Our latest article written with our students in the Psych 499 class has been published in the journal Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. This article looks at the efficacy of harm reduction goal-setting from both our HaRT-A and HaRP studies.
We are opening up a full time, Research Study Assistant role (and possibly more positions) through WSU to work in collaboration with the UW HaRRT Center and the Seattle Indian Health Board on our Harm Reduction Talking Circles (HaRTC) project.
The Research Study Assistant will be responsible for answering our study hotline, meeting with community partners and behavioral health treatment sites; ordering, managing and shipping materials to sites; and conducting repeated study interviews with participants regarding their sense of cultural connection, their alcohol use and related harm and their health-related quality of life. Spokane-based people are urged to apply; however, there may be some opportunity for remote/teleworking for people living in Washington State.
We are looking forward to talking to applicants who have experience working in Native communities, care deeply about the Native community and are excited to support a more culturally aligned and acceptance-based way forward to working with people experiencing alcohol-related harm. Please forward the job description link below to your respective networks.
HaRRT Center Research Study Assistant job description (temporary, 1-year)
Under the direction of the Co-Directors, the University of Washington-Harborview Medical Center’s Harm Reduction Research & Treatment (HaRRT) Center seeks to hire a full-time temporary Research Study Assistant for a one year duration (June 1, 2021-May 31, 2022) to support projects operating out of the HaRRT Center. The HaRRT Center conducts research and evaluations, including biomedical and/or behavioral sciences studies that aim to reduce substance related harm and improve quality of life for substance users and their communities, including people experiencing homelessness.
The research study assistant will:
Create and deliver participant packets and other study materials, as needed
Complete data entry, management, and accuracy checks
Conduct study assessments (over Zoom and in person)
Track participants/make reminder calls
Assist research coordinator/study directors with written reports, study mail outs, and other study related duties
Complete other day-to-day study-related tasks, as necessary and directed by research coordinators/study directors
Competitive candidates will be attentive to detail, highly motivated, have the ability to multitask, take direction from more than one person, and be able to communicate effectively with a diverse group of people. We value diversity and are committed to creating and maintaining an environment that respects diverse identities, traditions, heritages, and experiences.
Two years of college-level course work in a relevant academic area AND one year of research experience OR equivalent educational background.
Evidence of independence, excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong organizational ability, effective time management skills, strong problem-solving skills, and high attention to detail.
Training in CITI Human Subjects and HIPAA Compliance protocols
Knowledge of medical and psychiatric terminology
Training and understanding in harm reduction philosophy
Evidence of strong interpersonal skills and competence communicating and working with health professionals, faculty members and researchers, and diverse groups within the general public
Experience working with REDCap, Excel and SPSS
Access to a car
To apply: Please submit a cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the Subject Line of the email please reference “HaRRT Center Research Study Assistant.”
So proud our HaRRT Center research team + community partners + community members brought alcohol harm reduction to the Lancet Psychiatry! The short story: People with alcohol use disorder don’t have to stop drinking to start recovery. The long story: We didn’t ask participants — 96% of whom were physically dependent on alcohol–to stop or reduce their drinking. Instead, we supported whatever they wanted to see happen for themselves, talked about staying safer and healthier when drinking, and provided anticraving meds. What happened? They loved coming back to talk to Nigel Mayberry and Naomi True, and they reduced their alcohol use by 43%, reduced their alcohol-related harm by 59% and improved their physical health by 10%. Bottom line: let your patients lead the way to recovery!
You can read a press release about the article here.
The official podcast of Division 50, The Addiction Psychologist, released a new episode with Dr. Susan Collins and Dr. Seema Clifasefi. It is available here: https://anchor.fm/addiction-psychologist as well as on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
Joey Stanton, longtime friend, collaborator, coauthor and colleague at the HaRRT Center died this week after his fierce battle with cancer. The loss has left us bereft. And yet we are so grateful for the time we all had together. Joey is a big reason we do the work we do, and he has shaped our Center’s mission and projects in indelible ways. He is the heart of the HaRRT Center and will be so deeply missed. Joey, as you requested, we will keep fighting. Thank you for teaching the world to sing. We love you.
We continue to be in awe of the many expressions of support that we are receiving from you and our broader community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of you have also asked how you can donate supplies to meet our critical needs for personal protective equipment (PPE).
We are pleased to announce that starting today, March 23, UW Medicine will be accepting in-kind donations at a drop-off center located near University Village in Seattle. Donations can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays or shipped directly to the center.
The following items will be accepted in their unopened and original packaging:
– Disposable face masks: all types, including N95 respirators – Clear face shields Clear safety/medical glasses or goggles – Powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) systems – Exam and surgical gloves – Isolation gowns – Disinfecting wipes – Hand sanitizer
To donate supplies, please begin by submitting the form on the UW Medicine Advancement Emergency Response to COVID-19 website. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions for dropping off or shipping your gift. All in-kind donations must be made through the drop-off center rather than individual hospitals and clinics. You can also email email@example.com if you have questions.
Please feel free to share this information with your friends and families. They can also offer their support with words of encouragement and online donations.
We are strengthened by the overwhelming show of support that we are receiving from our community and welcome all contributions with great gratitude.
Lisa Brandenburg President, UW Medicine Hospitals & Clinics
Timothy H. Dellit, MD Chief Medical Officer, UW Medicine President, UW Physicians