Staff Clinician, Office of the Clinical Director of the (NIMH)

The Staff Clinician position will be held within the Office of the Clinical Director of the NIMH.  The Staff Clinician will play an integral role in the research program of the Neurobehavioral Clinical Research Section as it seeks to unravel the interplay between genomic and environmental factors in determining neurodevelopmental disorders. 

The Neurobehavioral Clinical Research Section resides both within the NIMH and National Human Genome Research Institute. Currently the Section, headed by Dr Philip Shaw, conducts clinical research at the NIH Clinical Center, where over 800 children and families affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are being followed prospectively into adulthood.  The Section is about to expand its research program by translating its findings into novel tools for both diagnosis, prognosis and into new treatment approaches.  The Staff Clinician will play a central role in these translational efforts.

The Staff Clinician will supervise all clinical activities, ensuring the safety of all research participants.  This will involve the consenting and assenting of participants; ensuring the safety of all research procedures; conducting the clinical assessment of participants; and coordinating necessary follow-up.  The Staff Clinician will lead in clinical audit, prepare reports on clinical activities related to the Section’s protocols, and ensure the integrity of clinical databases.   

The Staff Clinician will have a leadership role in the Section’s translational studies.  These include the identification of biomarkers that will assist in the diagnosis and prognosis of ADHD.  To attain this goal, the staff clinician will supervise ensure the integrate of clinical databases, collate clinical data, and assist in analyses.  The Staff Clinician will also be responsible for the supervision of all activities involving patient contact (including research assistants, clinical social workers and allied professionals). 

The Staff Clinician will also play a key role in developing novel treatment interventions.  These include the use of the use of imaging facilities at NIH (including functional MRI and magnetoencephalography) to alter non-invasively the brain activation of children with severe attentional deficits.  The Staff Clinician will assist in protocol development; assisting with regulatory matters if necessary; ensuring data is entered into NIH approved databases for clinical trials; ensure the integrity of data collection and entry.  As part of these translational activities, it is expected that the Staff Clinician will develop a research line that complements the overall activities of the Section.  Examples include methods for integrating clinical data with complex genomic and neuroimaging data. The Staff Clinician will also participate in the collaborative clinical studies of the Section.  This will include ensuring that similar clinical assessment tools are being used in different collaborating centers and monitoring progress in other sites. The Staff Clinician will assist in the preparation of manuscript and other materials that stem from the Section’s Research Activities. 

Qualifications

Essential:

  • Unrestricted medical license in a US state.
  • Boarded, or board eligible in Psychiatry, preferably with Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • At least 5 years clinical experience.

Preferred:

  • PhD in psychology, neuroscience, genomics, computational science or a related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce work products such as peer reviewed manuscripts.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to communicate effectively with other members of staff, and work within a highly diverse team.
  • Sensitivity to the need for patient confidentiality and safety.
  • Strong communications skills, both oral and written.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and time management skills.

Applicants should send curriculum vitae, a one page statement of research interests and three letters of recommendation to Philip Shaw, shawp@mail.nih.gov; (301) 451-4010.

HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

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