DGC Clinical Research Assessor

UCLA Health - Los Angeles, CA4.2

Our program of research is aimed at collecting a longitudinal cohort of adult depressed patients from multiple sites within the UCLA Health System, including adult behavioral health clinics and OB/GYN clinics. The incumbent¡¦s primary responsibility is screening and assessment of high volume of participants across several linked studies, which includes recruitment, screening by phone or monitoring of online screening, checking consent forms, in-person clinical assessments, review of study-specific eligibility criteria, neurocognitive assessment, biological sample collection, and data management. The incumbent will develop and maintain study manuals following study-specific protocols and work with other members of the team to revise study documents corresponding to study protocol changes, and work with other members of the team to train additional staff in study-specific protocols, without detailed technical supervision. The incumbent will participate with the study team in data management, QC, and analysis. Incumbent will act as a liaison between the investigative team and collaborators in the health system and UCLA campus.

A. Study Assessor

Conduct assessments, including clinical and neurocognitive assessments and interviews.
Instruct research participants on the use of behavioral health tracking tools for remote data collection
Conduct phone screenings and schedule participants for study visits
Review consent forms and study-specific eligibility criteria
Conduct data entry and routine data QC
Participate in biological sample data collection and transport of samples, and maintaining records of samples delivered
Conduct risk assessments in-person or by phone when required, following strict protocols, and promptly sharing risk assessment reports to clinical supervisor
Maintain participant records in online database to ensure accurate and consistent data collection
Follow strict petty cash protocols for subject compensation
Set-up and maintain testing devices (e.g., iPads)
Complete subject tracking in database, maintaining project records and project organization
Communicate and coordinate with team members to ensure comprehensive data collection
Participate in study recruitment; participate in flyer distribution and online recruitment
If applicable, complete certification for biological sample handling
Assist in the collection, storage, and transport of biological samples from research participants
Assist with tracking biological sample delivery and maintain records of sample
B. Study Co-coordinator

Conduct phone screenings and schedule participants for study visits, conduct in person recruitment and screening at Health System clinics
Coordinate participant visits (prepare study forms; book clinical raters or assessors; walk participants to appointments during study visits)
Communicate with patients by phone or email with visit instructions, study reminders, assessment reminders, and to answer participant questions
Manage and track participants through longitudinal research studies, taking steps necessary to ensure adherence
Potentially monitor multiple e-mail accounts and voicemail account; respond to inquiries in timely manner
Regularly report on study progress, and report protocol deviations to supervisors in a timely manner
Prepare and maintain study-specific manuals, workflows, training materials
Assist in communication with IRB and Compliance to ensure adherence to research rules and regulations.
Attend project meetings
Participate in training and supervision of study staff and research volunteers

  • Required: Bachelor's Degree in Neuropsychology, Psychology, or related discipline
  • Required: At least one-year post-graduate experience in human clinical research studies
  • Strongly preferred: Previous experience with adult depressed patients or clinical research treatment studies
  • Required: ability to prioritize and complete in a timely way work on multiple projects with competing requirements
  • Willingness to complete CareConnect training as needed
  • Collaborative, able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Able to work and practice professional relationships with medical personnel, research subjects, patients and families
  • Strong computer skills including word processing, e-mail systems, file transfer, spreadsheets, neurocognitive testing software, data entry, database maintenance, including the ability to enter data and maintain study records
  • Strong time management and interpersonal skills
  • Previous experience accessing electronic health records and CareConnect training is preferred