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Research Assistant (CRA-1) in Early Psychosis Research

Company: CEDAR Clinic at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Cent
Location: Boston
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:

*Research Assistant (CRA-I) in Early Psychosis Research*

*Job Location: *Boston, Massachusetts (hybrid- some days virtual and some in person)

*Department Description: *Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School

*Principal Investigator: *Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian, PhD (hiring manager)

*Brief Job Summary: *We are seeking applicants for a full time (40 hours per week with benefits) research assistant (RA) position to begin in January 2023. The RA will work as a member the Response to Risk Research Program of BIDMC ( and the Massachusetts Psychosis Network for Early Treatment ( with a focus on working with youth at clinical high risk for psychosis (CHR-P). This is a vibrant research and clinical program that provides many opportunities for career development and collaboration with professionals across MA and the US. The RA will work on several NIMH and SAMHSA funded projects, including:

*InVEST*- This is an NIMH-funded study examining the development and pilot evaluation of an intervention focused on supporting school functioning for youth ages 12-18 who are showing signs of clinical high risk for developing psychosis (InVEST - Individualized Vocational and Educational Support and Training -see a recent publication describing this program here). The RA will serve as the research coordinator for this study who will oversee all aspects of study management including recruitment, IRB adherence, NIMH reporting, data entry and organization, and cognitive assessments.

*M3P*- The Massachusetts Psychosis Prevention Partnership is a SAMHSA initiative (Community Programs for Outreach and Intervention with Youth and Young Adults at Clinical High Risk for Psychosis) aimed at supporting identification of youth ages 12-25 at clinical high risk for psychosis and evidence-based intervention to prevent or delay the onset of psychosis and to improve social and role functioning. The person who fills this role will serve as the data manager and coordinator for the project and will interact closely with CHR-P specialty care programs across MA. They will be primarily responsible for project data collection and reporting as well as communicating with providers and helping to organize learning collaborative training events.

*Job Responsibilities Include: *

InVEST study project coordinator

Project coordination, including overseeing and contributing to study recruitment, data entry and management, and coordination of client visits.

Maintain compliance with BIDMC's Institutional Review Board (IRB) and NIMH reporting, including submissions and organization of regulatory materials.

Administer and score cognitive testing for study participants.

Attend and lead relevant recurring research coordination, training, and diagnostic meetings.

Data management and analysis

Help with outreach initiatives and professional training with schools, primary care, faith-based organizations, families, and local clinics to help raise awareness of how to identify signs of risk for psychosis and refer for specialized assessment and treatment at our center.

Reach out to providers to share information about research opportunities.

Meet with youth ages 12-18 to provide school/ work coaching and contribute to the development and testing of a manual for the InVEST intervention.

Data manager and coordinator M3P

Train program staff in documentation and data collection requirements.

Oversee all data collection and analysis.

Prepare reports for internal needs and as required by funder (SAMHSA) (i.e. biannual report, continuation report, NOMS).

Work with M3P Program Coordinator and Associate Program Director to ensure integrity and completeness of data

Develop a shared, secure, HIPAA compliant clinical data base for M3P partners for client tracking and program and outcome data collection

Coordinate evaluation activities under the direction of the Program Director

Maintain a database of records (paper/electronic) of assessments, informed consent and data entry.

Scan informed consent into an electronic health record (EHR)

Maintain master list of IDs for NOMS and internal databases.

Ensure that deliverables are implemented consistent with goals and objectives outlined in application.

Help organize and coordinate clinical learning collaborative and training events for providers.

Overall contributions to lab and department

Help to recruit, interview, and supervise undergraduate volunteers.

Assisting with preparation of conference abstracts, manuscripts, and grants.

Advocacy related to reducing stigma of psychosis and expanding access to specialized assessment and care for youth showing signs of possible risk for psychosis.

Update and maintain lab website:

Contributing to a positive lab group culture.

The position is situated in the Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, located on the Harvard Longwood campus in Boston (the RA will also have an option of working remotely about half the time). The RA will join a vibrant clinical and research community with many opportunities to interact with clinicians, researchers and trainees in psychology, counseling, social work, and psychiatry. The RA will report to and work closely with Dr. Friedman-Yakoobian, Principal Investigator of the InVEST study and Associate Program Director of the M3P Project. Opportunities for professional development abound, and include attending Harvard Longwood psychiatry grand rounds, clinical seminars provided by theCEDAR Clinic(a specialized clinic for youth at risk for psychosis), attending specialized trainings pertaining to evidence-based practices for early psychosis, networking, and co-authoring posters and scholarly publications. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is interested in gaining both research and clinical experience that will prepare them for applications to graduate school in clinical psychology or medical school. The right candidate will be prepared to commit to working in this position for at least two years and be highly organized and motivated with a warm and professional interpersonal style.


* Bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, or a related field
* At least 1-year prior psychology research experience.
* Experience using REDcap, Excel, and SPSS preferred
* Experience in human services position (either volunteer or professional) strongly preferred
* Excellent, writing, communication, interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills
* Demonstrated experience and interest working with culturally diverse youth and commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
* Interest in working with youth with mental health conditions and ability to use supervision and training to learn to interact safely and professionally with individuals whose reality testing, mood regulation, behavior, and/or hygiene may be impaired
* Commitment to providing culturally competent services and care
* Proficiency with website development (e.g., using Squarespace or Weebly) is a plus
* Fluency in another language (especially Spanish) is a plus.
* Able to commit to the position for 2 years.


We are accepting applications immediately, on a rolling basis until the position is filled, with interviews anticipated to occur via Zoom in November and December and a likely start date in early to mid-January.. Interested candidates please send one document containing the following: 1) a one-page cover letter, 2) a resume, and 3) three references (including their email addresses). Your letter should clearly state your experience working in mental health services and/or research, as well as your interest in early psychosis research assistant *(CRA-1) in Early Psychosis Research*

Job Type: Full-time

* Health insurance
* Monday to Friday

Work Location: One location%58047475%

Keywords: CEDAR Clinic at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Cent, Boston , Research Assistant (CRA-1) in Early Psychosis Research, Other , Boston, Massachusetts

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