research Coordinator

The Research Coordinator I job is an entry-level research position. The RC provides research and administrative support to the key members of the research team conducting addiction-related research. The RC helps develop content for research projects, maintain databases, and conduct studies in accordance with research protocols. The RC provides research and technical support for development and evaluation of a mental health screening and assessment tool, the Computerized Assessment and Referral System (CARS: carstrainingcenter.org), work with senior research staff on projects related to gambling, daily fantasy sports play, youth recovery from chemical dependency, and impaired driving, conduct data collection and sample maintenance activities for various projects, conduct in-person and telephone interviews (sometimes during off-hours and off-site), prepare applications and materials for human subjects research, develop website and online training materials, and collaborate with other Division researchers in writing a weekly newsletter disseminated via the Internet. More specifically, the Research Coordinator will: Author a weekly online newsletter – The BASIS (basisonline.org) in collaboration with other Division researchers. Prepare substantive aspects of IRB applications. Conduct literature and database reviews, and analyses for various projects. Monitor disbursement of research participant incentives and honoraria. Complete telephone and in-person surveys and interviews with research participants. Coordinate sample maintenance activities for various projects. Assist in the development of research materials and survey instruments. Assist in the programming, expansion, and testing of CARS (see above), plus the development and posting of CARS-related resources, user manuals, and website updates. Troubleshoot user concerns and suggestions. Assist in the writing/editing of technical reports and manuscripts for publication or presentation.

BA/BS degree is required. The candidate for this position must have excellent computer skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office. Experience working on research projects required. Experience with Internet and scientific literature searches using tools such as PubMed or PsycInfo, data analysis programs such as SPSS preferred. Experience with website development, relational databases, as well as basic computer programming preferred. The candidate for this position must have highly developed organizational and research skills, and the demonstrated ability both to work both in a team environment and to function independently. Outstanding verbal and written communication skills also required. Spanish speaking a plus.

To apply: Please send a CV and a writing sample to Ms. Vanessa Graham.

Part-time summer research position, cars (spanish edition)

The Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, is seeking an individual who is 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 and public access to the science of addiction.

Duration: 06/17/19 to 08/23/19 (10 weeks)

 The Part-time Summer Research Position is a paid position at our offices in Malden, MA and is ideal for an undergraduate student who:

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

The individual selected for this position will work on the following projects:

Computerized Assessment and Referral System (CARS) Spanish Edition

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/

We recently translated CARS into Spanish. The Summer Research Student will test the CARS software Spanish Edition, recording results of testing scenarios and inputting identified errors into WebIssues, and assist in the development of supplemental materials in Spanish. We expect this individual to be detail-oriented and work closely with the CARS project team to complete testing and material development.

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 the 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 Ms. Vanessa Graham.

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