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Research Coordinator

Description

Purpose:

The full time Research Coordinator will be responsible for performing research-related and administrative functions in support of a clinical trial being conducted in 24 pediatric practices affiliated with the Medical Home program of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP-PA). The providers in these practices will be trained to deliver an evidence-based intervention program (Doctor Office Collaborative Care, DOCC) for young children (5-12 years old) and their parents with challenging behaviors and comorbid Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as well as their caregivers. Practice staff including the primary behavioral health resource, all primary care providers, the lead physician/medical director, and the practice manager, will deliver this intervention program or support its delivery. The study will evaluate the impact of team and leadership level strategies designed to facilitate the implementation of DOCC. Our treatment research program has a team-focused, collegial atmosphere where people enjoy working together and supporting each other's efforts.

This position will involve contact with study participants, scheduling appointments, administering research questionnaires, follow-up of study participants, collecting, entering and verifying data, assisting in quality control procedures and general clinical research assistance. Most tasks will be conducted remotely (e.g., videoconference, phone/text) and will rely upon different technologies (e.g., Zoom, MS TEAMS). The Research Coordinator will maintain a flexible work schedule, including evenings, in order to meet the needs of the participants and study.

This position is grant funded.
 

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate activities and duties for approved research project according to defined protocols and procedures.
  • Develop, maintain, and update documentation, including standard operating procedures, compliance materials, and materials for research tasks and procedures.
  • Work on a regular basis with 24 different practices around the Commonwealth and with several state-wide policymakers.
  • Responsible for coordinating project procedures and operations in the areas of participant recruitment and consent, mental health provider/behavioral health resource recruitment, practice readiness assessments, practice and provider orientation and training (including but not limited to the Treatment Intervention). 
  • Responsible for the preparation of the data collection methods/accessibility, data coding, and all follow-up activities.
  • Communication with the investigators and practices, coordinate and track recruitment efforts.  Will supervise and track recruitment of participants.
  • Answer phone calls for information from PCP, CM, and patient participants alike.
  • Responsible for conducting routine quality control checks, monitor the consistency of assessment procedures and interact with all study consultants, investigators, practices, providers, and families.
  • Responsible for developing, maintaining, renewing, and modifying IRB protocols, consent forms, and related documents.
  • Supervise the Research Associate during the participant consent/assent process.
  • Responsible to train the Research Associate and coordinate her efforts in distributing participant payments.
  • Contribute to preparation of research grant applications, and compiling material for progress reports and other communication.
  • Follow appropriate research policies, procedures, and regulations.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree strongly preferred, 
  • 3-5 years of experience in coordinating multiple aspects of research projects (patient recruitment, assessment, treatment planning, and data collection,) required.
  • Experience conducting clinical research with mental health populations preferred.
  • Experience training staff in clinical studies preferred.
  • Experience interacting with patients and family members preferred. 
  • Skills in developing new strategies or approaches to projects preferred.
  • Strong 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 (e.g., clinical sensitivity and judgment) necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately to the ages of the patients served by this project.

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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