The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living is pleased to announce an opening in our postdoctoral research training program in disability policy. We are seeking qualified candidates who are committed to a career producing and using high-quality research about people with disabilities to influence policies, opportunities, and outcomes for this community.
The primary goal of this fellowship is to provide a highly personalized 18-month research training experience to scholars with disabilities who hold doctorates or similar advanced degrees and are personally committed to understanding and improving health policies and services for all Americans with disabilities. The fellowship involves rigorous coursework and progressively more independent research activities. All fellows will be eligible for extensive accommodations and ongoing support by advisors who have both personal and professional experience with disability.
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. The main fellowship site is Washington State University’s health sciences campus in Spokane Washington; during the last part of their training period, fellows may choose to spend 3-6 months at one or more CHRIL affiliate sites, including Washington, D.C. (American Association on Health and Disability), Lawrence, KS (Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies), or Houston, TX (Independent Living Research Utilization). CHRIL research and outreach projects include assessments of health insurance outcomes for consumers with disabilities, the training needs of Centers for Independent Living, trends in insurance coverage, access, and cost, and the impact of health reform on workplace participation and/or benefit enrollment. More information on the CHRIL’s research and training activities can be found at the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living website.
This disability policy postdoctoral training program explicitly recognizes and accommodates the financial and vocational needs of scholars with disabilities. Each fellow will be hired as a research associate at the Washington State University Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, with a competitive salary, conference travel funds, full health insurance coverage, and retirement benefits. All employees are eligible for a tuition waiver. Fellows with significant disability support needs will also be offered up to 40 hours of workplace personal assistance per week, plus supplemental funds for housing assistance, moving expenses, adaptive technologies, and additional conference travel for accommodation needs.
Position responsibilities include:
Attending classes or independent study to supplement and advance their knowledge in the field of health policy research.
Participation in existing CHRIL research, including research design, statistical analysis, and writing.
Attending professional conferences.
Leading own research team and developing own research activities, (toward end of fellowship).
Co-authoring and presenting conference abstracts and presentations.
Developing five-year research plan and academic CV.
Writing at least one grant proposal.
Publishing results in peer-reviewed, scientific journals.
Working effectively independently and as part of the larger team associated with this project.
Must have received a doctoral degree (or similar advanced degree) within the past five years, a strong interest in a future research career, critical thinking, communication skills, interest in disability policy research, and the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
Internal Number: 119878
About Washington State University Health Sciences
Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens — locally, nationally, and globally. As a comprehensive leading land-grant institution, WSU is committed to excellence in each of its research, teaching and outreach missions. With a focus on innovation, excellence, and accountability, continual enhancement of the quality, scope, and impact of research and educational endeavors are at the core of WSU’s strategic priorities.
The WSU campus in Spokane is located in the center of a developing University District downtown and enjoys a premier location along the Spokane River. WSU Spokane is the University’s designated health sciences campus and home to the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. The University offers graduate and professional degrees as well as some undergraduate completion degrees in many health sciences fields. Advanced degrees in criminal justice and K-12 education round out the offerings. The campus also hosts health sciences programs from Eastern Washington University.
WSU is one of only 115 public and private institutions recognized by the Carnegi...e Foundation as a “very high research activity” university. In addition to the Spokane campus, WSU has campuses in Pullman, the Tri-Cities, and Vancouver, with a developing campus in Everett; four research and extension centers within the state and extension offices in every county; and a Global Campus with online degree programs accessible worldwide. The University’s annual operating budget expenditures are nearly $1 billion.
The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is Washington’s premier community-based medical school. It is named after the university’s late president, Elson S. Floyd. Dr. Floyd believed that Washington State University, as the state’s land-grant institution, should train doctors to serve all of Washington.
The mission of the School is to: Develop practical solutions to challenging problems in disease prevention, health care access and delivery; Train primary care physicians who will work in Washington and help alleviate a shortage of doctors, especially in rural and under-served areas; and Develop a strong research component, with faculty members who work on innovative projects, sharing what they know with students in classroom and research settings.
Spokane is a major healthcare hub and the largest along the northern corridor of the United States between Minneapolis and Seattle. It offers the latest diagnostic and therapeutic care in all fields of medicine, and boasts four major hospitals, including Providence Health’s 644-bed Sacred Heart Medical Center. Complete with a rich cultural scene, historic neighborhoods, urban appeal, and easy access to four-season outdoor recreation, Spokane supplies a high quality of life for the nearly half million residents who live in the region.