
  • Publishing project results in peer-reviewed, scientific journals.

How to Apply:

Please visit for a link to the WSU application form. Required materials include a cover letter, a CV or resume, a 1-2 page about current or prior experience with disability, a 1-page research statement, and a brief writing sample (research-oriented if possible). Assistance in preparing or submitting these materials is available if needed. Review of applications will begin as of July 15, 2021, and start dates are flexible. Contact the program PI, Dr. Jae Kennedy, for any additional questions, at [email protected]

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected].

Job requirements:

  • An earned PhD or other terminal degree in an appropriate field (e.g. MD, DPT, OD, JD, DNP, DSW, DPH, PsyD) in the past 5 years.
  • Strong academic writing skills -writing samples required.
  • Graduate research training - transcript required.
  • Required qualifications include critical thinking, communication skills, interest in disability policy research, and the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience with research design
  • A personal commitment to disability research and/or prior advocacy in this area.