The Neuropsychology Testing Technician will work with participants of research studies who are 70 years and older. This person will perform and administer clinic procedures and interviews for several research studies/clinical trials investigating cardiovascular disease, aging, hearing, memory changes, and falls in older adults from the Washington County community. This position will interact with study participants and their families, as well as Comstock Center staff and faculty, Data Coordinating Centers for the different studies, and others as needed.
Specific duties & responsibilities:
This person will provide neuropsychology testing and research clinic support mainly for the ARIC and ACHIEVE studies. Will perform and administer visit procedures and interviews according to study protocol. These procedures may include: cognitive/memory testing and scoring, blood pressures, hearing/vision testing, medical update, dietary and other interviews, consent/HIPAA, weight and height measurements, and physical function measurements. Install research devices such as patches and activity watches onto participants, and provide instruction for the device use. May assist in screening potentially eligible participants over the telephone, and scheduling eligible participants for study visits. Will also assist with data entry, telephone interviews, and ongoing quality control. Must achieve and maintain certification in study procedures per study protocol as a condition of employment. Attend staff meetings and trainings as directed. Occasional local travel to participant and nursing homes to conduct home visits is required.
Minimum qualifications (mandatory): - Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Sociology, or related discipline required.
Preferred qualifications: Experience administering research interviews and neuropsychological testing preferred.
Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Must be familiar with operating personal or laptop computers using Windows operating system. Communication and interpersonal skills required. Excellent interview and/or telephone skills preferred. Ease in interacting with people; including tasks such as applying a blood pressure cuff, measuring waist and arm circumferences, and applying small skin patches which measure heart rhythm. Sensitivity and discretion required to interact with aging participants who may have hearing and cognitive decline, as well as changing life circumstances. Understanding and adherence to compliance and confidentiality policies and procedures, particularly with regards to medical/research information
Any specific physical requirements for the job: Ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time; hearing/visual ability appropriate for the purposes of assessing and communicating with study participants during testing and interviews; ability to move around study participants for the purposes of assessing their weight, physical activity levels and gait.
Classified Title: Neuropsychology Testing Technician Working Title: Neuropsychology Testing Technician Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC Starting Salary Range: $14.14 - $19.44/hr (Commensurate with Experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: 40 hrs./week M- F 8:00 - 4:30 Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 19-MD:JH at Hagerstown Department name: 10001101-Epidemiology Personnel area: School of Public Health
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