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    Megan Jones

    Please see full job post here.

    About Headspace:

    Headspace was founded in London in 2010 by Rich Pierson and Andy Puddicombe. Originally conceived as a meditation events company, Headspace has evolved into the world’s most popular meditation app. Using proven mindfulness techniques, it will teach you how to train your mind for a healthier, happier life. Sessions take as little as 10 minutes a day, and you can do them wherever and whenever you like. Our app has now been downloaded more than 13 million times in 200 countries, helping so many people to enjoy the benefits of a clearer calmer mind. Today, we’re ready to embark on the next phase in our evolution: to become the world’s most comprehensive guide to health and happiness.

    In 2015, we completed a $30mm Series A funding round. The round was led by The Chernin Group, with significant participation from other media and tech leaders including Jim Breyer (via Breyer Capital), Allen & Co, William Morris Endeavor, Freelands Ventures (the venture arm of Elisabeth Murdoch) and Advancit (the venture arm of Shari Redstone). Rounding out the raise were a handful of influential individuals including Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn CEO), Jessica Alba, Ryan Seacrest, and Jared Leto.

    You can read more about us in Fast Company or the New Yorker.

    About the Scientist (Dissemination and Implementation) @ Headspace:

    Headspace is looking for a rock star Scientist to support the Health and Science Team in helping achieving the mission of Improving the Health and Happiness of the World.

    You have a passion for tackling the unknown and working to creatively answer questions that haven’t been explored. You gain energy from working with people and enjoy being at the center of all aspects of a project. You enjoy bringing people together to work toward a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. You’re a super communicator verbally and visually, you can take complex information and distill it into “ah-ha” moments for each member of your target audience. You balance thoughtfulness and speed in your responses.

    You’re an experienced behavioral sciences and/or psychology researcher and know how to design a clinical trial backwards and forwards. You have devoted your career to evaluating evidence-based interventions and bringing them out of the research lab and into the world in a sustainable way. You care about translation, effectiveness, and durability of innovation. Perhaps you’ve had experience leading dissemination and implementation and effectiveness trials through an academic research role or come from a healthcare background. If this sounds like you, we’d love to meet you.

    Dissemination and implementation science is a critical part of Headspace’s business and is ultimately what lets our product get into the hands of people who need it. You will be at the core of making sure that our implementations with healthcare, employer, and nonprofit partners are designed to drive high engagement, user activation, sign-ups, and meaningful changes in health and happiness. On a daily basis you will work side-by-side with the Health Partnerships Manager to design and support partner implementations and business development opportunities. You will also work closely with the rest of the Science team to design and collaborate on internal-led research studies as well as support external research collaborators. You will work with User Research, Business Development (workplace), and Headspace’s philanthropic arm: Get Some, Give Some. As one of the first members on the Heath Partnerships team within the Health and Sciences division you will have a chance to shape how we work with partners and maximize success.

    How your skills and passion will come to life at Headspace:

    Define best practices for HS implementations in healthcare, workplace wellness, and school settings
    Lead research studies specifically focused on novel and large-scale implementations. Conduct original internal (HS-led) and external (academic partner-led) research studies to deepen HS evidence base in strategic areas.
    Manage external research partnerships with health partners
    Manage academic or industry research trials conducted with HS toward commercial success metrics (e.g., study design, IRB preparation, effective study execution, implementation)
    Collaborate with BD, GSGS, and health partnerships lead to define, cultivate, and execute evidence generation opportunities with leads and existing partners
    Liaise with GSGS to help design implementations of Headspace within philanthropic partner settings, design formative evaluations of implementation that is beneficial to Headspace and partner
    Liaise with BD to help design B2B implementations specifically focused on workplace wellness/EAP and health care settings
    Generate implementation insights that can be scaled across organization including to non-partner research studies (e.g., recruitment and implementation methods)
    Maintain a positive working relationship with external stakeholders
    Prepare scientific papers and presentations for industry and academic purposes
    Contribute to and create research operational processes that result in sharable and replicable standards, protocols, procedures, and other appropriate resources
    Liaise with clinical research and medical communities
    Develop and manage links with academic institutions to foster research opportunities and evidence based practice
    Support BD team in the development of implementation and service related materials to support sales
    Work effectively with the Data Analyst to understand, define, and track key metrics related to clinical and research objectives related to primary projects and effectively use data to inform decision making
    Maintain current knowledge of broad field relevant to company and bring current insights back to team. This involves regular literature review and conference attendance.
    Be a leader at Headspace while embodying Headspace’s core values – kindness, authenticity, and creativity

    What you’ve accomplished?

    PhD or PsyD in Clinical Psychology from an APA-accredited institution
    Completed (or soon to complete) APA-accredited internship in Clinical Psychology or MD
    2-4 years work experience following post-doctoral fellowship or equivalent
    Demonstrated track record of publications in behavioral health, digital interventions, mHealth, and/or implementation science
    Demonstrated ability in research study design and successful execution of clinical research studies in the behavioral health, behavioral medicine and wellness space
    Experience providing direct patient care in health care setting, seen as a legitimate expert in clinical care (e.g., psychology)
    Passion for healthcare and the mission that technology serves in creating value for the healthcare ecosystem
    Eligible to work in the US
    Be willing to work out of our Santa Monica office–this is not a remote position

    How to get started:

    If you’re excited by the idea of seeing yourself in this role at Headspace, please apply with your CV and a cover letter that best expresses your interest and unique qualifications. Applications can be submitted via this form.

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