Advance Directive and Mental Health Law Research Assistant

Charlottesville, VA
May 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Advance Directive and Mental Health Law Research Assistant

Position Type: University Operational and Administrative Staff

Department: School of Law

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 05-17-2017

Posting Summary:
The University of Virginia School of Law is seeking an Advance Directive and Mental Health Law Research Assistant. This is a 40 hour/week staff position supporting research efforts in the Law School's Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy. The Research Assistant will be integrally involved in two project areas. The first project involves implementing and researching a statewide project that aims to integrate Advance Directives (ADs) into routine care. The project focuses largely on ADs for planning for mental health crises and ADs for planning for living with dementia. The RA will be involved in meetings with our collaborators, developing resources, collecting data via interviews with mental health care consumers, analyzing data, and preparing grant proposals.

The second project involves research efforts on mental health law reform and civil commitment practices in Virginia. The Research Assistant will assist PI and study staff through data analysis, editorial assistance, records management and analysis for electronic processing, which will involve compiling, coding, categorizing and storing data in the electronic format. In addition, the incumbent assists with report writing and literature searches for study faculty and collaborates with other team members outside UVA to further goals of the research study.

Requirements include an undergraduate degree with coursework in statistics and analysis.

This is a grant-funded position that is contingent upon continued funding.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Ability to work accurately with attention to detail.
2. Ability to resolve problems and make decisions independently.
3. Strong interpersonal skills, such as working collaboratively in teams and/or providing feedback to others.
4. Knowledge of statistics.
5. Ability to clean and maintain data
6. Ability to organize, record, and summarize meetings
7. Ability to design charts and diagrams
8. Demonstrated initiative. A self-starter.

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