University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus — T32 Postdoctoral Research Training Program Postdoctoral Fellow

T32 Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Aurora, CO

“Developmental Psychopathology, Psychobiology and Behavior”
Program Director: Mark L. Laudenslager, PhD

A combined effort of the Departments of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus along with Departments of Psychology & Social Work at Denver University, University of Colorado Boulder, and Colorado State University offers postdoctoral research training for MDs and PhDs for research careers in developmental psychobiology, with special emphasis on the development of maladaptive behavior. This multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional translational program has a long history of involvement in developmental research. 

The Developmental Psychobiology Research Group (DPRG) includes researchers with productive career involvement as independent investigators of developmental research techniques, some of which are technologically unique. Subject populations have ranged from humans through murine to tissue culture models. Members from this group serve as the faculty for this research training program funded by NIMH T32MH015442, now in its 41st year. Addressing problems with clinical relevance are continually in the forefront of this translational program.

A two-year training program is offered which includes a Core Curriculum to be completed by all trainees, seminar participation and individual research in one or more faculty laboratories. 

  • Research training organizes around the identification, causes, natural progression, and treatment of developmental psychopathology. A particular emphasis of training is the development of multispecialty collaborations allowing for synergistic basic and clinical approaches to research. 
  • Training options are available in basic and molecular, biomarkers, genetics, neuroimaging, epidemiology, phenomenology, treatment, and intervention sciences for a variety of developmental psychiatric disorders including ADHD, aggression, conduct disorder, anxiety, autism, bipolar, depression, schizophrenia, and substance abuse.
  • A variety of vulnerable and minority populations—including pregnant women, children in foster care, children with co-morbid medical illnesses, Native American/Alaskan Native, and Hispanic participants—of varying ages, including infants through young adults and expectant mothers—participate in our research. 
  • Training for transition to research independence, including manuscript preparation and grant submission, are an emphasis of this program.


MD or PhD in the areas of basic, clinical, and translational developmental neuroscience. Individuals with US Citizenship, non-citizen nationals, or those with Permanent Resident Card who will have completed a doctoral degree before their start date are eligible to apply. Physicians, including Child Psychiatrists, and individuals from groups underrepresented among scientific researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.


Vulnerable infants and/or children: Prenatal/early origins of health and development (Elysia Poggi Davis, PhD); Psychoneuroendocrinology/immunology of behavioral development/stress (Mark L. Laudenslager, PhD); Randomized controlled efficacy trial of a preventive intervention for maltreated youth in out-of-home care (Heather Taussig, PhD); Stress, sleep, and behavior in preschool children (Sarah Watamura, PhD); The biological basis of callous unemotional traits (Joseph Sakai, MD); 

Genetic influences on behavior: Clinical epidemiology and behavior genetics of conduct disorder (Christian Hopfer, MD); Molecular and cellular mechanisms of genetic susceptibility to severe psychiatric disorders (Amanda Law, PhD); Animal models of Downs syndrome and Autism (Ken Maclean, PhD); 

Developmental aspects of psychosis: Understanding brain development in both developmental disorders and psychotic illnesses (Don Rojas, PhD); the development of neuropathology in schizophrenia, using fMRI (Jason Tregellas, PhD); Autism: Cellular mechanisms by which early life seizures (ELS) subvert the processes of normal neuronal development (Tim Benke, MD, PhD); Treatment trials for children & adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Judy Reaven, PhD); 

Other: Cognitive neuroscience and human neuropsychology (Marie Banich, PhD); Individual and interactive effects of childhood adversity, sex as a biological variable (SABV) and neuroendocrinology on risk and resilience for mood, cognitive and substance use disorders across the lifespan (Neill Epperson, MD).

Levels of support will be consistent with stipends supplied by and subject to change by NIH (Levels determined by years of relevant postdoctoral experience, level 0 when degree granted):

Level 0 – $50,004
Level 1 – $50,376
Level 2 – $50,760
Level 3 – $52,896
Level 4 – $54,756
Level 5 – $56,880
Level 6 – $59,100
Level 7 (7 or more years) – $61,308

KIND: Full-time

LEVEL: Postdoctoral Training

Once you have followed the instructions below, complete the application on the web page at and submit.  The application can be saved mid-process and revised before final submission.  

Special Instructions: Review faculty on web page at for closest match to your area of research interest. You will work directly with the mentor on the application process. Contact the faculty member or members by email (including your CV and copy to check their availability for mentorship. Contact information is included in the faculty descriptions. Please allow at a minimum one month for the process.