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DESCRIPTION - Broadly, the Translational Cognitive and Affective (TCAN) Laboratory studies the neural mechanisms of cognitive dysfunction in psychotic illness. This position is to serve as a technical study coordinator for the Pathophysiologically Informed Biomarkers for Treatment Response In Psychosis (PIB) project at UC Davis Medical Center under Dr. Cameron Carter. The goal of the proposed research is to examine the ability of three non-mutually exclusive pathophysiologically based biomarkers (task fMRI, diffusion measures of free water, and neuromelanin-sensitive MRI) to predict treatment response in individuals with recent onset psychosis. Specifically, we plan to measure each of these biomarkers at baseline in individuals with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders and then follow these individuals over a period of 1 year. We will then use a multi-tiered set of analyses to test the predictive power of each biomarker and use more advanced machine and deep learning tools to assess how these measures together predict a positive response to treatment. The incumbent will coordinate many aspects of the research study. The incumbent will use knowledge of mental health conditions to conduct outreach presentations to recruit research participants, and will conduct phone evaluations to determine study eligibility of potential participants. The incumbent will also consent study participants, schedule all of their research appointments, and monitor progress through the study procedures. The incumbent will conduct clinical interviews for research purposes under the supervision of a faculty member and will conduct behavioral testing sessions and MRI scan sessions. Additionally, the incumbent will receive training on analysis pipelines for collected data and will use a variety of in-house and commercially available software to process imaging data.The incumbent will manage study IRB protocols, adhering strictly to privacy and confidentiality laws. The incumbent will also manage data collection and organization, including mentoring undergraduate volunteers in the input of data to multiple databases. Furthermore, the incumbent will be expected to actively participate in weekly lab meetings, journal club presentations, presentations from outside speakers, and weekly workshops to help RAs develop their career goals. Depending on their contribution and role in the lab the incumbent may have the opportunity to contribute to writing and review of relevant manuscripts. Furthermore, the incumbent may have the opportunity to creatively contribute to the research project by proposing alternative analysis strategies, generate novel projects with existing data, review literature for manuscript preparation, and the ability to submit data for presentation at relevant conferences, such as Society of Biological Psychiatry or Society for Neuroscience (if funding is available). The incumbent will be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities, including reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results with the PI and others in the lab. The incumbent will also participate in one or more of the following activities: appropriate professional/technical societies or groups, such as our weekly career development group and other educational and research organizations; and review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.
DEGREE REQUIREMENT - Bachelor's Degree in psychology, psychobiology, neuroscience or a related field
RESEARCH - 90%Research
Clinical Interviewing and Recruitment
Use prior knowledge of mental health conditions (from college or graduate level education) and previous training in diagnostic assessments to complete phone evaluations with potential research participants and family members. Phone evaluations will examine mental health concerns and other psychosocial factors in order to determine if individual may be eligible for research.
Use prior knowledge of mental health conditions to conduct outreach presentations to recruit research participants.
Conduct in-person ratings of symptomatology for research purposes using structured interviews and under the supervision of faculty member.
Use knowledge of mental health conditions and available treatment options to provide referrals to consumers who are not eligible for research study.
Consent individuals to research study
Coordinate the scheduling of research appointments with other junior specialists on the project and track completion of all research appointments for the study.
Assign appropriate tasks and provide mentorship to research assistants and volunteers
Attend weekly meetings with clinic staff, track consensus diagnosis and reconcile research data with ongoing clinical developments
Coordinate advertising and recruitment of study participants using multiple methods (e.g., paper flyering, electronic postings).
Ensure an adequate supply of study materials (e.g., blood tubes, latex gloves, etc.)
Data Collection and Organization
Conduct behavioral assessments with research participants including computerized and paper-and-pencil tests of multiple aspects of cognitive functioning.
Conduct MRI scan sessions with all participants
Maintain databases of all study data, including demographic, symptom, and cognitive data.
Maintain organized records for all participants in locked filing cabinets
Data analysis of collected MRI and behavioral data
IRB Protocol Maintenance
Maintain HIPAA and Consent documents for IRB, including adhering to required privacy laws ?Maintain accurate enrollment counts
?Calculate quarterly enrollment counts for submission to funding sources
PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE 5% The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to work independently, and as part of a team. The incumbent may have the opportunity to submit data for presentation at relevant conferences, such as Society for Neuroscience (if funding is available).
? Actively participate in weekly lab meetings, journal club presentations, presentations from outside speakers, and weekly workshops to help incumbents develop their career goals.
? Participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and/or review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.
UNIVERSITY SERVICE 5% Service
The incumbent will mentor undergraduate student assistants in the lab.
? Provide mentorship to undergraduate research assistants
? Incumbent will participate in and help organize a variety of community outreach activities at the Imaging
? Ensure lab volunteers are trained on appropriate lab procedures
? Assist with daily lab maintenance
Bachelor's degree in psychology, psychobiology, neuroscience or a related field
Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently and execute primary support responsibilities
Commitment to scientific research responsibilities and objectives
Experience collecting and organizing data
Scheduling and/or calendaring experience
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple work demands simultaneously
Effective interpersonal communication skills to maintain an effective, positive and cooperative relationship with staff, students, faculty, co-workers, public and outside contractors
Previous experience working with adolescents and young adults with psychiatric disorders
Fluency in Spanish (oral & written)
Previous experience collecting MRI data
TERM OF APPOINTMENT - One year, with an additional year available based on performance and needs of the research project. Appointments may be made up to 100%.
SALARY RANGE - $39,500 - $42,100 [100% annual], commensurate with qualifications and experience.
STEP - Step 1 or Step 2, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
LOCATION UC Davis Imaging Research Center, 4701 X Street, Sacramento, CA 95817
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