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Research Project Assistant | The Regulation of Emotion in ASD Adults Children and Teens (REAACT) Lab

Description

The Regulation of Emotion in ASD Adults Children and Teens (REAACT) Lab (www.reaact.pitt.edu) in the Center of Excellence for Autism Research (CeFAR) is seeking a full-time research project assistant to oversee an inpatient study at Western Psychiatric Hospital.  The study is part of the Autism and Developmental Disorders Inpatient Research Collaborative, a multi-site research collaborative of psychiatric inpatient units in the United States that specialize in serving individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The research project assistant will be responsible for managing day to day activities for the Autism Inpatient Collection (AIC) project within the Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders (CADD) inpatient unit at Western Psychiatric Hospital. 

Purpose:

The Research Project Assistant will be expected to independently execute job functions related to a study focused on learning more about children and teens that are severely affected by autism. The study is part of the Autism and Developmental Disorders Inpatient Research Collaborative, a multi-site research collaborative of psychiatric inpatient units in the United States that specialize in serving individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Research Project Assistant will be responsible for managing day to day activities for the Autism Inpatient Collection (AIC) project within the Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders (CADD) inpatient unit at Western Psychiatric Hospital.  The study involves working with patients on this unit who have a possible or confirmed diagnosis of ASD, including children, adolescents, and adults (who are served on three different wings of CADD). The Research Project Assistant must be comfortable working in an inpatient setting with individuals who may have behaviors, including emotional dysregulation, aggression, or self-injury. This position also requires the ability to multitask and stay organized. This regular full-time position will maintain a schedule of approx. 40 hours per week.

This position is grant funded.

Responsibilities:

  • Share responsibility of managing the day-to-day activities for the research project.
  • Work with the unit treatment team to identify eligible participants and introduce them to the study.   
  • Attend daily treatment team meetings to track admissions, discharges, and daily unit reports for eligible and enrolled participants. 
  • Call eligible caregivers to go over the study and coordinate obtaining written informed consent from them
  • Track enrollment of participants and progress of data collection to ensure that the study has an adequate flow of participants and provide reports on this progress to the study team as needed.  
  • Collect data during the patient’s inpatient stay, including administration of assessments with patients, questionnaires with caregivers, and pulling relevant data from the clinical chart  
  • Conduct follow up calls with caregivers to complete any missed questionnaires. Assist (but not administer) in collection of blood samples from the participants and their biological parents (e.g., coordinate the blood draw, accompany the family to the hospital lab, and    package and ship the samples when completed). 
  • Coordinate saliva samples if participants or biological parents are unable to do the blood draw (e.g., mail saliva kits to biological parents, collect saliva kit or cheek swab with the participant, and package and ship the samples when completed).
  • Manage and dispense participant payments to biological parents who provide a bio sample. Assist in IRB modifications and renewals. 
  • Enter study data into a secure database. 
  • Order office supplies for the study and request measures and payment cards from main study site when needed.
  • Participate in bi-weekly RA calls and monthly study calls with the other study sites.
  • Must remain aware and sensitive to the fact that the patients and families in the study are in a period of crisis and must act accordingly.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Experience working with individuals with autism preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34 with renewal

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