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Director, Center for Stress Health, Bassett Research Institute

Bassett Healthcare
Cooperstown, New York
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Oct 13, 2022

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Director, Center for Stress Health, Bassett Research Institute

The Bassett Research Institute (BRI) at the Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY is seeking applicants to fill the position of Research Scientist and Director of the Center for Stress Health at the BRI.

Organization Description:
Bassett Healthcare Network is an integrated health care system that provides care and service to people living in an eight county region covering 5,600 square miles in Central New York.  The organization includes five corporately affiliated hospitals, as well as skilled nursing facilities, community and school- based health centers, and health partners in related fields.  

This is vibrant and sophisticated upstate community set in a bucolic lake front village affording four seasons of cultural and outdoor activity. An unparalleled and well-appointed community sport center.

Job Summary:
The BRI is embarking on an innovative mental health research path, called Stress Health, with the goal of improving access, quality, equity and value of mental health services in our rural area. The Center Director is expected to lead this initiative using internal funding to develop an externally-funded research program in Stress Health. 

The candidate will conduct research and publish in an area of relevance to rural mental health disparities, rural health care services, and the social determinants of health. The candidate will have expertise in mental health promotion and disease prevention, clinical trials, and/or applied prevention science and implementation science approaches. Research domains can include the Stress Health research topics that include resilience, suicide, stigma, depression, trauma, PTSD, addictions, mental health promotion, disease prevention and treatment, including clinical trials of novel agents, like psychedelics, for individuals with treatment resistant serious mental illness (SMI).The Stress Health initiative also will utilize and build upon transdiagnostic approaches and addressing subthreshold psychopathology. 
Methods include analyzing Epic electronic medical records and other existing data sets to identify clinically significant outcomes and trends. With support from the BRI Center for Biostatistics, the candidate will perform data analysis that goes beyond descriptive characterizations of population-level data sources (BRFSS, YRBS, birth and death, hospital, ED and outpatient data); and will conduct higher level analytics including but not limited to regression and predictive modeling. Strong organizational and problem-solving skills and experience using Microsoft Office software (including Excel) is required. Experience with SAS, GIS software and mapping techniques is desirable. The candidate will prepare, organize and deliver scientific presentations that communicate research findings to professional audiences, policy makers, and the general public, including publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and at national scientific meetings. The candidate will report to the Director of the BRI and the Chief Academic Officer. 

Our organizational culture is highly collaborative, emphasizing multidisciplinary approaches to improving health. The BRI provides a strong research infrastructure for its research scientists in the areas of biostatistics, study design, data management, research computing, project management, IRB review, OSP administration, and patient recruitment for clinical trials through the Center for Clinical Research. Opportunities are available for collaborations with researchers within the BRI, and at Columbia University through the Columbia-Bassett affiliation and the Columbia-Bassett Medical School. The BRI has a strong collaborative relationship with public health practitioners within local health departments, NYS Department of Health, the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health as well as academic institutions. We are especially interested in candidates who will collaborate with other researchers, community-based organizations, government agencies and the Bassett Healthcare Network to develop, implement and test interventions that improve the mental health of communities most affected by rural health disparities.

Job Qualifications:

  • The successful candidate should possess a medical degree (MD) or PhD with 7 years of independent research experience including track record in conducting research in partnership with underserved populations, i.e. rural and/or economically disadvantaged communities.
  • Candidates should have research experience with both historical and current federal and/or private funding of research projects as a Principal Investigator in clinical, mental health and/or public health research. 


  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Paid time off, including vacations and holidays
  • Life Insurance and disability protections
  • Paid Malpractice
  • Retirement Benefits
  • CME time and money
  • Moving Allowance

For confidential consideration, please contact: 
Debra Ferrari, Medical Staff Recruiter  
Phone: 607-547-6982; Email: 
or visit our web site at

Bassett Medical Center provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related condition), age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (including transgender status), genetic redisposition or carrier status, military or veteran status, familial status, status a  victim of domestic violence, or any other status protected by law.


Bassett Healthcare Network is committed to helping the population we serve and our communities achieve optimum health and enjoy the best quality of life possible. We accomplish this through an innovative and unique health care system that connects comprehensive care and services to people living throughout Central New York.  

The hub of our network is Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, which, in addition to traditional hospital-based care such as a birthing center and inpatient medical and surgical care, also offers sophisticated outpatient diagnostic and treatment capabilities.

The Bassett Medical Group is comprised of a full-time, salaried staff numbering more than 400 physicians and other advanced practice clinicians who provide primary and specialty care at the Bassett Clinic and staff Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. In the region, the Bassett Medical Group also staffs over two dozen community-based primary care centers throughout eight counties. Bassett’s school-based health centers across four counties provide medical, mental health and preventive dental care to children who might otherwise never have the chance to receive this care.

Our network also connects people in the region to a multitude of specialists who provide technical expertise and skills in areas typically found only in big cities. Many of these specialists travel to see patients at Bassett affiliated community hospitals as well as at specialty campuses in Herkimer, Oneonta, and Hartwick Seminary. The specialty services offered range from cardiology, cancer, and orthopedic care to ear, nose and throat, vascular care, dermatology, and more. In addition, a variety of outpatient diagnostic and surgical procedures is available on these specialty campuses as a convenience to patients. Our clinicians and care teams in Cooperstown and in the region, in combination with the network’s community-based health centers, provide care to thousands of people every year.

As a teaching hospital and medical school campus affiliated with Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and through a nationally renowned Research Institute, Bassett is continually advancing its missions of patient care, teaching and research, always anticipating and developing to meet the evolving needs of the people and communities in the region we serve.

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