This 9-month tenure/tenure track appointment will begin August 16th, 2023 in the Department of Health and Exercise Science in the College of Health and Human Sciences. It is part of an interdisciplinary mental and behavioral health initiative by the College of Health and Human Sciences in which we will build on existing strengths across multiple programs to develop new degree programs and training options, build interdisciplinary research programs that involve new and innovative approaches to mental and behavioral health, and engage with communities to co-create solutions to mental and behavioral health challenges. To jumpstart this initiative, we are launching a multi-college cluster hire of 10-12 positions over the next two years to address core issues of mental and behavioral health, with special emphasis on the treatment and prevention of depression, suicide, addictions, and trauma, toward the broad goal of fostering resilience and promoting wellness.
Applicants are sought who have expertise in behavioral health and/or physical activity/exercise and mental health that complement our existing research strengths in Neuromechanics/Human Movement Disorders, Translational Biology of Aging, Molecular/Cellular Mechanisms of Exercise and Chronic Disease, and Physical Activity Promotion. Examples of potential research areas could include, but are not limited to: the role of physical activity/exercise in preventing and treating mental health disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression, etc.); the role of physical activity/exercise in elevating mood or as a countermeasure to addiction or other harmful behaviors; the underlying mechanism(s) by which physical activity/exercise impacts neurophysiological health or related mental health outcomes (using pre-clinical or clinical models); resilience and holistic health in military operators, veterans or first responders. The successful candidate is expected to establish a nationally recognized, externally funded research program, to integrate their research into existing department, college and university priority areas, and to teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. The position will have outstanding department support, strong research infrastructure, and access to collaborative opportunities both within CSU and with industry partners.