Created in 1999 through the generosity of Wayne Berger, the Berger Fellowship is a full-time, two-year endowed, postdoctoral research fellowship designed to support the career development of professionals who want to become independent investigators in the field of child maltreatment and/or child welfare. Applicants typically come from social sciences or public health fields. Former fellows have gone on to faculty positions in academic departments, CDC, and private clinical practice.
Specific responsibilities will vary depending on the Fellow's interests, skill set, and current projects and needs at the Kempe Center. In general, the Fellow is expected to assist and collaborate on projects and programs at the Center, engage in scholarly activities, and participate in coursework, workshops and seminars toward the development of an independent program of research. Supervised clinical experiences are also available if needed to complement the research training. Faculty and program mentors will work with the Fellow to design a curriculum of educational activities and specific set of expectations including instructional activities, scholarly products, and activities to support the Center. Center activities broadly include developing and testing new prevention and treatment programs, overseeing the implementation of established evidence-based programs, evaluating and diagnosing children who are suspected victims of abuse and neglect, training child welfare/protection professionals, analysis of existing datasets, and conducting studies that inform program development and public policy. Activities to support the development of publications and applications for external funding are supported and highly encouraged.
For more information on the Berger Fellowship, please contact:Terri Lewis, PhD