Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Temporary Research Assistant for the Behavioral Research and Training Institute – Schizophrenia Research Program at Rutgers, Behavioral Health Care.
The Temporary Research Assistant will assist on a study of substance abuse prevention in children (ages 8-11) with conduct disorder. This is randomized controlled trial comparing the combination of cognitive enhancement, emotion regulation training, social cognition training, and family psychoeducation vs. family psychoeducation alone. Will administer diagnostic and symptom rating measures and cognitive tests and will also deliver the cognition, emotion regulation, and social cognition interventions. Outcome variables include measures of cognitive, academic, and emotional functioning, substance use, and psychiatric symptoms. Will administer assessments and interventions in two school systems.
Performs various research and intervention procedures related to an ongoing research protocol aimed at altering risk factors for and the development of substance use disorders in children with conduct and related disorders.
Administers computer and paper-based assessments of cognition, intelligence, neuropsychology, and other psychological constructs in children with externalizing disorders, the families of children with externalizing disorders, teachers of children with externalizing disorders, and adults of serious mental illnesses.
Responsible for driving to and from various sites throughout New Jersey to administer assessment and diagnostic measures, and deliver research-associated interventions.
Responsible for orienting, recruiting, and consenting children with externalizing disorders, the families of children with externalizing disorders, and adults of serious mental illnesses for various research projects.
Provides assistance in preparing materials for Institutional Review Boards and coordinating and leading tasks across different members of the research team.
Demonstrates diligence in following through with locating and getting research subjects to complete follow-up assessments and interviews.
Attends meetings associated with the Division of Schizophrenia research and the studies they are assigned to.
Administers assessments and interventions in two school systems.
Completes fingerprinting process annually and archives results with all four of our partner school districts.
Maintains annual requirements: annual employee health update (PPD), all mandatory educational requirements, and provides Accreditation and Standards Department and Human Resources with copies of any degree requirements, new licenses or credentials acquired over the last year.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field.
Experience working with children in a research treatment context.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must be flexible with hours as assessment and intervention sessions may occur very early in the morning or late in the evening.
Master's in psychology or related field.
Experience working with children with conduct disorders, computer skills, and statistical knowledge are a plus.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The employee frequently spends time prolonged sitting, driving, talking and interacting with research participants in-person and on the phone, walks, bends, stretches, and pulls. Must be able to carry multiple laptop computers simultaneously. Per program demand, may have to work long hours, travel within the state and lift up to 20 lbs.
The employee will work in the Division of Schizophrenia Research office and at various sites throughout New Jersey including four school systems. These sites will change throughout the year from year-to-year. The work environment varies when conducting outreaches off-site as the employee will travel to communities or neighborhoods that are considered dangerous.
Valid drivers license and access to a car as the employee will be traveling to various locations in New Jersey.
Must pass a background fingerprinting test as the employee must be able to legally work with children.
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