Health Scientist Administrator/Program Officer Opportunity Adult Psychosocial Interventions Research Program Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR) National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) National Institutes of Health (NIH) Department of Human and Health Services (DHHS) The Treatment and Preventive Intervention Research Branch (TPIRB) in the Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR) of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) seeks a motivated and experienced intervention researcher to manage and develop a portfolio of innovative grant- supported studies that address unmet treatment needs of adults with mental illness. The Adult Psychosocial Interventions Research Program supports practice-oriented investigations aimed at refining, augmenting, and personalizing existing therapies to increase acute and longer-term clinical effectiveness and substantially improve symptomatic, social, and/or functional outcomes. DSIR offers a stimulating and collegial work environment with opportunities to impact mental health research priorities, develop new research initiatives, and contribute to the advancement of a national program of T2/T3 translational research. General responsibilities for Program Officers in TPIRB include administering and managing an extramural portfolio of research grants; collaborating with researchers and Program Officers from related scientific programs within NIMH, NIH, the Department of Health and Human Services, and other public and private funding agencies; and communicating TPIRB research priorities via outreach to the scientific community (e.g., conference presentations, workshops, and special journal issues). The successful candidate will have primary responsibility for managing and developing a portfolio of research grants that evaluate novel and integrative approaches for optimizing the effectiveness of psychosocial (psychotherapeutic and behavioral), sequenced, or combination interventions for adults with mental disorders. Topics include examining heterogeneity in treatment response to inform personalized interventions; using innovative trial designs that incorporate tailoring variables (e.g., clinical data, biomarkers, behavioral markers from passive sensor data) to guide treatment assignment and to deploy modular or stepped-care approaches; testing adaptations or augmentations of evidence-based interventions for additional populations or treatment refractory subgroups by targeting known moderators of clinical response; determining the optimal length of interventions; developing strategies for preventing/managing relapse episodes and sustaining recovery in chronic disorders; and employing mobile health (mHealth) and other emerging technologies to boost the effectiveness of evidence-based interventions and to monitor health status. The portfolio features experimental therapeutics research applied in confirmatory efficacy, comparative effectiveness, hybrid efficiencies-implementation, and pragmatic clinical trials.
Applicants must be US citizens and the ideal candidate will possess a Ph.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university, including acceptance of the dissertation. Experience in the conduct of research or research management, as well as data-based publications in mental health treatment of prevention research, are required. Strong organizational, oral, writing, and communication skills are preferred. Prior experience in mental health research is ideal. Experience with the grants process is preferable. The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.
Internal Number: POTS20-006572
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders.