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Research Specialist


This position is designed to provide research support to a variety of studies focused on measure development for autism, with primary responsibility for a study in collaboration with Mt. Sinai focused on the development of a change-sensitive measure of autism symptoms for children. This position will be charged with oversight and coordination for this project, including communication with Mt. Sinai, recruitment, tracking participant flow and timepoints, data collection and entry, and management of IRB, etc. Additionally, the job would involve administration of autism diagnostic tests and other assessments. This position may involve providing to support to other projects funded by the center, as needed. 

This position is grant funded.


  • Coordinate study, track enrollment of participants, data collection, and timepoints to ensure all data is collected on time and that the study has an adequate flow of participants
  • Provide reports on this progress to the study team as requested
  • Serve as a liaison with Mt. Sinai
  • Work with Data team to create database
  • Oversee study flow in Ripple
  • Manage participant payments
  • Administer and score the Autism Diagnostic Interview with parents of potential research participants
  • Assist in the generation of item banks (e.g., complete literature searches, review existing measures)
  • Conduct interviews with parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), typically developing individuals, or individuals with non-ASD neurodevelopmental/psychiatric disorders
  • Conduct interviews with individuals with ASD or other intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as typically developing individuals
  • Perform reliability scoring of tests administered and scored by other examiners
  • Prepare and maintain test folders on subjects
  • Assist with recruitment of participants and preparation of progress reports
  • Assist with data entry, reviewing and resolving queries
  • Assist with IRB renewals, modifications, and submissions
  • Conduct data cleaning and random audits of binders
  • Attend weekly supervision and training
  • Perform other duties as related to the research project as requested by the Principle Investigator, coordinator, and/or supervisor
  • Performs in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors


  • 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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