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Clinical Research Coordinator, Behavioral Medicine Program

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Massachusetts General Hospital

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Birmingham, Alabama

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Mon, 05 Apr 2021 23:59:59 GMT

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Clinical Research Coordinator, Behavioral Medicine Program GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT: The Behavioral Medicine (BMED) Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital is seeking a clinical research coordinator (CRC). The BMED Program is a multidisciplinary group with a longstanding commitment to conduct clinical research focused on developing, validating and disseminating psychosocial interventions that prevent and treat chronic illness. The CRC may be responsible for assisting with any of the studies listed below. The CRC will collaborate with other members of the research team, faculty, and staff of the BMED Program, but will also be expected to take initiative and work well independently. Due to the time- or deadline-sensitive nature of many projects, the pace of work may be demanding at times. Other projects are long-term and require constant attention to prioritization. This is a mentored position that offers valuable research experience in clinical psychology research, health psychology research, and global/public health research. It is an ideal position for people looking to apply to graduate school in clinical psychology or a related field, and allows for opportunities to attend conferences and obtain manuscript authorship. The CRC will work on clinical intervention studies related to HIV/AIDS care and prevention in both domestic and international settings, primarily under the mentorship of Dr. Conall O’Cleirigh. Dr. O’Cleirigh is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, and the Director of the Behavioral Medicine Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Within Behavioral Medicine, Dr. O’Cleirigh’s research is primarily focused on adapting cognitive behavioral therapy for application to issues related to HIV prevention and treatment, and in managing co-occurring mental health substance use issues in patients managing HIV. Specifically, some of the projects currently underway in the Behavioral Medicine Program that the CRC may work on include: – Study #1: The TENDAI Study: An Effectiveness/Efficacy Trial to Evaluate a Task Shifting Intervention to Treat Depression and HIV Medication Nonadherence in Low Resource Settings (PI: Dr. Conall O’Cleirigh) This is a hybrid effectiveness/efficacy trial to evaluate a task shifted intervention to treat depression and HIV medication nonadherence in low-resource settings in rural treatment clinics in Zimbabwe for patients managing the dual challenges of HIV and depression. The CRC will be responsible for drafting meeting minutes, handling all IRB and compliance issues, and data cleaning. – Study #2: Effectiveness of a Smoking Cessation Algorithm Integrated into HIV Primary Care (PI: Dr. Conall O’Cleirigh) People living with HIV (PLWH) who smoke are now, more than ever, at heightened risk for tobacco-related illnesses and death. Teams at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), University of Washington (UW) and Fenway Health have developed an algorithm to assist providers in selecting the most appropriate pharmacotherapy with the aim to increase smoking cessation in People Living with HIV (PLWH). This project is a mixed efficacy/effectiveness trial comparing this algorithm treatment to enhanced treatment as usual. – Study #3: Effectiveness of an Integrated Treatment to Address Smoking Cessation and Anxiety/Depression in People Living with HIV (Project QUIT; PI: Dr. Conall O’Cleirigh) This is an efficacy/effectiveness trial of a novel therapeutic treatment (QUIT) compared to an active, time-matched control (TMC) and a standard, non-active control (SOC). This is a three-site randomized control trial between MGH (Boston), Fenway Health (Boston), and Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX). The CRC will be responsible for running all study sessions at the MGH site (e.g., administering questionnaires, answering questions, screening and recruiting participants) as well as coordinating the other two sites (e.g., maintaining IRB documentation, ensuring that all sites are operating smoothly, conducting trainings for new study staff). – Administrative Duties: Pre-award grant administration Under the supervision of MGH Research Management, the CRC will have a significant role in grant administration for investigators in the Behavioral Medicine Program. For example, the CRC will help create and edit grant application budgets, draft/edit/format documents for grant applications, learn grant application systems, and upload applications. Harvard University Center for AIDS Research Bio-behavioral and Community Science Core (HU CFAR BBCSC; Associate Director: Dr. Conall O’Cleirigh) The HU CFAR provides core services to the Harvard University HIV/AIDS research community. The BBCSC focuses on providing services to social science, bio-behavioral, and community related HIV/AIDS projects. The CRC will primarily provide administrative and regulatory support to the Core, including by coordinating regular meetings and preparing annual progress reports. Ideal applicants will demonstrate, preferably through prior experience, a strong interest in pursuing clinical psychology and/or mental health research. Applicants focused on behavioral medicine, HIV, substance use, health psychology, public health, and/or mental health in global settings are strongly encouraged to apply. The applicant must be comfortable working with diverse issues related to sexuality, gender, drug use, and mental health. More information about the Behavioral Medicine Program and current research is available on our webpage: PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Please note, the functions below are representative of major duties that are typically associated with these positions. Specific responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Similarly, not all duties that have been outlined will be assigned to each position. – Collects & organizes patient data – Maintains records and databases – Uses software programs to generate graphs and reports – Assists with recruiting patients for clinical trials – Obtains patient study data from medical records, physicians, etc. – Conducts library searches – Verifies accuracy of study forms – Updates study forms per protocol – Documents patient visits and procedures – Assists with regulatory binders and QA/QC procedures – Assists with interviewing study subjects – Administers and scores questionnaires – Provides basic explanation of study and in some cases obtains informed consent from subjects – Performs study procedures, which may include phlebotomy. – Assists with study regulatory submissions – Writes consent forms – Verifies subject inclusion/exclusion criteria – Performs administrative support duties as required A Clinical Research Coordinator II performs the duties of a Clinical Research Coordinator I (above) and may also: – Maintain research data, patient fields, regulatory binders and study databases – Perform data analysis and QA/QC data checks – Organize and interpret data – Develop and implement recruitment strategies – Act as a study resource for patient and family – Monitor and evaluation lab and procedure data – Evaluate study questionnaires – Contribute to protocol recommendations – Assist with preparation of annual review – May assist PI to prepare complete study reports SKILLS/ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES REQUIRED: – Careful attention to details – Good organizational skills – Ability to follow directions – Good communication skills – Computer literacy – Working knowledge of clinical research protocols – Ability to demonstrate respect and professionalism for subjects’ rights and individual needs The Clinical Research Coordinator II should also possess: – Ability to work independently and as a team player – Analytical skills and ability to resolve technical problems – Ability to interpret acceptability of data results – Working knowledge of data management program EDUCATION: – Bachelor’s degree required. EXPERIENCE: – New graduates with some relevant course/project work or those without any prior research experience will be considered for the Clinical Research Coordinator I position outlined above. – Those with a minimum of 1-2 years of directly related work experience will be considered for a Clinical Research Coordinator II position. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY (if applicable): – A Clinical Research Coordinator I does not have any supervisory responsibility. – A Clinical Research Coordinator II may assist with the training and orientation of new staff members. Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged. 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