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#96514 Sr. Mental Health Researcher

Extended Deadline: Mon 12/17/2018

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/7/18 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/16/18. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


UCSD Department of Psychiatry is one of the most innovative and productive academic departments in the country, offering challenging career opportunities in the diverse areas of advanced educational programs, cutting-edge research, and state-of-the-art clinical services. The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees.

Since 1996, the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC) has been contracted to provide the Data Management and Evaluation Systems / Performance Outcomes contract from County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services. The focus of this contract encompasses four (4) areas: 1) managing and revising of a data management and evaluation service program for Children, Youth & Families Behavioral l Health Services (CYFBHS); 2) overseeing outcomes and quality assurance efforts of CYFBHS System of Care Programs and Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Programs; 3) providing consultation services on program and client outcomes and other related research services and providing system-wide reports for CYFBHS; and 4) providing technical assistance at provider sites on data collection, data management, and data reporting.

Under general supervision, incumbent will work as Sr. Mental Health Researcher for the Systems of Care Evaluation (SOCE) program in the Department of Psychiatry’s Child and Adolescent Services Research Center. The focus of services is on the continuous assessment of the quality of care being delivered by the 80+ participating community-based clinic sites that are part of the SOCE program, in accordance with federal, state and local laws, regulations and policies. Duties involve executing program-level and systemwide reporting for all PEI study sites and overseeing the execution of County PEI projects; establishing, prioritizing and monitoring project timelines and tasks related to data collection and analyses for multiple research projects; providing advice and expertise to personnel on children’s mental health system and research plans and projects; coordinating data collection, analysis and reporting for 10+ participating community-based Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) study sites, including data entry and extraction from the complex clinical Health Outcomes Measurement System (HOMS) Database and study measures.

Sr. Mental Health Researcher will manage, maintain, analyze and report on Full Service Provider (FSP) data entered into the State-developed Data Collection and Reporting (DCR) database, as well as provide DCR data entry support to FSP programs. Provide oversight to Research Assistants on PEI and FSP research tasks. Other duties include ad hoc research analyses in response to County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services (BHS) Administration requests, communication and collaboration with the BHS staff, database management and coordination of data from external sources, statistical analyses, manuscript preparation and submission, authorship or co-authorship of manuscripts for publication in scientific journals; Performance Improvement Project (PIP) consultation, and original contribution to collaborative publications and research design and procedures. Use advanced knowledge and skills of research methodology and psychology to make significant independent contributions to the development of the overall plan of approach to research questions. Supervise and perform a wide variety of networking tasks that require ingenuity, resourcefulness, and flexibility.


  • Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of mental health care for children and families, as typically acquired by a Master's or Ph.D. degree in Psychology, Social Work or related field, or the equivalent in education and experience.

  • Experience with publicly provided children’s mental health services.

  • Demonstrated skill in advanced statistical analysis.

  • Advanced working knowledge of statistical software packages such as SPSS or SAS including the ability to write syntax in SPSS.

  • Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Access and Excel.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of data collection strategies for mental health system outcomes and assessment.

  • Experience with large databases such as CCBH/Millenium, DCR, and/or ETO.

  • Strong knowledge of Evidence-Based practices children’s mental health, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

  • Extensive theoretical understanding of children’s mental health services, particularly in the assessment outcome measurement.

  • Comprehensive understanding of the public behavioral healthcare system in San Diego County.

  • Demonstrated experience in making original contributions to manuscript preparation.

  • Proven ability to develop reports and make oral presentations.

  • Proven ability to communicate research results effectively on the telephone, in writing, and in person.

  • Demonstrated experience in public relations and forming working alliances and building rapport with other mental health and research professionals.

  • Excellent computer and data management skills.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical, including drug screening.

  • The position will be located at Rady Children’s Hospital.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!


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UC San Diego School of Medicine
Payroll Title:
PSYCHIATRY/Child and Adolescent
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
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RX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday


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