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Research Associate Sr | PRISM and EASY


This is a multi-faceted position in the PRISM (Predicting Risk Imaging of Suicidal Minds) and EASY (Emergent Assessment of Suicidal Youth) research teams. The combined goals of these studies are to develop effective assessments of adolescents and young adults using novel methods, including machine learning and computer adaptive testing.  The position involves monitoring the work flow of research protocol, working effectively in data management, as well as conducting semi-structured clinical assessment interviews to ensure the timetable of project interviews is followed.

This position is grant funded.


  • Monitor work flow 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 telephone semi-structured interviews and 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.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Master's Degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Counseling, Sociology or related research field and 1 year of work experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting


  • Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Counseling, Sociology or related research field and 3 years of work experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting required
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred
  • SCID-5 or other diagnostic experience preferred
  • Experience with young adult mentally ill population
  • Experience with mental health diagnosis
  • Highly responsible and dependable individual
  • Possess excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills to enhance interest in the study and participant experience

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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