Postdoctoral Scholar (exp. 1/29/21)


The UCLA Treatment and Research for the Underserved with Stress and Trauma (TRUST) Lab directed by Lauren Ng, PhD ( is seeking a postdoctoral scholar with clinical and research experience with adolescents with PTSD. The TRUST lab, under the direction of Dr. Lauren Ng, uses research to improve access to, and quality of, care for diverse, low-resource, and underserved populations affected by traumatic and stressful events.

The postdoctoral scholar’s primary responsibilities are to assist with overseeing research on the implementation and effectiveness of PTSD treatments for adolescents identified through the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LAC DHS) pediatric clinics. Postdoctoral scholars will conduct research, provide and supervise therapy, and mentor graduate and undergraduate students.

Dr. Ng is committed to fostering the postdoctoral scholar’s research independence through first-authored manuscript writing and grant preparation. Postdoctoral scholars will be able to accrue clinical hours towards licensure. Opportunities to assist on other projects in the TRUST lab will also be available.

  • A successful candidate will have the following qualifications/experiences:
  • PhD by start date, preferably in Clinical Science/Psychology or Counseling Psychology (cannot have more than 5 years of postdoctoral experience);
  • APA-approved clinical internship (preferably child/adolescent focused) and excellent clinical skills;
  • Clinical experience providing trauma-focused CBT therapy to youth ages 12-18. This can include TF-CBT or other evidence-based interventions based on CBT principles that focus on the meaning or memory of trauma, including cognitive therapy and exposure-based therapy;
  • Clinical and/or research experience working with underserved communities;
  • Extensive research training and experience;
  • Expertise in quantitative analysis and statistical software and modeling programs such as SPSS, Mplus, SAS, and/or Stata;
  • Experience collecting and/or analyzing qualitative data is preferred;
  • Interest and experience in supervising and/or mentoring graduate and undergraduate students;
  • High motivation with an ability to solve data analysis problems independently;
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, organizational, and spoken/written English communication skills are expected.

We will begin reviewing applications on January 15, 2021 and intend to fill the position as soon as a suitable candidate is found. The expected start date is June-September 2021. This is a full-time position with competitive salary and benefits.

To apply please send a CV, cover letter describing your research and clinical interests and qualifications, and the names and contact information of four references: two clinical references and two academic/research references to Gray Bowers at with “Adolescent PTSD Postdoc” in the subject line.

UCLA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to achieving and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion among its faculty, students, and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy (