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The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences within the UW School of Medicine is the third largest clinical department 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 Research Manager.
The individual in this position will be responsible for overseeing research, data, and administrative efforts for multiple program evaluations and research studies within the CoLab for Community and Behavioral Health Policy within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. This person will assist the Principal Investigator (Sarah Walker) in managing program operations and HR/staff hiring. This individual will supervise a team of program and research staff at the coordinator and assistant level. The primary projects under the research manager include, but are not limited to, the Evidence-Based Practice Institute, sponsored research projects, and government policy design contracts. Additionally, this position will directly oversee the evidence-based treatment reporting and feedback system through the EBPI which will involve managing datashare agreements, storing data, developing data reports, and working with policy, system, and consumer stakeholders to display the data in a way that optimizes its use in policy contexts.
Working under the general direction of a Principal Investigator/Director of the CoLab, the individual in this position will oversee the EBPI contract deliverables, ensure research coordinators are supported to run sponsored research projects, track contracts and datashare agreements, and contribute to policy and scholarly products. The Evidence-Based Practice Institute is a legislatively established center that promotes the use of effective treatment in public childrens’ mental health in Washington State. Specific activities of the EBPI include the evidence-based treatment reporting and feedback system wherein the EBPI works closely with the state Health Care Authority to extract per session use of evidence-based clinical treatment through Medicaid claims data and report this information back to mental health agencies and state policymakers; the Leadership Quality Initiative, a three-pronged strategy to scale up quality children’s mental health treatment; annually updating a state registry of evidence-based practices with the Washington State Institute of Public Policy, and the Reporting Guides for dissemination to 100+ children’s community mental health agencies; and an Evidence Synthesis program that provides rapid evidence reviews to respond to legislative and executive department requests for information. In addition to working with the PI and the Program Coordinator for the EBPI, this position will support sponsored research projects. Examples of current research projects include funding from the William T Grant Foundation to develop a tool to measure the use of research among juvenile court leaders, and Annie E Casey Foundation funding to test the effectiveness of a developmentally-grounded approach to juvenile probation practice. Finally, the research manager will work closely with the CoLab’s PI and Program Operations Specialist to support staffing and monitoring of government contract work to codesign systems, community, and policy level activities. Specific activities will include facilitating weekly project meetings focused on weekly priorities, reviewing and overseeing internal HR policies, supervising program and research coordinators, supporting the planning of the center for continued growth, ensuring research activities are being conducted in alignment with IRB approved practices, and developing materials and resources to grow the EBPIs data visualization platforms. This position will also represent the CoLab in state and local meetings, with funders, and at national conferences. Across all the above projects, the Research Manager will also contribute to writing and editing technical reports, professional presentations, and manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed outlets. This position may require some travel.
RESPONSIBILITIES: •Supervise a team of program coordinators, research coordinators, program assistants and research assistants - Supervising program and research coordinators, supporting the planning of the center for continued growth, ensuring research activities are being conducted in alignment with IRB approved practices, and developing materials and resources to grow the EBPIs data visualization platforms. •Lead weekly team meetings. - Lead development of the evidence-based treatment reporting and feedback system, and direct user testing sessions of the system. Work closely with the state Health Care Authority to extract per session use of evidence-based clinical treatment through Medicaid claims data and report this information back to mental health agencies and state policymakers. Represent the CoLab in meetings in stakeholder meetings with policymakers, providers, researchers and funders. •Oversee sponsored research activities to ensure projects align with good research practices for projects funded by the William T Grant Foundation, Annie E Casey Foundation, federal and government funders •Coordinate high level reports which are provided to trainers, administrators, and funders, including the EBPI Annual Report, quarterly reports. •General Program Ops and Hiring •Contribute to manuscripts and reports to be used in peer-reviewed scientific journals. •Travel to meetings and research study interviews as needed, which may include occasional travel inside the state and as needed outside the state. •This position will also represent the CoLab in state and local meetings, with funders, and at national conferences •Assist in other research related activities as needed. •Participate in regular conference calls for various research projects.
REQUIREMENTS: •Master’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Human services, Public Health, Social Sciences •2 years work related experience •Experience in mental health, social work, or public health field related to mental health. •Managing research or administrative teams. •Experience on research projects. •Experience with data analysis, data visualization, or data management. •Experience communicating with external stakeholders, public presentation. •Experience with writing policy reports or similar documents intended for public consumption. •Experience writing academic or scholarly reports and manuscripts. •Must be able to work well in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, absorb new information quickly, and contribute meaningfully to the development and execution of projects
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE •Advanced training in public health, evidence use, public policy, research translation or translational research in the social sciences is preferred. •A doctorate with experience conducting and leading research studies or comparable levels of experience with a masters degree is preferred. •A high degree of interest in the complexities of translating scientific findings for real world use and the ability to work well with very diverse populations is preferred
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