Clinical Research Assistant
Description of studies:
A Technology-Augmented Intervention to Prevent Peer Violence & Depressive Symptoms Among At-Risk Emergency Department Adolescents (iDOVE2) is a NICHD-funded R01 investigation. In iDOVE2, we are conducting an 800-person factorial clinical trial of a two-part intervention (a brief session and an 8-week automated text message program) for at-risk adolescents seen in the emergency department. The research is completed within the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health.
Reframing Firearm Injury Prevention Through Bystander Interventions for Youth Shooting Sports Participants is a CDC-funded, community-based randomized controlled intervention study. This study proposes to examine the effectiveness of “the Reframe”, a theory-based, previously-piloted firearm injury prevention intervention for youth and their communities, in changing community-level attitudes and behaviors regarding firearm safety. The research will be completed through collaboration between National 4-H Shooting Sports, the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (AFFIRM), and researchers at Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University.
We are seeking a Clinical Research Assistant (RA) to work 50% on research focused on the use of digital health to prevent peer violence and depressive symptoms among at-risk adolescents and 50% on research focused on firearm injury prevention and community engagement. The RA will work with Principal Investigator Dr. Megan Ranney with opportunities for exposure to co-investigators in psychology, emergency medicine, and digital health. This could be an ideal opportunity for a recent college graduate who is looking for experiences to help strengthen an application for graduate studies in psychology, medical school, or public health.
Under the general supervision of the Principal Investigator and Research Manager, the RA will be responsible for assisting the study team in all phases of the studies, including clinical recruitment in the Emergency Department, intervention delivery, and follow-up procedures. Study tasks will include, but are not limited to, obtaining informed consent, interviewing participants to gather information, preparing and maintaining study records, contacting participants to obtain follow-up data, entering data via computer, and performing statistical analyses. S/he is strongly preferred to have prior training in motivational interviewing and/or psychology, as s/he will be administering the intervention. The RA will adhere to ethical procedures for subject recruitment and crisis protocols. Finally, s/he may be responsible for assisting with periodic literature reviews, and for assisting with preparation of abstracts, manuscripts, and presentations.
• Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline
• Highly organized, self-motivated, outstanding attention to detail, and ability to multi-task
• Excellent verbal communication, written communication, and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with patients, families, hospital staff, and community members
• Ability to think on your feet
• Excellent analytical and computer skills (e.g., Microsoft suite)
• Ability to work evenings/weekend hours
• Background in health sciences, psychology, social work, and/or public health
• Prior training in motivational interviewing and/or psychology
• Prior experience with qualitative research
• Prior experience with clinical research and institutional review boards (IRBs)
• Comfort with fast-paced emergency department environment
• Comfort discussing sensitive topics, including histories of violence and mental health
• Prior experience in firearm injury prevention research, violence prevention research, community-based research/engagement, qualitative research, or implementation science
• Prior experience with firearms or safe handling and storage of firearms
• Familiarity with data collection software (e.g., REDCap), electronic medical records (e.g. Epic),
citation software (e.g., EndNote), and statistical software (e.g., Stata)
Rhode Island Hospital
Days/Evenings/Weekends (40 hours/week)
Starting salary (new grad) is $16.54/hour ($34,403/year)
January 2021 - May 2021
1) Submit an application to Lifespan (jobs.lifespan.org): Job ID# 16965
2) Send cover letter and resume/CV to John Patena at firstname.lastname@example.org
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