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Research Project Assistant WPI

Description

Western Psychiatric Hospital is looking for a Research Project Assistant! This is a Full-Time position with up to 40 hours per week. Hours range Monday - Friday between 8:30am - 5:00pm. The Research Project Assistant will be working with a population 65 and older to gather information regarding health and aging. This project is in the early phase of recruitment. The ideal candidate will have great interview skills as well as the ability to recruit participants for the study.

This position is grant funded.

Purpose:

Independently execute job functions for research protocol(s). Share responsibility of managing the day to day activities for the research project. Handle project specific tasks as needed.

Responsibilities:
  • Collaborate in all recruitment activities, handle project specific tasks, and assist with day to day activities for research project including recruitment, data collection, participant payments, budget management, etc.
  • 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) as needed.
Grant funded Responsibilities:

 

  • Perform a substantial amount of time with community outreach and engagement every month.
  • Recruit new participants for the research study.
  • Schedule appointments according to protocol.
  • Obtain blood samples and strictly adhere to Universal Precaution standards
  • Keep retention of participants a priority.
  • Maintain and respect participant confidentiality at all times. 
  • Ensure study compliance and best research practices in accordance with the protocol and University/Federal guidelines and laws.
  • Handle clinical issues that arise from the assessments in a sensitive, professional manner, and report details to appropriate personnel.
  • Complete accurate coding, scoring, and Clinical Dementia Rating for each subject preferably on the same day as visit or at least within 1-2 days of the visit.
  • Conduct follow-up phone calls according to research guidelines.
  • Participate in consensus conferences with other Research Associates.
  • Maintain accurate records/logs of work completed.
  • Communicate effectively with Research Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, and Oakland staff
  • Demonstrate ability to work as a team member.
  • Demonstrate motivation, judgment and initiative appropriately.
  • Perform in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors.
  • Conduct 2-3 home assessments per week according to research guidelines, which include accuracy and competency in:

      • obtaining informed consent
      • collecting data
      • performing physical/neurological examination under supervision of the Research Coordinator
      • conducting neuropsychological testing
      • following research protocol for cash participant payments

       

Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree required preferably in psychology, neuroscience, sociology, or related research field.
  • Minimum of two years of work experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting is required.
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required. 
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.
  • Prior supervisory and/or project management experience preferred.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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