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Research Associate Sr WPIC - PRISM


The PRISM (Predicting Risk Imaging of Suicidal Minds) research team is seeking a full time Research Associate Sr WPIC. The goal of this study is to develop effective assessments of adults using novel methods, including machine learning and computer adaptive testing.  The Research Associate Sr WPIC will be monitoring the workflow of research protocol, working effectively in data management, as well as conducting semi-structured clinical assessment interviews to ensure the timetable of project interviews are followed.

This position is grant funded.


  • Monitor workflow of the research protocol, troubleshoot data collection, and ensure compliance.
  • Participate in group supervision to refine diagnostic skills and make appropriate corrections.
  • Communicate effectively with research, clinical and administrative staff to maintain efficient and appropriate interactions.
  • Act as a key team member in obtaining written consent forms, completing appointments, and collecting data by conducting phone or face to face interviews for research project(s).
  • Contact and schedule potential participants from a designated pool of individuals who have agreed to be contacted for research studies and those who contact research study with interest in participating.
  • Conduct in-person and/or telephone semi-structured interviews, clinical assessments, and write descriptive clinical summaries (after necessary on-the-job training).
  • Assess suicidal risk and contact physician investigators when further assessment and intervention are needed.
  • Ensure that complete data projects are turned in promptly.
  • Conduct data collection with participants according to a research protocol, including providing oral and written instructions to participants.
  • Monitor computer testing and assessment and ensure the safety and comfort of human volunteers during participation in this research.
  • Attend and participate in all project-related meetings, including regular staff meetings, diagnostic conferences, and research team meetings.
  • Assist study coordinator in training new study staff and/or interns on procedures, PRISM’s database and data collection, including telephone screening script to ensure both site’s IRB guidelines are followed
  • Manage fMRI imagining ensuring safety of participants and communicate issues to study’s PI
  • Coordinate scheduling of fMRI imaging with participants, interviewer, CMU staff and PI
  • Oversee participants’ neuropsychology testing, including NB-IAT
  • Conduct in-person and telephone semi-structured interviews and clinical assessments and write descriptive clinical summaries (after necessary on-the-job training).
  • Assist in the develop recruitment plan and strategies and oversee implementation in the community per both site’s respective IRB guidelines
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Masters degree required preferably in Psychology, Neuroscience, Counseling, Sociology, or related research field required.
  • Minimum of one year of work experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting is required.
  • Behavioral health or SCID-5 or other diagnostic experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required. Proficiency with tablet applications and Microsoft Excel preferred.
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with young adults within the mental health population preferred.
  • Experience with mental health diagnosis 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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