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Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Research Assistants

The Johns Hopkins Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program has a limited number of positions available for undergraduate or graduate students interested in gaining research experience. Students can volunteer for course credit or on a more limited basis, depending on current project needs. For volunteer positions, please contact Dr. Michael Smith (contact information below), with a brief note explaining your interests, goals, and relevant experience (ie, what skills or experience make you qualified?). Rarely, paid positions become available. For paid positions, please respond directly to posted advertisements with JHMI Human Resources.

Postgraduate Behavioral Sleep Medicine Fellowship

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is accepting applications for a one-year clinical (75%) and research (25%) fellowship. Second year opportunities with greater focus on research may be possible.

Primary goals of the fellowship are to provide requisite training, supervision, and clinical experience for state liscensure and certification in Behavioral Sleep Medicine by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Fellows will participate in a weekly sleep medicine seminar with Department of Medicine, Pulmonary and Neurology sleep medicine fellows. Behavioral Sleep Medicine fellows are also expected to attend a monthly Neuroscience of Sleep Seminar. The Johns Hopkins Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the Bayview Medical Center is part of the Division of Geropsychiatry/Neuropsychiatry and is closely aligned with the Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Centers at both the Bayview Medical Center and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Fellows will be encouraged to provide behavioral consultations for these Centers.  

Research training will be provided by matching the fellow's interests with ongoing faculty research. Activity in a research project is expected. Preference will be given to candidates with strong research interests and potential. Fellows will have access to active research mentorship in four broad areas:  (1) sleep in neuropsychiatric / behavioral disorders  [e.g., drug abuse (amphetamine-type stimulants, benzodiazepines or opioids), sleep & neurotoxicity, traumatic brain injury, dementia, trauma / anxiety disorders]; 2) sleep in medical disorders (e.g., rheumatologic disease, chronic pain, burn injury, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer); 3) psychiatric, physiologic and behavioral dimensions of primary sleep disorders (e.g., restless leg syndrome, primary insomnia,  sleep-disordered breathing, sleep bruxism, circadian rhythm disorders, and parasomnias), 4) physiologic and neurocognitive consequences of sleep deprivation.

To be considered, applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from an American Psychiatric Association accredited program by the time the fellowship starts. The first year stipend is consistent with National Institute of Health recommendations for postdoctoral fellows and also includes benefits. To apply, please send a two page (maximum) cover letter before January 15, 2009 describing:

  1. Your behavioral sleep medicine BSM and/or relevant clinical experience
  2. Your career goals
  3. What you would like to accomplish during this postdoctoral fellowship to advance your career goals
  4. One or two research areas from the list above in which you are interested and the reasons for interest
  5. When your degree is expected, including the dates of your successful dissertation defense

Please include: a copy of your curriculum vitae; graduate school transcript(s), and two letters of recommendation from clinical supervisors who comment on your clinical strengths and weaknesses. Applicants may also send a copy of a manuscript in submission, in press, or published (optional). Successful applicants must demonstrate strong clinical skills in health psychology / behavioral medicine or training in cognitive-behavior therapy. Specific predoctoral experience in behavioral sleep medicine is a plus. Strong candidates will have a telephone interview with the training director and a follow-up interview with the potential research mentor. We especially encourage applications from members of ethnic and racial minority groups. Johns Hopkins is a non-discriminatory/affirmative action employer. Send all application materials to:

Michael T. Smith, Ph.D., C.B.S.M
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Johns Hopkins Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program,
Director of Research and Clinical Training
5510 Nathan Shock Drive, Suite 100
Baltimore, MD 21224
Phone: 410-550-9059

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