Clinical Research Therapist in Psychology

University of Michigan

United States

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


Job Summary

We are currently seeking a full-time Clinical Research Therapist to assist with a federally-funded project focused on increaseing substance use treatment retention in the chronic pain population. The Clinical Research Therapist will be responsible for implementing manualized therapy interventions with an adult population with current or historical substance use. The delivery of the interventions will take place in person and via telephone or videoconference, so as to promote increased access to the intervention by participants who may be in remote locations and to increase generalizability of study results. Travel across the state of Michigan will be required, so the candidate must have their own vehicle- miles driven will be reimbursed. The candidate will have the unique opportunity to receive ongoing, specialized training and regularly scheduled clinical supervision with internal, expert clinicians in the clinical intervention(s) being utilized in the projects. Training and supervision will include didactic and experiential training, as well as collaborative review of recorded therapy sessions with participants. These tasks are with the goal to develop and refine clinical skills, as well as to achieve therapist expertise in the relevant manualized intervention(s). The Clinical Research Therapist may also receive clinical supervision toward social work licensure (LMSW) via a supervisor within the greater research team, if needed and desired.


Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.



The Clinical Research Therapist will be responsible for preparing materials for the study sessions; accurately completing daily paperwork, electronic notes, and additional documentation needed for the study; updating study databases; following all research protocols and procedures; participating in weekly supervision; performing and documenting risk assessments; assisting with recruitment tasks; and providing manualized therapy and control sessions.  Additional study tasks may be assigned as necessary. This position requires flexibility and availability to work days, evenings, and weekends, as needed, to meet study goals. Reliable transportation is necessary.


Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, or a similar discipline, with evidence of course work in Research Methods and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Excellent organizational skills, professionalism, attention to detail, ability to work independently but also within a team, personable character, and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines are all a must.
  • The candidate must be able to work independently for extended periods while also receiving feedback and guidance from multiple study coordinators and faculty investigators.
  • Experience working on a multidisciplinary team and ability to adhere to strict confidentiality guidelines
  • The job will require flexibility in order to meet project deadlines and goals; therefore, a strong ability to problem-solve is highly desired.
  • The candidate must own their own vehicle and be willing to drive to meet participants accross the state of Michigan.


Desired Qualifications*

  • Training in and experience delivering Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Appropriate licensure (e.g., LLMSW, LMSW) within the candidate’s field
  • Previous training and/or extensive experience working in clinical research with manualized interventions
  • Experience using MS Excel, Access, and REDCap
  • Previous experience conducting health-related research and/or with substance use or high-risk populations


Work Schedule

Monday-Friday; may require some evenings and weekends


Work Locations

Ann Arbor, Michigan


Background Screening

Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.


Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.


Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.



The University of Michigan participates with the federal EVerify system.  Individuals hired into positions that are funded by a federal contract with the FAR EVerify clause must have their identity and work eligibility confirmed by the EVerify system.  This position is identified as a position that may include the EVerify requirement.


U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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