Research Area Specialist Associate, Psychiatry Child Services

Michigan, United States
02 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
02 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

An important function of this position will be to deliver a clinical research intervention, specifically, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to pediatric patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (ages 7-12). This candidate will meet with patients for up to 12 weeks of CBT in the format of weekly, one hour sessions. Treatment will be based on a research protocol developed for the treatment of OCD. The position may also involve delivery of therapy to youth with anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders in a clinical setting.


In addition to delivering therapy, this role will also include administering clinician-rated scales and assessments, completing all necessary subject documentation including writing up clinical/research summaries, participating in group meetings and discussions for training and reliability, attending consultation and supervision meetings, contributing to strategic project planning, process improvement, and subject recruitment and management. Additional responsibilities may include screening potential research candidates, consenting, and other duties as assigned. Opportunity to participate in additional research and clinical projects may be available to qualified candidates.

Required Qualifications*

  • Strong CBT experience within clinical practice and relevant work experience in health care agency or hospital.
  • Experience with DSM-V.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills are critical.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • While the role is therapeutic in nature, therapy is to be delivered within the context of a research protocol and study parameters.
  • Willingness to follow therapeutic protocol is required.
  • Ability to build rapport with children and their families is essential.
  • Ability to follow protocols, complete measures and required documentation within a timely manner, and adapt to feedback to meet study needs is expected.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Exposure to the Coping Cat Model is preferred.
  • Applicants with CBT experience and familiarity with Coping Cat/CAT Project manuals will be considered the most qualified.
  • Experience working with children is also strongly preferred.
  • Although this position is primarily clinical, applicants should have the desire to learn and participate in a research environment.
  • Candidates with experience working in research settings are preferred, however, prior research experience is not required.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • A minimum two year commitment is preferred with this role.
  • Masters-level degree in psychology or social work with current limited (supervision is available) or full licensure to practice in the State of Michigan.

Work Schedule

Primary working hours will be 2-7pm on weekdays and/or between 9-5pm on weekends. Some availability during early morning hours may also be available (7-10am).

Work Locations

Rachel Upjohn Building, 4250 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, MI

Additional Information

Work schedule range of 30-40 hours per week.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Background Screening

Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally. Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.