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Research Specialist | Geriatric Neuropsychology Research Program (GNRP)

Description

The Geriatric Neuropsychology Research Program (GNRP), located in the Western Psychiatric Hospital’s (WPH) Oxford Building within the Department of Psychiatry, is directed by Meryl Butters, Ph.D., along with Andrea Weinstein, Ph.D., and Swathi Gujral, Ph.D. We are looking to add new members to our team to administer neuropsychological and clinical assessments (tests of thinking and memory, questions about health history) for 15-20 funded research studies. These studies for the most part, but not exclusively, focused on important research questions about cognitive aging, mood disorders, and interventions to prevent cognitive decline. GNRP research staff are well-trained examiners who work as part of a team to administer neuropsychological and other clinical assessments for our studies to (mostly) older adult study participants in various settings, including the GNRP suite, hospitals within the UPMC system, Primary Care offices, and participants’ homes. In addition to administering and scoring tests and other clinical assessment tools, GNRP research staff organize, review, and enter data collected, and participate in meetings with investigators and study coordinators to review study goals, recruitment, and the status of all active participants. Also, the GNRP holds weekly lively roundtable presentations and discussions on important and timely topics related to both our research and clinical neuroscience topics of interest to lab members.

Our research lab seeks to be an inclusive and safe space for all staff and participants. We value diversity and are committed to rectifying longstanding inequities within research and academia. We conduct high quality research with the goal of understanding who is at risk for cognitive impairment and how to best treat mental and cognitive health.

This position is grant funded.

Responsibilities:

  • 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 the geriatric population preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • CCM training is required within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Act 34

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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