Dr. Warren Taylor in the Center for Cognitive Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has an open position for Research Assistant I. This role involves collecting and managing data from clinical participants as part of NIH-funded projects focused on older adults with depression.
The person in this position would be responsible for evaluating and guiding research participants through study procedures while adhering to good research practices. They will also be responsible for assisting with data management and, depending on individual interests, could assist with data quality control and analyses of data.
Screens and schedules study participants, working collaboratively with participants, other staff and trainees, and departments to complete research protocols including behavioral data collection, neuroimaging data collection, and questionnaire and interview data collection. Follows an established protocol faithfully and meticulously to ensure data integrity across all forms of data collection.
Works to recruit potential study participants by coordinating with other laboratories and/or departments/centers and online social platforms.
Participates in the ongoing informed consent process, ensuring that participants and involved families clearly understand what is expected of and from them in the course of participating in a research study.
After training, schedule and guide participants through study procedures, including guiding them through protocols involving MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).
After training, conduct diagnostic assessments of participants.
Maintains good rapport with research participants, assuring timely communication and sending follow-up information as needed.
Monitor quality of study procedures and adherence to institutional and federal requirements.
Collect samples and submit for processing.
Participates in study team meetings. Maintains open and positive communication with study investigators, research staff, and participants.
Helps monitor data quality and prepare data for analysis and upload to sponsor-mandated data-sharing repositories. Assists with data entry and management using REDCap or other tools .
Depending on the candidate, may engage in quality assurance reviews of MRI data and facilitate analysis of MRI data. May also contribute to the development of research manuscripts.
Furthers knowledge base by attending a Basic Research 101 within first several months of employment, if not previously attended.
Bachelor's Degree, preferred but not required in psychology, neuroscience, or related field
Prior experience with human subject research is preferred.
Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
The laboratory is housed in the Department of Psychiatry in the Center for Cognitive Medicine: https://www.vumc.org/ccm/welcome . The focus of the lab is on the use of behavioral, cognitive, and neuroimaging approaches to learn more about factors influencing the occurrence, persistence, and outcomes of depression in older adults. This also includes the development of novel treatment approaches. Additional work examines aging and vulnerability to dementias such as Alzheimer's disease. The Laboratory has strong ties to other research groups in the Department of Psychiatry and the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science.
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