The Senior Researcher provides scientific leadership and support for the development and implementation of research studies geared at quality improvements of psychiatric care and the development of behavioral health quality measures and other research activities in the Division of Research. The Senior Researcher will also provide consultation to other divisions within the APA.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Develops and implements practice-based research projects related to quality of care, quality improvement, and health policies in areas such as addiction medicine, first episode psychosis, precision medicine, criminal justice, and disaster medicine. More detail listed in sub-bulleted format
Work with the Director and Deputy Director of Research in developing and implementing fundable research projects and networks related to quality of care and quality improvement across various areas of psychiatry such as addiction medicine, military, first episode psychosis, precision medicine, criminal justice, and disaster medicine.
Identify and work with stakeholders related to the various research projects and networks.
Create linkages with other APA quality efforts, including collaboration with the Division of Policy, Programs, and Partnership and the Division of Education on initiatives related to quality improvements and quality of care.
Develops and maintains infrastructure for developing, testing, and implementing behavioral health specific quality measures.
Work with the APA Research Registry Team in the development and maintenance of the infrastructure for developing, testing, and implementing behavioral health specific quality measures.
Develop and maintain a database to track gaps in measure development specific to behavioral medicine to inform the certification process for PsychPRO (e.g., Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) status) and other APA initiatives.
Identify funding opportunities for the development and testing of behavioral health quality measures and develop grant and contract proposals.
Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with key external collaborators in quality measure development and quality of care research.
Collaborates in design and implementation of quantitative analyses of data collected through APA’s PsychPRO, CMS Enclave, NPI Database, DSM-5 Field Trials and other sources to support initiatives that are relevant to APA and its members (e.g., advocacy, policy, DSM-5).
Provide research consultation on advocacy and policy questions for other APA divisions.
Develop and implement analytic plans.
Prepare findings for dissemination.
Manage the DSM-5 Field Trials data and coordinate analytical requests and queries from the field trial sites
Serve as staff liaison for assigned APA Components.
Schedules meetings for assigned Component(s).
Develops agendas, reports, and write minutes for assigned Component(s).
Prepares follow up after meetings and maintains assigned Component(s) files.
Perform other duties as assigned
REQUIRED SKILLS, EXPERIENCE, AND QUALIFICATIONS
Ph.D. in mental health, epidemiology, health services research, public health, or a related field with expertise in substance abuse preferred.
Minimum 4 years post-PhD work experience designing and implementing multiple health services research or clinical outcome research projects, in a mental health field.
Advanced statistical and epidemiologic skills, quantitative data analytic skills, including state-of-the-art multivariate data analytic techniques.
Demonstrated ability designing and conducting quantitative and qualitative research studies.
Demonstrated ability analyzing and publishing research findings related to mental health policy and clinical issues.
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, SAS, ArcGIS or other geospatial software, and SUDAAN software.
Excellent written and oral presentation skills.
Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
Normal demands associated with an office environment.
Ability to work on computer for prolonged periods, communicate with individuals by telephone, e-mail and face to face.
Some travel may be required.
About American Psychiatric Association
American Psychiatric Association (APA) is the world's largest psychiatric organization, with its 37,800 U.S. and international member physicians and 240 employees. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. APA has excellent benefits, including medical, dental, 401k, flexible spending accounts, and tuition assistance. The APA is located in Washington, D.C. within walking distance of the L'Enfant Plaza Metro stop.