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Research Coordinator | Daily Emotions and Relationships (DEAR) Study

Description

Dr. Lori Scott's lab is focused on better understanding predictors of suicidal thoughts and behaviors by studying proximal risk factors such as stressful life events, interpersonal rejection, self-harm, and drug and alcohol use as well as longer term risk factors such as psychiatric and personality disorder diagnoses and history of self-harm behaviors.  

The Research Coordinator will be responsible for screening and scheduling research participants. They will run data collection visits that last up to 4 hours, including conducting clinical interviews including SCID, Structured Clinical Interview for Personality Disorders, Life Stress Interview, Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale, Timeline Follow-back (for suicide ideation, suicide behaviors, non-suicidal self-injury, alcohol, and substance use). They will also collect psychophysiological data from participants using electrodes and Mindware Software while running participants through an E-Prime computer task.  They will clean and score psychophysiological data and participate in consensus meetings for objective stress ratings for the Life Stress Interview. They will also do data entry, management, and cleaning. They will be responsible for tracking participant progress, running weekly lab meetings, communications with IRB and NIH.

The ideal candidate will have several years of experience in clinical psychological research. They will have experience and proficiency in clinical interviewing and diagnosis of psychiatric and personality disorders. The ideal candidate has research interests in the measures or outcomes in our study: suicide, interpersonal relationships, life stress assessment, or psychophysiological indices of psychological functioning.  The candidate will be detail oriented, able to establish rapport and facilitate confidence with participants, and comfortable with working around people at high risk of suicide. They will have excellent problem solving and organizational skills and will track and manage participant progress through a multifaceted longitudinal study. They will be comfortable managing data, creating datasets, and doing descriptive statistics. They will work collaboratively with the PI to ensure the success of the study.

This position is funded by the Daily Emotions and Relationships (DEAR) Study.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform duties for approved research projects according to defined protocols and procedures including appropriate collection, recording, and storage of data.
  • Assist in hypothesis generation, data collection, data analysis and data presentation and publication.
  • Complete online IRB certification modules 1 and 2 (Research Practice Fundamentals) in accordance with Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Assist in data collection and data entry and quality control of data.
  • Process, label, store and ship blood specimens obtained from research subjects.
  • Revise, renew and maintain IRB approval, protocols and consent forms for studies.
  • Maintain laboratory inventory, including timely ordering and receipt of required supplies and their proper storage.
  • Administer questionnaires and assist with procedures for obtaining patient screening and recruitment as well as obtaining research specimens.
  • Maintain a safe clean laboratory-working environment including appropriate equipment maintenance and usage, by conforming to laboratory and hospital policies and standards.
  • Follow appropriate research policies and procedures including all applicable laws and regulations and maintains scientific integrity including accurate data storage.
  • Follow the mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially could have affected the clinical care of any patient.

Qualifications

  • B.A. degree, or equivalent combination of experience and training - including 3-5 years of experience in coordinating multiple aspects of research projects (patient recruitment, assessment, treatment planning, and data collection,) required.
  • Experience conducting clinical interviews preferred.
  • Knowledge of DSM-5 diagnostic criteria preferred.
  • Experience with suicide risk management preferred.
  • Phlebotomy skills a plus.
  • Computer Skills (Microsoft Office Products). IRB experience preferred. Ability to accurately collect, and store research data.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with patients, staff and investigators as well as maintain patient confidentiality.
  • Strong organizational skills. Ability to work independently, must be able to work a flexible schedule based on study needs.
  • Ability to interact with patients/study participants and research and medical staff.
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately to the ages of the patients served by his/her assigned unit as specified below.
  • Knowledge of the principles of growth and cognition over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/her age specific needs and to provide the care needs as described in the department's policy and procedures.

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  • Act 34 with renewal

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