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STEP Psychosis Study Coordinator Junior Specialist

UC Davis Junior Specialist Recruitment
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DESCRIPTION - Broadly, the Translational Cognitive and Affective (TCAN) Laboratory studies the neural mechanisms of cognitive dysfunction in psychotic illness. This position is to serve as the study coordinator for the Staged Treatment in Early Psychosis (STEP) project at UC Davis Medical Center under Dr. Cameron Carter. The goal of this study is to investigate the most effective way of treating young people who may be at risk of developing a psychotic disorder. Specifically, the study is a clinical trial that tests the effect of a sequential treatment approach for at-risk young people, including cognitive behavioral therapy, omega-3 fatty acids (“fish oil”), and potentially an antidepressant. The incumbent will coordinate many aspects of the research study. The incumbent will use knowledge of mental health conditions to conduct phone evaluations to determine study eligibility of potential participants. The incumbent will also consent study participants, schedule all of their research appointments, monitor progress through the study procedures, and interface with the UCDMC pharmacy. The incumbent will conduct clinical interviews for research purposes under the supervision of a faculty member and will conduct behavioral testing sessions. The incumbent will manage the study IRB protocols, adhering strictly to privacy and confidentiality laws. The incumbent will also manage data collection and organization, including mentoring undergraduate volunteers in the input of data to multiple databases. Furthermore, the incumbent will be expected to actively participate in weekly lab meetings, journal club presentations, and presentations from outside speakers. Depending on their contribution and role in the lab the incumbent may have the opportunity to contribute to writing and review of relevant manuscripts. Furthermore, the incumbent may have the opportunity to creatively contribute to the research project by proposing alternative analysis strategies, generate novel projects with existing data, review literature for manuscript preparation, and the ability to submit data for presentation relevant conferences, such as Society of Biological Psychiatry or Society for Neuroscience (if funding is available). The incumbent will be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities, including reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results with PI and others in the lab. The incumbent will also participate in one or more of the following activities:
appropriate professional/technical societies or groups, such as our weekly career development group and other educational and research organizations; and review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision making skills; as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.


DEGREE REQUIREMENT - Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, psychobiology, neuroscience or a related field
RESEARCH –
85% Research
Clinical Interviewing •Use prior knowledge of mental health conditions (from college or graduate level education) and previous training in diagnostic assessments to complete phone evaluations with potential research participants and family members. Phone evaluations will examine mental health concerns and other psychosocial factors in order to determine if individual may be eligible for research.
•Conduct in-person ratings of symptomatology for research purposes using structured interviews and under the supervision of faculty member.
•Use knowledge of mental health conditions and available treatment options to provide referrals to consumers who are not eligible for research study.
Project Coordination
•Recruit and consent individuals to research tudy
•Coordinate the scheduling of research appointments with other junior specialists on the project and track completion of all research appointments for the study.
•Assign appropriate tasks and provide mentorship to research assistants and volunteers
•Attend weekly meetings with clinic staff, track consensus diagnosis and reconcile research data with ongoing clinical developments
•Coordinate advertising and recruitment of study participants using multiple methods (e.g., paper flyering, electronic postings).
•Ensure an adequate supply of study materials (e.g., blood tubes, latex gloves, etc.)
Data Collection and Organization
•Conduct behavioral assessments with research participants including computerized and paper-and-pencil tests of multiple aspects of cognitive functioning.
•Ensure biological samples (i.e., blood) are collected and stored appropriately. Transfer blood samples to other faculty responsible for processing in a timely manner.
•Maintain databases of all study data, including demographic, symptom, and cognitive data.
•Maintain organized records for all participants in locked filing cabinets
IRB Protocol Maintenance
•Maintain HIPAA and Consent documents for IRB, including adhering to required privacy laws


PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE - The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to work independently, and as part of a team. The incumbent may have the opportunity to submit data for presentation at relevant conferences, such as Society for Neuroscience (if funding is available).
5% Professional Competence
● Actively participate in weekly lab meetings, journal club presentations, presentations from outside speakers, and weekly workshops to help incumbents develop their career goals.
● Participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and/or review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.
UNIVERSITY SERVICE - The incumbent will mentor undergraduate student assistants in the lab.
10% Service
● Provide mentorship to undergraduate research assistants
● Incumbent will participate in and help organize a variety of community outreach activities at the Imaging
Research Center
● Maintain accurate enrollment counts
● Calculate quarterly enrollment counts for submission to funding sources
● Ensure lab volunteers are trained on appropriate lab procedures
● Assist with daily lab maintenance


TERM OF APPOINTMENT - One year, with an additional year available based on performance and needs of the research project. Appointments may be made up to 100%.


SALARY RANGE - $38,112 - $40,656 [100% annual], commensurate with qualifications and experience.


STEP - Step 1 or Step 2, commensurate with qualifications and experience.


LOCATION UC Davis Center for Neuroscience, 1544 Newton Court, Davis CA 95618


Applicants can apply at: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02203