This position will serve to help promote research activities within the Vinogradov Lab. The incumbent of this position will be the primary Study Coordinator for the “Precision Mental Health for Pregnant Women and Mothers: Addressing Unmet Cognitive Needs” project. This study will involve working with pregnant women and mothers who currently have, or are at risk for, mental health conditions, and will involve conducting longitudinal behavioral, functional, and cognitive assessments and supporting cognitive training programs. This study is conducted in partnership with a community campus specializing in services for pregnant women and mothers; therefore, the incumbent will be splitting their time between the UMN Department of Psychiatry and the community partner campus and will be reporting to both teams.
Primary job duties will include recruiting human subjects, conducting study appointments, data management tasks, and study team coordination; additional tasks will include creation of documents for submission to IRB and sponsors, completing reports, preparing data for presentations or publications, and other tasks as assigned. The incumbent must be able to work independently at locations off campus and must have good general knowledge of GCP and federal regulations for clinical research.
Participant Recruitment and Retention (25%)
Recruit interested individuals to participate in the project. Meet in person or over the phone to conduct screening appointments and answer email inquiries for the project.
Obtain informed consent/assent for projects. Conduct assessments of capacity to consent to research.
Use pre-established recruitment materials to advertise in the community
Coordinate with hospitals, clinics, community centers, and other partners to recruit participants
Attend events and locations of interest (e.g., drop in mental health centers)to increase awareness of research activities within the community
Coordinate with other study coordinators and other labs to facilitate sharing of participants
Maintain regular contact with research participants (per protocol) via phone and email to keep participants engaged in research activities
Dispense participant compensation
Data Collection (20%):
Schedule appointments, rooms, and equipment as needed for appointments
Conduct assessments (clinical interviews, computerized measures, surveys, etc.) with participants with mental illness and healthy participants
Order clinical questionnaires and other study materials
Conduct specialized appointments as needed
Train for and administer other methods of data collection per assignment
Collect data using paper forms, computers, iPads, and digital databases as required for the project.
Data Management (15%):
Score assessment materials and paperwork from study appointments. Verify assessments scores from other raters.
Create and maintain databases for projects using Box, REDCap, Qualtrics, OnCore, and other data management systems as required. Update physical forms and digital forms as needed.
Enter scored data into databases
Extract data from outside sources (e.g., cognitive assessment software) for upload/entry into a database
Complete quality check and clean-up of data
Enroll subjects in regulatory databases (e.g., OnCore) as needed
Prepare regular updates for lab meeting, reporting agencies, and sponsors as needed
Prepare data for upload to shared servers as required
Data Analysis/Preparation (10%)
De-identify data sets and extract to a secure location in preparation for data analysis
Conduct statistical analyses using SPSS, R, or other statistical software as needed (additional training may be pursued in this position)
Conduct literature reviews in support of manuscripts, grants, or other tasks as needed
Prepare materials for presentations, publications, and grants, such as figures or tables
Assist in the writing of manuscripts and publications
Present materials at conferences (e.g., poster sessions)
Protocol and Regulatory Management Tasks (10%)
Prepare materials for submission to the IRB or other agencies, including developing/editing protocols, consent/assent forms, recruitment materials, phone screens, etc.
Communicate with Regulatory Specialists to complete responses to stipulations, continuing reviews, amendments to study protocols, and reports of new information, and other IRB tasks
Coordinate with CTSI Regulatory Monitor and Regulatory Specialists to conduct regular monitoring visits. Prepare files for review, including coordinating with staff to complete necessary documentation. Submit final monitoring report to HRPP.
Maintain regulatory documents such as enrollment logs, protocol training logs, personnel records, etc., as required by FDA regulations
Adhere to local and federal guidelines for conducting research and documentation procedures
Manage reports and budgets of projects for internal and external use, as required
Train staff/volunteers for protocol activities as assigned. Supervise volunteer activities. Document training.
Meet regularly with study teams on campus and off campus to coordinate study procedures. Meet with sponsors or suppliers as needed.
Team Coordination (20%)
Coordinate services between multiple team members at multiple locations
Delegate assignments (e.g., assessment appointments) to team members as needed
Communicate important study information to team members
Report on status of team to Vinogradov Lab meeting, community partner team meeting
Provide resources and access to services for team members based on their job requirements
Schedule meetings with team members for updates, participant appointments, etc.
The incumbent may be asked to assist with other general tasks in the support of research activities within the lab or in the department. Other tasks may be assigned at the discretion of the PI or the incumbent’s direct supervisor.
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
BA/BS in Psychology, Neuroscience, or related field with 2 years or more of previous experience in a clinical or research setting or a combination of related education and work experience to equal 6 years
Masters degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Public Health, or related field
Total combined education and experience of 6 years, at least 1 of which is in a research setting
Clinical experience with mental health diagnoses such as depression, trauma, and anxiety
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