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Postdoctoral Position 

Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America) is a leading champion for all children in the United States. Founded in 1972, we are the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect, working to actively prevent all forms of child abuse and neglect before it happens. Our success is founded on a nationwide network of state chapters and nearly 600 Healthy Families America home visiting sites. We also conduct, translate, and disseminate innovative research based on science that our vast network then puts into action. And we raise public awareness and advocate for family friendly policies at the national, state, and local levels to support transformative programs and promote the conditions and contexts that help children, families, and communities across the country thrive.


PCA America is seeking a postdoctoral candidate for a federal grant evaluating the effects of paid family leave and childcare subsidies in preventing child maltreatment and intimate partner violence. The postdoctoral fellow will work primarily with Drs. Klika and Merrick along with a diverse team of national expert collaborators. Types of research activities may include but are not limited to quantitative secondary data analyses (i.e., data merging, data cleaning, data analysis, interpretation) and writing scholarly journal articles. The successful candidate will have strong methodological skills, work well with a team, have a strong track record of scholarly productivity, and be motivated to lead projects culminating in peer-reviewed publications. PCA America is interested in individuals with expertise in rigorous quantitative analysis and child maltreatment prevention.


  • PhD in public health, social work, psychology, public policy/administration, sociology, statistics, or related field.  
  • Data management and analysis proficiency in Stata, SPSS, R, or SAS is necessary. 
  • Experience with advanced analytic approaches, including difference-in-difference analysis. 
  • Strong writing skills.

Work Environment

The position is located in Chicago, IL, but remote work is an option. 


The applicant will receive compensation commensurate with the level of qualification and experience.  


Application materials:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Writing sample 
  • List of three references 

Please submit materials and questions to Dr. J. Bart Klika at This position will start as soon as possible. The current appointment is through August 2023, subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory performance. This R01 grant is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. PCA America is strongly supportive of applicants from diverse backgrounds; individuals from historically underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply. 

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