Job Description

Job Title: Research Specialist
Job ID: 06214190
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Daylight, M-F
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Mazefsky
Location: 300 Webster Hall, Pittsburgh PA 15213


The Research Specialist will be expected to independently execute job functions related to a project that aims to develop and validate informant- and self-report versions of a new measure of functional outcomes in social, employment, and independent living domains for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), called the Adult Functioning Scale. The project will involve in-person interviews with 25 adults with ASD, 25 adults with IDD, and 50 parents, as well as the collection of online data from 1000+ adults with ASD/IDD and their caregivers in partnership with national registries. This position will provide an opportunity to be involved in the development of a new and innovative gold-standard measure that has the potential to guide policies and services research for adults with ASD.


While the research project assistant will have primary responsibility for the Adult Functioning Scale study, he/she will become an integral member of the Regulation of Emotion in ASD Adults, Children, and Teens (REAACT) Program. The REAACT Program is focused on emotion regulation, mental health, and measure and treatment development for ASD. More information about REAACT can be found here:

This position is grant funded.


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

  • 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).
  • Collaborate with senior research personnel regarding recruitment, data collection, outcomes of interviews, reports according to the needs of the study.


  • Bachelor's 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 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal 
  • Act 33 with renewal 
  • Act 34 with renewal 
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)

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

Salary Range: $15.58 to $24.54 / hour

Union Position: No

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