William John Heerman, M.D.

Associate Professor

Faculty Appointments
Associate Professor of Pediatrics Associate Professor of MedicineWilliam K. Warren Foundation Chair in Medicine
M.P.H., Public Health , Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TennesseeM.D., Medicine , Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TennesseeB.A., Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota
Heerman WJ, Bian A, Shintani A, Barkin SL. Interaction between maternal prepregnancy body mass index and gestational weight gain shapes infant growth. Acad Pediatr. 2014 Sep; 14(5): 463-70. PMID: 25169157, PMCID: PMC4151184, PII: S1876-2859(14)00142-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.acap.2014.05.005, ISSN: 1876-2867.

Heerman WJ, Perrin EM, Yin HS, Sanders LM, Eden SK, Shintani A, Coyne-Beasley T, Bronaugh AB, Barkin SL, Rothman RL. Health literacy and injury prevention behaviors among caregivers of infants. Am J Prev Med. 2014 May; 46(5): 449-56. PMID: 24745634, PMCID: PMC4040284, PII: S0749-3797(14)00009-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2014.01.005, ISSN: 1873-2607.

White RO, Thompson JR, Rothman RL, McDougald Scott AM, Heerman WJ, Sommer EC, Barkin SL. A health literate approach to the prevention of childhood overweight and obesity. Patient Educ Couns [print-electronic]. 2013 Dec; 93(3): 612-8. PMID: 24001660, PMCID: PMC3904952, PII: S0738-3991(13)00317-0, DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2013.08.010, ISSN: 1873-5134.

Po'e EK, Heerman WJ, Mistry RS, Barkin SL. Growing Right Onto Wellness (GROW): a family-centered, community-based obesity prevention randomized controlled trial for preschool child-parent pairs. Contemp Clin Trials [print-electronic]. 2013 Nov; 36(2): 436-49. PMID: 24012890, PMCID: PMC3886237, PII: S1551-7144(13)00151-1, DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2013.08.013, ISSN: 1559-2030.

Barkin SL, Heerman WJ, Warren MD, Rennhoff C. Millennials and the World of Work: The Impact of Obesity on Health and Productivity. J Bus Psychol [print-electronic]. 2010 Jun; 25(2): 239-45. PMID: 20502510, PMCID: PMC2868992, DOI: 10.1007/s10869-010-9166-5, ISSN: 0889-3268.

Available Postdoctoral Position Details
Posted: 12/8/2015
The Pediatric Clinical and Translational Research Team at Vanderbilt Children||s Hospital is seeking a post-doctoral fellow with training in learning sciences. We will be developing and implementing a novel approach to pediatric obesity treatment that is 1) community-based, 2) family-centered, and 3) focused on Latino families in Nashville, TN. This new curriculum will combine perspectives from the learning sciences with health behavior change theory.

The applicant will collaborate with faculty from the Peabody School of Education and the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt. In this position, you will have an opportunity to independently direct and manage research activities. This will include curriculum writing, interventionist training, development of measurement tools, development of fidelity tools, and quality control. We anticipate using both qualitative and quantitative methods to develop the curriculum and to pilot-test the curriculum within the next 1-2 years. The applicant will also be expected to lead efforts for publication of manuscripts, and presentation at national meetings.

Fluency in Spanish and experience working with the Latino community is preferred.

Funding: The position is funded by the Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: Coordinate curriculum design and implementation; Develop and implement the strategy for patient recruitment; Coordinate implementation of the research protocols; Maintain, organize, and help prepare data for analysis; Manuscript preparation; and Collaborate with senior faculty from Peabody College and from the Department of Pediatrics.

Minimum Requirements: PhD in education, learning sciences, or a related field. Patient recruitment and research experience is strongly preferred.

Candidate must have reliable transportation available because travel is expected between Vanderbilt office and local community partnerships.

Candidate must possess the ability to multi-task, be extremely organized, efficient, detail oriented, a team player, and self-starter. Excellent communication skills and ability to function independently are also essential.

Proficient computer skills with mastery of Microsoft Office as well as proficiency with a statistical analysis package (STATA, SPSS, R, etc.) are preferred.

Additional information:
This is a full-time position. Salary is dependent upon years of education and experience. Background screens will be performed and education will be verified prior to employment. Please be prepared to provide required information and/or documentation.

If interested, please send cover letter and CV to colleen.ryan@vanderbilt.edu.