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Under supervision of the Principal Investigator, the incumbent will assist in coordinating and executing identified functions for this position that are necessary for the overall continued success of longitudinal research projects on the risks and genetics of alcohol use disorders. Incumbent will conduct data analyses using such programs as Excel, SPSS, SAS, and R in preliminary data analyses and evaluating particular hypotheses; report results of data set checking and data analyses to the PI; use data analyses to continuously evaluate study productivity and check study procedures/progress against timelines and goals.
Conduct initial subject recruitment as well as locate, contact, and schedule research participants. Administer diagnostic psychiatric interviews (SSAGAs using BLAISE computer version), neuropsychological assessments, and other measures when necessary. Review and edit others' interviews preparing for consensus diagnoses with the PI. Handle blood samples, drawn by the P.I and/or licensed phlebotomist, from adult and minor participants. Record interviewing notes and organize notes and interview consensus diagnoses. Conduct ERP [Evoked Response Potential] runs, and ensure ERP lab maintenance. Perform other operational duties as needed.
Theoretical knowledge of psychology or related field preferred as typically attained by a Bachelor's degree and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Additional background, education, and/or experience related to statistics or a related field, with demonstrated experience with statistical analyses and some statistical software (Excel, SPSS, SAS, Mplus, R), a range of variable types and analyses such as ANOVA, contingency tables, correlation, linear and logistic regression, and SEM to conduct data cleaning operations and conduct data analyses to evaluate specific hypotheses.
Proven ability to administer phone and face-to-face interviews and keep accurate and detailed records, semi-structured assessments for the genetics of alcoholism (SSAGAs), and the BLAISE computerized interview.
Experience in a research setting involving human subjects, particularly with nonclinical populations, youth, and senior adults; proven ability to:  establish rapport with participants and ability to maintain equanimity in the face of resistance, indifference, or hostility from participants;  appropriately and successfully respond to participants' issues, complaints, and noncompliance; and  recruit research subjects, particularly using online procedures for identifying potential participants and email and phone call follow-ups to manage final recruitment into a research protocol.
Demonstrated ability to administer psychiatric tests specifically for Alcoholic Clinical Research Studies including BLAISE and both SSAGA II and C-SSAA-A II, and Neuropsychological behavioral and environmental measures.
Basic knowledge of and skill in using psychiatric diagnostic criteria including demonstrated ability to use DSM-IIIR and DSM-IV criteria and apply them to diagnosis, as well as college level course work completed in psychology or a related field.
Understanding of risks and genetics of alcohol use disorders and experience with Evoked Response Potential (ERP) and/or EEG and/or related assessment procedures.
Proficiency in computer and internet experience using computer software packages, including MS Word. ACCESS, BLAISE.
Excellent interpersonal skills with participants and all levels of staff. Proven ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally.
Proven ability to use appropriate and effective intercommunication skills with younger and less mature research subjects including children.
Strong ability to keep accurate, detailed, and organized records. Ability to maintain strict confidentiality; HIPAA training in policies and procedures.
Ability to work independently with high self-motivation.
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