RESEARCH SPECIALIST
McLean Hospital - Belmont, MA

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Functioning very independently and under the very general direction of the PI, the Research (Clinical) Specialist performs high-level clinical evaluations and diagnostic decisions. On a regular basis, contributes to screening and clinically characterizing study participants for behavioral and neuroimaging studies with a focus on major depression.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES :
  • Performs clinical assessments using structured clinical interviews (e.g., SCID, HRSD) and other diagnostic tools for studies on depression, anxiety and stress-related disorders
  • Ensures ongoing recruitment of study participants; monitors the day-to-day implementation of the studies and troubleshoots problems as needed
  • Organizes and maintains clinical databases.
  • Regularly trains and oversees the work of others in clinical procedures.

Skills/Abilities/Competencies

Successful candidate must possess basic computer skills in order to use a variety of electronic systems to access and/or maintain personal employment-related data, satisfy required annual trainings, and use job-specific applications. All employees of McLean Hospital are assigned an email account for business communication purposes. Candidate must also be able to consistently demonstrate McLean Values of integrity, compassion and respect, diversity and teamwork, excellence and innovation in their work activities and interactions.

Skills/Abilities/Competencies
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to organize, take initiative, solve problems, and operate independently with minimal direction
  • Works cooperatively with other research staff to achieve strong communication and coordination of project activities.
  • In-depth knowledge of clinical assessments and clinical research.
  • Excellent time management/organizational skills.
  • Strong written and verbal presentation skills.

Qualifications

Master's degree in public health, psychology or a human services related field, advanced degree (e.g., PsyD) a plus.

Five or more years of prior direct research experience, particularly with diagnostic tools and assessments.

Conditions of Employment

Employment at McLean Hospital is contingent upon a successful CORI (Criminal Background Check), National Background Check and clearance from the Occupational Health Department.

Benefits Information

McLean Hospital is pleased to offer a full spectrum of benefits for all staff regularly scheduled to work 16 hours or more per week (benefits are pro-rated for part time staff).

Health/Welfare: McLean offers two medical plans (provided by Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Harvard Pilgrim), Prescription Drug Coverage and two levels of dental coverage.

Time Off: McLean offers a comprehensive time off plan including vacation allowance of 2-4 weeks depending on position, generous sick (TOWP) time and 12 paid holidays per year.

Welfare: McLean offers Long term disability, fully paid life insurance, Business Travel Accident Insurance, and Long Term Care Insurance.

Retirement: McLean offers two ways to save for retirement: the Massachusetts General Hospital Cash Balance Retirement Plan, a 401(a) employer funded plan and 403(b) retirement plans.

Other: McLean has many other perks and benefits including tuition reimbursement, discounts at local gyms, an Employee Activities committee that offers discounted tickets.

EEO Statement

It is the policy of McLean Hospital to affirmatively provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants for employment and existing employees without regard to their race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable law or regulation. All aspects of employment including recruitment, selection, hiring, training, transfer, promotion, termination, compensation and benefits conform to this policy in order to further the principles of equal employment opportunity and the spirit of affirmative action.

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