Research Psychologist/Research Social Worker

Updated: July 19, 2018
Job ID: 212424
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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The Henry M. Jackson Foundation is seeking a Research Psychologist/Social Worker to support the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS), Psychiatry Department, on site at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to USUHS.

The Department has active research programs in the Basic and Clinical Sciences and Neurosciences. In addition to intramural research projects, the Department maintains active research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Science Foundation, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Air Force. The department has ongoing collaborations with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, is sponsor of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, and provides psychiatry residency training through its affiliations with Walter Reed Army Medical Center, National Naval Medical Center and Malcolm Grow Air Force Medical Center and the National Capital Area Graduate Medical Education Consortium.

PhD/DSW/DrPH with research and program management skills, interested in family violence (e.g., child neglect, child maltreatment, spouse abuse) and other areas related to stress and trauma outcomes. The Research Psychologist will provide administrative oversight to the Army's Family Advocacy Program, and will be responsible for contributing to scientific research and program management support.


  1. Assists in designing, developing, and executing research in child and adult maltreatment to support the U.S. Army.
  2. Collaborates with program area Army researchers, and generates research reports for the Army.
  3. Conducts analyses of child and adult maltreatment data through the use of the Army Central Registry of child and adult maltreatment (family maltreatment) and reports these analyses to the Army.
  4. Conducts analyses of family maltreatment data in response to ad hoc requests from the Army.
  5. Provides educational outreach related to family violence, stress, and other trauma outcomes.
  6. Supports the Army Family Violence Research Subcommittee (FARS) by reviewing proposals, protocols, and manuscripts on family maltreatment.
  7. Produces a newsletter of 8-12 pages twice per year featuring an interview with a prominent maltreatment researcher and additional maltreatment-related articles.
  8. Conducts literature searches and prepares a newsletter of 8-12 pages that contains summaries of recent scientific and medical research and practice applicable to family maltreatment.
  9. Coordinates and conducts research on stress in military units related to family maltreatment and stresses of military life such as deployment to war zones.
  10. Manages and executes human use compliance requirements.
  11. Interpretation and application of data analyses. Incorporates new, more complex analytic techniques to examine the data, and publishes results to help inform and advance field.
  12. Prepares manuscripts related to behavioral science research for publication in professional journals and books.
  13. Prepares grant applications and manages IRB and grant administration issues.
  14. Supervises and trains Research Assistants, Postdocs, and Fellows.
  15. Assists with planning, development, and conducting of professional seminars and conferences sponsored by the research team and CSTS.

Required Knowledge. Skills, and Abilities: Substantial knowledge of appropriate scientific areas; ability to analyze and interpret data; experience writing manuscripts for publication in professional journals or books, writing scientific grant protocols, and writing and presenting papers at professional meetings and conferences. Knowledge of SAS or SPSS statistical programming.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Doctoral degree in Psychology, Social Work, Public Health, or related field

Minimum Experience: 1-6 years of experience in related field. Military experience and familiarity with Army structure and functions.

Physical Capabilities: Long periods of standing and sitting. Lifting office materials.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Provides guidance to Research Assistants, Postdocs, and Fellows

Work Environment: Research office with computers and support staff. Field data collection, including military and civilian environments, and military installations and hospitals.

Background: US Citizenship required.

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources.