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Research Coordinator

Description

Purpose:

Inpatient Child and Adolescent Bipolar Services (In-CABS), located currently at Western Psychiatric Hospital, is a quality-improvement initiative and a novel, first-stage program aiming to facilitate early identification, ruling out, and treatment of Bipolar Spectrum Disorders (BP) in youth. In-CABS serves adolescents and their families to rule-in as well as to rule-out bipolar spectrum disorders. The program includes comprehensive diagnostic assessment as well as mood/energy charting, sleep scheduling, diet/exercise/medication education, and novel assessment and educational materials.

 

The new study, with mPIs Drs. Diler and Bertocci, will include imaging and neurocognitive measures to better elucidate neural-behavioral mechanisms that can predict development of BP in adolescents.

 

This position will be involved in every aspect of the study including coordinating/conducting clinical assessments, neuroimaging, and cognitive assessment procedures. This position will also be responsible for follow up phone visits every six months and conducting the assessment at the final visit at year 2. He/she will coordinate the study with inpatient staff.


This position is grant funded. 


Responsibilities
  • Perform duties for approved research projects according to defined protocols and procedures including appropriate collection, recording, and storage of data.
  • Assist in hypothesis generation, data collection, data analysis and data presentation and publication.
  • Complete online IRB certification modules 1 and 2 (Research Practice Fundamentals) in accordance with Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Assist in data collection and data entry and quality control of data.
  • Process, label, store and ship blood specimens obtained from research subjects.
  • Revise, renew and maintain IRB approval, protocols and consent forms for studies.
  • Maintain laboratory inventory, including timely ordering and receipt of required supplies and their proper storage.
  • Administer questionnaires, and assist with procedures for obtaining patient screening and recruitment as well as obtaining research specimens.
  • Maintain a safe clean laboratory-working environment including appropriate equipment maintenance and usage, by conforming to laboratory and hospital policies and standards.
  • Follow appropriate research policies and procedures including all applicable laws and regulations and maintains scientific integrity including accurate data storage.
  • Follow the mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially could have affected the clinical care of any patient.

Qualifications

  • B.A. degree, or equivalent combination of experience and training - including 3-5 years of experience in coordinating multiple aspects of research projects (patient recruitment, assessment, treatment planning, and data collection,) required.
  • Phlebotomy skills a plus.
  • Computer Skills (Microsoft Office Products). 
  • IRB experience preferred. 
  • Ability to accurately collect, and store research data. Excellent communication skills both verbal and written. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with patients, staff and investigators as well as maintain patient confidentiality.
  • Strong organizational skills. Ability to work independently, must be able to work a flexible schedule based on study needs. Ability to interact with patients/study participants and research and medical staff.
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately to the ages of the patients served by his/her assigned unit as specified below. 
  • Knowledge of the principles of growth and cognition over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/her age specific needs and to provide the care needs as described in the department's policy and procedures.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal
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