Student Worker

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous

Department Overview

The Department of Psychiatry has active clinical and basic research programs related to mental health disorders. Researchers in the Department are awarded over $5 million annually in grant activity over a dozen funded faculty members.

The researchers within the Department of Psychiatry are actively involved and focused on various mental health conditions and cross-disorder mechanisms. These include ADHD/attention disorders, autism spectrum disorders, brain development in healthy and at-risk youth, post-traumatic stress disorder and effects of trauma, depression, psychoneuroimmunology (interactions between the immune and central nervous systems), alcoholism and risk, drug abuse and addiction, psychological aspects of pain management in adult veterans and in children, and implementation science (that is, now to create effective treatments). We recognize the importance of finding more effective ways evaluate, diagnose, and to treat these conditions which plague so many people today.

Function/Duties of Position

The student worker will support the ADHD Research Study at OHSU. This project is conducting large federally funded studies on children’s attention, behavior, learning, neuroimaging, and cognition. Planned and pending are studies of genetics, environmental toxicants, and family stressors. This project is directed by Professor Joel Nigg, Ph.D.

We are seeking a Masters level clinical student to assist with administering research visits in a culturally competent manner to participating families of the study. Clinical students will be in direct contact with children and their parents and will gain useful experience conducting child and adult psychosocial assessments. Duties include administering child and parent semi-structured clinical interviews (KSAD, SCID), viewing and scoring of taped interviews, psychological testing, clinical write-ups, scoring, quality ratings, data entry, preparation of data for the clinical diagnostic team, and other general laboratory duties in support of the goals of the study.

Required Qualifications

  • Enrolled in or on vacation from or is otherwise registered in Graduate Program (minimum 4.5 credit hours)
  • Must have knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide culturally competent clinical screenings to a diverse client population
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate level program in Psychology (PsyD or PhD), Social Work (MSW), Counseling (MA) or other mental health major with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Coursework and/or experience in developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, child behavior, and statistics
  • Knowledge of DSM-IV and DSM-5 criteria
  • Knowledge of computer application software (SysTat, SPSS, Excel)

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