Postdoctoral Fellowship

Starting Early Program: Early Child Obesity Prevention Beginning in Pregnancy

Department of Pediatrics, NYU Langone Health (NYC Health+Hospitals/Bellevue), New York, NY


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Dr. Rachel Gross, MD, MS, and Dr. Mary Jo Messito, MD, on research projects to generate new knowledge about the behavioral, social, economic, and environmental factors during pregnancy, infancy and early childhood that increase disparities in the rates of early child obesity. The work will also focus on developing and evaluating behavioral, social and environmental primary health care-based interventions to reduce early behavioral patterns associated with obesity and to ultimately implement and disseminate these innovative strategies to diverse economic and ethnic communities to achieve population level health outcomes. Our multidisciplinary team of researchers brings together experts from a wide range of fields, including general pediatrics, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, obesity medicine, and nutritional science.


For candidates with interests in obesity prevention during pregnancy, infancy and early childhood, promotion of healthy infant feeding, activity and development, enhancement of general parenting skills, and addressing maternal psychosocial risks, such as maternal depression, anxiety, stress and financial difficulties, this position offers a remarkable opportunity to be part of an innovative project within the health care setting. The candidate will be responsible for management of scientific and administrative operations for the Starting Early Program projects. In addition, the candidate will have significant opportunities for involvement in other ongoing research. This fellowship provides substantial opportunities for new PhDs seeking significant experience, mentorship, and networking, as well as close collaboration with the Principal Investigators and considerable involvement in authorship of abstracts, presentations, and manuscripts.


Scientific Responsibilities:

  • Participation in research design and methodology
  • Provide oversight for data collection, processing, organization, management, and analysis (including database design and management)
  • Development of parent interviews, child assessments, and measures of parent/child interactions
  • Execution of statistical analyses and generation of reports
  • Coordination with representatives of hospitals, universities, and agencies involved
  • Liaison to colleagues at other institutions
  • Write-up of and support for grant applications and reports
  • Dissemination of findings, including leadership role on certain publications and presentations
  • Scientific assistance with other research projects as needed

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Development and maintenance of grant, financial, and other regulatory records, including budgetary materials and Institutional Review Board records
  • General project management tasks
  • Administrative assistance with other research projects as needed


  • PhD in developmental psychology, nutrition science, or related field
  • Fluency in Spanish is beneficial but not required
  • 3+ years of research experience, and previous experience supervising employees, students, or volunteers
  • Independent writing skills and communication skills
  • Proficiency with database and statistical software required (for example, Microsoft Excel, SPSS, R, STATA, REDCap); previous experience with database development preferred
  • Proficiency with statistical design and analysis


This is a full-time position with comprehensive benefits.  A 2-year commitment is required. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, submit a CV/resume and cover letter to Stephanie Gonzalez () with “Postdoctoral Fellowship” in the subject line.