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Research Project Assistant (Longitudinal Research Program in Late-Life Suicide)

Description

Our research lab (Longitudinal Research Program in Late-Life Suicide) 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 (DSM diagnoses, personality traits, suicide history) 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 Project Assistant 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. They may also attend the inpatient psychiatric unit to conduct assessments. Applicants with both Bachelor and Master’s degree are encouraged to apply. 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. The ideal candidate has experience working with populations with mental or emotional health diagnoses and has experience with diagnostic interviews and neuropsychological assessments. The candidate may also have an interest in or experience with data management, with many on the job opportunities to learn more about advanced data management. 

This position is grant funded.

Purpose:

Independently execute job functions for research protocol(s). Share responsibility of managing the day to day activities for the research project. Handle project specific tasks as needed.

Responsibilities:

  • Share responsibility of managing the day to day activities for the research project.
  • Assist the project coordinator with participant payments as needed.
  • Assist the project coordinator in coordinating flow of participants through the project, including screening, tracking contacts and attendance, and maintaining current information on how to contact participants, etc.
  • Handle all special projects for research protocol(s).
  • Collaborate in all recruitment activities of research subjects.
  • Handle both administrative and research job duties as needed for research protocol(s).

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in Psychology, Neuroscience, Sociology or related research field. Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of 2 years of work experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting is required
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred
  • Prior supervisory and/or project management experience preferred
  • Minimal work commitment of 2-3 years preferred
  • Experience working or volunteering with populations with mental or emotional health diagnoses preferred
  • Experience with Redcap or other data management preferred
  • Experience with diagnostic interviews and neuropsychological assessments preferred

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Automotive Insurance
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Driver's License
  • Act 34

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