Current Openings


Clinical Interviewer Position
at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School

A clinical interviewer position is available within the Laboratory for Affective and Translational Neuroscience at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, directed by Diego A. Pizzagalli, Ph.D.

Functioning as clinical collaborator to an active interdisciplinary research team and under the very general direction of the PI, the Clinical Interviewer performs high-level clinical and psychodiagnostic evaluations using structured interviews and behavioral report.  The Clinical Interviewer is responsible for characterizing study participants for behavioral and neuroimaging studies with a focus on major depression, and contributing clinical expertise to inter-rater reliability and training.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs diagnostic assessments using structured clinical interviews (e.g., Structured Clinical Interview for DSM, Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression) and other behavioral rating tools for studies on depression, anxiety and stress-related disorders
  • Regularly trains and oversees the work of others in clinical procedures consults on inter-rater reliability and training.
  • Interact with patients/subjects with regard to study, including patient education, procedural instruction, follow-up. May serve as a liaison between patient and physician.
  • Responsible for overseeing the process of clinical diagnostic data collection. Ensures integrity of patient data.
  • Responsible for the coordination and implementation of clinical procedures at one or multiple sites.
  • On a daily basis, executes the procedural decisions associated with clinical aspects of the study.
  • Implements and maintains quality assurance procedures and systems.
  • Participates in all decisions made for the study and the formulation of policies and procedures. Identifies modifications needed and works to implement solutions.
  • Directly responds to inquiries regarding the study protocol and policy. Serves as a liaison to internal and external population.
  • Will orient and train new staff members when necessary.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.


  • BS required; Masters Degree in psychology, counseling, social work or related field preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in a research related field.
  • Minimum 2 years experience of performing clinical diagnostic interviews including the SCID, HAM-D, and other psychiatric assessments required.

Skills/Abilities/Competencies Required:

  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills.
  • Effective problem solving skills.
  • Ability to supervise and train staff effectively.
  • Strong computer skills.

Review of applications is ongoing. Interested applicants must apply online at the following link (Job Number 3255727):

McLean Hospital, which is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As an equal opportunity employer, McLean seeks qualified candidates for all posted employment opportunities without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability or veteran status. McLean particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

Student Visitors/Research Volunteers

Student Volunteer positions for undergraduates and recent college graduates are available for the 2023-2024 academic year.  These positions are within McLean’s Laboratory for Affective and Translational Neuroscience, directed by Diego A. Pizzagalli, Ph.D.  Volunteers assist lab members utilizing various methodologies (e.g., brain imaging, electrophysiology, clinical interviews) to study emotional and cognitive processing in both healthy and psychiatric populations, primarily major depression.

Students who are not in the Belmont/Boston area can apply to be a Remote Visitor.

Review of applications is ongoing.

To apply for a student volunteer position, please fill out this application (LATN_Student_Visitor_application) and send it, along with a copy of your resume/CV, to David Crowley (

Resources for Applying

We understand that not everyone has access to the same type of resources and materials as they head into job applications during / post college. As part of our DEI initiatives, some of our former and current Research Assistants (RAs) have put together a few resources for individuals looking to apply to RA and Student Visitor positions to promote a more equitable application process.

CDASR DEI Application Tips
  1. Anonymized Cover Letter 1: Some Research Experience
  2. Anonymized Cover Letter 2: More Research Experience
  3. Anonymized Cover Letter 3: More Research Experience
  4. Anonymized Cover Letter 4