Mental Health Researcher

Clearance Level
Silver Spring, Maryland

REQ#: RQ114117

Travel Required: None
Requisition Type: Regular

The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) aims to conduct biomedical research that is responsive to Department of Defense (DOD) and US Army requirements and delivers life-saving products including knowledge, technology and medical material that sustain the combat effectiveness of the Warfighter. Our team is seeking technical expertise to provide support to WRAIR’s Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience Research (CMPN) CMPN is a translational and expeditionary effort to identify and eliminate brain health threats to Soldiers. CMPN investigates and manipulates the relationship between sleep and performance, performs behavioral health assessments to inform unit Commanders on Soldier behavioral health needs, and develops and implements resilience trainings. On a parallel track are efforts to identify and treat traumatic brain injury as well as understand the impact of repeated blast exposure.

Specifically, our team is seeking a Military Health Researcher to conduct driven basic and applied research to promote the psychological resilience, neurological functioning, and operational readiness of service members in support of the Military Psychiatry Branch within CMPN.


  • Develop and evaluate mental health interventions designed to increase Service Member resiliency and performance (e.g., Battlemind).
  • Collect data, develop/maintain databases, analyze and interpret a broad array of mental health indicators to include survey data, objective performance data, neurophysiologic performance data, sleep data and injury-related data for the purpose of developing policies and procedures to enhance and maintain resilience, performance, and mental health.
  • Support the transition of research-based products to the broader Army or DOD communities.
  • Perform scientific design and execution of evaluation studies.
  • Act as a primary investigator on a research study.
  • Manage every aspect of the scientific process from writing protocols to the final steps of report generation and manuscript publication.
  • Perform a variety of training development and program evaluation functions in support of the MHR program. The training development data and tools, and program evaluation functions shall be in support of behavioral health training tools to aid providers, medics, leaders, and Soldiers.
  • Assist in the development of training modules including conducting literature reviews, acquiring media materials, preparing PowerPoint modules, and writing lesson plans.
  • Develop evaluation tools as well as on-site evaluation of trainers.
  • Write protocols to the final steps of report generation and manuscript publication.
  • Assist with the design of research studies and provide scientific input into the research process.
  • Responsible for the execution of research studies and for all aspects of data collection, thus providing support in data management and data analyses.
  • Design surveys, coordinate data collections, collect survey and interview data, process data, archive data by entering all data into appropriate databases, and prepare codebooks.
  • Assist in preparing command briefings, technical reports, and manuscripts for publication in professional journals.
  • Performs research activities, assists with the design of research studies, and provides scientific input into the research process.
  • Execute research studies, collect data, support data management, and data analyses.
  • Design surveys, coordinate data collections, collect survey and interview data, process data, archive data, and prepare codebooks.


  • Requires a PhD in area of specialty and 3-5 years of experience.
  • Be able to lead a multidisciplinary team of doctoral level scientific researchers, to include physicians, psychologists, physiologists and statisticians and critically analyze and review multidisciplinary research proposals and publications for military relevance and scientific adequacy.

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