MD Anderson Cancer Center Associate Counselor - Fulltime - Behavioral Science in Houston, Texas

Title: Associate Counselor - Fulltime - Behavioral Science

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

Provides professional behavioral and psychological interventions for behavioral clinical research protocols or clinical programs. Impacts Behavioral Science Clinical Research or clinical protocols and/or programs.

Clinical Duties/Behavioral Interventions and Counseling Review informed consent with participants and obtain consent of participants to research protocols when applicable, register participants in CORe, and maintain appropriate documentation. Deliver Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as other counseling techniques in the conduct of clinical smoking cessation research protocols. Deliver manualized counseling when needed for specific study requirements. Deliver individual psychological assessment to screen participants for eligibility as well as register, schedule, and monitor their study participation and attendance. Deliver mental health procedures when indicated as per study specific protocols. Per study specific protocols, educate participants on proper medication dosing, monitor medication compliance, and follow proper procedures for destruction of medications. Solicit any changes to participant's health (i.e. concomitant medications, adverse events, etc) and document according to protocol specific procedures. Prepare counseling reports and records for accountability and fidelity purposes. Actively participate in clinical supervision weekly to discuss and provide feedback regarding mental health issues, behavioral/psychological assessments and interventions, case concerns, and study specific protocol/procedural changes. Aid in development and training of new counseling staff through coaching, shadowing, and other needed activities. Have a working knowledge of Research Data Coordinator duties and provide coverage when needed. Be available to learn and participate in new research protocols and cross train to assist on other studies that need staff assistance.

Data Collection/Data Entry/ Quality Assurance for Research Protocols Responsible for implementing QA procedures to assure accurate data collection and entry. Maintain appropriate documentation per study specific protocol. Enter data and progress notes within study specific timeframe's (i.e. Study databases, EPIC, Meeting Room Manager). Participate in self audits as well as checking charts of others to ensure accuracy and integrity of data collection, and resolve discrepancies from monitoring visits. Monitor missing data reports daily and address all delinquent issues.

Communication/Planning Answer questions and correspond with study participants via phone, mail, or other approved forms of communications (i.e., e-mail, text message). Monitor study participation and attendance according to study specific windows and procedures. Communicate with PI, Project Director, Medical team, Study Coordinator(s), supervisor, data team, and space providers through oral and written communication regarding project related issues and/or patient care issues. Work with supervisors/study coordinator/medical personnel/coworkers to plan for project-related tasks such as the availability and scheduling of baseline/screening slots and V1 slots. Faxes documents to other institutional departments and outside organizations/physician offices as requested for patient care. Attend and participate in biweekly project meetings aimed at discussing recruitment goals/status, protocol and/or procedural changes.

Special Projects/Other duties as assigned Other duties related to clinical research protocols (i.e. phone screening, consenting, making charts, chart prep, etc.).

Service Orientation

Provide service to our stakeholders, including patients, caregivers, colleagues and each other, in a safe, courteous, accountable, efficient and innovative manner to include:

  • Promoting inclusiveness and collegiality that demonstrates respect and professionalism to our stakeholders at all times

  • Modeling safe, ethical behavior that mitigates risk to the institution through sound business practices, and adherence to MD Anderson's Standards of Conduct, institutional policies and procedures

  • Responding to requests in a timely manner while proactively communicating expectations for procedures, service arrival, or project deliverables to stakeholders

  • Using the steps to HEAL (Hear, Empathize, Address and Learn) the relationship when service recovery is needed

Education Required: Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Social Work or related degree.

Experience Preferred: Some counseling experience related to crisis and research.

Schedule: Monday - Friday 8 - 5pm (occasional weekend requirements for phone calls)

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.