Job Description

Payroll Title:
PSYCHIATRY/Geriatric Research
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, M-F

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#113408 Research Coordinator (Mental Health and Aging)

Extended Review Date: Tue 1/25/2022

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

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 12/22/2021 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 01/03/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


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.

The Staff Research Associate will coordinate the Mobile-Assisted Compassion Training for Seniors and other research studies focusing on mental health, healthy and successful aging in middle-aged and older adults. The incumbent will coordinate the development of a manual for an online program to decrease loneliness in older adults and train other facilitators to administer the program to this population. The incumbent will work with the study recruiter to identify participants and oversee the administration and scoring of psycho-social testing for the study and will liaison with PI and Co-Investigators in the research project to resolve problems and provide updates. Work with the study recruiter to insure recruitment and retention goals are achieved as proposed in the study. The incumbent will also contribute to other Schizophrenia and Aging related research studies with neuropsych assessment and collection of data from physical devices.


  • Theoretical knowledge as required in a Bachelor's degree in psychology or cognitive sciences or a combination of education and experience.

  • Two (2+) or more years of experience on research studies focusing on healthy aging, mental illness and biological aging in middle-aged and older adults.

  • Experience delivering mobile therapy and loneliness intervention to study participants.

  • Experience training participants and research associates on research related interventions.

  • Proven ability to administer and score psychological tests (e.g., WRAT 4, MATRICS, DFEFS) accurately and following standard protocol.

  • Proven knowledge and ability with administering psychological assessments to older patients with schizophrenia and normal comparison subjects.

  • Demonstrated experience in working with older adults with psychosis and knowledge of Gerontology.

  • Experience working with physical activities measurement tools and devices including Fitbit, and Apnealink.

  • Knowledge about psychiatric disorders and DSM terminology.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to use tact and diplomacy with psychiatric patients, faculty and institutional staff, as well as when representing the agency in the community.

  • Behavioral observation skills. Well organized and adept at generating and keeping accurate records. Must be detail oriented.

  • User level (non-programming) experience with computers. Proven skill with personal computers, word processing, spreadsheet, email software, etc.

  • Knowledge of MS Access Databases.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Proven experience implementing all study protocols and assist in the development of new protocols, procedures and guidelines.

  • Experience working with the study recruiter to insure recruitment and retention goals are achieved as proposed in the study.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must be willing to work occasional non-traditional work schedule (flexible schedule and/or weekends and/or overtime).
  • Must have access to reliable transportation, a valid CA driver's license and acceptable driving record and be willing to travel off-site to conduct assessments.
  • Must be able and willing to work with older adults, some with serious Mental Illnesses and have advanced training in social work and knowledge of Aging and Gerontology research.
  • Must have experience with medical education training.

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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