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The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (PBSCI) within the UW School of Medicine is the third largest clinical department with 285 full-time faculty members, 280 clinical faculty members, and over 300 staff. Department faculty provide clinical services in 5 hospitals, 14 primary care locations, and several outpatient sites in addition to telepsychiatry consultations to more than 150 clinics in Washington and beyond. As the only academic psychiatry department serving the five state WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho), the Department’s highly competitive residency training program is largely responsible for developing the mental health workforce in the Pacific Northwest. The Department’s robust research portfolio totals $35 million in grants and contracts per year for projects ranging from clinical neurosciences to treatment development to health policy and population health. The Department is recognized as an international leader in developing, testing, and implementing Collaborative Care, an integrated care model increasingly seen as a solution for population-based mental health care. Other areas of excellence include Addictions, Autism, High Risk Youth, Neurosciences, and Trauma, and the Department is developing innovative new programs in Technology and Mental Health, Global Mental Health, Maternal and Child Mental Health, and Targeted Intervention Development.
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is recruiting for Research Manager.
Position Purpose: This position is housed in the University of Washington’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and involves being an integral support to research conducted by faculty in the BRiTE Center, the School of Medicine’s flagship center focused on digital mental health. Led by Dr. Dror Ben-Zeev, the BRiTE Center is an exciting, mission driven, highly collaborative, and intellectually stimulating work environment. BRiTE faculty and staff work in teams taking on challenging projects in the U.S. and globally. The position will involve collaborations with research groups within the center, across the country, and internationally. The BRiTE Center Senior Research Manager position will be the staff supervisor and lead research coordinator of NIH-funded multi-year programs of research dedicated to deploying digital health interventions designed to improve mental health outcomes in several U.S. States, in West Africa, and the Middle East. The position also serves as a core member of the BRiTE Center’s leadership team, working collaboratively with other research groups to advance the center’s mission, values, training capacities, and impact.
Position Complexities: This position has a high degree of responsibility for achieving the research and training goals of multiple initiatives simultaneously. The research manager will be required to understand and be able to assist in construction and direction of digital mental health studies conducted in the U.S. and in Low-and-Middle Income-Countries (LMIC). The position will require domestic and international travel. Activities will involve oversight of participant recruitment, human subject protection, field staff hiring and training, research data management and quality assurance, grant writing support, translation of research aims into field methods, staff reorganization for different phases of research projects, assistance in digital health development activities/interaction with commercial technology developers, and co-development of training programs for junior faculty and diverse trainees. The research manager must also understand the complexities associated with conducting mental health services research in public mental health services settings with participants from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Additional complexities come from: Working with multiple Principal Investigators / faculty; Managing IRB requirements; Managing database needs and construction and the staff who utilize them; Summary and presentation of data to analysts; General trouble shooting (e.g., study problem identification and problem-solving solutions); Liaising with community, national, and international partners.
Position Dimensions and Impact to the University: This position is critical to advancing the research and community impact missions of the university, the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and the BRiTE Center by managing multiple large-scale federally funded research projects focused on improving mental health outcomes and ethical care of individuals with serious mental illness.
RESPONSIBILITIES: This position is critical to a research center in the School of Medicine (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, which is the second largest department in the School of Medicine). The position represents the University in the community, particularly in U.S.-based mental health centers and other institutions and clinics globally.
(1) Provide overarching leadership and coordination surrounding all aspects of BRiTE’s global digital health research program: (a) Contribute to ongoing strategic planning for the research program; (b) Identify ways to build/enhance program cohesion, climate, and effective team collaboration; (c) Liaise and collaborate with other BRiTE Center teams (15%)
(2) Lead new project startup and management activities within BRiTE, such as: (a) IRB application preparation and submission; (b) Determine staffing needs; (c) When necessary, initiate and manage hiring processes for new staff, in collaboration with the BRiTE faculty lead; (d) Construct detailed, internally facing project timelines (10%)
(3) Directly coordinate or support specific research projects (45%)
(4) Track and project budget statuses, with support from PBSCI post-award support staff: (a) Track specific budget expenses, reimbursements, and coordinate as needed with PBSCI post-award supports and finance specialists; (b) Anticipate budget spenddown needs and design spenddown plans (10%)
(5) Manage procedural/compliance with research sponsor requirements including: (a) Preparation and submission of project status/final reports (e.g., via eRA Commons); (b) Data archive submissions; (c) Clinical trial registration/updates. (15%)
(6) Continue own professional development surrounding program coordination, management, supervision, and related activities. This may involve periodic participation in trainings, seminars, and courses (5%)
Supervisory Responsibilities: Supervise research study coordinators, research assistants, staff working in the field, and trainees within BRiTE’s Global Digital Mental Health research program.
•Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, public health, global health, or a related field; or equivalent experience •Four years work related experience including research coordination experience. •Experience with leading or managing multiple large federal research studies simultaneously, completing institutional review board (IRB) applications, and supervising research staff, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to think critically to anticipate project needs
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE Graduate degree in relevant discipline. Experience working on global health projects with international stakeholders (e.g., experience in West Africa or Middle Eastern countries would be particularly relevant) • Experience supporting digital intervention/ mobile health development and research • Experience working with collaborators from diverse professional backgrounds (e.g., technologists, community mental health providers, paraprofessionals) • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and other backgrounds As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
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