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The proposed study will develop and pilot test a course on moral decision-making for Public Safety Personnel (PSP) that may be used as an intervention effort to mitigate moral injury. The main objective is to provide PSP with the tools necessary to deal with the diverse, sometimes morally challenging scenarios that they may face in their professional practice that may lead to moral injury. The study results will focus on producing an evidence-informed curriculum that can be delivered to PSP, either as part of an intervention to ameliorate moral injury, or as a preventative measure during training, to provide them with vital skills to help support and protect their mental health. Such wide-scale delivery and assessment would be the focus of a future larger, multi-year CIHR grant proposal; this pilot study is the first step toward developing an intervention that is not only evidence-informed, but evidence-based.
The Research Associate will play a lead role in the research team, especially by supporting the Postdoctoral Fellow, in the following activities:
- Conceptualization of the research project with particular attention being given to the MI components
- Conduct a scoping or systematic literature review on MI in public safety personnel
- Contribute to the development of the psychotherapeutic or psychoeducational intervention, with special attention being given to specific MI care needs and modalities
- Facilitate focus groups with public safety personnel to deepen knowledge related to MI in PSP and determine the preferred delivery mechanism
- Deliver the intervention via an online platform (including potentially providing clinical care related to MI)
- Collection and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data (i.e. mixed methods research)
- Participation in Knowledge Translation activities including academic manuscript writing, conference presentations, and end-user engagement events
- Supervision of research trainee in the lab (if necessary)
- PhD in a health-related field or equivalent (e.g. Nursing, Psychology, Social work, Sociology)
Skill, Abilities and Expertise:
- 3 years' working experience in a related academic research environment
- Significant academic knowledge and experience working and researching Moral Injury. Clinical knowledge and experience working with MI is preferred.
- Research training/experience conducting either scoping or systematic reviews as well as experience conducting focus groups and/or other forms of qualitative data collection (i.e. interviews).
- Experience conducting focus groups and/or other forms of qualitative data collection (i.e. interviews)
- Familiarity with data collection and analysis software such as SPSS, NVivo, RedCap,
- Strong writing and knowledge translation skills (i.e. preparing and writing abstracts, manuscripts, and conference presentations)
- Demonstrated working knowledge of relevant scientific/research principles
- Ability to collaborate across internal and external boundaries to meet common objectives, improve outcomes and support work beyond one's own unit
- Communication skills to describe technical concepts effectively to both novice and sophisticated users, and to complete detailed analytics and reports
- Advanced skills in software and applications used to produce and analyze research outcomes
- Ability to provide solutions and ideas for improvement by using imaginative approaches where constructive thinking and innovation are required
- Detail-oriented with an ability to function and process information with high levels of accuracy- Familiarity with University research policies and practices
- Ability to adhere to legislated safety requirements and Western safety policies
- Commitment to ongoing professional development with a desire to take on new challenges
- Ability to multi-task and maintain an organized and effective personal work environment
- Ability to work in a fluid and evolving work environment with changing deadlines and priorities
- Ability to work independently and maintain direction and focus through proactive planning and organized approaches to work
- Proven ability and natural inclination to develop relationships by interacting with people in a professional, respectful and diplomatic manner
- Ability to work independently and effectively as a member of the team to achieve department goals
- Demonstrated ability to research/investigate issues and resolve problems
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