The Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore is recruiting for multiple Clinical Research Assistants. These positions are responsible for assisting with the performance of research projects in a clinical setting, including recruitment of potential study subjects and collection and organization of data. The Clinical Research Assistants are expected to work independently and know and apply the fundamental concepts, practices and procedures of school mental health, child and adolescent psychiatry, and academic research. The current positions work directly on a project funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in collaboration with the Behavioral Health Administration of Maryland and other partners. The funded project, the State Opioid Response grant, provides evidence-based prevention and intervention services related to opioid use. The role of the CSMH in this project is to collect and manage client-level data, including interviews with participants, as well as other data collection and management related to service monitoring and quality improvement.
The Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) is within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Medicine (UMSOM). Our mission is to strengthen policies and programs in school mental health to improve learning and promote success for America's youth. From its inception in 1995, the Center's leadership and interdisciplinary staff has promoted the importance of providing mental health services to children, adolescents, and families directly in schools and communities.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.
Performs data collection by conducting interviews. Recruits and screens subjects for research studies according to IRB approved protocols.
Communicates directly with participants regarding the research study. Collect baseline and follow-up data from subjects including verification of eligibility; obtaining consent and enrollment; assuring accurate demographic information for follow-up.
Independently establishes and maintains database files and reports using computer applications such as SPSS and Microsoft Excel/Access. Performs data checks and data cleaning. Checks validity and accuracy of data ensuring compliance with quality control requirements and study relevance.
Performs data analysis and interpretation, and develops statistical reports of study data using SPSS software, Microsoft Office, and Qualtrics online survey software.
Assists the PI and other research personnel in the development of research protocols and materials by providing study analysis and forming conclusions and recommendations. Assists in developing and recommending policies and procedures and/or methods for clinical research activities.
Performs administrative duties such as: providing training and guidance to study participants and partners; assisting in developing and submitting grants, papers, abstracts, manuscripts and presenting studies; developing protocol manuals and data collection instruments; participating in field visits, responding to requests and questions from individuals, institutions, government agencies, and funding agencies; and participating in the design of research studies.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Education: Bachelor's degree in psychology, education, sociology, or epidemiology. Preferred Experience: Prior experience in clinical research.
Consideration may be given for a unique combination of education and experience.*
*Bachelor's degree in an unrelated field with at least 18 credits in a field related to the research of the clinic or laboratory, as appropriate, or Bachelor's degree in unrelated field with at least one year of experience in a field directly related to the research of the clinic or laboratory, as appropriate. Except for qualifications established by law, additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work of the job class may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to understand and utilize scientific/medical terminology and research theory in both oral and written communications. Ability to understand and apply approved guidelines of varying research protocols. Knowledge of best practice in research protocols and procedures. Ability to gain knowledge and meet the reporting needs of UMB policies and practices for Institutional Review, Human Protections and the like. Ability to maintain high standards with the work being performed and maintain awareness with trends and influences. Assumes personal responsibility for all outcomes; makes effective and timely decisions; Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work; Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook.
Skill in various interviewing techniques. Skill in data abstraction and entry into study specific database software applications. Skill in statistical interpretation and data analysis using statistical software as well as spreadsheet and database software applications.
Ability to effectively communicate both verbal and written thoughts, ideas, and facts. Writes and presents information in a clear and concise way. Interprets and understands written information and is able to listen attentively to verbal and non-verbal cues that lead to a deeper understanding. Ability to maintain confidentiality of subjects and information obtained. Ability to network with, and provide information to key groups and individuals. Ability to work as part of a team.
Ability to work cooperatively with others and demonstrate professional, ethical, respectful, and courteous behavior when interacting with others. Capable of interacting pleasantly and positively with others to meet customer expectations, and provide follow up with customers.
Ability to use measurable and verifiable information for making decisions or judgements. Excellent organizational and project management skills. Ability to use a consultative approach to resolve issues in area of responsibility.
Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience
If accommodations are needed for a disability, please contact Human Resource Services at 410-706-2606, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Job: Reg or CII Exempt Staff - E3302C
Employee Class : Exempt Regular
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Shift: Day Job
Organization: School of Medicine - Psychiatry
Job Posting: Nov 1, 2018
Unposting Date: Nov 16, 2018, 4:59:00 AM
Internal Number: 104401
About University of Maryland, Baltimore
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the State's public health, law and human services university devoted to excellence in professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. As a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and using state-of-the-art technological support, we educate leaders in health care delivery, biomedical science, global health, social work and the law. We emphasize interdisciplinary education and research in an atmosphere that explicitly values civility, diversity, collaboration, teamwork and accountability. By conducting internationally recognized research to cure disease and to improve the health, social functioning and just treatment of the people we serve, we foster economic development in the City, State, and nation. We are committed to ensuring that the knowledge we generate provides maximum benefit to society and directly enhances our various communities.