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Psychology/Neuroscience Clinical Research Coordinator

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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: Fralin Biomedical Res. Institute
Location: Roanoke Area
Categories: Administrative / Clerical, Research / Scientific

Job Description

An NIH-funded Psychology/Neuroscience Clinical Research Coordinator/Associate is being sought for the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu and Dr. Brooks King-Casas at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion ( in Roanoke, Virginia. Projects in the labs focus on the neuroscience of motivated behavior and social decision-making, in both healthy and psychiatric groups including individuals with major depression, substance use disorders, personality disorders, and PTSD. This is an excellent opportunity for a detail-oriented person who enjoys interacting with others, being a key part of a diverse and active scientific environment, working with individuals with varied mental health difficulties, and managing multiple project duties. The position is available for immediate start.
The Clinical Research Coordinator/Research Associate will be expected to provide subject matter expertise in the areas of psychiatric diagnostic assessment, crisis management, empirically supported psychotherapy, and team supervision. Primary responsibilities will include psychiatric assessment and structured diagnostic interviews, tracking rater reliability, treatment fidelity and adherence, participant recruitment and oversight, research compliance (including IRB protocols), forming liaisons with clinical professionals, and maintaining the integrity of participant databases. The Clinical Research Coordinator/Research Associate will oversee a junior clinical team including training and supervising junior staff in all aspects of the clinical research process (e.g., assessment administration, basic clinical research design, participant recruitment, assessment and retention, and clinical data reduction and analysis). The successful team member will be skilled with monitoring and adjusting priorities, problem solving, and generally ensuring the day-to-day implementation of the clinical research programs. The Clinical Research Coordinator/Research Associate is an essential member of the research team and will be expected to regularly interact with research collaborators, hospital and community clinicians, and research administrators on behalf of the principal investigators. Opportunities to participate in manuscript and/or grant preparation are available for interested candidates.

Required Qualifications

1) MA/MS in clinical psychology, counseling psychology or related fields (PhDs will be considered favorably);
2) two years of adult psychiatric research or patient care experience;
3) experience in the administration of standard psychiatric assessments;
4) demonstrated attention to detail and excellent communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

1) Expertise with semi-structured psychiatric diagnostic interviews (including: Structured Clinical Interview for DSM 5, Clinician Administered PTSD Scale, Mini Neuropsychiatric Interview);
2) empirically supported psychotherapy or research experience with major depression, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, and/or substance use disorders;
3) licensure in field of training;
4) facility with basic statistical methods.

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The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

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Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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