Research Clinician/Coordinator Position

(The Longitudinal Research Program in Late-Life Suicide) – University of Pittsburgh

Description:

Suicide rates are comparatively higher in older adults than any other age group, but suicide in the elderly is relatively unexplored. Our research lab seeks to understand the interacting risk and protective factors related to biological and psychosocial factors of aging that lead to the elevated suicide rate in late life. We conduct a longitudinal study of late-life suicide attempters, which provides a unique opportunity to evaluate the predictive value of these risk factors on prospectively assessed suicidal behavior. Currently over 600 participants contributed to our unique dataset.

In addition to our detailed clinical characterization (DSM diagnoses, personality traits, suicide history) we use neurocognitive assessments, game theory experiments, and decision process measures to understand how cognitive abilities and decision making contribute to suicide risk. More information about the lab’s research can be found at Longitude | Home (pitt.edu)

Research Clinician/Coordinator will conduct structured diagnostic interviews, mood, behavioral, and neuropsychological assessments and be responsible for reliable administration and data entry. All team members attend weekly enrichment meetings discussing research in the field. Applicants with both Bachelor and Master’s degree are encouraged to apply. This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to apply for further graduate studies, such as a doctoral program in Psychology, Neuroscience, or medical studies.

This position is grant funded.

Responsibilities:

  • Independently execute job functions for research protocol(s) including:
    • Recruitment
    • scheduling appointments
    • obtaining written consent forms
    • collecting clinical data by conducting phone screenings or in person interviews for research project(s)
      • in our outpatient clinic as well as occasionally in inpatient psychiatric units.
  • Communicate with psychiatrists and collaborate with senior research personnel regarding recruitment, data collection, outcomes of interviews, reports according to the needs of the study.

 

Learning Opportunities:

Learning opportunities include learning about psychopathology, administration of neuropsychological and decision-making assessments and if interested, learn about advanced data management. Motivated lab members have the opportunity to publish manuscripts from multiple pre-existing datasets and with supervision conduct literature reviews and statistical analyses.

 

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. Experience with REDCap or other data management tools preferred but not required (on job training available).
  • Experience with diagnostic interviews and neuropsychological assessments is a plus, but not required (on job training available).
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.
  • Minimal commitment of 2-3 years strongly preferred.
  • Experience working or volunteering with populations with mental or emotional health diagnoses preferred.

 

Interested applicants should contact Cortnee Williams () with a cover letter and resume.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled (the start date is flexible). Compensation is commensurate with skills and experience.