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Research Psychologist I



This position is in the Laboratory of Dr. David A. Lewis ( and part of the NIMH, NICHD, and NINDS Brain and Tissue Repository (NBTR) in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. The NBTR seeks to increase the number and availability of postmortem human brain specimens for the study of brain disorders through NIH-funded research protocols.


This individual will assist the University of Pittsburgh NIMH, NICHD, and NINDS Brain and Tissue Repository Senior Psychologists with case identification, consent request calls and determination of clinical diagnosis.


  • Demonstrates highly developed knowledge and skill in the area of differential diagnosis of psychiatric disorders.
  • Conduct telephone consent for brain tissue donations.
  • Conduct informed consent procedures for subjects entering study protocols.
  • Local travel to complete diagnostic assessments with research participants.
  • Ability to work flexible hours to accommodate the needs of research participants.
  • Conduct structured diagnostic interviews using formal assessment measures (i.e., the SCID-5 and other measures).
  • Attend and actively participate in weekly supervision meetings with Senior Psychologists to review cases. 
  • Complete written case summaries that are comprehensive in nature.  These include DSM IV and 5 diagnoses and all supporting information/symptoms for those diagnoses. 
  • Present written case summaries to expert reviewers at post-mortem diagnostic conferences.
  • Complete all documentation and data entry related to research assessments, on-call responsibilities, and post-mortem diagnostic conferences.
  • Use clinical judgment as needed when research subjects need referrals. Ability to assess potential emergencies with collaboration with senior personnel, take appropriate action.
  • Work as part of interdisciplinary treatment team to maintain protocol standards and ensure patient safety.
  • Schedules sufficient volume of patients so that direct service productivity standards are maintained within the department.
  • Works collaboratively with other service lines at UPMC and outside agencies assuring continuity of care with referral sources and other providers.


  • Doctoral degree in Psychology (PsyD or PhD) from an accredited institution required.
  • One (1) year of experience in Psychology or related field preferred.
  • Excellent clinical interviewing and assessment/therapy skills to work with patients and families. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Active PA Psychology License
  • Act 34

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