HJF is seeking a Research Neuropsychologist to support the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), located in Fort Carson, Colorado. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to DVBIC.
DVBIC is a multi-site medical care, clinical research and education center. It is a unique collaboration of the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system, and civilian partners. The mission of DVBIC is to serve active duty military, their dependents and veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) through state-of-the-art medical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs. DVBIC is primarily responsible for support of clinical operations in the DVBIC network which includes 10 military treatment facilities, 5 veteran hospitals, and 2 community re-entry civilian programs. In addition, the office has visibility and contributes to the expertise of DoD level activity related to traumatic brain injury.
The incumbent will be a licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist who is license eligible in any state and will obtain clinical privileges at Evans Army Community Hospital, and will be American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) certified (or eligible for certification) in Rehabilitation Psychology with extensive knowledge of Neuropsychology and Brain Behavior Relationships. Will also have a good understanding of a variety of approaches to the treatment and rehabilitation of neurological disorders. The incumbent will have clinical and research experience working with patients with TBI.
The incumbent will support the data collection and management in several ongoing research initiatives within DVBIC. Will also assist with and initiate new research proposals and scholarly publications. Will serve as Subject Matter Expert in outcomes assessment of cognitive, emotional and physiological sequelae of traumatic brain injury in troops returning from deployments, and injured in training.
Will be involved in day to day operations of neuropsychological testing and electroencephalographic data collection in randomized controlled trials of novel behavioral, physiological, and cognitive therapies in military populations following traumatic brain injury. The incumbent will assist in the execution of clinical intervention trials; perform outcomes assessment examining cognitive, emotional and physiological sequelae of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in troops returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Will also be responsible for administering and interpreting objective and computer assisted psychological, neuropsychological, and psycho-physiologically-based assessments. The incumbent will assist in the development and clinical execution of specific research protocols and collaborations with civilian, military, veterans and governmental agencies. Will ensure accurate documentation in compliance with all governing regulations.
1. Serves as Associate Investigator at Ft. Carson's DVBIC site for execution of specific research studies (single or multi-center) within DVBIC network such as placebo controlled randomized trials, clinical observational studies, and/or neuroimaging studies in the field of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
2. Assists in the development of research proposals and applications for funding.
3. Administers and interprets standardized neuropsychological tests as research project outcome measures or as clinical evaluation tools, and trains and oversees other research staff in the administration and scoring of standard neuropsychological tests under research protocols.
4. Administers and interprets neurophysiological/electrocortical assessments, and assists with processing of electrocortical research data.
5. Aids in establishing collaborations with medical teams within civilian, military, veterans and governmental agencies.
6. Participates in recruiting, consenting, and conducting initial screening evaluations and detailed clinical interviews of research subjects.
7. Performs laboratory research projects, including collection and organization of psychological, cognitive, psychophysiological and/or physical/physiological data. Makes detailed observations about experiments, participants, and procedures. Maintains clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories and log books.
8. Provides oral and written progress reports to DVBIC managers/Scientific Directors/Department of Clinical Affairs as needed. Assists with the preparation of technical reports, summaries, protocols, and presentations of findings. Presents research findings at scholarly/professional meetings.
9. May perform data entry for research projects and assist in maintaining databases. Provides data analysis and interpretation, primarily using SPSS, Stata and MatLab, and generates reports of statistical data findings. Synthesizes research findings for proposals, manuscripts, conference papers and reports.
10. Assists in establishing and executing data quality-control and verification.
11. Maintains compliance with established laboratory safety and other procedures.
12. Maintains and updates assessment skills.
13. Provides high quality clinical interventions within the context of research protocols requiring individualized assessment and intervention design.
14. Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge. Skills and Abilities: Must have good clinical psychology skills for eliciting cooperation from difficult subjects; ability to adapt to change in evaluating subjects of different disability levels during complex testing modalities; excellent communication skills to convey the implications of complex test results to other professionals. Knowledge of standard psychophysiological and neuropsychological laboratory techniques, ability to follow general instructions, and have excellent analytical skills. Must be very comfortable using computers and all basic Office software, statistical software and other highly technical platforms; knowledge of human anatomy and physiology; ability to write progress reports in a clear and concise manner; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to establish and reach specific goals and performance standards. Will also have significant clinical and research experience working with patients with TBI and will have the following specific competencies: Knowledge of research design and statistical methods; Knowledge of psychometrics and test development; Experience in the use of objective measures of brain functioning (e.g. Psychophysiology, Neuroimaging, etc.); Experience working with treatment approaches focused on recovery of lost function, rather than compensation strategies; Experience in the preparation of manuscripts for publication; Strong public speaking skills; Experience in grant writing. Knowledge of a variety of research funding mechanisms.
Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Rehabilitation Neuropsychology or a related discipline. American Board of Professional Psychology board certification or board eligibility in Clinical Neuropsychology or Rehabilitation Psychology.
Minimum Experience: 2-4 years of experience in neuropsychology and psychophysiology, with demonstrated experience in research.
Physical Capabilities: Walking, including escorting subjects, standing, bending, carrying light items and being able to lift up to 40 pounds. May encounter or work with patients who are confused, agitated, or abusive. Must be able to sit for prolonged periods of time at a computer and/or desk and must possess the cognitive ability to process information of a technical and repetitive nature with extreme accuracy.
Required Licenses. Certification or Registration: Licensure or eligible for licensure in any state. Will be required to obtain clinical privileges at Evans Army Community Hospital. BCIA certification preferred but not required. If hired will obtain Basic First Aid and CPR certification within in 90 days. Also, must maintain current certification through CITI Ethics training for researchers, Good Clinical Practices, and HIPAA training (provided in-house).
Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Reports to Scientific Director.
Work Environment: Office and highly technical laboratory and clinical environments. Occasional travel for conferences, training and presentations will be required.
National Agency Check will be required. Only US Citizens may apply.
Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Vice President of Human Resources.
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HJF is a non-profit medical research organization that provides support services to the military medical community and offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package. AA/EEO
HJF administers innovative medical research, supports education and training, and facilitates collaborations between the military and private medical communities. We provide comprehensive management and scientific services for more than 1,000 basic, clinical and applied research projects conducted around the globe. We also support continuing medical education programs for more than 160 military medical research and treatment facilities, and military medical organizations.