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Location: Pasadena, CA

Kaiser Permanente Southern California / Department of Research & Evaluation


Mental Health Research Scientist



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Dr. Deborah Rohm Young

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Posted: 11/26/2017
EpiMonitor ID: 2017-2459

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The Department of Research & Evaluation (R&E) at Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) seeks to expand its mental health research program. The objectives of this research program are to 1) build sustainable partnerships with regional stakeholders and national mental health researchers to identify, prioritize, execute, evaluate, and disseminate research that enhances mental health and well-being in the diverse communities of Southern California; 2) identify disparities in mental health care treatment and outcomes and create research programs and methods to remove disparities, and 3) promote the uptake of large-scale evidence-based mental health services.

This is a Research Scientist II or III position (equivalent to an Associate (II) or Full (III) Professor) for an established investigator with relevant experience and expertise in mental health research. Qualifications include a PhD or equivalent in psychology, epidemiology, health services research, or related field, or MD or equivalent with a master’s degree in a related field. Research topics of particular interest include mental health conditions across the lifespan, especially in children, adolescents and older adults, mental health implementation research and pragmatic trials in real-world mental health care settings, and pregnancy and post-partum mental health. An established track record of extramural funding in related topics is required.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

• Develop an independent, externally funded program of research that is recognized nationally and internationally.

• Collaborate with investigators within R&E and with external investigators in health care and academic settings to advance knowledge in the diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes for mental health conditions.

• Collaborate with KP clinicians and leadership to design, implement and evaluate innovative models of care for KP members with mental health conditions.

• Mentor junior-level research scientists and post-doctoral trainees.

• Provide service to the scientific community through reviewing manuscripts for publication and serving on editorial boards, grant review panels, and national boards of directors.

• Present at internal and national and international scientific meetings.

• Maintain awareness of scientific developments within area of expertise, both in terms of new methodology and new research activities.

• Serve on and may chair departmental committees based on experience and expertise.

• Teach/lecture in internal and academic settings.

KPSC is a leading integrated health care system that provides comprehensive care for approximately 4 million members of diverse race and ethnicity from Southern California. Approximately 16% of these members have a mental health condition. The health care provided to members is tracked through a system-wide electronic health record (EHR), which includes membership, utilization, vital signs, laboratory and pharmacy records. R&E has access to unparalleled data resources, including a Research Data Warehouse that combines curated EHR data for both inpatient and outpatient visits with additional data from external registries and outside claims. In addition, the Department maintains both a Virtual Data Warehouse and the PCORnet Common Data Model to facilitate collaboration with external researchers.

By joining the KPSC research team, you will work with other researchers in a collegial setting that fosters public domain research, independent thinking, and adherence to the highest scientific standards. R&E investigators are primarily supported by grant and contract funding from federal and other external sources, especially the National Institutes of Health.

A description of the Department of Research & Evaluation is available on the web ( It is home to 38 research scientists and clinician investigators and over 300 support staff. The department is located in Pasadena, a community of 140,000 residents 15 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles. Information about the community can be found at

Interested candidates should submit their CV online at (reference number 594458). Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Deborah Rohm Young (email: Principals only.

KPSC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and offers competitive salary and comprehensive benefit packages.





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