Director of Primary Care and Technology-Based Mental Health Research Projects


Director of Primary Care and Technology-Based Mental Health Research Projects - Job ID # 1023496

Department of Pediatrics


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UIC is among the nation’s preeminent urban public research universities, a Carnegie RU/VH research institution, and the largest university in Chicago. UIC serves over 34,000 students, comprising one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation and is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Through its 16 colleges, UIC produces nationally and internationally recognized multidisciplinary academic programs in concert with civic, corporate and community partners worldwide, including a full complement of health sciences colleges. By emphasizing cutting-edge and transformational research along with a commitment to the success of all students, UIC embodies the dynamic, vibrant and engaged urban university. Recent Best Colleges rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, found UIC climbed up in its rankings among top public schools in the nation and among all national universities. UIC has nearly 260,000 alumni, and is one of the largest employers in the city of Chicago.

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The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) provides comprehensive care, education, and research to the people of Illinois and beyond. A part of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), UI Health comprises a clinical enterprise that includes a 495-bed tertiary care hospital, 22 outpatient clinics, and 13 Mile Square Health Center facilities, which are Federally Qualified Health Centers. It also includes the seven UIC health science colleges: the College of Applied Health Sciences; the College of Dentistry; the School of Public Health; the Jane Addams College of Social Work; and the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing, including regional campuses in Peoria, Quad Cities, Rockford, Springfield, and Urbana. UI Health is dedicated to the pursuit of health equity.

About the Department of Pediatrics

The Department of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital of the University of Illinois is home to >120 faculty, 39 Pediatric Residents, 16 Med/Peds Residents, 14 Fellows, and a growing, nationally ranked pediatric research program. Each year, our faculty receive more than $10 million in research grants. The Partnership for Pediatric Care encompassing the inpatient units at Children’s Hospital of the University of Illinois (CHUI) and Cook County Health includes more than 110 beds (16 pediatric intensive care, 24 step-down, and 70 neonatal intensive care unit). Designations include Level III NICU, PCCC (critical care), EDAP (emergency room), and Burn and Trauma (CCH). The Partnership for Pediatric Care provides convenient access to outpatient services at more than 30 locations including Mile Square Federally Qualified Health Centers and Cook County Health clinics. Each year, the Partnership for Pediatric Care serves more than 100,000 children with nearly 230,000 visits. The Department of Pediatrics has the primary leadership role in the child health enterprise across UI Health.

About the Projects

Path to Purpose:


The Department of Pediatrics is seeking a Director of Primary Care and Technology-Based Mental Health Research Projects to join out team. This position is responsible for the oversight and implementation of objectives, tasks, and milestones for all components of two parallel depression prevention research studies: the Path to Purpose (P2P) and Pathway research studies. Both are free, voluntary programs for teenagers who want to improve their mood and learn coping skills to manage difficult situations. Both studies are clinical trials that will determine how best to help teens build healthy lifestyles and prevent feeling down.

  • Work closely with the principal investigators to oversee the studies and help plan future studies. This includes taking on oversight functions for the investigators, one of whom is a department chair.
  • Manage operations related to research ethics related activities including preparation of IRB and DSMB related documents, reports, and materials.
  • Prepare reports for funding agencies including PCORI and NIMH.
  • Assist principal investigators in overseeing safety of participants.
  • Responsible for the smooth operation of the study on a day-to-day basis, interacting within investigators, support staff, clinicians, stakeholder’s etc. to ensure timely completion of project timelines and goals.
  • Oversight of completion of goals, milestones and tasks as outlined in the project milestones plan by actively assuming responsibility for components of the research necessary for its timely completion.
  • Lead efforts to monitor and report progress and outcomes for the project to principal investigator and other project members, track progress against milestones and project plans.
  • Lead study team efforts for communication of information and opportunities for discussion and problem-solving by coordinating regular study team meeting and other meetings as needed.
  • Engage stakeholders, including research collaborators, other study team members, community advisory board members and participants to collect and communicate research requirements, and set expectations for research related work.
  • Oversee disability cultural literacy training, supervision, and associated policies/procedures to maximize diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and enable staff/collaborators to respond in a culturally responsive way to diverse staff, participant, and stakeholder needs.
  • Facilitate partnerships across various research sites/entities, including investigators, clinical teams, computer app designers, and external collaborators.
  • Oversight of recruitment, screening, and tracking study subjects.
  • Collaborate with Project Investigators to coordinate data collection measures and protocols.
  • Participate in the development, implementation, and ongoing functioning of the project tracking systems.
  • Recruit, supervise, and evaluate project staff.
  • Perform other job-related duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in social science or related field required. PhD preferred.
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LCP), or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) preferred.
  • A minimum of five years of professional level research experience required, including experience directing complex clinical research project(s) and experience managing complex multi-site clinical trial(s), including recruitment and interaction with sub-sites.
  • Knowledge of NIH and PCORI funding mechanisms and reporting requirements.
  • Knowledge with IRB processes and compliance.
  • Ability to work autonomously and manage large projects independently.

For fullest consideration apply by February 23, 2024 at Upload CV, Cover Letter, and contact information for minimum of three references.

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