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Research Assistant | Western Psychiatric Hospital

Description

Purpose:

To serve as Research Assistant and conduct baseline and follow-up assessments and neuroimaging tasks for the multi-site study in adolescents (site PI: Rasim S Diler, MD): “Automated Risk Assessment for School Violence Prevention”.  The Research Assistant will be trained on inclusion/exclusion criteria and assessment instruments/interviews.  Duties will include: scheduling interviews, administering assessments, follow up assessments, coordination with school, and performing other research-related duties as assigned.

This position is grant funded.

Responsibilities:

  • Screen participants (child/parent) using phone and in-person measures.
  • Schedule participants’ assessments at appropriate time intervals that can include evening or weekends shifts. 
  • Being able to work inpatient, outpatient, and school-based settings to conduct and record interviews.
  • Complete the formal diagnostic and assessment interviews required at all phases of the study including initial evaluation of child/adolescent subject and parent and follow-up assessments of all subjects (in the lab or travel at participant’s home or school).
  • Administer research protocol including computer tasks, mood ratings, and self-report measures.
  • Provide support to data management staff – e.g., storing of data, data entry, data cleaning and data integrity checks.
  • Assist Investigators, Study Coordinator, and Post Docs with data analysis for papers/presentations by performing some aspects as needed.
  • Provide administrative support for the projects - e.g. retrieving/entering articles into reference system/e-platform, copying, filing, etc.
  • Participate in participant recruitment and consent procedures over the phone or in person (in the hospital or at participants’ home or school).
  • Attends and participates in all project-related meetings, including regular staff meetings, diagnostic conferences, and research team meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors.
  • The ability to work independently and in a team structure and to effectively prioritize and complete tasks.
  • To ensure that all interviews, assessments, and documentation are of the highest quality and legibility, and are completed in a timely fashion.
  • High rate of success in contact and completion of interviews.
  • Maintains diagnostic consistency at 80% agreement in rating interviews for reliability.
  • Responsible for prompt identification of subjects for possible interventions based on research assessment results.
  • Ability to complete duties effectively in a timely fashion with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Ability to respond promptly to work requests as designated by supervisors.
  • Flexibility in schedule to meet research deadlines. 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in a related field, or current enrollment, with some experience in research environment.
  • Experience in the area of Public Health, Psychology, Applied Research or Behavioral Health is preferred.
  • 6-12 months of experience in mental health environment (clinical or research) is strongly preferred. 
  • Experience working with adolescents is strongly preferred.
  • Experience administering and scoring standard research assessments is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent organizational skills, critical thinking/analytical skills, and the ability to make independent decisions is preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and the ability to learn various software packages as needed.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34 with renewal

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