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Research Specialist (The Longitudinal Research Program in Late-Life Suicide)

Description

Suicide rates are comparatively higher in older adults than any other age group, but suicide in the elderly is relatively unexplored. Our research lab seeks to understand the 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.  Currently over 600 participants contributed to our unique dataset. 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. More information about the lab’s research can be found at Longitude | Home (pitt.edu). The Research Specialist will be responsible for scheduling and completing visits with study participants. They will conduct structured diagnostic interviews, mood, behavioral, and neuropsychological assessments and be responsible for reliable administration and data entry. All team members attend weekly enrichment meetings discussing research in the field. This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to apply for further graduate studies, such as a doctoral program in Psychology, Neuroscience, or medical studies.

This position is grant funded.

Responsibilities:

  • Independently execute job functions for research protocol(s) including recruitment, scheduling appointments, obtaining written consent forms, collecting data by conducting phone, or face to face interviews for research project(s) in our outpatient clinic as well as occasionally in inpatient psychiatric units.

Communicate with psychiatrists and collaborate with senior research personnel regarding recruitment, data collection, outcomes of interviews, reports according to the needs of the study.

Learning Opportunities

Learning opportunities include learning about psychopathology, administration of neuropsychological and decision-making assessments and if interested, learn about advanced data management. Motivated lab members have the opportunity to publish manuscripts from multiple pre-existing datasets and with supervision conduct literature reviews and statistical analyses.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in Psychology, Neuroscience, Sociology or related research field.
  • Minimum of one year of work experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting is required.
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required. Experience with REDCap or other data management tools preferred but not required (on job training available).
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required.
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.
  • Minimal commitment of 2-3 years strongly preferred.
  • Experience working or volunteering with populations with mental or emotional health diagnoses preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34

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