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Research Coordinator I (Technical)

This position at the Division on Addiction (, a research center at the Cambridge Health Alliance, is for an individual who is interested in working at the intersection of technology and mental health. The applicant should have a strong interest in scientific research, in general, and addiction related research, specifically. The candidate for this position must have highly developed organizational and research skills, excellent computer and IT skills, and the ability to work both in a team environment and to function independently, yet collaboratively. Outstanding verbal and written communication skills are also required. As a key member of the Division's staff, the Research Coordinator with emphasis on technology (RCT), will have a variety of responsibilities, including, but not limited to providing research and technical support for a contract to develop and evaluate a Computerized Assessment and Referral System (CARS) for conducting mental health screening. This position requires supporting the Division on Addiction's Harvard Medical School faculty and its support staff including, but not limited to, the CARS developer and CARS project manager. The RCT will be involved in developing important support technology for the CARS system and further enhancements to the CARS system itself. The RCT will work very closely with the applications developer to program and modify CARS. Other general Division duties include collaborating with other Division researchers in writing a weekly newsletter disseminated via the Internet, preparing substantive aspects of research grant proposals and IRB applications, especially literature and database searches, and conducting analyses for various other projects.

Work Experience: This position requires some experience in developing databases, websites, reports, and/or web applications (i.e., especially MySQL, HTML, PHP). Some familiarity with Java, Drools, JasperReports, and an open source IDE [eclipse or netbeans]), preferred. Interest and some experience in developing databases, reports, and web applications preferred.

Education/Training: BA/BS in relevant field of study preferred, and at least two years of related work experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. IT training required (MySQL, HTML, PHP).

Job Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Author and technology support for The BASIS ( . must collaborate with other Division researchers in writing a weekly newsletter disseminated via the Internet

  • Help prepare aspects of IRB and grant applications, especially literature and database searches

  • Install assessment and referral software and train people about how to use the tool

  • Programming and testing the assessment and referral tool

  • Conduct analyses for various other projects

  • Provide IT support for various other projects

  • Website design, updates, and maintenance

  • Documentation and user manual development for assessment and referral software

To apply to this position, please apply online through the Cambridge Health Alliance online application system ( search for Research Coordinator I and select the Century CARS position) or email your resume and cover letter to Dr. Debi LaPlante at


Division on Addiction Undergraduate Summer Research Mentorship

The Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School offers a research-intensive summer training program to undergraduates interested in learning about the science of addiction. Next opening - Summer 2016. We are not accepting any additional applications for Summer 2015.

Program Eligibility

Undergraduate students who currently are studying at a university or four-year college are eligible for this program. Qualified students will have demonstrated an interest in research related to addiction and/or related fields of study (e.g., psychology, neuroscience, public health, public policy) and have some experience with research methods and/or scientific writing.

Program Goals

The Division on Addiction Undergraduate Summer Research Mentorship provides undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct supervised addiction-related research at a competitive research institution within a supportive learning environment. Our ultimate goal is to increase the number of well-trained professionals who pursue careers in addiction science.

Program Description

Summer Research mentees will work directly with Division on Addiction faculty members to conduct original research related to addiction. The Divisionís 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. Research at the Division on Addiction includes studies of gambling and Internet gambling, DUI behavior and mental health, as well as mental health issues among homeless populations. Our research also includes the implementation of computerized tools to assist in the assessment and treatment of substance use and mental health problems.

Summer Research mentees learn by doing. They will receive hands-on training that targets reading and discussing scientific research papers (see, developing hypotheses, carrying out research projects (e.g., methods, measures, and data analysis), and disseminating findings in writing and in oral presentations. Though they will work primarily with one Division faculty mentor, students will attend staff research meetings to learn about other ongoing projects and how researchers meet challenges they face throughout all phases of the research process.

The Undergraduate Summer Research Mentorship does not provide stipends or housing support.


The Division on Addiction accepts applications on a rolling basis. Please send a CV and a letter describing your research interests and experience to Dr. Heather Gray, Associate Director of Academic Affairs, Division on Addiction (

Division on Addiction Visiting Scholars Program

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Visiting Scholar at the Division on Addiction. Visiting Scholars are senior academics and distinguished visitors who hold a doctoral degree or the foreign equivalent. The Division accepts no more than two Visiting Scholars annually. Visiting Scholars usually are on temporary leave from their universities or research centers. They visit the Division for relatively short periods, usually no longer than a year, to collaborate on research projects and publications with Division scholars. Visiting Scholars typically are self-supported and, depending upon qualifications, might be eligible for a visiting faculty appointment with Harvard Medical School. In collaboration with members of the Division, Visiting Scholars typically analyze and write about the results of existing research rather than collect new data. Some Visiting Scholars bring data to analyze while they are at the Division. Visiting Scholars have access to office space, telephones, and other support services while at the Division.

Please click here to see a list of former Visiting Faculty, Scholars, and Postdoctoral Fellows.

To apply for a Visiting Scholar position at the Division, please send the following to Dr. Heather Gray at (1) a current CV; (2) a three-to-four page letter describing the project to be undertaken at the Division and how it relates to your past research and training; (3) a letter of faculty support. We accept applications on a rolling basis.

The Divisionís Committee on Visiting Scholars meets regularly to review applications. While reviewing applications, we focus on the merit of the applicantís proposed project and its relation to the applicantís past work. We also examine the extent to which the proposed project is relevant to the Divisionís mission of strengthening worldwide understanding of addiction through innovative research, education, and the global exchange of information. We often give preference to proposals related to the Divisionís current activities. During the review process, we might solicit recommendations and other supporting materials; we also invite potential applicants to complete an interview.


Study Recruitment Opportunities

Women veterans

Concerned about your drinking or substance use?

We invite you to participate in a research project. If eligible, you can receive up to 12 free sessions of psychotherapy to help reduce drinking or drug use.

You will be asked to fill out some questionnaires at the beginning and end of treatment, and during the study.

You may be compensated up to $325 for your participation.

If you would like to learn more about this research project, please call the research team at 857-364-6539.


Are you a veteran?
Are you currently experiencing stress or emotional difficulties?
Are you concerned about your alcohol or drug use?

We invite you to participate in a research project. If eligible, you may receive up to 17 free sessions of psychotherapy to help you manage your stress and alcohol/drug use.

You will be asked to fill out some questionnaires at the beginning and end of the study, and during the study. You will be compensated up to $250 for filling these out.

If you would like to learn more about this research project, please call the research team at 857-364-6539.


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