RESEARCH STUDY ASSISTANT

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Seattle, WASHINGTON
Deadline: 03 Sep 2021

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, ranked #5 by US News & World Report and among the top-ranked programs nationwide for nearly 25 years, is a complex academic and clinical department in the University of Washington School of Medicine and part of UW Medicine. Affiliated Hospitals include UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center – Northwest, Harborview Medical Center, Veteran’s Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, and Seattle Children’s. We provide inpatient rehabilitation care at the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children’s, and the VA. In addition, we have several outpatient clinics located throughout the region. Our highly regarded education and training programs include a residency program in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, medical student clerkships, and fellowship training in several areas. We also have degree programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and prosthetics and orthotics, as well as a PhD graduate program in Rehabilitation Science. With our strong research focus, we are among the nation's leading recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CIDC), and other federal and state research funding. Our efforts make the University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine a leader in the field and contribute to a better understanding of the rehabilitation process.

The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine is home to one of the nation’s leading multiple sclerosis (MS) rehabilitation research programs, which is excited to offer an outstanding opportunity for a Research Study Assistant (100% FTE). This individual will join the research team at the UW Multiple Sclerosis Center, a comprehensive multidisciplinary specialty center that serves patients with MS throughout the Pacific Northwest. Current studies focus primarily on enhancing quality of life, improving psychological coping, and managing MS-related symptoms, including fatigue and chronic pain. Several of the clinical trials are evaluating innovative telehealth interventions. The Research Study Assistant will also support a randomized clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of a telehealth pain management intervention (based on cognitive behavior therapy) relative to usual care in persons with chronic pain who are employed, part of an overall grant-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center.

We are seeking a highly motivated, interpersonally skilled, inquisitive, and organized individual to assist with the day-to-day administration of our research program focused on improving the lives of people with MS and other physical disabilities. This is a great opportunity to obtain valuable experience as a coordinator responsible for the daily operations of research studies involving human subjects. As described in greater detail below, responsibilities will include study-specific tasks related to the day-to-day administration of these studies under the direction of a research manager and Drs. Dawn Ehde and Kevin Alschuler, and in conjunction with a team that includes additional faculty (including physicians and psychologists), research staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and volunteers. The research study assistant will also have the opportunity to support team activities related to program management under the direction of the research manager.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Subject Recruitment and Enrollment
Field telephone calls from individuals who have seen recruitment materials for the study and are interested in participating.  Approach individuals via mail, email, telephone and in-person during appointments to see if they would be interested in participating. Screen subjects for eligibility using an approved recruitment script. Verify study eligibility via medical record review as part of the screening process. Answer any questions individuals have about the research study. Obtain informed consent from prospective subjects over the telephone and in person. Ensure proper tracking of the overall outcomes of subject recruitment and enrollment.
Conducting Study Assessments
Schedule, track, and conduct study assessments over the telephone and in-person with enrolled subjects. Administer neuropsychological tests to subjects. Maintain confidentiality of subject records.
Medical Abstraction
Extract technical, medical, and/or behavioral information from institution or clinical records of research subjects. Screen medical records for study eligibility.
Data Entry, Maintenance, and Monitoring
Enter data from telephone and in-person assessments into a Microsoft Access, Box, and/or REDCap database according to project protocol. Track rate of assessments completed. Use statistical and database management programs to analyze data and prepare summary narrative reports, PowerPoint presentations, graphics, tables, and charts.
Database Maintenance
Maintain components of Microsoft Access and REDCap databases.
Subject Contact 
Act as one of the primary contacts for subject inquiries regarding study protocol. Contact subjects regarding missing data. Send and track payments of subjects when applicable.
Other
Perform related duties as needed, including similar work on other research studies.  Other duties may include copying, filing, data entry, updating procedures, attending and reporting at team meetings, etc.

REQUIREMENTS
Two years of college level course work in a relevant academic area AND one year of experience or equivalent education/experience.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
• Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and writing skills.
• Experience recruiting, screening, and enrolling subjects via telephone and in person.
• Experience conducting research interviews or assessments with subjects via telephone around issues related to patient reported outcomes.
• Proficiency in using Microsoft Office, including Access.

DESIRED
• Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a relevant academic area.
• Experience working with people with disabilities.
• Experience using REDCap and other data management systems.
• Familiarity working with ORCA and/or EPIC applications.
• Completion of at least one course in research methods and/or statistics in a social sciences field.
• At least one year’s experience working on a research study examining health issues, or relevant education/experience.

This position will work with clinical research involving human subjects within UW Medicine and therefore clinical RSC training is required.  The training requirement for this position includes UW Medicine-specific as well as general training.

The successful candidate will work during normal business hours (8am-5pm) Monday through Friday, but may be asked occasionally to complete telephone interviews in the evening and weekends to accommodate certain subjects’ schedules.

Equivalent education/experience can substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.
For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.


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