Part-time Summer Research Position

The Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, is seeking individuals who are interested in working part time (20 hours/week) to gain research experience while advancing the Division’s research agenda. The Division’s ongoing research efforts are diverse but share a common focus on contributing to the worldwide understanding of addiction, with the ultimate goal of alleviating the social, medical, and economic burdens caused by addictive behaviors.  The Summer Research student will contribute to research related to driving while intoxicated, responsible drinking, and public access to the science of addiction.

Duration: 10 weeks

Job Description: The Part-time Summer Research Position is a paid position at our offices in Medford, MA and is ideal for undergraduate students who:

  • Are currently studying at a university or four-year college
  • Are passionate about addiction and public health, and seeking new and rigorous opportunities to expand their scientific skill set
  • Have demonstrated an interest in research related to addiction and/or related fields of study (e.g., psychology, neuroscience, public health, public policy)
  • Have some experience with research methods and/or scientific writing

Individuals selected for this position will work on the following projects:

Computerized Assessment and Referral System (CARS)

The Division on Addiction has developed a computerized tool that incorporates a structured diagnostic mental health assessment with a personalized clinical report generator. CARS packages a powerful mental health assessment tool with a user-friendly interface, flexible module selection, and immediate personalized output, to create a tool that lay people can use easily to administer comprehensive mental health assessments. CARS output includes personalized information about the mental health disorders for which a client qualifies or is at risk, a summary of other risk factors and important issues, and a list of resources targeted by a client’s issues and location. For more, see: http://www.carstrainingcenter.org/

Work includes testing the CARS software, including CARS DSM-5 software updates, recording results of testing scenarios and inputting identified errors into WebIssues, and assisting in the development of supplemental materials. We expect this individual to be detail-oriented and work closely with the CARS project team to complete testing and material development.

Responsible Drinking

The Division has developed a protocol for assessing Responsible Drinking activities and practices. Work for this project includes assisting with literature searches, records keeping, coding literature, and contributing to the development of scientific articles. We expect this individual to work closely with the Division on Addiction to complete coding activities and the literature review.

The BASIS (Brief Addiction Science Information Source)

Each week, the Division produces a summary of cutting-edge addiction science for the general public on www.basisonline.org. The mission of The BASIS is to minimize addiction’s harmful effects by providing the general public, treatment providers, policy makers and others with access to addiction research. We expect this individual to write for this free, weekly blog disseminated via the Internet.

Requirements: Organized, detail-oriented, focused

To apply: Please send a CV and a writing sample to Dr. Heather Gray, Associate Director of Academic Affairs, Division on Addiction (hgray@challiance.org).

This is a paid position. Cambridge Health Alliance is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, and women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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