RESEARCH COORDINATOR

University of Washington - Seattle, WA4.2

Full-time
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The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington is the third largest department within the School of Medicine with 285 full-time faculty members, 515 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 programs in Psychiatry and Psychology train the next generation of Mental Health Professionals and Researchers. The Department’s robust research portfolio totals about $30 million in grants and contracts per year for projects ranging from basic and clinical neurosciences to treatment development, health services research, 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, Services for High Risk Youth, Neurosciences, and Trauma. The Department is also developing innovative new programs in Technology and Mental Health, Global Mental Health, Maternal and Child Mental Health, and Targeted Intervention Development.

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences currently has an outstanding opportunity for a RESEARCH COORDINATOR to support the development and implementation of a new Center for First Episode Psychosis (FEP) which is based at Harborview Medical Center. The research coordinator lead will be a member of the core team and will collaborate with faculty leads to direct all Center activities. S/he will have administrative oversight of activities related to multiple interdisciplinary research studies related to First Episode of Psychosis (FEP), ensuring the integrity of study design, study protocols, data management, and data analysis. In addition, s/he will hire, train, and monitor staff on and off-site, and serve as a liaison between research and clinical teams to successfully develop, implement and evaluate enhancements to the Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) model. The research coordinator will also have have a key role in the Center's community engagement activities and will help to disseminate information about Center activities through academic and non-academic publications and presentations.

Care for First Epiosde of Psychosis (FEP) is a prioirty of the Department Psychiatry and Behavioral Science's strategic vision. This is a new program and the individual hired into this role will need to have independence and initiative in the development of the complex program which involves clinical, training and research activities-and support the core faculty members in aligning these activities with the Department's strategic vision.

This is a high visibility position for a growing research group in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, a successful program manager will strategically oversee this program financially and administratively and enhance the reputation of the Department.

Responsibilities:
Oversight and Coordination of First Episode Psychosis (FEP) Research activities: 60%
Develop working relationships with the medical and administrative staff at clinical First Episode Psychosis program at Harborview and at New Journeys sites in WA state.
Develops and negotiates budgets for research and training activities.
Assures that all Federal guidelines and requirements for use of human study subjects are met.
Conducts training sessions for interviewers and administrative staff covering design, implementation, and management of research studies.
Serves as a liaison with local community providers, responding to questions or requests for information regarding study participation, informed consent, patient data, and institutional participation in protocol applications.

Research Study Design: 15 %:
Participates with the FEP program co-Directors and and core faculty in the development of study designs, research protocols, questionnaire and data management for research projects.
Maintains updates of study materials protocols.
Assesses feasibility of proposed research studies and prepares analyses of project costs (salaries, equipment, travel, patient reimbursement, administration and overhead, etc.)
Drafts relevant portions of grant applications. Assist the principal investigator in the submission of grant applications, reviewing/editing application text. Also, reviews/edits manuscript submissions on funded projects.

Supervision: 15%
Manages research staff and administrative personnel.
Supervises administrative staff and interviewers responsible for recruiting and following research participants.
Trains new personnel in research procedures and methods.
Delegates appropriate work to support staff with follow up assistance as needed.
Performs and submits reports for annual performance reviews and recommendations for merit increases.
Supervises and monitors overall conduct of the research and training activities

Database Management: 5%
Oversees data editing and development of new data management tools.
Coordinates all research activities involving data management staff.
Serve as a liaison to statistical analysts and other investigators performing statistical analyses.
Designs and runs basic statistical reports

Grant and Budget Administration: 5%
Participates in development and administration of project and budgets.
Reviews proposed annual budgets, identifies potential problem areas, and recommends changes.
Monitors daily expenditures, ensuring propriety and accuracy of charges and availability of funds.
Authorizes payments for travel, study patient services, and miscellaneous costs.
Reviews monthly reports, and investigates and resolves discrepancies.
Makes budget projections, alerts investigator to budget problems and recommends corrective action to be taken.
Will supervise two junior research coordinators who work on sub-projects of the Center.

Minimum Requirements:
Master's Degree in Psychology, public health, clinical social work or related field at at least two years of experience in research settings.
Excellent interpersonal skills to promote effective interaction with patients and families, clinicians, medical staff/administrators and research staff.
Previous experience working on a large research team.
Strong organizational skills and ability to take initiative, balance competing demands and make judgments and decisions under pressure of deadlines.
Initiative and ability to work independently.
Excellent oral and written communication skills to promote FEP Center research and training activities to diverse audiences.
At least two-three years of research experience.
Previous experience supervising research staff.
Strong knowledge of research methodology, including study design and data collection methods.
Ability to implement complex research protocols and to supervise data collection at numerous sites.

Desired Qualifications:
Three-five years of experience in projects related to the target population of individuals with psychosis highly desirable.
Experience in training, supervising, and educating research assistants on study recruitment, informed consent methods, administration of assessments, suicide risk procedures highly desirable
Experience with qualitative research and mixed methods preferred
Ability to assist in the design of data management systems, coding, and editing data.
Meticulous attention to detail with maintaining the confidentiality of data.
Knowledge of federal grant approval and funding process.
Experience submitting and maintaining studies with the Institutional Review Board.
Experience working with Data Safety Monitoring Boards.
Knowledge of basic statistics.