Assistant Research Professors, Health Services Research

State University of NJ - Rutgers in New Jersey

Date Posted April 16, 2012

Health Services/Research: Assistant Research Professors - Health Services Research on Pharmacotherapy, Mental Health Care, and Outcomes, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. The Center for Health Services Research on Pharmacotherapy, Chronic Disease Management, and Outcomes (CHSR-PCDMO), Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey is recruiting for two Assistant Research Professors to conduct health services research and manage projects on use and outcomes of pharmacotherapy, mental health treatment and outcomes, integrated health care for vulnerable populations (including children, the elderly, and persons with severe mental illness), state Medicaid policy and related topics. We seek energetic, creative, quantitatively skilled researchers with outstanding writing skills; deep interest in the evaluation and improvement of state-level health and mental health services systems; strong expertise in program evaluation and outcomes research; and experience in collaborative research with state and other public agencies. Topics of research include evaluation of implementation and outcomes of community mental health center health homes; research on psychotropic medication use in foster care youth; analysis of states' implementation of evidence based practices in Medicaid funded mental health care and their impact on utilization and quality of treatment; studies of psychotropic medication patterns in youth, severely mentally ill persons, and other subpopulations; pharmacotherapy use and outcomes, and management of dementia, in nursing home populations; and related topics. Research programs within the Center include the Center for Education and Research on Mental Health Therapeutics, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Food and Drug Administration to serve as a national resource on the use, safety, and effectiveness of psychotropic drugs. The CHSR-PCDMO has developed a unique and powerful set of data resources for studying medication use and outcomes in large, usual-care settings, including merged healthcare claims and clinical data on multistate populations. Using core data resources that include data on more than 100 million individuals including Medicaid, Medicare, and privately insured individuals, current studies include a particular focus on use and outcomes of antipsychotic and antidepressant drugs, as well as on longitudinal analyses of treatment and outcomes in multiple complex populations. Successful candidates will have strong record and promise for peer-reviewed publication and development of grant applications, with the necessary skills to implement and manage complex utilization and outcome analyses; collaborate effectively with colleagues on multidisciplinary research teams, and partner with public agencies and stakeholders to build public/academic collaborations to advance evidence informed health policy. Expertise in analysis of large healthcare datasets (e.g., Medicaid and Medicare data) and with pharmacoepidemiological methods would be desirable. Please send vita and writing samples to chsr@ifh.rutgers.edu.