Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc.
  • 31-Oct-2018 to 28-Nov-2018 (EST)
  • 550 330 Fifth Avenue New York New York
  • New York, NY, USA
  • $52,401
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full benefits package based on percentage of full-time effort.

The Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc. is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time Assistant Research Scientist, Grade 16, to support statewide public mental health initiatives with the New York State Office of Mental Health Psychiatric Services and Clinical Knowledge Enhancement System (PSYCKES) team. PSYCKES is an award-winning web-based application designed to support quality improvement and clinical decision making, and is currently in use by over 400 provider agencies in New York State as well as state agencies, county governments, health homes and managed care organizations. The PSYCKES team manages several health information technology-supported statewide quality improvement projects and clinical implementation efforts, including training, technical assistance, and evaluation, and participates in requirement development and quality assurance activities. The goals of these quality improvement projects are to foster data-driven quality improvement and clinical decision making to improve the safety, efficiency, and quality of mental health care in New York State.

The Assistant Research Scientist will support community/clinic outreach and technical assistance for a statewide quality improvement initiative with over 80 participating mental health clinics. The overall aim of this initiative is to improve the quality of care for Medicaid enrollees and to promote data driven decision making and continuous quality improvement by health care providers. This current initiative focuses on improving key NYS quality metrics, the Quality Assurance Reporting Requirements (QARR) in Behavioral Health, to support improved relationships with Managed Care Organizations and support clinic preparation for Value Based Purchasing (VBP).

Note: this position does not provide relocation assistance. A cover letter and resume are required.


Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in psychology, sociology, social work, public health, or a related social science field and one year of full-time work experience. Thirty credit hours of graduate study in an appropriate field may be substituted for the year of experience. This position requires a highly-organized individual with a strong attention to detail; excellent administrative and communication skills; who can relate well to a diverse group of project stakeholders, and who has the ability to work both independently and as a part of a team. The candidate should have customer service experience and proficiency with all Microsoft Office applications, including Excel, Access and PowerPoint.

Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree in psychology, sociology, social work, public health, or a related social science, clinical, or research field; two or more years of full-time work experience; experience in a health or mental health setting and/or with health or mental health services research; strong interest in and/or familiarity with front end applications and information technology systems; customer service experience.


Under the direction of one or more project managers, the person in this position will assist with various implementation and evaluation tasks, including but not limited to:

  • Project Coordination and Administrative Support: Coordinate data collection activities such as creating/updating data collection instruments such as online surveys and PDF forms. Establish and maintain systems for recording, tracking, and updating project materials. Develop tracking spreadsheets and monthly/quarterly progress reports using Microsoft Word, Access and Excel. Send electronic mass mailings. Schedule meetings/conference calls; prepare materials for meetings; take detailed minutes and notes.
  • Evaluation and Dissemination: Qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Support the development of products to disseminate findings including PowerPoint presentations for conferences, written reports for internal and external (public) distribution, and manuscripts for publication.
  • Technical assistance: Provide support via phone and e-mail to PSYCKES users and project participants, including processing requests for information, investigating and resolving issues reported by users, and updating tracking forms and managing databases. Coordinate and lead trainings via online webinars.
  • Quality assurance: Participate in meetings to refine and modify the PSYCKES application on a regular basis. Participate in quality testing for the PSYCKES application; develop test cases; track defects and communicate with members of the data analysis and programming team.
  • Training: Develop/update training materials; manage registration processes; provide technical support and assistance during trainings, including questions & answers.

Location: 330 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001

To apply: Please note: This position does not provide relocation assistance. Submit an application with cover letter and resume by November 28 through our website Click on Employment Opportunities. Only applications submitted through the RFMH website will be accepted.

The Research Foundation is a private not-for-profit corporation and is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation are not State employees, do not participate in any State retirement system, and do not receive State fringe benefits. Excellent Benefits Package. Employer/Minority/Women/Disabled/Veteran Employer. VEVRAA  41 CFR 60-300.5(a) compliant.


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