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Transforming the understanding
and treatment of mental illnesses.

Job Vacancy Announcement - Social and Behavioral Sciences Administrator/Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer)

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Division of Services & Intervention Research (DSIR)
Treatment and Preventive Intervention Research Branch (TPIRB)
Child and Adolescent Psychosocial Interventions Research Program (CAPIRP)

Program Overview

The NIMH seeks a motivated, experienced researcher with expertise in mental health intervention research to serve as the Program Officer for the Child and Adolescent Psychosocial Interventions Research Program (CAPIRP). The incumbent will be responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of innovative grant-supported research in the Treatment and Preventive Intervention Research Branch (TPIRB) in the Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR) that focuses on refining, and testing mental health intervention approaches that span early childhood through adolescence.

The NIMH and DSIR offer a stimulating and collegial work environment with opportunities to influence mental health research priorities, develop new research initiatives, and contribute to the advancement of a national program of mental health intervention research.

Position Duties

General responsibilities for Program Officers in TPIRB include administering and managing a portfolio of extramural research grants that aim to develop, optimize, test, and disseminate intervention strategies. TPIRB Program Officers collaborate with researchers and Program Officers from related scientific programs within NIMH, NIH, HHS, and other public and private funding agencies; and communicate DSIR research priorities via outreach to the scientific community (e.g., conference presentations, workshops, and special journal issues).

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of research grants focused on evaluating the efficacy and effectiveness of psychosocial treatment interventions, alone or in combination/sequence, for mental and behavior disorders children and adolescents. Supported research includes studies examining acute and longer-term therapeutic effects on clinical course and functioning across domains (e.g., school, family, peer functioning), with a special emphasis on sensitive periods and key developmental transitions.


The ideal candidate will possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (e.g., M.D., DSW, Sc.D.) from an accredited college or university, with graduate training in developmental psychopathology/psychopathology, prevention, and intervention research methods. Expertise related to risk/protective factors, etiology, prevalence, course, and outcomes of mental disorders, including ethnic/racial cultural factors in mental health and mental disorders, is also relevant. Experience in mental health research and research administration, and data-based publications are prerequisites for this position. Experience in managing research programs and in coordinating activities of professional groups and associations are also desirable. Strong organizational, oral, writing, and communication skills are required. Experience with the grants review process is preferable. The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

How to Apply

This is a pre-announcement. The official announcement will be available through from March 20, 2023 through March 29, 2023. Interested parties should also send a letter of interest, including a curriculum vitae, to


The incumbent will be appointed at a salary commensurate with their qualifications and experience. In addition, full federal benefits, including leave, retirement, and thrift savings plan (401K equivalent), will be provided.

DHHS and NIH are equal-opportunity employers

The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. The HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.