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PS Research Psychologist

University of Utah
Utah, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jun 13, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine
Employment Level
Employment Type
Part Time

PS Research Psychologist

Job Summary

The Research Psychologist will play a crucial role in conducting innovative research projects focusing on maternal-child health, contributing to the advancement of medical knowledge, and promoting evidence-based practices in the field of psychology. The successful candidate will collaborate with interdisciplinary teams across obstetrics, neonatology and pediatrics, engage in data collection, ultimately resulting in the dissemination of research findings through publications and presentations. The candidate will be jointly employed by the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics. Candidates will also have the opportunity to participate in the clinical care setting through the Utah Developmental Assessment Clinics at the University of Utah if desired. Both full-time and part-time options are available with flexible hours to accommodate both the qualified candidate and research participants. Research assessments are the primary focus of this position, but there are also clinical opportunities available if desired by applicant.

Essential Functions
  • Complete childhood neurodevelopmental testing for research studies (primarily National Institutes of Health funding), utilizing appropriate methodologies, to investigate various psychological phenomena and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field.
  • Follow study protocols, including surveys, interviews, behavioral observations, and psychological tests. Interpret data for entry in on-line research tools.
  • Work closely with other researchers, psychologists, clinicians, and healthcare professionals to foster collaboration and ensure rigorous completion of study procedures and for clinical care (if clinical care component is desired).
  • Ensure research activities adhere to ethical standards, including obtaining appropriate informed consent, protecting participant confidentiality, and following institutional and regulatory guidelines.
  • Assist in the management of research study visits related to child neurodevelopment.
  • Keep abreast of current developments and emerging trends and participate in professional development activities.

Problem Solving
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above.
  • Program development and evaluation skills.
  • Outreach consultation skills.
  • Demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills.
  • Ability to provide care appropriate to the population served.
  • Ability to provide patient care to patients and families resistant to treatment and delivering quality care within the constraints of managed care.

Team Culture
  • Supports an inclusive, transparent and supportive work environment
  • Reliable, displays a positive attitude, does not engage in gossip, supports the team and is flexible
  • Communicates problems, issues and frustrations to supervisor and/or OB/WCSL Leadership

University of Utah Health Benefits Package University of Utah Health is proud to offer a generous benefits package! Our healthcare plans include medical and dental coverage, prescriptions, basic vision coverage, and behavior health benefits. Employees are eligible for a discount of up to $40 per month on their premiums for participating in our Well-U Wellness Program. Our retirement plan includes automatic enrollment into our University-funded 401(a) plan with a contribution rate of 14.2%! Additional benefits include half-off tuition for employees, their spouses, and their dependent children, University-provided Part I life insurance, and discounts through many retail vendors who have teamed up with the University. Visit our Benefits website for more information at

Work Environment and Level of Frequency that may be required
  • Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required
  • Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.
  • Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.
  • Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications
Ph.D or Psy.D. degree from an APA accredited graduate program in counseling, school or clinical psychology or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience).
Current licensure as a Psychologist in the State of Utah.
One year experience in psychotherapy, group or family therapy within a clinical setting.
Experience with hospital- based psychological practices (inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization and / or outpatient).
Experience with individual, family, and group psychotherapy; and a variety of assessment experiences including intellectual, neuropsychological, and affective/behavioral assessment.
Licensed for two years or more, and experience, training, or interest in providing clinical supervision to interns and residents.
Completion of an APA-approved doctoral internship.
This position is patient-sensitive and must fulfill all associated requirements. We protect our patients, coworkers and community by requiring all patient-sensitive employees to be immunized according to CDC standards and hospital policy. Limited exemptions may be made for documented medical contraindications or religious beliefs that object to vaccinations.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

  • Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Psychology (or a related field) from an accredited institution. A focus on research methodologies, experimental design, and childhood neurodevelopmental testing is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting psychological research or training that would enable success in performing and interpreting exams under the direction of skilled neuroscientists and study data coordinating centers. Testing would include exams such as the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development 3 and 4, Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence, and the Differential Ability Scales (DAS) II School Age and Early Years, Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP) and Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS).
  • Ability to work effectively in interdisciplinary teams, and collaborate with other clinicians, healthcare professionals, and research study personnel.
  • Strong understanding of ethical considerations in research involving human participants and the ability to adhere to institutional and regulatory guidelines.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to present neurodevelopmental testing findings in a clear and concise manner.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple research projects simultaneously.
  • Proactive approach to research, willingness to explore innovative research approaches, and ability to think critically and creatively.
  • Ability to work effectively with young children and their families, including children with physical, emotional and cognitive differences, to ensure a positive interaction with the research team.
  • Interest in performing clinical assessments in young children.

Special Instructions

Requisition Number: PRN38832B
Full Time or Part Time? Part Time
Work Schedule Summary: Monday - Friday. Flexible within standard business hours.
Department: 00931 - Ob/Gyn Research Network
Location: Campus
Pay Rate Range: DOE
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

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