The Pediatric Health Disparities Research Program, directed by Daphne Koinis-Mitchell, PhD, involves research and intervention programs focused on improving the health outcomes and overall well-being of urban and ethnic minority children and their families. Specific initiatives are described below. A major emphasis of our work has involved translating research into interventions and designing programs to improve children’s illness management, reduce health care use, and improve functioning and quality of life for children and their families. The Pediatric Health Disparities Research Program operates in collaboration with the Childhood Asthma Research Program.
We are interviewing candidates for a Clinical Research Program Coordinator position for two research initiatives: 1) A Culturally-Tailored Sleep Hygiene Intervention for Latino Urban Middle School Children and 2) Peer-Administered Asthma Self-Management for Urban Middle School Children. Both studies involve multi-site research protocols, in Providence RI and San Juan PR, with Latino children in public schools. Reporting to the Principal Investigators and Project Director, and in accordance with established policies and procedures, the Clinical Research Program Coordinator is responsible for the operation of both research programs, including recruitment, implementation programs, processes and outcome evaluation of the programs.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Assisting senior study staff with coordination of all aspects of each study, including, participant recruitment, data management, and study administration tasks.
Organizing and implementing the protocol of the projects. Collaborating with the research staff and the community, including school administrators, nurses and caregivers. Assisting in coordinating each project and performing ongoing tasks related to participant recruitment and data collection, which include but are not limited to eligibility screening and participant recruitment, establishing and maintaining research records for study participants, administering standardized measures (including questionnaires, interviews and specialized electronic monitoring devices) and entering data into computerized database. Assists the lab’s data manager with setup and maintenance of data management and performs preliminary, basic statistical analyses. Research, test and provide maintenance and support for new software tools and research devices.
Participating in interview, selection and evaluation of research support staff and interns, as well as training and oversight. Coordinating work schedule, monitoring adherence to procedures/protocols to ensure optimal study participation rates, accurate data collection, timely follow up and the like.
Assisting research investigators in tracking grant budgets within the guidelines and policies established by the Hospital as well as sponsoring agencies. Coordinating all required submissions related to protocol, and procedures to the Institutional Review Board.
Supporting and assisting with grant submissions, and manuscript preparation, including assisting with literature reviews, references and writing.
Coordinating collaborative work with other investigators and sites. Also coordinating audits and on-site visits by sponsoring agencies.
Maintaining and enhancing professional expertise through educational opportunities and review of pertinent literature.
Willingness to travel to study sites or for other grant-related reasons.
1. Master’s Degree in relevant discipline and 2-3 years of experience in clinical human subjects’ research
2. Ability to commit to the position for the duration of the program
3. Experience with research concepts and techniques, including qualitative interviewing and quantitative analysis
4. Ability to function autonomously in a collaborative interdisciplinary team involving research, medical and mental health care
5. Ability to work professionally with school systems a requirement
6. Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
7. Demonstrated strong administrative skills and a strong attention to detail
8. Experience working with Institutional Review Board and research project compliance is desired but not required
9. Strong computer skills
10. Experience and comfort with data management and basic statistical analyses
11. Ability to work harmoniously with diverse groups of individuals
12. Experience working in an ethnically, culturally, and racially diverse environment
13. Spanish fluency is desirable but not required
14. Must have a reliable car
To apply please contact Dr. Maria Teresa Coutinho at email@example.com. Please include resume and cover letter. You will also need to submit an application to the Lifespan website at
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