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Research Associate


This is a multi-faceted position in the ETUDES Center. The combined goals of the position at the ETUDES Center are to assist with an accelerated program aimed at developing effective technological interventions to address adolescent and young adult depression and other mental health symptoms in pediatric primary care and community mental health settings.  The position involves 3 different types of skill sets: 1) recruiting participants into the ETUDES Center studies, 2) working effectively in data management, and 3) conducting semi-structured clinical assessment interviews to ensure the timetable of project interviews is followed.  This position is ideal for someone interested in complex systems, contributing to overcoming institutional and relational challenges aimed at organizational change in large health care systems, and flexible enough to deal with constant iteration of products and project goals as stakeholders of the Center identify problems and needs and the research investigators pivot to provide their expertise to address these needs.

This position is grant funded. 

Assist in the execution of research protocols and services.

  • Contact and schedule potential participants from a designated pool of individuals who have agreed to be contacted for research studies.
  • Conduct subject searches to locate subjects who are unable to be contacted.
  • Explain research protocol and obtain informed consent from participants.
  • Conduct on-line and/or library searches as needed by the PI as necessary.
  • Perform phone interviews for research project protocol(s) as needed.
  • Maintain and update subject information database.
  • Conduct interviews with research participants under supervision as needed.
Grant Funded Responsibilities:
  • Assess suicidal risk and contact clinical supervisor and physician investigators when further assessment and intervention are needed.
  • Participate in group supervision to refine risk assessment skills and make appropriate corrections.
  • Act as a key team member in obtaining written consent forms, completing appointments, and collecting data by conducting phone or face to face interviews for research project(s).
  • Conduct in-person and telephone semi-structured interviews and clinical suicide-risk assessments and write descriptive clinical summaries (after necessary on-the-job training).
  • Timely and accurate collection, scanning or entry in database, verification.
  • Maintain tracking database and reliability standards related to data management and tracking. Assist with tracking study participants and reporting their progress based on study time line.
  • Prepare participant files, complete follow up data checks and paperwork.
  • Maintain confidentiality with all research related communication and documentation as directed by study leadership
  • Complete necessary training for data security, confidentiality, and participant payment practices.
  • Complete and track participant payments.
  • Assist the Project Coordinators as needed.
  • Ensure that complete data projects are turned in promptly.
    Work effectively as part of a team and independently to maintain multiple Center activities are executed according to Center timeline.
    Attend and participate in all project-related meetings, including regular staff meetings, diagnostic conferences, and research team meetings.

  • Recruit adolescents and young adults in person or remotely at research site locations

  • Develop recruitment strategies to meet project timelines.

  • Monitor interaction with electronic/computerized/mobile applications interventions and ensure the safety and comfort of human volunteers during participation in this research.


  • Bachelors Degree in psychology, neuroscience, counseling, sociology or related research field or current enrollment in a related Bachelor's Degree program with direct experience in a research environment required.
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required
  • Prior related work experience in a research setting preferred
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or related field
  • One year behavioral health experience
  • SCID-5 or other diagnostic experience 
  • Experience with mental health diagnosis
  • Proficient with computers and tablet applications and Microsoft Excel 
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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