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Research Coordinator

Description

Purpose:

The Longitudinal Research Program in Late-Life Suicide (gsuicide.pitt.edu) seeks to understand interacting risk and protective factors related to biological and psychosocial factors of aging that lead to the elevated suicide rate in late-life. We conduct a longitudinal study of late-life suicide attempters, which provides a unique opportunity to evaluate the predictive value of these risk factors on prospectively assessed suicidal behavior. In addition to our detailed clinical characterization, we use neurocognitive assessments, game theory experiments, and decision process measures to understand how cognitive abilities and decision making contribute to suicide risk. Our Research Coordinator will oversee day-to-day research operations, manage our multidisciplinary research team, assist in annual report submission to funding agencies, planning and scheduling lab events and research meetings, and collaborating with other investigators in the department. They will be responsible for providing guidance and training to the research staff with matters of clinical assessment and suicide risk, including when to follow suicide risk protocol and contact the study psychiatrist or emergency medical services. 

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.
  • Master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, or related field preferred.
  • Prior experience in mood disorder and suicide risk assessment preferred.
  • Preferred minimal length of commitment is two years.
  • 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:

  • 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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