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Research Project Clinician


The ASCEND Program is a research lab that conduct intervention research. The current opening is for a study involving individuals with schizophrenia. The focus of our research is to help with the negative symptoms that occur with schizophrenia by conducting therapeutic interventions. The study involves an 18 month long intervention.

This position is grant funded.


  • Attend and actively participate in weekly therapist supervision meetings.
  • Share on-call coverage via pager service for patients treated through study protocols as needed
  • Complete documentation related to research assessments, treatment plans, session notes and transfer summaries for patients.
  • Diagnose and coordinate appropriate dispositions for potential subjects for research studies.
  • Present findings of clinical assessment to supervising clinicians.
  • Use clinical judgment as needed when research subjects need referrals. Ability to assess potential emergencies with collaboration with senior personnel, take appropriate action.
  • Conduct informed consent procedures for subjects entering study protocols.
  • Conduct psychiatric telephone screen evaluations with potentially eligible subjects as needed.
  • Conduct clinical or research-designed therapy with patients.
  • Conduct psychiatric evaluations and structured psychiatric interviews needed to make psychiatric diagnosis.
  • Work as part of interdisciplinary treatment team to maintain protocol standards and ensure patient safety.
  • Travel to clinical settings in Pittsburgh area as needed to recruit, assess, and treat subjects in study protocols.


  • Masters Degree in Social Work, Arts/Sciences in Psychology, or related field required.
  • Three years of postgraduate clinician experience in interviewing, counseling, and assessment required.
  • Schizophrenia or mental health experience preferred.
  • Research experience preferred.
  • Prior training in structured diagnostic clinical interviews preferred.
  • Computer and word processing skills required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of DSM-IV required.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Current PA license in psychology (or ability to qualify for PA license) preferred.
  • 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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