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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 Temporary Research Coordinator.
In support of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s ”Opioid Overdose Prevention in Tribes: Technical Assistance through Public Health Institutes,” the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) and the University of Washington are partnering to support tribal communities to increase the capacity of tribal health systems to prevent and respond to opioid overdose through improving data collection, epidemiologic surveillance capacity and increasing implementation of evidence-based prevention strategies grounded in respecting tribal sovereignty as well as cultural knowledge and traditions. In this project, NNPHI, UW, and CDC will collaborate to refine and enhance the technical assistance plan developed previously. The Research Coordinator will support a mixed methods information gathering effort to develop an evaluability assessment approach and will be supervised by a Research Scientist trained in clinical opioid treatment and a Senior Research Coordinator with evaluation expertise. The research coordinator will interview tribal recipients of CDC cooperative agreements to assess key elements necessary to support their ability to evaluate their projects. The Research Coordinator will also take the lead in drafting project deliverables— reports, technical assistance manuals, etc.
There are up to 25 CDC tribal grantees, representing a wide range of social and cultural environments (e.g., urban vs. rural, Northwest vs. Plains vs. Southwest) that require cultural humility, understanding, and flexibility. The frequent (in-person on hiatus due to COVID-19), telephone/video, and e-mail contacts with American Indian / Alaska Native communities require extraordinary tact and cultural sensitivity. This also applies to regular communication with CDC and NNPHI partners.
Position Dimensions and Impact to the University:
The position bridges the often wide gap—real and perceived—between tribal communities and academia / government agencies, especially with respect to health research. By building mutually trusting relationships between community and academia / agencies, both sides will be able to address health disparities to the mutual benefit of community well-being and researchers.
20% Develop draft designs and implement research evaluation plans and projects with supervision 20% In lieu of site visits, conduct interviews remotely 20% Develop draft qualitative data analyses 20% Prepare a draft final report documenting technical assistance provided during site visits, including all materials and tools created as a result of learnings in key informant interviews and activities from previous project years. 10% Draft project protocols and Key Informant interview script 10% Create one-page profiles on each participating tribal organization outlining implementation activities occurring, evaluation and program management capacity, as well as technical assistance need
Develop a draft research evaluation project Draft deliverables: interview scripts, reports, technical assistance manuals, models Coordinate and arrange virtual interviews Data collection, management, and analysis
• Master’s Degree in Public Health, Social Work, Psychology, or related field •1 year work related experience •Experience with public health evaluation methods •Experience working with Indigenous communities •Ability to conduct one-on-one interviews and facilitation of focus groups •Ability to collect and analyze qualitative data •Knowledge and prior experience with human subjects institutional review process •Training and/or knowledge in ethical conduct of research with human subjects •Strong writing skills and a demonstrated ability to write manuals or training guides •Background and experience conducting substance abuse research •Ability to work as a collaborative, cooperative, and congenial member of a close knit scholarly and administrative team, as well as work independently.
· Experience working with statistical or analytic software packages, e.g., SAS or Stata · Knowledge and prior experience with the federal grant process.
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