Mental Health (Masters-Level) Professional Research Assistant Position

Boulder, CO
Jun 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Mental Health (Masters-Level) Professional Research Assistant Position (PRA)

The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the Institute of Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder offers a full-time position for professionals in the mental health field. This is a one-year position, with the option of extending to a 2-year position (pending funding). Within the CSPV Center, the Let's Connect team consists of 4 licensed psychologists and one Licensed Clinical Social Worker working collaboratively with other social scientists at CSPV. Our team is focused on the dissemination of trauma-informed, evidenced-based family interventions and the ongoing evaluation of the Let's Connect program as a preventive intervention program for children, youth and families.

Let's Connect was developed by the University of Colorado team and is currently undergoing multiple evaluations. Let's Connect is grounded in developmental and clinical research that demonstrates that adult response to child emotion is central in fostering children's emotion regulation, emotional security, and related mental health outcomes. It is considered a promising practice by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Let's Connect has been integrated with trauma-focused treatment (TF-CBT) to enhance outcomes for families experiencing trauma or can be delivered as a stand-alone (individual or group) prevention model. Let's Connect strategies have also been adapted for use in schools and embedded as part of social-emotional learning programming and to create trauma-sensitive school environments.

General Application Requirements
All applicants must hold a masters' degree at the start of their appointment. Other specific requirements are provided below.
Review of applications will be ongoing, with a deadline for applications by July 15, 2017. Invitations for interviews will be made on an ongoing basis. Offers will be extended pending final budgetary approval. Anticipated start date is August 1, 2017 but can be flexible.
General Opportunities
All professionals within the Center have access to a multitude of career development opportunities through the network of collaborators within IBS and across the CU system including a rich range of didactic offerings. The position will include opportunities to offer community-based trainings in the Let's Connect approach to parents, school professionals and community partners as well as mentoring of interns and volunteers. We can provide clinical supervision and oversee direct delivery of service to children, youth and families in order to satisfy requirements for state licensure in psychology or related field that accepts supervision provided by clinical psychologists.
Start Date and Benefits
Start date for the position is targeted to be early August. Benefits are provided according to policies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Position Description

Once the PRA is trained in Let's Connect (LC), their effort will be devoted to serving as a Let's Connect Coach for a community-based research project with the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) entitled Thriving Schools: Social/Emotional Wellness & Behavioral Health funded by Kaiser Permanente. The purpose of this grant is to support teachers and staff to promote social/emotional wellness and address behavioral health within school districts to improve learning outcomes for every student. The PRA will serve as the primary LC coach that will serve elementary, middle, and high schools in Boulder and Nederland, Colorado. The PRA will also have other opportunities to provide training and implementation support to service providers including mental health professionals, teachers and agencies who have contracted with us to use the LC program in their service delivery settings. These settings include schools and other agencies whose mission is to provide evidence-based and trauma-informed prevention for children and families. Given our commitment to research, this position will also involve efforts to collect data regarding the implementation fidelity of the LC program as well as collaboration regarding the publication of these results. Mentorship in grant writing, manuscript preparation, and presenting research at conferences will be offered.

As a part of this position, there will also be opportunities to be trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and work toward TF-CBT certification. The PRA will also receive exposure to other evidence based, trauma-focused treatments such as Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT).
The overall goal is to provide expertise working as clinical service provider capable of applying prevention efforts to address the needs of children, youth and families across existing settings of care. Other research and clinical duties may focus on collaborative research, consultation with existing partners, and presentation of findings at research conferences.
For more information about the position, minimum and preferred qualifications, and requested application materials, interested parties are directed to
Applicants should follow the instructions provided and upload the following documentation:
1. Cover Letter

2. Curriculum Vita (include awarded or expected date of masters' degree)
3. Names of 3 professional references
Qualifications: The preferred candidate will have training and experience conducting mental health service and/or research with children, youth and families, as well as clinical experience with these groups in diverse settings including schools. Ideally, the candidate has a demonstrated interest in social and emotional learning programs, prevention science and the application of evidence-based practices with diverse and underserved populations.

Special Instructions to Applicants:The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment, Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List Systems) check. The immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to foster an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity; the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in the programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Boulder Campus Title IX Coordinator by calling 303-492-2127.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Unofficial transcript(s)

Application Materials Instructions:Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 - Cover Letter; 2 - Curriculum Vita; 3 - The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree; and 4 - Letter of Recommendation. This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10071 - Behavioral Sci Inst-Admin

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jun 22, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Dorothy Watson

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00734484


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