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Research Assistant: Cognitive Enhancement in Individuals at Clinical High Risk for Psychosis

Posted: 28 Feb 2017
Employer: 
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Massachusetts Mental Health Center
Location: 
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Description: 

A research assistant position is available in the Psychiatry Department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Massachusetts Mental Health Center/Harvard Medical School Affiliate-Psychosis Research Program and the Center for Early Detection, Assessment and Response to Risk Clinic.

This is a two-year postdoctoral fellowship for someone interested in developmental psychopathology and health in lower-income families, working with a large multigenerational data set. Strong quantitative skills and experience with longitudinal data sets would be an asset.

Principal Investigator: Matcheri Keshavan, MD

Project Director and Clinic Director of CEDAR: Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian, PhD

Director of Commonwealth Research Center: Larry Seidman, PhD

This position involves working involves two components related to working with young people exhibiting signs of clinical high risk for psychosis: 1) Study Coordinator for NIMH R34 Study: “Adaptation of Cognitive Enhancement Therapy for Persons at Clinical High Risk” (CLUES Study) And 2) Research assistant in the Center for Early Detection, Assessment and Response to Risk (CEDAR Clinic).

1. CLUES Study

The project is an NIMH funded R34 study: “Adaptation of Cognitive Enhancement Therapy for Persons at Clinical High Risk.” This study involves a pilot trial and randomized controlled trial of a cognitive enhancement program for youth age 15-30 showing signs of clinical high risk for psychosis.

The research assistant will be responsible for assisting with managing and coordinating recruitment of participants, scheduling study visits, data collection, IRB submissions, and maintaining study databases. The research assistant will also be responsible for administering cognitive assessments and monitoring daily cognitive training of participants using an online program.

2. CEDAR Clinic

The CEDAR clinic research assistant will be responsible for helping to oversee quality assurance data collection (e.g., 2x yearly assessments, recruitment, and clinic activity tracking) and maintaining clinic databases. The research assistant will also help coordinate clinic intakes and consultations and will be responsible for meeting with clients and families when they arrive to complete registration paperwork. Additionally, the Research Assistant will coordinate the School and Work Coaching service within the clinic and will supervise a team of between one and four volunteer trainees.

Project coordinator for NIMH R34 study involving adaptation of cognitive enhancement therapy for clinical high risk for psychosis:

  • IRB submissions and monitoring
  • Set-up and manage databases
  • Administer cognitive testing for study participants
  • Monitor daily/weekly practice of cognitive exercises via web-based program and sending reminders to practice
  • Ordering supplies/ setting up for weekly group sessions
  • Scheduling research appointments
  • Coordination with other research studies

Research assistant in CEDAR clinic:

  • Overseeing outcomes data collection and entry
  • Registering new clients for consultation and clinic intake
  • Orienting new trainees to the clinic
  • Supervising team of 1-4 undergraduate or graduate volunteers
  • Meeting with clients for school/work coaching
  • Manage all administrative aspects of the clinic

Apply directly here.

Requirements: 

Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field and related research experience. Competitive candidates will have prior experience working with clients in a clinic or research setting, strong communication and interpersonal skills including leadership skills, excellent organizational skills, and prior work experience.

Contact: 

Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian PhD

Clinical Director, CEDAR Clinic

Massachusetts Mental Health Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

CEDAR Clinic 5th Floor

75 Fenwood Road

Boston, MA 02115

Tel: 617-754-1210

Fax: 617-754-1250