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Rady Children's Hospital
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#117780 Behavioral Health Services Researcher III

Initial Review Date: Thu 8/11/2022

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 08/02/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 08/11/2022. 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.


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 (BHS). 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 Health Services (CYFBHS); 2) overseeing outcomes and quality assurance efforts of BHS 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.

CASRC also collaborates with the County of San Diego Child Welfare Services (CWS) division on multiple research and evaluation studies. Research and evaluation studies are committed to principles of co-learning and healthy equity actions.

Under general supervision, the incumbent will work as a Behavioral Health Services Researcher 3 for both the System of Care Evaluation (SOCE) project and the Community Services for Families (CSF) program evaluation in the Department of Psychiatry’s Child and Adolescent Services Research Center. The focus of service is on the continuous assessment of the quality of care being delivered by the 80+ participating Behavioral Health Services (BHS) community-based clinics that are part of the SOCE program, in accordance with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and policies. Similarly, the CSF evaluation is comprised of direct data collection with parents involved in the Child Welfare Services (CWS) system who are participating in contract services for the purposed of quality of care, fidelity of services, and family outcomes.

Duties involve taking the lead role in State-mandated Performance Improvement Projects (PIPs), including establishing, prioritizing, and monitoring project timelines and tasks related to development, administration, fidelity assessment, data collection, and analyses for each PIP; collaborating with Principal Investigator and Senior Researchers on multiple difficult and complex research projects in response to County of San Diego BHS and CWS ad hoc requests; communication and collaboration with the BHS and CWS and contracting agency staff; coordination of data from external sources; statistical analyses; authorship or co-authorship of manuscripts for publication in scientific journals; and original contribution to collaborative publications and research design and procedures.

The Behavioral Health Services Researcher 3 uses advanced knowledge and skills of research methodology, psychology and public mental health services to make significant independent contributions to the development of the overall plan of approach to research questions, and performs a wide variety of networking tasks that require ingenuity, resourcefulness, and flexibility.


  • Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of mental health care for children and families in Psychology, Social Work or related field, or the equivalent in education and experience.

  • Extensive and comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge of publicly provided children’s mental health and child welfare services in San Diego County.

  • Proven skills to independently plan and organize research studies, troubleshoot, and analyze data from large public service systems.

  • Demonstrated skill in advanced statistical analysis.

  • Advanced working knowledge of statistical software packages such as SPSS or R including the ability to write syntax in SPSS.

  • Proven experience with Performance Improvement Projects focused on children’s mental health.

  • Strong knowledge of Evidence-Based Practices children’s mental health, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

  • Advanced knowledge of psychological assessment / outcome measurement.

  • Demonstrated experience with large databases and advanced data management.

  • Experience preparing written reports, which summarize research on publicly provided children’s mental health and child welfare services in San Diego County.

  • Strong ability to make original contributions to research design and publication and experience working within a research team.

  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills including flexibility in order to work effectively with staff, county administrators, colleagues, and consultants.

  • Demonstrated ability to form working alliances and build rapport with other mental health and research professionals.

  • Expertise to translate scientific language into easily understood concepts for widespread dissemination via reports and oral presentations.

  • Verifiable demonstrated scientific writing skills and experience working within a research team.


  • Master's or Ph.D. degree in Psychology, Social Work or related field.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • May occasionally be required to work non-standard hours.
  • Annual TB test, flu vaccination and background check 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).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

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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