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Date Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2023

group of diverse people standing in circle with arms out and hands connected to each otherDo you have a passion for mental health?
Are you looking to grow your career in an academic research setting?
If the answer is yes, then check out all of the great employment opportunities (hybrid eligible) we have within iSPARC and our research centers. Consider applying today or share with someone you know who would be interested!

The iSPARC (Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center) is a part of the UMass Chan Medical School's Department of Psychiatry

We are a Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) Center of Excellence for Public Mental Health Services and Implementation Research that aims to improve the mental and behavioral health of all citizens of Massachusetts and beyond. iSPARC is committed to transferring knowledge and insights gained through rigorous research to improve the lives of people with lived mental health experience.

We conduct Participatory Action Research, an all-inclusive approach that ensures that every aspect of our research incorporates the voices of those with lived mental health experience.

Current Opportunities Include:


The Implementation Specialist is a full-time leadership role that will direct our Implementation Science Practice Program following the guidance of the Faculty Program Co-Chairs at iSPARC. The Implementation Specialist is responsible for the implementation of projects, promoting change in state service systems and other partner programs, and identification and marketing of faculty trainings and technical assistance programs to key stakeholders (e.g., mental health provider agencies).

The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree in Public Health, the Social Sciences (e.g., Psychology), Education, or a related field. Along with 10+ post degree years of experience working across large public systems and managing large projects. The candidate can work remotely so may be in any state.

KT Undergraduate Internship for course credit. This internship position will work with the Social Media Specialist & Project Coordinator on the iSPARC Communications team to plan, create and implement our social media strategy. The internship is for the 2022/23 school year (either fall or spring semester) and may be fully remote or hybrid.

Law & Psychiatry

Postdoctoral Fellowship is a full-time role with the Massachusetts Center of Excellence (CoE) for Specialty Courts. The ideal candidate will work with faculty, staff, and state partners on equity, implementation, research, and evaluation initiatives related to behavioral health and the criminal legal system. These are one-year appointments beginning July 2022, with a second-year re-appointment expected. 

Lifeline for Families

Research Coordinator II is a full-time hybrid role within the Lifeline for Families and Lifeline for Moms research centers. The RCII will provide support through the implementation of work plans, and the preparation of deliverables for two key research projects with principal investigators Dr. Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA, FACLP, and Martha Zimmermann, Ph.D.  These projects aim to build the capacity of maternal and child health care providers to address mental health and substance use disorders among pregnant and postpartum (perinatal) individuals and their children. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated knowledge of federal requirements for conducting clinical trials.

Postdoctoral Fellowship is a full-time role focused on maternal and child mental health. This 2-year, research-focused post-doctoral fellowship provides training on integrating mental healthcare into maternal and child healthcare settings that have not traditionally provided mental healthcare. This fellowship will be tailored to the career goals of the individual. Fellows can opt to work on a statewide system to increase access to evidence-based trauma services and medical and community supports for children impacted by trauma and adversity and, if interested, can develop training skills in trauma-informed care and trauma-responsive practices to be able to train other providers in various settings.  

We strongly encourage candidates who increase the field’s depth in research that addresses the needs of underserved racial or ethnic groups. As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, UMass Chan Medical School recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.