Job Description

Job Title: Research Principal
Job ID: 724706
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Brent Program Funds
Location: 100 North Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213


This position is housed within the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry under the direction of Dr. David Brent, Academic Chief. The MAPS study, which the incumbent will coordinate, will use passive sensing technology to detect suicidal risk from at-risk adolescents. 

The Research Principal is responsible for the overall study coordination of the “Mobile Assessment for the Prediction of Suicide” (MAPS) research study (PI: Dr. David Brent). The coordinator will manage the daily operations of the study including screening and recruitment of subjects, and conducting diagnostic assessments.

This position is grant funded. 


Provide advanced level research and/or clinical and administrative support to the study. Mentor, train, & assist with supervising junior research staff.


  • Overall Coordination of the MAPS Study
    • Organize and lead project-related meetings, including regular staff meetings, consensus meetings, and research team meetings.
    • Address any issues surrounding data quality, reliability, or tracking information that arise during the data collection and analysis phases of the study.
    • Interface effectively with research staff (in Pittsburgh, New York, and Eugene) to maintain efficient communication about data analysis and quality control issues and reports.
    • Coordinate data flow, for the Pittsburgh site for entry into project databases 
    • Maintain records of subject contact, survey measures, and clinician-rated assessments.
    • Facilitate the process of downloading a study phone application onto participants phones, problem-solving technical issues that may emerge with the staff/faculty at the University of Oregon.
  • Recruitment and Screening of MAPS Study Participants
    • Recruit from WPIC outpatient facilities to identify eligible depressed and suicidal youth participants.
    • Maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with clinicians and clinician leaders within recruitment sites.
    • Work effectively with the MAPS study staff and faculty to assure proper flow of research subjects through research appointments.
    • Manage database tracking of the recruitment and retention of participants in the study.
  • Clinical Interviewing Responsibilities
    • Conduct structured and semi-structured research assessment interviews to identify the potential for psychiatric diagnoses and suicidal risk. 
    • Understand and assess psychiatric emergencies. Be prepared to make appropriate referrals.
    • Participate in consensus meetings to assure quality of clinical interviewing skills and diagnostic decision making.
    • Effectively manage suicidal risk through proper assessment and management, including engaging with adolescents and parents toward the development of safety plans.
    • Effectively communicate procedures taken to mitigate suicidal risk to the clinical supervisor (Program Administrator) and PI.
  • Regulatory and Compliance Responsibilities
    • Modify IRB-related documents for the MAPS study, in collaboration with Columbia University.
    • Prepare annual Progress Reports to NIMH, as necessary.
    • Report quarterly milestones to NIMH, as necessary.


  • Masters degree required preferably in psychology, neuroscience, counseling, sociology, or related research field. 
  • Minimum of two years of work experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting is required. 
    • At least two years of child and adolescent mental health experience is preferred.
    • At least one year of research experience is strongly preferred.
  • Experience conducting diagnostic assessments is preferred
  • Proficiency with smartphone technology on iOS and Android devices is strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required. 
  • Working knowledge of research methodology required. 
  • Prior supervisory experience preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 31 Clearance
  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $19.70 to $32.88

Union Position: No

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