Research Assistantâ??s activities include collection, organization, scoring and entering of data collected from research participants, as well as completing library research. RAâ??s are expected to work with individuals participating in HIV-related research to be assessed during study visits.
Data collection with HIV research participants in an academic clinic setting. Conduct in person or telephone interviews with research participants in accordance with standardized research protocol. Successful data collection requires a clear understanding of project objectives as well as knowledge and comprehension of each assessment being administered (approximately 20 different assessments for any given project). Highly refined communication skills are also necessary to collect valid and reliable self-report data dealing with sensitive/illicit topics with research participants. Interviews are conducted primarily at our research site. Data collection also involves specialized assessment procedures that include psychological and behavioral methodologies.
Implement follow-up phase for clinical research. Track, schedule, and conduct follow-up interviews on research participants. Challenges to follow-up include: transience of population; lack of telephones; participant reluctance to return for interviews; and participantsâ?? termination of care. Conduct confidential follow-up assessments. In addition to self-report data, physiological and biochemical measures are often included in assessment.
Data Management. Assemble all subject files according to prescribed protocol, removing any materials that compromise participant confidentiality. Extract data from subject files to maintain databases which will be used to generate Internal Review Board reports as well as inform project investigators of the progress of the research projects. Implement the entry of data into computerized data files which will be used in analyses of research hypotheses. Daily updating files to include specific subject notes and information to maintain reliability of data. Data management will also involve scoring of psychological data and storage of data on computer systems, monitoring data integrity and quality, and transfer of information to a database.
Assists with other aspects of clinical research, including coordinating IRB materials and literature reviews. Assist with updating necessary paperwork, and continuing review materials. Conduct computerized database searches using MEDLINE, Psychlit, and other scientific database resources and acquire relevant materials when needed. Update and maintain computer files; track and replace study supplies.
Fund Custodian. Maintains and oversee records of disbursement for participant payments as well as predicting budgetary costs for future fiscal year. Maintain records of disbursement of payments to participants. Works directly with financial department submitting project payment documentation and completing monthly auditing reconciliations. Reviews project expenditures and create spreadsheet of projected costs.
BA or BS in psychology or related field with 1 year experience (other degrees considered based on work experience).
Previous research experience through academic training or previous work experience required.
Experience working in a clinical setting or with a clinical population preferred (i.e., psychiatric hospital, emergency department, troubled youth, etc.).
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills required.
Knowledge of experimental research methodology necessary; knowledge of clinical research procedures and APA formatting preferred.
Experience with (or Ability to work effectively with) participants of diverse racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds, sexual orientations.
Comfortable discussing sensitive topics.
Experience using social media preferred.
Ability to work independently is required.
Flexibility in work schedule is required, including evening or possible weekend hours on a regular basis
Knowledge of computer applications, including word processing.
Must have own transportation.
Background check: Criminal and education required.
Funding for this position is through 4/30/2018 but may be renewed through 4/30/2020
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Center for Alcohol & Addiction Studies
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