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 masters 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
Develop an independent, externally
funded program of research that is recognized nationally and
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
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
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 (http://kp.org/research).
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
should submit their CV online at
number 594458). Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Deborah Rohm
Jennifer.X.Wong@kp.org). Principals only.
KPSC is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and offers competitive
salary and comprehensive benefit packages.