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Research Coordinator | The Geriatric Psychiatry Neuroimaging (GPN) Program


The Geriatric Psychiatry Neuroimaging (GPN) Program is interested in the mental health of the fastest growing population of our communities, the elderly and aging. The GPN program also studies non-geriatric populations to understand mood and anxiety disorders.  As a part of this goal, Dr. Shaolin Yang leads efforts to develop optimal methods for acquiring neuroimaging data to assess brain structures, function, and neurochemistry, and how the alternations in these measures may affect predisposition to anxiety compared to healthy controls. The Research Coordinator will provide overall coordination for the FANSDA study, including ensuring successful recruitment, administering, and scoring of psychological assessments, scheduling, and accompanying young adults aged 16-26 to MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) procedures.  The employee will maintain organizational system for study files and data and will assist with data uploads to National Data Archive.  The Research Coordinator will also train and incorporate the efforts of junior staff and students to assist with data entry, phone screens, screening, and scanning visits.  Within the GPN program, there are additional opportunities to work on studies focusing on the older adult population and the aging brain, including prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease.  However, the majority of the candidate’s efforts will go towards the FANSDA study until the study ends August 2023. The individual should enjoy and have experience in working with adolescents aged 16-18 and their parents along with young adult population aged 18-26. 

This position is grant funded.

This position is for a Research Coordinator involved in patient-related studies. This position will involve contact with study participants, scheduling appointments, administering, and scoring research questionnaires, follow-up of study participants, collecting, entering and verifying data, assisting in quality control procedures and general clinical research assistance.


  • 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.
  • Revise, renew and maintain IRB approval, protocols and consent forms for studies.
  • Administer questionnaires, including KSADS and SCID, assess/score them, and assist with lead procedures for obtaining patient screening and recruitment as well as obtaining research specimens.
  • 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.


  • B.A. degree (M.A. in counseling, social work or related field preferred, unless already trained in KSADS) 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.
  • 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 adolescent/young adult population(ages 16-28) and their parents (for participants < 18 years old), 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 and preferred times of research participants
  • Ability to interact with patients/study participants and research and medical staff.
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to interact appropriately to the ages of the participants served by his/her assigned unit as specified below.
  • Knowledge of the principles of growth and cognition over the development and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the participant's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each participants’ requirements relative to his/her age specific needs described in the department's policy and procedures.

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