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Job Summary

University of Michigan researchers are seeking Certified Peer Support Specialists (CPSSs) or Peer Recovery Coaches (PRC) to deliver a peer mentorship intervention to participants enrolled in the PREVAIL study. This is a one-year, remote position. Participants are recruited for the PREVAIL study from Michigan Medicine, Henry Ford Macomb, and Henry Ford Wyandotte hospitals, when they are psychiatrically hospitalized due to suicide risk. After discharge, participants may receive 3 months of peer mentorship through our study. The PREVAIL peer mentorship intervention consists of a series of semi-structured conversations that aim to increase hope and belongingness and decrease future suicide risk. 

The Peer Specialist Research Assistant will receive a 3-day training on the PREVAIL study intervention. They meet remotely with participants 1-2 times per week, one-on-one, via telephone or video call for the duration of the intervention. Peers also participate in weekly group supervision meetings with a licensed clinical psychologist.


  • Peers will participate in a 3-day (24 hour), paid, virtual training on the PREVAIL intervention. They will also complete all online new hire trainings required by Michigan Medicine.
  • Peers will carry a caseload of approximately 2 to 5 participants at a time, and can expect to work between 5 and 10 hours per week for the length of the study.
  • Peers will complete a brief progress note for each participant encounter.
  • Peers will remotely attend weekly clinical supervision meetings.

Required Qualifications*

  • Candidates must be certified by the State of Michigan as a Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS) or a Peer Recovery Coach (PRC). 
  • Candidates must have at least one year of professional peer experience. It is not necessary to have been certified for that entire time.
  • Candidates must be able to speak to their own lived experience with suicidality and what was helpful for their recovery.
  • Candidates must be available to remotely attend weekly supervision meetings and to meet remotely with participants.

Work Schedule

Schedule is variable. Peers will be responsible for scheduling meetings with participants, and can schedule these on evenings and weekends if needed. Evening supervision is available. 5-10 hours per week.

Work Locations

All job duties will be conducted remotely.

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. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Background Screening

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

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


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