Job Description

Job Title: Research Specialist
Job ID: 04579406
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Daylight, M-F
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Szanto
Location: 100 North Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213

Description

The Longitudinal Research Program in Late-Life Suicide at the University of Pittsburgh aims to understand the interacting risk and protective factors related to biological and psychosocial factors of aging that lead to the elevated suicide rate in late-life. Known clinical and psychosocial suicide risk factors have low predictive value, and provide little insight into the high suicide rate in the elderly. Moreover only a small minority of those who contemplate suicide proceed to suicidal behavior, but traditional risk factors for suicide poorly distinguish between suicide ideators and suicide attempters and do not take into consideration the heterogeneity of suicidal behavior. We use a decision neuroscience framework and employ cognitive assessments, game theory experiments, decision process measures, and neuroimaging in addition to detailed characterization of psychopathology to understand how cognitive abilities and decision making contribute to suicide risk.

 

This is a grant funded position.

 

 

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

Responsibilities:

  • 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.

 

Qualifications

  • 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 34
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Valid Driver's License 

    UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Salary Range: $15.58 to $24.54 / hour

Union Position: No

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