Department: Prevention Science Institute
Rank: Research Assistant
Annual Basis: 12 Month
Salary: $30,900 - $41,000 per year based on (1.0 FTE)
Review of Applications Begins
July 14, 2017; position open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
Submit a letter describing your interest and qualifications, a current vita or resume, and three references from whom recommendation letters may be requested.
The Prevention Science Institute (PSI) at the University of Oregon is a multi-disciplinary institute focused on understanding human development, preventing behavioral health problems, and implementing effective interventions in community settings. The PSI evolved from the Child and Family Center, which remains as a Center within the PSI. The core mission of the PSI is to improve the lives and wellbeing of at-risk children, individuals, and families throughout the lifespan. The PSI is a research institute designed for collaboration between faculty across disciplines, including psychology, social and affective neuroscience, development, education, and others who are interested in prevention. Our work is conducted in partnership with community collaborators in Oregon, across the US, and internationally, including child welfare service providers, school district leaders, mental health providers, criminal justice system leaders, and policy makers. The PSI encompasses three major focus areas consistent with the field of prevention science, including translational neuroscience, prevention and intervention, and implementation science. Understanding effective intervention strategies and the outcomes associated with these interventions across multiple domains of functioning, including biological, social, and contextual, is the focus of research at the PSI. The PSI seeks to collaborate with local, state, national, and international organizations and researchers to understand and promote healthy adaptation in children and families. The PSI is particularly interested in working with communities on dissemination of effective interventions to real world settings. The PSI is committed to research that expands our understanding of interventions and development with diverse populations, and actively seeks to promote research that reduces health disparities in service utilization.
The University of Oregon Prevention Science Institute (PSI) invites applications for one part- to full-time (0.75 – 1.0 FTE) Assessment Coordinator 2 position, with FTE based on project need and candidate availability. Successful candidates for this position will train and supervise study staff and volunteers; coordinate, conduct, and supervise biobehavioral assessments with parents and children (3 to 7 years old), including neurobiological measures (i.e., RSA & PEP, high density EEG/ERP, & blood spot collection), standardized surveys & interviews, and behavioral observations; track, manage, and process assessment data (i.e., behavioral observations, EEG & ECG segmenting & processing); and support participant retention and recruitment in the study. Headed by Drs. Elizabeth Skowron and Phil Fisher, the Coaching Alternative Parenting Strategies (CAPS) Study is a 5-year, NIH funded study of neural mechanisms of change that occur during Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). PCIT is an evidence-based therapy with documented success in preventing child abuse and promoting positive parenting in high-risk families (see Coaching Alternative Parenting Strategies to Prevent Child Abuse).
Assessment Coordination & Conduct - 60%: Oversees staff training and rigorous implementation of a federally-funded NIH research project’s biobehavioral assessment protocol conducted with parents and children involved with child welfare. Organizes and coordinates all assessment activities on the project. Oversees a team of interviewers who complete telephone and on-site laboratory data collection of standardized questionnaires, tests, semi-structured interviews, video-recorded observations, and biological assessments [ECG monitoring, EEG/ERP acquisition, and blood spot collection], intervention dosage and fidelity, and service utilization assessments. Proficiently conducts assessments with participating adults and children. When conducting assessments or when supervising others, is knowledgeable of and able to report indicators that suggest possible instances of child abuse, suicide, and potential harm to self or others consistent with applicable professional standards. Works closely with the PI and project staff to ensure efficient and standardized implementation of study assessment protocols and to maintain integrity of the project.
Responsible for overseeing organization, equipment, and materials related to the assessment and summarizing each assessment process and all procedures used. Coordinates with supporting staff (i.e. Information Technology Consultants, Business Administrators, and Facilities Administrators) to implement changes as needed to technological devices, fiscal protocols, or room utility. Assists Staff Assessment Coordinator in (a) providing training to research staff in the assessment protocols; (b) tracking families’ assessment schedules, weekly data collection, and participant compensation; and coordinating assessment team efforts with the intervention team. Helps track and locate lost participants. Manages and maintains assessment equipment in good working order and works with PI and staff assessment coordinator and other senior staff to insure necessary equipment & supplies purchasing within the assessment budget. Supports Study Recruiter with participant recruitment and retention according to the project timeline and consistent with research guidelines and parameters. Ensures staff compliance with all UO Human Subjects Protocols, the Data Safety Monitoring Plan, and all current National Institute of Health human subject guidelines. Meets regularly with lead staff and the PI to provide updates on progress in assessment and troubleshoot potential problems. Is responsible for coordination of all areas of assessment within the research project and tracks decisions and assessment changes within these areas.
Supervision and Training - 25%: Works closely with the Staff Assessment Coordinator to oversee training and ongoing supervision of assessment teams. Supervises approximately 5-6 hourly staff and students, assigns work to Research Assistants (RAs); tracks and follows up with staff on workflow and workload, ensuring compliance with expectations; provides consistent support and regular feedback to staff; monitors biobehavioral data collection for standardization, accuracy, and completeness on a regular basis; organizes and communicates recent decisions and reminders to update staff on all assessment issues; facilitates staff connection to the project and involvement with the team; coordinates communication between staff and others; provides on-call support (days, evenings, weekends) and daily problem-solving; coordinates and conducts training as needed for staff, including RAs, work study, and practicum student. Facilitates regular staff meetings, follows up with questions raised at staff meetings, and reports activities to PI. Manages administrative details pertaining to recruitment and hiring of staff (including coordination of student researchers); completes reviews and tracks hours in accordance with UO and PSI guidelines.
Research Integrity – 5%: Meets with PI and lead staff to update project progress and troubleshoot potential problems. Maintains familiarity with professional code of ethics for psychologists. Helps to ensure all project staff abide by all UO Human Subject Protocols and the Data Safety Monitoring Plan, and all current National Institute of Health human subject guidelines. Prepares and submits Human Subjects Review Proposals, amendments, and annual reviews/reports to the University IRB.
Miscellaneous Office Assistance - 10%: Answers phones, greets participants, manages equipment, and provides other office assistance as needed. Assists PI with data tracking procedures.
Additional Expectations of Position:
• Flexible work schedule, to include some evenings and weekends, to conduct assessments at times that work best for the participants.
• Visibly observe children, parents and their interactions and communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
• Occasionally move up to 25 pounds (video equipment, tests and measures, personal computer, etc.)
• BA/BS degree in psychology, behavioral science, neuroscience, pre-Medicine, or a closely related field.
• 2 years of research experience or progressively responsible employment in a field applicable to research, or a combination of such training and experience.
• 1+ years of supervisory experience.
• Experience conducting standardized interviews and behavioral performance tests with adults and children.
• Must have a highly efficient and organized approach to work with strong attention to detail and thoroughness. Applicant needs to manage multiple tasks and possess exceptional time management skills.
• Must have experience working on long-term projects, and creating feasible timelines for project progress and success.
• Applicant must also have experience working in a team environment, requiring participatory decision-making and cooperative interactions of employees. Needs to be able to learn quickly and work independently, with supervision as needed.
• Must be comfortable with computers, and adept at troubleshooting computer issues as they arise. Must also be comfortable with learning new computer programs and software.
• Experience with or extensive knowledge of neurobiological assessments (i.e., allostatic load, ECG, EEG) administration & simultaneous (video-recording) behavioral assessments.
• 5 years of research experience.
• Computer skills in word processing, spreadsheet, basic coding, statistical analysis software and databases.
• Master’s degree in Psychology, Behavioral Health, Neuroscience, or other closely related field.
• Experience with child welfare families and the Department of Human Services.
• Knowledge of research methods and statistical analysis.
The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.
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