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Research Specialist | CeFAR Lab

Description

The CeFAR lab conducts multiple studies involving interventions with individuals with autism and individuals with schizophrenia. The Research Specialist will be responsible for conducting clinical interviews with participants with autism, scoring assessments, and entering data. The Research Specialist will provide research-related support for multiple projects on the treatment of schizophrenia and adult autism spectrum disorder. The ideal candidate will have experience with research as well as experience working with individuals with schizophrenia.

This position is grant funded.

Responsibilities:

  • Once trained, administer blind clinical assessments to participants in both a schizophrenia and autism study.
  • Complete screening assessments including the SCID, WASI and WRAT
  • Administer and score questionnaires with participant’s parents.
  • Perform reliability scoring of tests administered and scored by other examiners.
  • Data entry of participant parent questionnaires.
  • Data entry of neuropsychological and blind clinical data
  • Travel to clinical sites for recruitment of participants
  • Filing data
  • Ordering testing supplies and bus tickets
  • Data cleaning as well as reviewing and resolving discrepancies
  • Making testing packets
  • Create participant folders, maintaining research records, and tracking participants throughout the study
  • Distributing participant payments under the formal payment system
  • Obtaining informed consent from potential research participants according to ethical principles as directed by the PI
  • Duplicating assessment forms
  • Attend regular supervision including weekly project meetings
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision once trained.
  • Perform other duties as related to the research project as requested by the Principle Investigators, coordinator, and/or supervisors. 
  • Must be able to juggle and prioritize tasks and keep open communication with the Principal Investigators and supervisors to ensure timely completion of all duties
  • Performs in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors.
  • Available to work evenings and/or weekends.
  • Independently execute job functions for research protocol(s) including recruitment, scheduling appointments, obtaining written consent forms, collecting data by conducting phone or face to face interviews for research project(s).
  • Collaborate with senior research personnel regarding recruitment, data collection, outcomes of interviews, reports according to the needs of the study.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in Psychology, Neuroscience, Sociology or related research field.
  • Minimum of one year 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.
  • Experience with schizophrenia or psychotic disorders preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Act 34 with renewal

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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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