Research Psychologist

Baltimore, MD

The Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit is seeking a Research Psychologist who provides protocolized psychotherapy to research participants both on an individual basis in the context of an approved research protocol. This role will work under supervision of Principal Investigator, staff physician, and research program manager: evaluates research participants to ensure that they meet study inclusion/exclusion criteria. Provides administrative support and clinical supervision of lower level staff.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide individual counseling and interpersonal support to study participants during study session and pre/post-integration sessions. 
  • Provide psychotherapy to study volunteers, including unstructured psychotherapy and standardized therapies (e.g. a brief motivational interviewing intervention).\
  • Administer structured clinical interviews (e.g., SCID-5) and assessments (e.g., C-SSRS, PHQ-9) to study participants.
  • Assess clinical conditions of study participants during sessions and communicate information to BPRU medical staff as needed to address emergent medical and psychological issues.
  • Monitor, guide, evaluate, and rate various activities of study participants throughout sessions 
  • Conduct pre-assessment evaluations before experimental sessions, integration assessments shortly after experimental sessions, and additional assessments at follow-up.  
  • Facilitate resolution of interpersonal conflicts and psychodynamic issues and use techniques such as guided imagery to facilitate and enhance participants’ counseling sessions. 
  • Interact with faculty and staff on research teams, in clinical programs, and with educational outreach initiatives to strategize about their communication needs.
  • Demonstrate effective crisis resolution. 
  • Develop, implement, and maintain planning for caseload. 
  • Refer participants to outside resources or agencies when appropriate. 
  • Record data and observations at specific time points before, during, and after experimental sessions. 
  • Develop a positive and supportive relationship with study participants.
  • Practice acceptable ethical and behavioral standards of conduct, and promote and ensure good clinical practices, ensuring adherence to clinical research protocols. 
  • Run research protocol sessions with human study participants.
  • Provide operational support, including: scheduling subject visits, confirming availability of necessary facilities, preparation of session room and equipment, compiling necessary forms, providing professional explanations of such matters as orientation procedures, payment procedures, collecting and entering physiological and behavioral data into database, and/or assisting with data management.
  • Serve as back-up for research protocols (other than primary assignment) as needed.


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Master’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, Mental Health or a related discipline required.
  • 2 years counseling, psychotherapy, or directly related experience.
  • Related experience in a clinical or research setting required.


Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date. 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctoral Degree in a related discipline preferred.


Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to work and provide psychotherapy in a clinical setting with research participants who have a variety of mental health conditions.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to interact effectively within and outside the department.
  • Ability to interact effectively with individuals at all levels and from diverse cultures.
  • Proficient in computer programs such as Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to learn about the work of the department as well to acquire new technical skills as needed.
  • Excellent organizational skills to work effectively in an environment that requires balancing multiple assignments.


Physical Requirements:

  • Able to sit in a normal seated position for extended periods.                 
  • Able to reach by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
  • Finger dexterity required, able to manipulate objects with fingers rather than entire hand(s) or arm(s), e.g., use of computer keyboard.
  • Communication skills using the spoken word.
  • Ability to see within normal parameters.
  • Ability to hear within normal range.




Classified Title: Research Psychologist 

Working Title: Research Psychologist   

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD  

Starting Salary Range: $54,080-$74,390-$94,710 

Employee group: Full Time 

Schedule: Monday thru Friday/37.5 

Exempt Status: Exempt 

Location: Johns Hopkins Bayview 

Department name: 10003297-SOM Psy Bay Behavioral Pharm Rserch Unit 

Personnel area: School of Medicine 


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Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:

JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

**Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate’s conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.


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