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Research Coordinator (Part Time)| Western Psychiatric Hospital

Description

UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is hiring a Research Coordinator to serve as study coordinator as part-time (50% effort) for the multi-site study in adolescents: “Automated Risk Assessment for School Violence Prevention”.  The Research Coordinator 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:

  • Perform duties for approved research projects according to defined protocols and procedures including appropriate collection, recording, and storage of data.
  • Assist in hypothesis generation, data collection, data analysis and data presentation and publication.
  • Complete online IRB certification modules 1 and 2 (Research Practice Fundamentals) in accordance with Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Assist in data collection and data entry and quality control of data. Enter data into various auditable databases or electronic data-capture systems. Maintain internal record keeping system(s) in conjunction with study team members. Ensure accuracy of documentation from sources. Perform quality checks to ensure accuracy of data. Review reports, tables, and listings. Support the data-management process for clinical research projects, including addressing data queries from data managers, project statistician, and sponsors.
  • Revise, renew and maintain IRB approval, protocols, and consent forms for studies, AND coordinate the study procedures in accordance with the IRB of the record and multi-site study personnel.
  • Maintain laboratory inventory, including timely ordering and receipt of required supplies and their proper storage.
  • Administer questionnaires and assist with procedures for obtaining patient screening and recruitment as well as obtaining research specimens. Complete the formal diagnostic and assessment interviews required at all phases of the study including initial evaluation of adolescent subject and parent and follow-up assessments of all subjects including school related assessment. 
  • Maintain a safe clean laboratory-working environment including appropriate equipment maintenance and usage, by conforming to laboratory and hospital policies and standards.
  • Follow appropriate research policies and procedures including all applicable laws and regulations and maintains scientific integrity including accurate data storage.
  • Follow the mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially could have affected the clinical care of any patient.
  • Document in applicable systems (tracking, electronic health, etc.) participants approached, screened and enrolled in the study. Communicate challenges with recruitment and retention to the study leadership.
  • Updating databases pertaining to NIMH recruitment milestones, subject contact, subject interviews and assessments, and issuance of subject payments.
  • Interface effectively with research and clinical staff to maintain efficient communication about data collection, data entry, quality control issues and reports. Complete Case Report Forms (CRFs) and source documentation in compliance with all applicable guidelines for human research. Review CRFs to ensure completeness, accuracy and compliance with Good Clinical Practice.
  • Recognize the importance of reporting concerns of ethical and/or regulatory issues to supervisor in a timely manner. Assist with the documentation of regulatory activities and maintenance of the regulatory binder in keeping with the institution and division SOPs. Seek out research educational opportunities.
  • Review and code interviews conducted by other project interviewer/program coordinator to monitor reliability of interview materials and coordinate with other study site for data transfer and integrity.
  • Supervise and assist research specialists/associates with conducting clinical assessments.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Performs in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors.

Qualifications

  • B.A. degree, or equivalent combination of experience and training - including 3-5 years of experience in coordinating multiple aspects of research projects (patient recruitment, assessment, treatment planning, and data collection,) required.
  • Phlebotomy skills a plus.
  • Computer Skills (Microsoft Office Products).
  • IRB experience preferred.
  • Ability to accurately collect, and store research data.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with patients, staff and investigators as well as maintain patient confidentiality.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently, must be able to work a flexible schedule based on study needs.
  • Ability to interact with patients/study participants and research and medical staff.
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately to the ages of the patients served by his/her assigned unit as specified below.
  • Maintains diagnostic consistency among staff at 80% agreement in rating interviews for reliability.
  • Flexibility in schedule to meet research deadlines
  • Knowledge of the principles of growth and cognition over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/her age, specific needs and to provide the care needs as described in the department's policy and procedures.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34 with renewal

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Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.

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