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Research Associate | 15104 Seniors Project

Description

UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is seeking an energetic and friendly Research Associate to provide outreach, recruitment, and interviews of participants 65 years and older for the 15104 Seniors Project research study. Interviews take place in the Braddock office or at participant homes in the 15104 zip code.  The ideal candidate is someone who has experience with research and is comfortable conducting face-to-face research with people in the office and at participant homes.  Also being comfortable with being out in the community talking about the study to individuals and businesses to try to recruit more participants to join the study.  This person must be comfortable working with seniors and interacting with people in general., in addition to working well with a team.

The position is grant funded.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct 2-3 home assessments per week according to research guidelines, which include accuracy and competency in:
    • obtaining informed consent
    • collecting data
    • performing physical/neurological examination under supervision of the Research Coordinator
    • conducting neuropsychological testing
    • following research protocol for cash participant payments
  • Schedule appointments according to protocol.
  • Obtain blood samples and strictly adhere to Universal Precaution standards
  • Conduct physical exams of participants.  
  • Keep retention of participants a priority.
  • Maintain and respect participant confidentiality at all times. 
  • Ensure study compliance and best research practices in accordance with the protocol and University/Federal guidelines and laws.
  • Handle clinical issues that arise from the assessments in a sensitive, professional manner, and report details to appropriate personnel.
  • Complete accurate coding, scoring, and Clinical Dementia Rating for each subject preferably on the same day as visit or at least within 1-2 days of the visit.
  • Conduct follow-up phone calls according to research guidelines.
  • Participate in consensus conferences with other Research Associates.
  • Maintain accurate records/logs of work completed.
  • Communicate effectively with Research Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, and Oakland staff.
  • Demonstrate ability to work as a team member.
  • Demonstrate motivation, judgment and initiative appropriately.
  • Perform in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors.
  • Participate in community events.
  • Recruitment of new participants for the study.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Counseling, Sociology or related research field or current enrollment in a related Bachelor's Degree program with direct experience in a research environment required.
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required.
  • Prior related work experience in a research setting preferred.
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.
  • Sales experience preferred. 
  • Allied Healthcare Diploma or experience (LPN, medical assistant, nursing assistant, etc.) preferred.
  • Experience working with diverse populations is preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34 with renewal

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