This is a postdoctoral training experience in a multidisciplinary research team. Division of Behavioral Medicine at UB is one of the most well-funded centers for behavioral research in the area of obesity and health related studies. The Postdoctoral Associate will be supervised by Dr. Kai Ling Kong, an Assistant Professor in the Division of Behavioral Medicine, UB Department of Pediatrics. She is the Principal Investigator for the UB Infant Lab. Her primary research focus is on infant health, specifically infant’s home environments and ingestive behaviors. Her research aims to identify how infant-toddler’s food and non-food behaviors affect obesity later in life and how early interventions can protect those at risk from obesity.
Three main areas the postdoctoral associate will be working on:
a) Since this is a grant funded position, the postdoctoral associate will assist with Dr. Kong’s NIH-funded (R01 HD087082-01) research project (50%). This grant examines the effect of strengthening the reinforcing value of alternatives to eating, using a music program to shift the motivation to eat in 9-15 month old infants, who were tested to have high motivation to eat. The major aim was to examine the short and long-term efficacy of this intervention on obesity related outcomes. The postdoctoral associate will mainly help with data management, data analysis and manuscript writing;
b) Postdoctoral associate will allocate time to collaborate on data analysis and publications of existing longitudinal data sets of diverse, high risk samples by seeking to understand the developmental mechanisms, such as infant-parent relationship, self-regulation, individual differences in children’s autonomic and stress reactivity, on the impact of children’s health outcomes, specifically obesity risk later in life (20%). He/she will also assist the lab manager with the various pregnancy and infancy pilot studies in the Dr. Kong’s lab (20%)
c) Postdoctoral associate will develop his/her own new independent research. Fund will be provided for pilot work for future independent grant (10%).
Lastly, mentoring in grant writing will be provided to interested candidates. It is common to work more on ongoing projects in the beginning of the postdoctoral experience while transitioning to become an independent investigator. The goal is for the Postdoctoral Associate to become an independent investigator, and working toward writing his/her K award grant.
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