The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) seeks to hire a Research Assistant (8352R1: Researcher 1) responsible for interviewing study participants. Assessments include: DSM structured clinical interviews and non-clinical interviews, neuropsych, personality, intelligence and other related assessments. Research Assistants will review data to assure quality and prepare data for analysis and publication. They will work closely with the MCTFR research participants and MCTFR co-investigators so a bachelor degree is required and research experience, knowledge and skills plus outstanding communication and problem-solving skills are preferred.
Major Responsibilities • (70%) Interviews Research Participants:
Conduct formal assessments with participants, including structured clinical/diagnostic interviews, structured assessments of social adjustment, and neuropsychological testing, which assess for psychopathology as defined by Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) for Psychological Disorders, versions III-R, IV and 5, for internalizing disorders (i.e. depression and anxiety disorders) and externalizing disorders (i.e. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct Disorder and substance use disorders). Administer neuropsychological tests in a structured manner: Vocabulary, Block Design, Digit Span (number memorization forward and backward) (WAIS-R), Rey Verbal Auditory Learning Task (ReyVALT) word memorization and delayed recall, Digit Symbol Coding & Symbol Search (WAIS-III), plus other clinical assessment instruments.
• (10%) Acts as Research Participant Representative:
Research Assistant greets study participants and then describes study goals, assessment tasks, confidentiality limitations and potential risks;
Obtains informed consent;
Answers participant question and conducts a family de-briefing at the end of the visit;
Maintains required assessment documentation.
• (10%) Reviews and Codes Interviews in preparation for data entry:
Research Assistant reviews, codes and scores interviews post interview to assure completeness, readiness for data entry and MCTFR Consensus.
• (10%) Participates in Quality Control Review:
Research Assistant meets with Principal Interviewer to evaluate interview validity and reliability and implement feedback as required by MCTFR quality standards.
The Research Assistant is appointed by the MCTFR’s Director and reports to its Principal Investigators. Position is 100%-time and is classified as a civil-service appointment. It is contingent upon the availability of funds and/or work for the position. Appointment will provide health, dental, vacation and sick-time benefits plus is covered by Social Security and Minnesota State Retirement System. Position requires a background check and applicant must verify authorization to work in United States. Appointment is renewable with acceptable performance. Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience.
Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent combination of education and/or relevant research experience totaling at least four (4) years.
Must be able to work evenings and weekends with ability to accommodate a flexible work schedule.
Bachelor’s degree in psychology
1-2 years experience conducting structured clinical interviews and neuropsych tests with study participants.
Coursework in Abnormal Psychology.
Familiarity with DSM criteria and a conceptual understanding of the DSM.
Excellent verbal communication skills.
Problem-solving skills and attention to detail to work independently and assure accuracy.
Internal Number: 331392
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