Fellowships are available in the CBM Research Training Program at the postdoctoral and predoctoral level.
Stipends are offered at the NIH-approved rates, with reimbursement of trainee health insurance premiums, travel allowances, and tuition assistance available.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Application materials consist of:

  • a statement of research interests and proposed goals for the work you would hope to perform as a fellow in the program
  • curriculum vitae
  • completed Training Program Application Form
  • three letters of reference

These items should be emailed to bandymb@upmc.edu or sent to:

Rebecca C. Thurston, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh
3811 O’Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15213

The postdoctoral program accepts applications on a rolling basis, beginning in fall.  Fellowships generally begin with the academic year in August/September, however, start dates are flexible depending upon the individual applicant and the availability of fellowship positions.  Due to NIH regulations, trainees must be US citizens or Permanent Residents (green card holders). Questions concerning the above requirements can be directed to the Training Grant Administrator, Mollie Bandy by phone (412-648-9088) or by E-mail (bandymb@upmc.edu).

Predoctoral Fellows

We invite rising 1st-year through 3rd-year PhD students at the University of Pittsburgh to apply for an NIH T32 fellowship from the Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Research Training Program. For nearly four decades, our program has supported PhD students in psychology and related behavioral and epidemiological disciplines. The training program offers interdisciplinary mentoring by top researchers in cardiovascular behavioral medicine, as well as individualized training plans that are structured to meet the needs of the next generation of researchers in our field. Our program emphasizes state-of-the science mechanistic and intervention approaches to understanding how psychological, social, and behavioral factors relate to cardiovascular disease and disease disparities across the lifespan and diverse populations.

Fellowship support beginning in Fall 2021 is available, with the earliest possible start date of August 1, 2021. The typical duration of training is two years, with a potential for a third year of support pending trainee progress and availability of NIH funding. Trainees are required to complete their PhD in the home academic program of their primary advisor, who must also be core training faculty on the T32. In addition to training in the responsible conduct of research, further coursework is typically completed in psychophysiology and epidemiology.

We value, emphasize, and are committed to promoting and sustaining diversity in behavioral medicine. If you apply to our program and are a member of an underrepresented group, we welcome you to indicate this in your materials.

To apply to the program, please submit: (1) a current CV; (2) a letter of support by your primary advisor; and (3) a one-page description of your research interests in cardiovascular behavioral medicine, as well as how your professional goals align with the mission of the T32 to Mollie Bandy (bandymb@upmc.edu) by Monday, December 14th, 2020.

Please be aware that the NIH requires that T32 fellows be US Citizens or Permanent Residents (green card holders).

Drs. Gianaros and Jennings lead a course on Cardiovascular Psychophysiology in the Department of Psychology.