Dissemination and implementation in community mental health: Community Facilitator and Supervisor (9611C) - 1840 - 1840
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: October 16, 2019
The Psychology Department at University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for several full time positions to support and contribute to research within the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Centre (GBSMRC) at the University of California, Berkeley, which is led by Allison Harvey, Ph.D. and funded by NIMH and NICHD.
The successful applicants will join our multi-disciplinary team. We are aiming to contribute to the exciting growing field of dissemination and implement science. Specifically, an obstacle to the roll-out of evidence-based treatments (EBTs) for severe mental illness (SMI) is that the context for the implementation of a new treatment typically differs from the original testing context causing a lack of fit between the setting and the EBT. Our research will evaluate if adapting a specific treatment to improve the contextual fit improves outcomes in community mental health centres (CMHCs). This research will be conducted in CMHCs across California, probably including the following counties: Solano, Kings, Stanislaus, Alameda, Monterey, Placer, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Contra Costa. The EBT we will disseminate is a psychosocial treatment that aims to improve sleep and circadian functioning in SMI. This focus was selected because sleep and circadian dysfunction undermines affect regulation, cognitive function and physical health, predicts the onset and worsening of symptoms and is often chronic even with evidence-based SMI treatment.
People with backgrounds in psychology, social work, public health, public policy, nursing, medicine, marketing or related fields are encouraged to apply. The successful applicants will work closely with CMHC leadership, providers and consumers to ensure the timely completion of the study procedures. The successful applicant will have primary supervisory, organizational and leadership responsibilities for the team, including supervising more junior teams members in their community-based work and in their roles as facilitators and project co-ordinators and in the smooth conduct of the study.
The team will employ an implementation strategy known as facilitation. Facilitation is a well-documented and evidence-based implementation strategy that is guided by the i-PARIHS implementation science framework. Facilitation involves an integrated bundle of evidence-based implementation strategies informed by implementation science. It arose from decades of implementation science showing limitations with both top-down mandates and bottom-up approaches. Instead, the facilitation approach embraces complexity and the changing needs over time and context. We will document the facilitation process to share with others involved in implementation science. We will prioritize learning about, and developing ways, for our community partners to bill for the sleep treatment as reimbursements will promote sustainment.
The positions include a variety of duties such as facilitating positive relationships with community partners, coordinating and facilitating research within the community settings (e.g., recruiting providers and consumers, conducting trainings), problem solving, ensuring the study remains on the timeline required for the timely completion of the research and representing UC Berkeley at meetings and community partner events. The positions will involve regular travel to the counties, particularly during the set-up phase.
The incumbent will be mentored to facilitate their career development. It may also be possible to create opportunities for supervision, if needed for licensure.
Be based in our beautiful new purpose built Psychology Department building at UC Berkeley (close to Downtown Berkeley BART), the new staff member will work alongside other team members to launch and ensure timely completion of this exciting dissemination study.
Supervise, organize and lead the team to ensure the smooth conduct of the study.
Travel to and communicate with community sites to engage community partners and facilitate the research which includes training to deliver the sleep treatment, setting up a train-the-trainer network, conducting assessments and recruiting providers and consumers to become involved in the study.
The incumbent will also assist with maintaining and nurturing positive working relationships with community partners and study participants.
Perform other job-related duties, as assigned.
Qualifications in psychology, social work, public health, public policy, nursing, medicine or related fields.
Proven skills in supervising, organizing and leading a team to ensure the smooth conduct of the study.
Experience with or proven interest in evidence based practice (e.g., delivery, training).
Experience with or proven interest in working within county-based community mental health settings.
Experience with or proven interest in working with individuals who meet diagnostic criteria for a severe mental illness.
Ability to use independent judgment to adapt and modify facilitation strategies.
Effective interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Experience with or proven interest in working in an academic research environment and with project co-ordination.
A drive to ensure the study stays on the timeline.
Excellent organizational and writing skills.
Demonstrated ability to take initiative and follow through.
Proficiency with standard software (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Experience handling multiple fluctuating priorities and deadlines.
Highly responsible and detail-oriented
Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team.
Ability to develop and deliver presentations.
Demonstrated ability to take initiative and follow through.
Willingness to work flexible hours.
Sometimes community events or travelling to community sites will occur on weekends or evenings.
Ability to travel between the UC Berkeley and community sites
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $55,098.00 - $65,843.70.
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