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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

We are looking for a self-led, detail-oriented candidate to be a part of our growing team. The Research Therapist in this role will deliver a manualized intervention for In.Reach, a multi-year research study. In.Reach aims to test a motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy (MI-CBT) based intervention to reduce harms in patients with alcohol use disorder. Additionally, tasks include coding for manualized intervention fidelity, risk assessment and management and other study related tasks such as assisting with recruitment and participant tracking efforts. This position is a great opportunity to work at the intersection of research and clinical practice, practice MI and CBT, and contribute to cutting-edge research to improve care for people with substance use disorders via telemedicine. As a part of Michigan Medicine, this position comes with vast learning opportunities and competitive benefits, including the possibility for limited licensure supervision. This position provides the opportunity to work with a thriving and positive team, with opportunities for career mentoring and growth.


As a research therapist, you will get a chance to work with a diverse group of participants who experience alcohol use disorder. You will be responsible for delivering a manualized MI-CBT intervention with high fidelity. These sessions will take place over the phone or video. Additional tasks associated with this role include: participating in supervision with other clinical staff, attending team meetings, completing ongoing training, and data entry, completing qualitative interviews with research participants, and assisting with recruitment activities as needed. The research therapist will be responsible for conducting risk assessments for suicide and other safety concerns when necessary. Flexible hours are available for staff while we work remotely, however; this role will require occasional flexibility to work weekend and evening hours when necessary to best serve our patient population.

Required Qualifications*

  • A Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Public Health or a similar area of study is required.
  • A minimum of 4 years of related experience.
  • Previous course work or practice experience with Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Research Methods is necessary. 
  • Excellent organizational skills, professionalism, attention to detail, ability to work independently but also within a team, personable, and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines are all required for success in this position.
  • Now that we are working remotely, a quiet, private space at home to work consistent hours and participate in video meetings is required.
  • Ability to and comfort with making phone and video calls from home is necessary.
  • This project will serve a widespread and vulnerable population.
  • Ability to work with and advocate for a diverse range of participants is required.

Desired Qualifications*

  • A fully prepared candidate for this role has a background in research methods and has practiced CBT and/or MI with a similar population. 
  • Experience using MS Excel, Access, and REDCap is preferred.
  • Previous experience with substance using populations is preferred, but not required.
  • The job will require flexibility in order to meet project deadlines and goals; therefore, a strong ability to problem-solve is highly desired.
  • Our team communicates primarily over Zoom meetings and instant messages, thus comfort with technology and remote communication is preferred.
  • Knowledge of and experience with qualitative research techniques is preferred.
  • Must be a self-starter, able to work independently, and able to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • We are looking for someone who enjoys what they do!

Work Schedule

Our team typically works 9-5/8-4, 5 days a week. However, we are flexible with scheduling when necessary and do sometimes require our team flex their schedules to take weekend or evening shifts when scheduling with hard-to-reach participants. At least one evening of availability is needed in order to accommodate the busy lives of the patient population that we serve.

Work Locations

Currently, our research project is fully operational remotely. We are all working in our homes. Our office is located at the Ann Arbor North Campus Research Center, building 16.

Background Screening

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

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.

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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