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Research Project Clinician


Elizabeth M. Venditti, PhD, an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, is studying ways to delay or prevent the development of diabetes and other chronic diseases. Her work includes studying factors that promote health behavior change and improved health-related quality of life for aging persons. Her current NIH-funded project examines the use of telephone group sessions or “group lifestyle coaching” over 18-months to find out how these interventions can improve weight, cardiometabolic health, physical function, and well-being for adults who are 60 years of age and older, with overweight/obesity and at high risk for diabetes. This position is part of the Health Behavior Research Group at 100 N. Bellefield.

Some responsibilities of the Research Project Clinician include running intervention groups, responding to food and activity records, and completing research data forms.

This role will be scheduled an average of 6 hours per week. The position will require some travel to 100 N. Bellefield for research meetings.

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.
  • Prior training in structured diagnostic clinical interviews preferred.
  • Experience with previous nutrition, exercise, or behavior change coaching experience and/or group intervention experience 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.
  • Act 34

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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