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Research Associate Sr

Description

Dr. Melhem’s research program is focused on the neurobiology of stress response and suicidal behavior and on studying the familial, genetic, environmental, and biological mechanisms implicated in depression and suicidal behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults. Her program includes studies consisting of mechanistic and translational studies across the spectrum of psychopathology aimed to understand the biological mechanisms implicated in the onset and course of depression and suicidal behavior and to identify biomarkers for these phenotypes that could translate into clinical practice and inform prevention and intervention efforts. Her work is specifically focused on the HPA axis, inflammatory, and serotonergic pathways using multimodal methods at the clinical, behavioral, self-report, molecular, genetic, physiological, and neuroimaging levels (fMRI, PET). The Research Associate Sr will independently execute job functions for research protocol(s), mentor, train and assist with supervising junior research staff.

 

This position is grant funded. 

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct preliminary statistical snalysis of project data and provide progress reports to the Principal Investigator as needed.
  • Responsible for independently overseeing and conducting phone screens, interviews, evaluations, assessments and/or tests with research participants.
  • Mentor, train and assist with supervising junior research staff as needed.
  • Responsible for the submission of regular reports detailing the progress of the research.
  • Discuss outcomes and participate in research and/or clinical decision making process.
  • Screen referrals.
  • Initiate research participant recruitment efforts and share responsibility of overseeing accurate data collection.
  • Assist with IRB and grant submissions as needed.
  • Assist with preparation of scientific articles as needed.

Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in psychology, neuroscience, counseling, sociology or related research field and 1 year of work experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting

OR

  • Bachelor's Degree in psychology, neuroscience, counseling, sociology or related research field and 3 years of work experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting
  • 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 with renewal
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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