Research Assistant, CAMHS Research Unit

London (Greater) (GB)
£34,502 - £39,333 (pro-rata) per annum inclusive of London Weighting
08 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
06 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Job description

The post holder will assist with the high-quality research being undertaken by the CAMHS Research Unit and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. The CAMHS Research Unit has a reputation in leading on clinically relevant research and evaluation both within CAMHS and across a range of mental health services. The Unit works at the cutting edge of integrating parenting and developmental theory, with a trackrecord of developing effective, high quality interventions that are used at scale in the UK and internationally, including Empowering Parent Empowering Communties (Day et al., 2012, 2020), Family Partnership Model (Day, Ellis  & Harris, 2014) and Helping Families Programme (Day et al., 2019).  The Unit’s research evaluates preventative, early and specialist interventions for parents with significant mental health difficuties, children with behavioural difficulties, children affected by ASD, ADHD and parents at risk of relational conflict.   


The unit has received further funding to undertake the evaluation of an innovative parenting programme, “Helping your child with fears and worries”. This exciting opportunity offers the chance for the post holder to make a crucial impact on translational research for children’s mental health and parenting. The postholder will have day-to-day responsibility for supporting the research and evalaution programme conducted by the CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) Research Unit, Department of Psychology.


As Research Assitant, the postholder will have  the main responsibility for the EPEC/ Creswell Anxiety study and its evaluation which will significantly contribute to advancing parenting theory, intervention outcomes and future large-scale implementation.  In addition, will work closely with academic and clinical colleagues to develop, feasiblity test and evaulate innovative parenting intervention methods for parents having difficulties in dealing with their children’s anxiety fears and worries, parents from disadvantaged neighbourhoods and Black and Minoritised communities using digital, online and in-person delivery.      


Mangement and responsiblity

The Postholder is responsible to Dr Crispin Day, Head, CAMHS Research Unit, KCL/Head , Centre for Parent and Child Support, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.


The IoPPN is a Faculty of King's College London (KCL) and the largest academic community in Europe devoted to the study and prevention of mental illness and brain disease. It is also world leading in neuroscience research.  


The complementary roles of the IoPPN are: (i) to pioneer research into new and improved ways of understanding and treating mental illness and brain disease; (ii) to offer advanced research training for psychiatrists, psychologists, neurologists and other scientific and paramedical workers.  The IoPPN's greatest strength is the interdisciplinary nature of both its research strategy and educational activities, providing unique opportunities for students and staff. 


The IoPPN comprises three Academic Schools in Neurosciences; Psychiatry; and Mental Health & Psychological Sciences (MhAPS). These encompass researchers with interests in addictions, biostatistics, child and adolescent psychiatry, basic and clinical neuroscience, forensic mental health sciences, health service and population research, neuroimaging, psychology, psychological medicine, old age psychiatry and psychosis studies. The Institute also hosts the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre focussed on mental and neurological disorders. 

Link to IoPPN webpage:


Since the Department of Psychology was founded in 1950, it has carried on a distinguished programme of research, teaching, and clinical practice, with a long-standing link with South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). In 2004, the psychology sections of Guy’s, King’s & St Thomas’ School of Medicine merged with the Department, creating one of the world’s largest groupings of clinical and health psychologists. Today, Psychology is one of the largest departments in the IoPPN. 


The department offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. These include our Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (the UK’s oldest training programme which helped to establish the scientist/practitioner model that is now almost universal in the field). In addition, we are internationally renowned for our wide range of clinical training programmes for mental health & other allied professionals including diplomas and certificates in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Psychosis, Family & Early Intervention; high intensity Adult Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) training; CYP IAPT (Children & Young People), and IAPT for Long Term Conditions/Medically Unexplained Symptoms. 


The Department’s research interests span a wide range of mental health disorders and physical health problems, including anxiety disorders, trauma, somatoform and functional disorders, pain, psychosis, depression, antisocial personality, disorders in childhood and adolescence, emotion and personality, and neurodegeneration. Link to Department of Psychology webpage:  


At King’s we are deeply committed to embedding good equality and diversity practice into all of our activities so that the university is an inclusive, welcoming and inspiring place to work and study, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation 


This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 16 months 

This is a part time post - 50% full time equivalent


Key responsibilities

•       To ensure the smooth running of the research and evaluation projects undertaken by the CAMHS Research Unit by supporting, as necessary, the lead Clinical 

•       Undertake literature searches, retrieval and reference management. 

•       Liaise with mental health professionals involved in research and evaluation projects and with the team at CPCS. 

•       Collect quantitative and qualitative data from research participants and assist with analysis. 

•       Identify barriers to participation in any aspects of the studies and develop appropriate alternative strategies for data collection. 

•       Develop and efficiently manage research databases. 

•       Assist in the preparation of reports, publications, presentations, and other methods of dissemination. 

•       Any other duties appropriate to the grade, as directed by the supervisor. 


The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria  

  1. A good first degree (2:1) or above in Psychology 
  2. Psychological theory and measurement 
  3. Service evaluation and research design 
  4. Systematic literature searching and reviewing 
  5. Collecting, entering and managing quantitative and qualitative data 
  6. Drafting accurate and accessible reports for a range of audiences 
  7. Advanced MS Office skills, including complex databases 
  8. At least one year of substantive research experience involving NHS mental health services 
  9. Qualitative and quantitative data analysis (e.g. thematic analysis, parametric and non-parametric statistical testing; using SPSS and NVivo software packages) 
  10. Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills 
  11. Ability to work to deadlines and effective time management working with varied projects

Desirable criteria 

  1. MSc in Psychology or related subject 
  2. Research experience with child and adolescent mental health 
  3. Clinical experience of working with children and families 
  4. Writing papers for publications in scientific journals or conference presentations 

Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.

Further information

Enhanced DBS required  

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