Research Psychometrist

Location
Bethesda, MD
Posted
Aug 09, 2017
Closes
Aug 29, 2017
Function
Analyst, Research
Industry
Research
Hours
Full Time
The contractor will normally work up to 40 hours a week, 0800 to 1630, Monday through Friday (hours may vary). Overtime is not authorized.    Must be a U.S. citizen.

Note:  All DVBIC contract staff working in VA Centers will work as NON-Personal Service contractors

 

Position Summary:

S/he administers and scores objective psychological and neuropsychological tests incorporating pertinent behavioral observations.  S/he will independently employs alternate or modified assessment instruments and/or strategies as necessary.  Scores protocols and provides written summary to support clinical care and/or research protocols.  Maintains a close liaison with neuropsychology staff.  S/he will work collaboratively with staff on clinical and/or research issues and patient concerns and demonstrates appropriate judgment in responding to emergent patient situations.   

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Administers and scores neuropsychological and psychological tests for screening, clinical and/or medical-board related evaluations on patients with traumatic brain injury. Documents behavioral observations and testing notes for incorporation into neuropsychological reports
  • Employs alternate or modified assessment instruments and/or strategies as necessary.
  • Prepares for testing by reviewing pertinent patient medical records and consulting with clinical staff in advance of patient testing.  
  • Actively participates in clinical assessments with staff neuropsychologist(s).
  • Assists with interpreting test results and writing reports of patient assessments.. Reports results that warrant prompt action to the research physicians.
  • Schedules patients for testing and other appointments, escorting subjects as necessary. 
  • Create and maintain paper and/or electronic systems that may be necessary in order to accomplish these tasks (e.g. spreadsheets with contact information) as needed.
  • Maintains a close liaison with neuropsychology staff.
  • Maintain research project records in compliance with study and IRB requirements, as needed.
  • Assists in research activities, following all regulatory requirements as appropriate.
  • Works collaboratively with clinical and research staff on issues and patient concerns and demonstrates appropriate judgment in responding to emergent patient situations.   
  • Maintains testing supplies/files and equipment in an organized manner.  Maintains neuropsychological testing database to track all patients tested on a weekly basis. 
  • Serves as the primary point of contact to respond to requests for neuropsychological data from the VA and MTFs.
  • Participates in feedback for patients and participates/facilitates psycho-education support group(s) as requested.
  • Maintain and update assessment testing skills as appropriate e.g. current version of measures, new measures.
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    Non Primary Responsibilities:                  

  • Other duties consistent with the above responsibilities. 
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    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  The candidate must have excellent interpersonal and computer skills; ability to communicate effectively and to work with individuals of all levels. Knowledge of basic counseling skills is preferred for eliciting cooperation from difficult subjects and ability to adapt to change in evaluating subjects of different disability during complex testing modalities. Excellent communication skills to impart complex test results to other professionals. Incumbent must also pay meticulous attention to detail for accurate instrument completion, scoring, and data entry. Candidates must possess interpersonal skills to work effectively with patients and staff. The incumbent must be able to work comfortably with computer software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Knowledge of procedures and techniques necessary for performing research tasks is favorable.

     

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    Education Bachelor's degree in psychology or related field (MA Preferred).  Training in standard psychological/neuropsychological test administration.  Must maintain appropriate continuing education in their field of work.  Must maintain Continuing Education credit sufficient to maintain both their certification and to meet medical facility specific Quality Assurance standards for credentialing – as applicable.

    Qualifications A minimum of 1-3 years of clinical experience in psychological and cognitive test administration required.  Prior experience assessing traumatic brain injury and/or acquired brain injury strongly preferred.  Experience working with the military population highly desirable.

     

    Required Licenses:  Must have national certification or if staff member has a license they must be able to practice independently in their specialty. 

    For personal service employees, the Contractor employee must have and maintain a current license to practice in any one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands, or any US territory that allows for the independent practice of clinical services.  This license must be current and unrestricted (not subject to restriction pertaining to the scope, location, or type of practice ordinarily granted to other applicants for similar licenses in granting jurisdiction).  

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