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Part-time Research Interventionist

Salary: $17.00/hour
Location: School of Nursing
Position Status: Part-time
Hours: 20 hours/week
Position Number: 70-86
Open Date: September 14, 2017
FLSA Status: Non-exempt - Grant Funded Position
Notes: Accepting resumes
Send Resume To: apply.interfolio.com/45038


Under the direction of Dr. Linda Garand (Principal-Investigator), the Research Interventionist is responsible for performing responsibilities as described for a Department of Defense-funded Study of "Problem Solving Therapy" (PST, an evidence-based mental health intervention) for family caregivers of post-9/11 Veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The Research Interventionist is responsible for participating in a 3-month training program related to the Problem Solving Therapy (PST) and the study protocol; ultimately obtaining certification as a Problem Solving Therapist from Dr. Jennifer Morse (Co-Investigator, Chatham University). Once certified in PST, the Research Interventionist will be responsible for scheduling and conducting face-to-face PST sessions (following a protocol) with study participants through the Internet (e.g., webcams capable of recording the PST sessions). The Research Interventionist will meet with the PST-Specialist (Dr. Morse) on a weekly basis for feedback regarding PST and fidelity of the treatment protocol.


  • Completes on-line (IRB) training in the ethical conduct of research and protection of human research subjects and HIPAA regulations
  • Completes three months of Problem Solving Therapy (PST) training with Dr. Morse
  • Receives PST Certification from Dr. Morse
  • Contacts study participants to schedule face-to-face PST sessions
  • Delivers and records the 9 PST-training sessions with each study participant (face-to-face, through a study web-cam to the participant's web-cam) - at the participant's convenience (which may include evenings and weekends), approximately every-other-week (over 18-20 weeks).
  • Meets with the PST-Specialist (Dr. Morse) on a weekly basis for feedback on PST treatment fidelity
  • Reports status of participant PST training sessions to the study Project Director weekly
  • Enters data into the statistical software package (SPSS), as needed
  • Performs study related duties and responsibilities as assigned


The work requires Certification as a Problem Solving Therapist. Certification in Problem Solving Therapy (PST) requires a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Clinical Social Work or related field. The work also requires one to two years of counseling experience in a health-related field or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the essential job functions. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Complete Duquesne University Institutional Review Board (IRB) certification in HIPAA regulations and the responsible conduct of research with humans;
  • Complete three months of Problem Solving Therapy (PST) training;
  • Receive Certification in PST;
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and therapeutic (PST) skills;
  • Proficiency in operating computer webcams;
  • Proficiency navigate the Internet;
  • Ability to work independently while scheduling, delivering, and recording PST sessions with study participants in a time and complete manner;
  • Ability to initiate and follow through with work responsibilities and to meet deadlines;
  • Ability and willingness to contribute actively to the mission and to respect the Spiritan Catholic identity of Duquesne University. The mission is implemented through a commitment to academic excellence, a spirit of service, moral and spiritual values, sensitivity to world concerns, and an ecumenical campus community.


Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (http://www.hercjobs.org/oh-western-pa-wv/).

We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting http://www.duq.edu/about/mission-and-identity/mission-statement. Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.

Duquesne University uses Interfolio to collect all faculty and staff job applications electronically. Please send a letter of application describing your experience and interest, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references to apply.interfolio.com/45038.

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.