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As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#116333 Behavioral Health Services Field Researcher

Filing Deadline: Fri 5/27/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 05/18/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/27/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will work a hybrid schedule which includes a combination of working both onsite at Rady Children’s Hospital and remote.


The UCSD Department of Psychiatry is one of the most innovative and productive academic departments in the country, offering challenging career opportunities in the diverse areas of advanced educational programs, cutting-edge research, and state-of-the-art clinical services. The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees.

Since 1996, the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC) has been contracted to provide the Data Management and Evaluation Systems / Performance Outcomes contract from County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services. The focus of this contract encompasses four (4) areas: 1) managing and revising of a data management and evaluation service program for Children, Youth & Families Behavioral l Health Services (CYFBHS); 2) overseeing outcomes and quality assurance efforts of CYFBHS System of Care Programs and Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Programs; 3) providing consultation services on program and client outcomes and other related research services and providing systemwide reports for CYFBHS; and 4) providing technical assistance at provider sites on data collection, data management, and data reporting.

As a part of MHSA, BHS is funding a number of other initiatives, including Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) programs, which are intended to intervene before clinical mental health problems develop to prevent clients from entering the mental health system, or to provide assistance early in the onset of mental health problems to ameliorate issues and reduce the symptoms and functional impact of the mental health condition. CASRC oversees the outcomes and quality assurance efforts for the PEI programs, and works with the PEI programs that target children to assist with the selection and collection of outcomes measures. Full Service Partnership (FSP) programs, which provide services to children who may have serious mental illnesses, are also funded by MHSA; CASRC oversees data entry and reporting for these programs as well.

The Behavioral Health Services Field Researcher (BHS-FR) will work for the System of Care Evaluation (SOCE) program in the Department of Psychiatry’s Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC).

Under supervision, primary duties include comprehensive support of Program Performance Improvement (PPI) projects, support of the Community Experience Project (CEP) and its components, research and analysis related to ad hoc report requests from CYFBHS management and partners, and assistance with Full Service Partnership (FSP) and Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI) program evaluation. The BHS-FR will work with Senior Researchers to compose SPSS syntax for data analysis, and ensure functionality of syntax prior to analysis of each wave of data collection. With guidance, the BHS-FR will support the PI, Program Coordinator, and Senior Researchers with data analyses, using descriptive and inferential statistics to address specific research questions and to prepare data for presentation, manuscripts, abstracts, poster presentations, grant applications, and progress reports.

Other duties include literature reviews, preparing and administering survey instruments, tracking and downloading data using web-based survey programs, managing data using SPSS and web-based data collection programs, preparing of reports and presentations, assisting with focus groups, attending biweekly project management meetings, processing data from a biennial State-mandated satisfaction survey, and supporting other SOCE projects as needed.


  • Six (6) years of related experience, education/training, OR a Bachelor’s degree in related area plus two (2) years of related experience/training.

  • Proficient research and analytical skills. Proven ability to read, comprehend, and discuss research materials.

  • Proven experience managing data and performing basic descriptive analyses using SPSS or R software.

  • Demonstrated experience using Qualtrics or similar web-based data collection platform.

  • Working knowledge of safety, legal, cultural and regulatory requirements relative to field research responsibility. Working knowledge of Psychiatry, Psychology or mental health services in social science.

  • Working knowledge of behavioral health service systems for children, youth and families.

  • Proficient computer skills using Microsoft Office; specifically, Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.

  • Experience in testing web-based survey data for accuracy and completeness according to study protocols. Ability to download web-based survey data and track participant completion.

  • Proven ability to ensure functionality of web survey including conditional breaks, tailoring for subgroups of participants, and complex skip patterns; demonstrated ability to make timely modifications as study targets change based on ongoing data analyses.

  • Demonstrated experience utilizing an electronic bibliographic database such as Endnote (or comparable program).

  • Ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships and partnerships with remote research partners. Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to develop collaborations and professional relationships between research staff and community agencies.

  • Strong communication skills with project team members. Proven ability to communicate effectively in writing, in person and on the phone.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of evidence-based practices in mental health, substance use, or social service agencies.

  • Demonstrates ability to work in ambiguous conditions.

  • Working knowledge of research discipline, principles, concepts, analysis and / or operations being conducted at field / remote sites.

  • Working knowledge of local customs and operations at field / remote sites.


  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Annual TB test and flu vaccination required to be in accordance with Rady Children’s Hospital health requirements.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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