Postion will start August 2024
The Department of Psychology at the University at Buffalo (UB), The State University of New York, announces a cluster hire in the area of disparities in psychological well-being (broadly defined) across the lifespan. This cluster hire consists of three tenure-track faculty hires, one at the rank of advanced Associate or Full Professor and two at the rank of Assistant or early Associate Professor. We expect at least one of these hires will focus on the issue of disparities in learning processes and outcomes. These hires are part of a disciplinary excellence investment in the Department of Psychology, with the goal of building on UB’s strength in collaborative and translational research, and on departmental expertise in issues of equity in psychological well-being.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought forward how structural inequities may undermine mental and physical well-being, creating stark disparities among individuals and communities. Another aspect of inequity that has been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic relates to structural inequities in early learning, cognition, and educational achievement, all of which are critical predictors of long-term mental health and wellness. The core of these disparities lies in how humans interact with their environments, how they respond to stress and adversity, what constitutes resilience, and how people access and understand health information.
The Department of Psychology and UB is committed to using research, teaching, and public outreach programs to better understand and ameliorate such structural disparities. The goal of these cluster hires is to bring together scholars focused on addressing the ways in which the field of Psychology can seek to understand and ultimately to ameliorate inequity.
The specific area within Psychology is open, as is the particular lifespan focus, which could include early childhood to late-life development. As a department we have particular strengths in several key domains of psychological science from “neurons to neighborhoods” (i.e., biological, clinical, cognitive, developmental, and social) and hires within this disciplinary excellence initiative could align with any of these or other perspectives to address disparities across the lifespan.
Those with cognitive-based interests could have expertise in understanding the basis of deficits in basic mental processes such as memory, language comprehension, action planning, and perception. Individuals who can complement the University’s Learning Science initiative (insert link: https://ed.buffalo.edu/research/projects/learning-sciences-initiative.html), whose work addresses disparities in early cognition, learning, and educational achievement, or that addresses inequities in from a developmental perspective (including cognitive aging) are particularly encouraged.
Those with neuroscience-based interests could have expertise in the understanding the biological determinants of individuals’ stress vulnerability and resilience, the neural consequences of early life adversity and resource scarcity, or the emergence and decline of complex sensory or cognitive processes. Research programs using animal models of psychological processes or laboratory-based measures of neural activity are encouraged.
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