Research Associate Position, University of Pittsburgh
Full-time Research Associate (RA) position available in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of
Pittsburgh. The RA will work on a large, longitudinal research study, the Pittsburgh Girls Study (PGS)
under the direction of Dr. Alison Hipwell and Dr. Kate Keenan. In this NIH-funded study, a sample of
2,450 girls from the City of Pittsburgh has been followed annually for 19 years to track developmental
patterns of psychopathology and contexts of influence. As part of a new project examining lifetime
stress exposure on pregnancy and child health (PGS-ECHO), we are now also following a subsample of
800 PGS participants and their offspring.
RA responsibilities include conducting prenatal face-to-face interviews in the research lab, administering
standardized experimental stress paradigms and collecting psychophysiological data, assisting in coding
observational data and conducting developmental assessments of the offspring (6 -36 months). The RA
will also help enter, manage, track, and analyze data.
The ideal candidate will have an interest in psychological research and working with women and
children; will be organized, attentive to detail and protocol, yet creative in solving problems; will have
excellent interpersonal and communication skills and will work well as a team - each assessment
involves the coordination of several staff members working together.
- Bachelor's degree in Psychology or related field
- Minimum one year work or volunteer experience in a psychology or psychiatry research setting
- Act 33/34/73 Clearances (Child Abuse/Criminal History/FBI)
A two-year commitment is expected.
Must be available to work some weekend and evening hours as needed.
Interested candidates please send a statement of interest, CV, and contact information for three
references to Amy Blackford, email@example.com. Please specify ECHO-RA position in the subject line.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be