CDC Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Research & Evaluation Fellowship

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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How to Apply

A complete application consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcripts – Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts
  • A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
  • One educational or professional recommendation. Your application will be considered incomplete, and will not be reviewed until one recommendation is submitted.

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

If you have questions, send an email to Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

Application Deadline
5/1/2019 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

A fellowship opportunity is available with the Research and Evaluation Branch, Division of Violence Prevention (DVP), within the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Through its programs and initiatives, DVP works with national organizations, state and local health agencies, and other partners to develop, implement, and promote effective violence prevention and control practices. This project is in the Research and Evaluation Branch (REB) in DVP. REB plans, directs and conducts etiologic studies, effectiveness research, dissemination/implementation research, and program evaluations focusing on the prevention of violence, including, but not limited to: youth violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, suicide, child maltreatment and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and elder abuse. 

The selected candidate will assist with research related to evaluating comprehensive community-based prevention strategies for primary prevention of ACEs (i.e., potentially traumatic experiences, such as child abuse and neglect and/or parental substance abuse, that occur before the age of 18) and subsequently opioid misuse.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be involved in the following activities: 

  • Analyze and disseminate ACEs-related YouGov Internet panel data collected in Summer/Fall of 2019
  • Collaborate with local public health agencies to conduct an environmental scan of existing evidence-based and evidence-informed programs addressing ACEs, opioid misuse and health equity in three U.S. communities
  • Collaborate with community organizers to evaluate the process and impact of community organizing in partnership with public health across three communities
  • Assist with social network analysis, policy evaluation, and the evaluation of norms change
  • Conduct secondary data analyses to better understand populations at disproportionate risk of ACEs, opioid misuse, and multiple forms of violence

This is a dynamic field of inquiry for DVP that requires flexibility to adapt quickly to related opportunities for scientific inquiry and consultation. The participant will also assist in related research areas that emerge as important, such as social determinants of health and equity, disabilities, and other issues that are identified as relevant to DVP or that represent extensions of the body of knowledge that emerges from the evaluation of comprehensive prevention strategies for ACEs. The fellow will assist in the preparation of scientific manuscripts, and presentation of empirical results at community meetings, scientific meetings and conferences. The participant may spend time on projects associated with data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) ACEs module, and, potentially, other databases, including U.S. Census data, Adolescent Health (Add Health), and social norms YouGov data.

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: May 15, 2019. Start date is flexible.

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. The initial appointment can be up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.


The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing the degree and will reach completion by June 2019. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

  • Experience or knowledge regarding research on violence and violence prevention or a related research area
  • Experience or knowledge related to community/societal level prevention strategies (e.g., policies, norms change, narrative/message development; addressing social/structural conditions)
  • Experience with data analysis and rigorous evaluations of prevention strategies
  • Track record of scientific productivity demonstrating strong skills in methodology, qualitative and/or quantitative analysis, and written and oral communications exemplified by scientific publications
  • Ability to collaborate with other scientific and professional staff on behavioral research
  • Experience with ACEs research, rigorous community-level research methodologies, and/or public policy research/norms change evaluation
Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 6/30/2019 12:00:00 AM.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (3 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (1 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (36 )