Job Description

Job Title: Research Specialist
Job ID: 741792
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: 8am-4pm, Some weekends & evenings
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Butters
Location: 3811 O'hara Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213


Independently execute job functions for research protocol(s). Collect and gather research data for research project.

The Geriatric Neuropsychology Research Program. The Geriatric Neuropsychology Research Program (GNRP), located within the Department of Psychiatry and the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, is directed by Meryl A. Butters, Ph.D.  The GNRP is located in a suite within WPIC. The research specialists are well-trained neuropsychological examiners. The GNRP maintains a full library of neuropsychological tasks including traditional paper and pencil and newer computerized tests. The GNRP typically serves from 10-20 funded research studies, including those on which Dr. Butters serves as PI and all studies affiliated with the Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research for Late Life Depression Prevention (ACISR/LLDP), as well as ancillary studies being conducted throughout the UPMC. The examiners administer neuropsychological assessments to geriatric participants in a number of settings, including the GNRP, hospitals in the UPMC system, PCP offices, participants’ homes, and institutions such as nursing homes. Staff of the GNRP regularly train neuropsychological examiners who work on studies both within the University of Pittsburgh and elsewhere. GNRP staff members monitor both their own performance and that of other examiners working in separate studies through regular inter-rater reliability assessment.

Experience with geriatric research, depression and/or dementia preferred.   


  • Collaborate with senior research personnel regarding recruitment, data collection, outcomes of interviews, reports according to the needs of the study.
  • Independently execute job functions for research protocol(s) including recruitment, scheduling appointments, obtaining written consent forms, collecting data by conducting phone or face to face interviews for research project(s).



  • Bachelors degree required, preferably in psychology, neuroscience, sociology or related research field.
  • Minimum of one year of work experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting is required.
  • Familiarity with comptuers and common software packages required.
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.

    Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management

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

Salary Range: $15.13 to $23.82 / hour

Union Position: No

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