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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, 280 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 of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is recruiting for a part-time (50% FTE) Research Scientist/Engineer - Assistant.
The Center for Suicide Prevention and Recovery (CSPAR) has been funded to conduct a number of small, largely online studies or to provide consultation and programming for such studies conducted in collaboration with other centers at UW and elsewhere. Unlike larger clinical trials conducted by CSPAR, the scale of these studies does not support a position. Instead, this position will work with the CSPAR director and principal investigator, Dr. Kate Comtois, to provide research assistance as needed across the small studies
•Assist Dr. Comtois to coordinate small-scale, primarily online CSPAR research studies to assure they are conducted accurately, completely, on time and on budget. •Tasks involved in assisting Dr. Comtois with these studies include library searches, summarizing relevant literature, monitoring regulatory protocols and reporting, coordinating email communication, meetings and travel with study partners, assuring smooth communication with CSPAR and department staff on all logistics and reporting, programming REDCap and ACCESS databases, monitoring recruitment and data collection, and conducting preliminary descriptive data analysis. •Assist Dr. Comtois on research tasks that require coordination between studies in the CSPAR. These include being the webmaster for the CSPAR website to assure that it is consistent with changing research protocols and progress, scheduling CSPAR wide meetings and travel, assisting Dr. Comtois to coordinate study timelines with the goal of avoiding scheduling conflicts and promoting workflow efficiencies, monitoring the CSPAR primary email and main phone line and directing communication to the appropriate personnel in a timely manner, and assuring technology is working for CSPAR research meetings. •Other duties may include data entry, copying, entry of references into Zotero online bibliographical program, conducting inventory, and collecting and distributing meeting minutes. Research Sponsors/Stakeholders (e.g. NIH, NSF, other schools or research institutions, etc.) •NIH, PCORI (and potentially DoD and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, based on pending grant proposals)
•Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Public Health, Health Services, Social Work or related field plus a minimum of 1 year work related experience.
Additional Requirements: •Demonstrated ability to complete precise and highly-detailed tasks. •Excellent written and oral communication skills, including diplomacy and discretion. •Collaborative work style and ability to work well in a diverse workplace. •Ability to work independently and professionally using excellent judgment, with a high degree of reliability, accuracy and attention to detail. •Competency with managing multiple, competing priorities; demonstrated ability to organize and manage multiple concurrent and competing projects and timelines. •Evidence of strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with senior-level personnel, faculty members and researchers, and culturally diverse groups including American Indian/Alaska Native colleagues and the U.S. military. •Effective time management skills and problem-solving skills. •Demonstrated proficiency with a variety of computer applications including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint) and Google Calendar. •Working knowledge of telecommunications platforms like Zoom and conference calling systems.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
•Strong interest or background in suicide prevention. •Knowledge of medical and psychiatric terminology. •Training in Human Subjects and HIPAA Compliance protocols. •Experience using online platforms like REDCap, Weebly (or other web design apps), and Basecamp or Slack. •Administrative experience in supporting organizational operations for PhD investigators or research centers. •Experience working in medical center and/or outpatient mental health treatment setting.
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