Salary is commensurate with education and experience
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The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences within the UW School of Medicine is the third largest clinical department within the School of Medicine with 285 full-time faculty members, 515 clinical faculty members, and over 200 staff. Department faculty provide clinical services in 5 hospitals, 14 primary care locations, and several outpatient sites in addition to telepsychiatry consultations to more than 150 clinics in Washington and beyond. As the only academic psychiatry department serving the five state WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho), the Department's highly competitive residency training program is largely responsible for developing the mental health workforce in the Pacific Northwest. The Department's robust research portfolio totals $35 million in grants and contracts per year for projects ranging from clinical neurosciences to treatment development to health policy and population health. The Department is recognized as an international leader in developing, testing, and implementing Collaborative Care, an integrated care model increasingly seen as a solution for population-based mental health care. Other areas of excellence include Addictions, Autism, High Risk Youth, Neurosciences, and Trauma, and the Department is developing innovative new programs in Technology and Mental Health, Global Mental Health, Maternal and Child Mental Health, and Targeted Intervention Development.
The Department is recruiting for a RESEARCH COORDINATOR who will be responsible for the management of research activities and will drive recruitment for a recently funded NIH-funded R01 study using custom smartphone software to explore sensing stream correlates with self-reported experiences of auditory hallucinations.
The Research Coordinator will work closely with other research staff on a recently funded study supported by the National Institute of Mental Health using technology to better understand auditory hallucinations. Auditory Verbal Hallucinations (AVH) occur in the context of a range of mental health conditions as well as in individuals who are otherwise considered healthy. AVH lead to significant distress, impairment, and need for care in some, but not others. The project focuses on AVH as part of the broader construct of Auditory Perception and leverages an integrative multi-method paradigm leveraging measures from two RDoC units of analysis: Self-Report and Behavior. Our multidisciplinary investigative team proposes to use integrated mobile data collection techniques that we have piloted extensively (Ecological Momentary Assessment for self-report and automated multi-modal sensing to capture behavior) to study AVH experience and associated behaviors, as they occur in real-time/real-place in people with and without need for care. The project will use innovative online and community-based participant recruitment strategies that we have piloted in relevant populations to enroll a clinically diverse sample of individuals with AVH. Participants will be provided with an integrated smartphone data collection system and will actively self-report AVH experiences and associated variables as they occur in real-time using EMA. Smartphones will also passively collect multi-modal behavioral sensing data continuously. We will combine both forms of data to examine the extent to which temporal relationships between self-reported AVH and behavioral measures vary across both groups. Specifically, we aim to: evaluate whether clinical status is associated with how AVH is experienced in real- time/real-place; examine relationships between demographic, functional, and immediate social/contextual factors and AVH; and test time-varying relationships posited in a cognitive model of psychosis between AVH appraisal, affect, and behavioral response. The study will advance our understanding of the phenomenology of AVH and move us closer to understanding why some develop impairment and need for care, while others do not.
Duties and Responsibilities include:
Responsible for overseeing and conducting community-based recruitment of participants with severe mental illness.
Works directly with participants to trouble-shoot technical issues, arrange in-person meetings, and provide technical support when needed.
Manages participant tracking throughout the study.
Ensures the protection of human subjects at study sites.
Troubleshoots research protocols and techniques as needed.
Manages recruitment of study participants through traditional methods and web-based ads (Facebook, Google Ads).
Designs and performs all activities related to the project using sophisticated research and data management techniques.
Researches literature and consults with other investigators within and outside of the institution to identify and resolve complex issues or problems.
Assesses feasibility of proposed research investigations and prepare analyses of project costs (salaries, equipment, travel, patient reimbursement, medical or laboratory fees, participating satellite expenses, administration and overhead, etc.).
In collaboration with the PI, prepares relevant portions of grant applications, ensuring compliance of submission with sponsor requirements.
Coordination of a recently awarded National Institute of Mental Health project focusing on testing using technology to better understand auditory hallucinations.
Meticulously tracks and coordinates project progress by maintaining assessment schedules and project time lines. Routinely keeps Research Manager informed of project status and potential problem areas.
Assures deadlines are met, notifies all project partners of impending deadlines to assure compliance.
Serves as the primary liaison with partner mental health centers and study sites.
May supervise study staff located at partnering mental health centers within Seattle.
Establishes and coordinates research procedures in adherence to protocol requirements.
Assures that all Federal and funding agency guidelines and requirements are met.
Oversees preparation of PI documents, presentations, and external correspondence.
Coordinates logistics of meetings.
Communicates with the Research Manager, Center Investigators as well as study sites and decentralized project staff as needed.
Provides ongoing facilitation, consultation and technical assistance to on-site and decentralized project staff as requested or needed.
Assists in preparation of findings for grant proposals, reports, publications and other research projects.
Organizes and facilitates in-person and webinar based conferences.
Systematically tracks funding opportunities, publications, and other developments relevant to the PI and Center.
Assists in preparing literature reviews for proposals, peer-reviewed publications and other projects as needed
Prepare dissemination materials for the Center's efforts including print, email listservs, online website, and online and mobile social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Medical Mingle).
Works with the PI and Center Investigators to ensure information disseminated to scientists, technologists, providers and the public is current, appropriate, and accurate.
Staff Supervision 5%
Trains, and evaluates staff and student assistants to meet changing department needs.
Ensures staff meet the protection of human subjects in practice (correspondence, storage of research materials, data collection, etc.).
Travel within Seattle is required. Additionally, must be able to travel outside WA to visit collaborating institutions/investigators if needed.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Public Health, Clinical Social Work, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. One year of relevant experience in health care or human services research.
Skills & Knowledge:
Highly organized with meticulous attention to detail required.
Takes initiative and able to work well independently.
Great interpersonal skills to work with a variety of stakeholders including; researchers, medical professionals and study participants & able to work well as a team member.
Understands research procedures.
Ability to use data management systems such as spreadsheet software (Excel or SPSS).
Proficiency in writing.
Able to communicate well with diverse audiences to promote PI and Center activities verbally and via promotional materials.
Experience in working with a decentralized staff.
Experience using templates to update website or social media content preferred.
Experience working with people diagnosed with severe mental illness is desired, but not necessarily required.
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