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Research Specialist | PRIDE iM


Dr. César Escobar-Viera, PhD, MD, from the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Program for Internet Delivered Interventions on LGBTQ+ Mental Health (PRIDE iM) at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Research Specialist to join a team that conducts health equity research at the intersections of social media, applied technology, and mental health. The incumbent will join PRIDE iM, a research initiative in the department of psychiatry that focuses on leveraging digital technology to improve the mental health of sexual and gender minority populations (i.e., LGBTQ+, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer). The incumbent will be responsible for assisting in the creation of educational content (e.g., animated videos using online platforms, infographics, etc.), maintaining initiative’s communications, including targeted outreach via e-mails, social media ads for study recruitment, as well as maintenance of study social media accounts and website. In addition, the person is responsible for assisting with preparing, writing, editing, and submitting manuscripts, grant, and IRB applications. Finally, the incumbent will support the Initiative’s Director with related administrative tasks as needed.

This position is grant funded.


  • Maintaining initiative’s communications. This includes electronic communications, including targeted and social media sources such as web content, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms as they become available. Maintenance of the Initiative’s social media presence and developing visually appealing reports and images. Maintenance of external communications including developing and distributing social media ads for study participant recruitment, and e-mails for maintaining participant engagement, reach out to entities, research groups, and advocacy organizations. Recruit and retain participants for NIH-funded study.
  • Assisting with preparing, writing, editing, and submitting manuscripts, grant, and IRB applications. This includes preparing literature reviews, tables, and figures for publications. Working directly with the Initiative’s Director along with other members with writing, reviewing, and editing various materials for grant, presentation, manuscript preparation, and IRB for submission, as well as keeping records of publications and presentations.
  • Assisting in educational content creation targeted to LGBTQ+ audiences. Utilize existing online platforms (e.g., Animaker, Vyond, Canva) to create animated videos and infographics for dissemination of educational and research content related to digital technology use and mental well-being. Create infographics and other visually appealing dissemination materials with specific LGBTQ+ audiences in mind (e.g., rural, transgender, youth, bisexual, Black, Hispanic, etc.).
  • Assisting with office work as needed to support the Initiative’s Director. Responsible for attending meetings and completing any follow up duties after the meeting. Be an active and participating member at all team and individual meetings, either online or in-person.


  • 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.

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