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Research Assistant Professor



Applications are being accepted for a Research Assistant Professor faculty position in the area of behavioral health. Candidates should have a PhD in social work, public health, health services research or a related program to be considered the position.

The Lower Shore Clinic (LSC) has partnered with the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW) to fund a full time Research Assistant Professor (RAP) for an initial period of three years. This UMSSW RAP faculty member will be embedded at the LSC and work with LSC administration, clinical staff, and consumers to research and develop an evidenced-based theory and translation into practice for behavioral health programs using the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) as the main driver of the model of care. Using the LSC model of care as the framework and LSC clinical and billing data, the UMSSW RAP will research the effectiveness of this model with a goal of identifying what works and what does not work, while fully collaborating with LSC stakeholders to build out innovative strategies that improve practices in combination with nudge concepts designed to improve outcomes for patients and the broader community.

The successful candidate is expected to split their work between the LSC in Salisbury, Maryland, and the School of Social Work. Successful candidates should be able to design research studies in community-based settings, use innovative research methods and conduct data analyses for populations with complex behavioral health conditions; conduct surveys, focus groups, and/or interviews; administer research grants; supervise research staff, including students; engage a diverse set of stakeholders and community-based providers; conduct data analyses; generate statistical reports; write interim and final reports; assist with grant development and grant applications; and write for peer-reviewed publications.

The School of Social Work is deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, and diversity and welcomes applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, sexual minority groups, and other candidates who will contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives.

Qualifications :
  • Function as lead researcher for LSC-UMSSW Exploring the Social Determinants of Health Model of Care for Integrated Primary and Behavioral Healthcare project .
  • Perform research duties including design research studies in community-based settings, conducting cost effectiveness studies of community behavioral health interventions, working with claims and health information exchange data, survey and interview data collection, maintenance of relevant data systems, data analysis and interpretation, assist with grant development and grant applications, and write for peer-reviewed publications.
  • Perform administrative duties such as conducting supervising research staff, monitoring grant budgets, maintain communication with LSC community stakeholders, and work with the School of Social Work Communications Team related to relevant projects.
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrates and supports a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrates skill in understanding of cultural differences.
The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Created by SSW Office Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and SSW Office of Human Resources. The School of Social work is dedicated to building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a pluralistic environment. We encourage applications from women, minority groups, veterans and people with disabilities.

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