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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Youth Depression and Suicide Prevention Research Program (YDSP) is seeking a part-time research associate to assist with an intervention development study for adolescents. The research associate will assist with recruiting research participants, conducting study assessments, delivering a study intervention with adolescents and families, monitoring data, responding to risk management alerts requiring following up with (calling) participants, and adhering to the study protocol. The research associate will be a mental health professional with a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, or a related health field.

: literature searches, preparing presentations and manuscripts, project management tasks (maintaining database, IRB applications, progress reports, etc.), participant recruitment, survey administration, processing participant incentives, and data entry. The Research Associate will have a strong interest in mental health research and psychology, public health, social work, or a related field.


  • Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
  • Recruiting participants
  • Administering study questionnaires and conducting follow-up assessments with adolescents and families
  • Delivering a study intervention with adolescents and families (training provided)
  • Assisting with study risk management
  • Assisting with other study activities as needed (e.g., assembling study training materials, conducting literature searches, scheduling assessments, processing participant incentives)
  • Adherence to research procedures/protocols
  • Maintaining confidential participant files
  • Assisting supervisor with project management, including institutional review board applications
  • Recruiting participants and administering surveys
  • Other administrative tasks related to current projects

Required Qualifications*

Master's Degree in Social Work, Psychology or related mental health field; previous clinical experience; interpersonal comfort, good communication and clinical interviewing skills; transportation; careful record keeping with attention to detail.

Desired Qualifications*

Previous clinical research and psychotherapy experience; experience with Motivational Interviewing

Work Schedule

Afternoons, evenings, and weekends will be required during active study phases.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Background Screening

Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.