Perinatal Anxiety Screening Study Interviewer

University of British Columbia

Staff – Non Union

Job Category
Non Union Technicians and Research Assistants

Job Profile
Non Union Hourly – Research Assistant /Technician 3

Job Title
Perinatal Anxiety Screening Study Interviewer

Fairbrother Laboratory Department of Family Practice Faculty of Medicine

Compensation Range
$27.29 – $32.18 CAD Hourly

Posting End Date
October 26, 2023

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above.

Job End Date

Oct 31, 2024

One year commitment required with possibility of extension. Some flexibility of 15 to 37.5 hours/week, depending on availability.

At UBC, we believe that attracting and sustaining a diverse workforce is key to the successful pursuit of excellence in research, innovation, and learning for all faculty, staff and students. Our commitment to employment equity helps achieve inclusion and fairness, brings rich diversity to UBC as a workplace, and creates the necessary conditions for a rewarding career. 

Job Summary

The selected candidate will be required to work with the lead investigator and lead interviewer to administer (via telephone or zoom) and score the Diagnostic Assessment Research Tool for DSM-5-TR (DART-5) in a perinatal sample. The candidate will also support project administration as needed. There are no known hazards.

The Perinatal Anxiety Screening Study: The primary objective of this research project is to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of proposed screening tools for perinatal anxiety and related disorders (AD).

This position provides an opportunity to receive significant training and experience in the administration of mental health assessments and epidemiological research.

Organizational Status
The incumbent will report to the principal investigator, Dr. Nichole Fairbrother, and the lead interviewer and will work independently, as well as collaboratively, with members of Perinatal Anxiety Research lab.
Work Performed

  • Administer and score DART interview

  • Consult with the Principal Investigator and lead interviewer regarding assessment tool scoring, as needed

  • Schedule study interviews

  • Support project administration as needed 

  • Ensure accurate and detailed research records are maintained

  • Liaise with study participants & staff

  • Assist in making mental health referrals for interested participants

Consequence of Error/Judgement
The incumbent is required to conduct all research activities in an ethical manner, suited to the proper activities of the University of British Columbia and to the professional organizations governing themselves and those governing the activities of the Director and all other investigators. This work is performed within well-defined guidelines. Any procedures or data recorded as part of a study must be accurate and must accurately reflect the work performed. Strict confidentiality of all study participants must be adhered to.  All activities involving participants are accountable to the Principal Investigator, the Department Head, and the candidate’s governing professional organization.
Supervision Received
The incumbent will work under the general supervision of Principal Investigator, who is located in Victoria, BC. New or unusual problems will be referred to a superior. The Principal Investigator will supervise and support all research activities.  The interviewer will receive specific instruction on data collection procedures and techniques by the Principal Investigator and investigative team.
Supervision Given
The incumbent will have some supervisory responsibilities for a small group of employees at lower classifications and will have input into staff selection and performance evaluation.
Minimum Qualifications
Completion of a relevant technical program or a university degree in a relevant discipline and a minimum three years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
– Willingness to respect diverse perspectives, including perspectives in conflict with one’s own

– Demonstrates a commitment to enhancing one’s own awareness, knowledge, and skills related to equity, diversity, and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications

  • Applicants who are currently completing, or have completed a masters or PhD in clinical or counselling psychology, or a relevant field, will be given priority.

  • Excellent organizational skills.

  • Reliable with excellent follow-through.

  • Training and experience in the administration of semi-structured diagnostic interviews, ideally for anxiety disorders.

  • Interest in perinatal mental health.

  • Knowledge of clinical psychology and psychiatric disorders.

  • Knowledge of research design, implementation and outcome assessment. 

  • Experience interacting with new parents or as a new parent.

  • High degree of motivation, enthusiasm and initiative. 

  • Effective oral and written communication, interpersonal, and conflict resolution skills. 

  • Excellent computer literacy, knowledge of Microsoft Excel, SPSS, and PowerPoint is highly preferred. 

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