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Date: 2016-06-01
Title: Global Psychiatry Job Posting: Research Coordinator

The Division of Global Psychiatry is currently recruiting a research coordinator to support its portfolio of international research projects and collaborations.


The Chester M. Pierce, MD Division of Global Psychiatry sits within the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and has current and past projects in more than 15 countries. The Division’s mission is to strengthen quality mental health clinical, research, and training capacity for the global community and address questions that will improve the delivery of quality mental health and psychiatric care for diverse patient populations. The Global Division Research Coordinator position offers valuable research experience in preparation for application to graduate school in clinical psychology, global health, or a related field.

The primary projects the research coordinator will work on include those associated with global mental health in resource-limited international settings, including but not limited to Ethiopia, South Africa, Barbados, Uganda, and Somaliland. Project topics range from global health and global mental health-related topics (HIV/AIDS, substance use, child mental health), as well as local capacity building and education. The applicant should demonstrate, preferably through previous experience, a strong interest in pursuing psychology and/or mental health research, preferably but not necessarily focused on behavioral medicine, HIV, substance use, and/or mental health in global settings. The position includes maintaining patient databases (both quantitative and qualitative), qualitative data coding and interpretation. The coordinator position also includes assisting in study procedures for clinical trials, assisting in grant preparation, creating study specific clinical research forms, conducting literature reviews, and performing administrative support duties. This position will be supervised by the Division of Global Psychiatry Program Director and an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry. The position does not require international travel.

The research coordinator may collaborate with other members of the research team, faculty, and staff of the Division of Global Psychiatry, 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; however, some projects may be long-term and require constant attention to prioritization.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Research Coordinator is expected to perform the following:

Research and Project Support
• Coordinate research project and agreements with collaborators in countries in various regions (including the Middle East, Southern Africa, West Africa, and East Africa)
• Code and interpret qualitative and quantitative data, including coding interviews on the integration of HIV and substance use services in South Africa
• Monitoring and evaluating protocol compliance for a variety of research projects, including a grant to integrate HIV and substance use services in South Africa
• Assist research team with manuscript and presentation preparation for primary research projects related to global mental health, including literature reviews
• Preparing submission of protocol revisions and safety reports to the IRB and National Institutes of Health (NIH) and annual progress reports
• Preparing annual progress reports for IRB and NIH renewal of ongoing studies
• Maintain IRB submissions for all Division studies
• Reporting adverse events as required by institutional/federal regulations
• Identify funding opportunities and assists with grant preparation to external funding agencies
• Assist with donor proposals and updates

Other General Administrative Support
• Provide scheduling support for Division Director and other faculty, take minutes at meetings and circulate
• Support travel booking for Division faculty
• Order equipment and supplies as needed
• Coordinate vendor set up for new contractors and facilitate vendor payment

Global Psychiatric Clinical Research Training Program (T32)
• Coordinate weekly didactic seminars, biannual fellow and mentor evaluations, annual application and interviewing process, and annual NIMH progress reports
• Assist with funding renewal applications to NIMH

Engagement and Outreach
• With supervision from Program Director, update content of website, social media, and monthly newsletter
• Coordinate monthly Global Psychiatry Dinner Series


• Bachelor’s degree required (psychology degree preferred)

Skills/Abilities/Competencies Required:

• Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures.
• Good organizational skills and careful attention to detail.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, reference management software, such as Endnote, and with social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
• Ability to understand and apply research procedures and protocols.
• Computer data entry skills.
• Ability to evaluate, verify, and edit research data.
• Skill in the use of computer spreadsheet and/or database applications in the compilation of research data.

Working Conditions:

Will work in an office located at 5 Longfellow Place, Suite 215

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