CDC Research Fellowship on the Prevention of Multiple Forms of Violence

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

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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.

Application Deadline
6/20/2023 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: Two research opportunities are currently available with the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP), Research and Evaluation Branch (REB), within the Nation Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

Research Project: Violence is a significant public health problem given its direct impact on the health, safety, and wellbeing of communities everywhere. There are numerous shared risk and protective factors that determine or modify risk for exposure to multiple forms of violence, including youth and community violence, child abuse and neglect, and youth- and adult-perpetrated child sexual abuse. Research has increased our understanding of risk factors that make some populations more vulnerable to violence victimization and perpetration compared to others, but many questions remain.

With support from DVP/REB subject matter experts, two (2) ORISE fellows may be asked to:

  1. Assist in the advancement of The Cardiff Violence Prevention Model National Network, including an expansion of the partnership to additional U.S. cities
  2. Expand technical assistance and training provided to members of The Cardiff Violence Prevention Model National Network
  3. Conduct a multi-site process evaluation to examine real-world implementation of The Cardiff Violence Prevention Model
  4. Conduct a scoping literature review examining and summarizing the evidence base for economic support policies for the prevention of multiple forms of violence
  5. Contribute to the development of a rigorous evaluation plan for one or more economic support policies to examine their impact on the prevention of violence
  6. Support CDC-funded research studies evaluating interventions to prevent youth- or adult-perpetrated child sexual abuse
  7. Conduct reviews and identify existing gaps and opportunities in the published research literature, and leverage existing data sources on child sexual abuse (e.g., commercial sexual exploitation of children) prevention 
  8. Analyze, publish, and disseminate research to increase understanding of the risk and protective factors for child sexual abuse perpetration and victimization

Learning Objectives

  • Increase understanding of evidence-based violence prevention programs, policies, and practices targeting multiple levels of influence (e.g., individual, interpersonal, community, social).
  • Enhance knowledge of gaps and opportunities in the empirical literature on economic support policies as a strategy to prevent multiple forms of violence.
  • Further develop skills to design a policy evaluation to examine a policy's impact on the prevention of violence.
  • Increase ability to provide technical assistance and training to members of The Cardiff Violence Prevention Model National Network.
  • Learn to coordinate and develop multi-site process evaluations of real-world violence prevention programs.
  • Increase understanding of health equity considerations in the context of violence prevention and research.
  • Develop subject matter expertise and contribute to the scientific evidence base.
  • Gain leadership experience through project management training, preparation of a manuscript and conference presentation, and collaborating and engaging with an interdisciplinary research group. 

Mentor(s)The mentor for this opportunity is Ashley D'Inverno ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: August 1, 2023Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment LengthThe appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of ParticipationThe appointment is full-time.

Participant StipendThe participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. 

Citizenship RequirementsThis opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.

ORISE InformationThis program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination).

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email and include the reference code for this opportunity.


The qualified candidate should have received a masters or doctoral degree or be currently pursuing a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields (e.g., Public Health). Degree must have been received within the past five years.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience with youth and community violence prevention research, child sexual abuse prevention research, and/or public health policy research.
  • Experience with or knowledge of violence prevention, community-based violence prevention interventions, prevention of adverse childhood experiences (ACES), health equity, social determinants of health, injury surveillance, economic support policies, child sexual abuse, child abuse and neglect, youth violence, or other related research areas.
  • Experience or knowledge of methods to conduct systematic and/or scoping literature reviews.
  • Training or experience with qualitative and quantitative methods applied to public health programs.
  • Training or experience with quantitative data analysis and rigorous evaluation of prevention strategies and interventions, including policy evaluation. 
  • Strong communication, strategic thinking, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills demonstrated by scientific publications and presentations.
  • Ability to collaborate with other scientific and professional staff on behavioral research.
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.
  • Academic Level(s): Graduate Students, Postdoctoral, or Post-Master's.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (48 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (29 )

I certify that I have not previously been employed by CDC or by a contractor working directly for CDC.  I understand that CDC does not permit individuals with a prior employment relationship with CDC or its contractors to participate as trainees in the ORISE program. (Exceptions may be granted for individuals who, since the previous CDC employment, have obtained a new STEM degree which necessitates training in a new field.)


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