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Social Worker – Clinical Research

University of Chicago

Job description

The Communication Bridge Research Program at the Healthy Aging & Alzheimer’s Research Care (HAARC) Center is seeking a dedicated and compassionate Social Worker to join our groundbreaking intervention study. This position will deliver the psychosocial education and counseling (PEC) component of the Communication Bridge intervention in a new randomized controlled trial (RCT) launching in 2024. The Communication Bridge intervention aims to maximize communication participation and quality of life for people living with primary progressive aphasia (PPA) and their partners.

This innovative RCT will test the efficacy of a dyadic, multi-component intervention that combines speech-language therapy with psychosocial education and counseling delivered by a Social Worker. The intervention is grounded in theoretical models of dyadic change and life participation in aphasia and will integrate PEC with speech-language interventions delivered by a speech-language pathologist to maximize communication participation outcomes by training dyadic communication skills, developing mastery of compensatory strategies, and mitigating caregiving burden in PPA. In this vital role, you’ll support participants and their families throughout the intervention, helping them navigate the challenges of PPA and build stronger communication skills.

As part of the HAARC Center, you’ll be immersed in a collaborative and dynamic research environment dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias. This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of individuals and families facing PPA.

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