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Research Media Specialist


Dr. César Escobar-Viera, PhD, MD, from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Research Media Specialist to start a team that will promote, support, and conduct mental health services research at the intersections of social media, applied technology, and behavioral health. The incumbent will be joining a new research initiative in the department of psychiatry that focuses on leveraging digital technology to improve the mental health of sexual and gender minority populations (i.e., LGBTQ+, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, otherwise known as queer). The incumbent is responsible for assisting in the creation of educational content (e.g., animated videos using online platforms, infographics, etc.) targeted to LGBTQ+ audiences, maintaining initiative’s communications, including targeted outreach via e-mails, social media ads for study recruitment, as well as maintenance of study social media accounts and website.

This position is grant funded.


  • Assist in educational content creation targeted to LGBTQ+ audiences by utilizing existing online platforms (e.g., Animaker, Vyond) to create animated videos for dissemination of educational and research content related to digital technology use and mental well-being. 
  • Create infographics and other visually appealing dissemination materials with specific LGBTQ+ audiences in mind (e.g., rural, transgender, youth, bisexual, Black, Latino, etc.).
  • Maintain initiative’s by electronic communications, including targeted and social media sources such as web content, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms as they become available. 
  • Maintenance of the Initiative’s social media presence and developing visually appealing reports and images. Maintenance of external communications including developing and distributing social media ads for study participant recruitment, and e-mails for maintaining participant engagement, reach out to entities, research groups, and advocacy organizations.


  • 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 computers and common software packages required.
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting
  • Act 33
  • Act 34
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
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