Clinical Research Assistant at Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University

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    Submitter Name: Brown-Lifespan CDH
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    We are actively recruiting a Clinical Research Assistant (RA) for research focused on the relationship between real-time social connectedness, peer victimization, and psychological well-being among at-risk adolescents. Primary responsibilities will be related to an NIH-funded R01 investigation, “Social Media, Violence, and Social Isolation Among At-Risk Adolescents: Exploring Ground Truth”. The RA will work with Co-Principal Investigators Dr. Megan Ranney and Dr. Nicole Nugent with opportunities for exposure to co-investigators in psychology, emergency medicine, and public health. This could be an ideal opportunity for a recent college graduate who is looking for experiences to help strengthen an application for graduate studies in psychology or medical school.

    Under the general supervision of the Co-Principal Investigators and the Research Manager, the RA will be responsible for assisting the study team in all phases of the study, including clinical recruitment in the Emergency Department, data collection, and follow-up procedures. Study tasks will include, but are not limited to: obtaining informed consent; collecting online social messaging, in-person interacting using the Electronically Activated Recorder, and self-perceived mood, loneliness, and peer victimization using ecological momentary assessments; preparing and maintaining study records; contacting participants to obtain follow-up data (which may involve driving to participants’ homes if needed in order to download collected data and/or pick up research devices); entering data via computer, and performing statistical analyses under supervision. The RA will adhere to ethical procedures for subject recruitment and crisis protocols. Finally, the RA may be responsible for assisting with periodic literature reviews, and for assisting with preparation of abstracts, manuscripts, and presentations. The RA will need to be comfortable with technology and will need to be capable of successful use of applications on a handheld device (e.g. iPad).

    -Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline
    -Highly organized, strong time management skills, self-motivated, outstanding attention to detail, and ability to multi-task
    -Excellent verbal communication, written communication, and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with patients, families and Hospital staff
    -Ability to think on your feet
    -Excellent analytical and computer skills (e.g., Microsoft suite)
    -Ability to work evenings/weekend hours

    -Background in health sciences, psychology, social work, and/or public health
    -Prior experience working with adolescents and/or families
    -Prior experience with clinical research and institutional review boards (IRBs)
    -Comfort with fast-paced emergency department environment
    -Comfort discussing sensitive topics, including histories of violence and mental health
    -Familiarity with data collection software (e.g., REDCap), electronic medical records (e.g. Epic), citation software (e.g., EndNote), and statistical software (e.g., Stata)

    Rhode Island Hospital

    Emergency Medicine

    Primary Location:
    Providence, RI

    Education Level:
    Bachelor’s degree

    Days/Evenings/Weekends (40 hours/week)

    Start Date:
    Spring 2021

    Application Instructions
    1. Submit an application to Lifespan ( # 17848
    2. Send cover letter and resume/CV to

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