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Research on Youth Mental Health in Publicly Funded Settings
[Start date: Summer 2021]

Applications are invited for a research associate under the direction of Sarah Kate Bearman, Ph.D. in the Laboratory for Leveraging Evidence and Advancing Practice for Youth Mental Health (LEAP Lab) at UT Austin. Activities will include assisting with an NIMH-funded randomized clinical trial of the FIRST treatment protocol (Weisz & Bearman, 2020), The work involves multi-site collaboration with Harvard University (PI John Weisz) and UT Austin (PI Sarah Kate Bearman). Duties will also include assisting with a longitudinal study of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children and their families called Thriving Together (PIs Esther Calzada and Sarah Kate Bearman). Both projects are based in the LEAP Lab and will involve working on a team with postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate volunteers.

This is a research position, with primary responsibilities that include:

•    Coordination with personnel in partnering community clinics for a randomized clinical trial testing a principle-guided psychotherapy [the FIRST program, Weisz & Bearman 2020] for children and adolescents. The intervention addresses anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, post- traumatic stress, and conduct-related problems and disorders (40%).
•    Recruitment and retention for a study of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children and their families attending Title-1 elementary schools in South Texas, including assessment administration, tracking and follow up (40%)
•    Data entry and cleaning, assisting with IRB and grants proposal, literature searches and manuscript preparation (20%).

Strong applicants will have:

•    At least 1 year volunteer, part-time, or full-time research experience in psychology
•    At least 1 year volunteer, part-time, or full-time experience working directly with
children or adolescents
•     Bachelor’s or master’s degree in psychology or a related field
•    Bilingual in English and Spanish
Additional Qualifications—Preferred:

Strong academic qualifications, previous clinical psychology research experience, and an interest in applying for a graduate degree in psychology

Experience with Qualtrics (e.g., survey development, administration, troubleshooting), Excel, and statistical software (e.g., SPSS, R)

Excellent communication, writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills, as well as meticulous attention to detail

Applicants should be able to commit to one year, with the option of additional years
contingent on mutual consent and funding. The position is full-time and includes some evening
and weekend work. Anticipated start date is between June and July 2021.

Applicants should submit (1) a letter of interest (2) curriculum vitae or resume (3) names and contact information for three professional references, to the link below: