<p>Position Overview:<br />Dr. Megan Gunnar's research lab at the Institute of Child Development examines the effects of early life stress and is currently conducting a research study examining the attention development of preschoolers with assessment at pediatric clinic appointments. This “Preschool Attention Study” will measure children’s Executive Function and language development skills as well-child pediatric clinic visits over three annual assessments for approximately 160 children aged 2 to 5 years. Results and strategies to increase attention skills will be discussed with families. Biological samples and questionnaires will also be gathered to assess possible life stresses and supportive factors. This study will be conducted in pediatric clinics serving both higher- and lower-risk families that reflect a wide range of income, education, and race/ethnicity. The candidate will assist the Principle Investigator and study coordinator in recruitment, data collection, and data management for this study. We are seeking someone with an interest in child development and research who has sufficient experience to recruit participants, acquire informed consent from participants, and conduct participant testing data collection (behavioral testing and biological samples). The work will largely be performed independently. The position requires a commitment of 24hrs/week and will require travel between the University lab space and community clinics based in the metro area. Bilingual fluency in both English and Spanish is essential.<br /><br />DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:<br /><br />Recruit, manage, and schedule participants (40%)</p><ul><li>Understand the research participant recruitment process and data acquisition protocols</li><li>Conduct web and telephone recruitment of child participants by calling families and coordinating with clinic scheduling/front desk staff by email and phone</li><li>Screen confidential health information for assessment of inclusion and exclusion criteria following existing scripts to assess study eligibility</li><li>Draft correspondence and send out study information by email, including sending attachments with information regarding appointment details</li><li>Schedule, update, and cancel appointments with children and families participating in the research study using online calendar systems</li><li>Organize and track study files (electronically and/or paper)</li><li>Communicate with other study team members regarding scheduled appointments and staffing</li><li>Track future appointments for longitudinal families</li></ul><p>Conduct research participant testing (40%)</p><ul><li>Complete Human Subjects ethics, HIPAA privacy, and research assessment task trainings</li><li>Follow and conduct quality control / quality assurance procedures for data collection</li><li>Acquire informed consent from participants in English/Spanish</li><li>Administer parent questionnaires, tablet attention tasks, and language assessments in English/Spanish</li><li>Gather hair and saliva samples from children using standardized protocols</li><li>Track and organize research session supplies/equipment</li></ul><p><br />Train and assist undergraduate research assistants (10%)</p><ul><li>Assist in educating new and existing undergraduate research assistants on study protocols</li><li>Assist in training undergraduate research assistants on data entry and checking</li></ul><p><br />Contribute to lab development (10%)</p><ul><li>Meet regularly with the supervising Senior Research Fellow and/or Principle Investigator regarding research protocols and progress</li><li>Demonstrate creativity and contribute ideas to lab members in the context of assessing preschool children in pediatric clinic settings</li><li>Assist with grant reporting and regulatory compliance documents as directed by the Senior Research Fellow or Principle Investigator. Such assistance might include data gathering for quarterly recruitment reports to the granting agency or help with the annual IRB review.</li><li>Engage in professional development activities that may include reading and discussing relevant research articles, attending department and university wide colloquium series, etc.</li></ul><p>This position is represented by a bargaining unit--AFSCME Technical.</p><p>Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.</p>
<p>REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:</p><ul><li>Strong written and spoken language skills in both English and Spanish</li><li>High school diploma or the equivalent with some science courses and two years of experience in relevant academic and work experience may be substituted</li><li>Direct experience providing assessments to preschool-aged children</li><li>Competent with basic computer software in PC and Mac</li><li>Prior experience building and maintaining rapport with young children and families</li><li>Willingness to work flexible hours including morning, afternoon, evening and Saturday hours to accommodate family and clinic schedules</li><li>Reliable transportation between University and community clinic sites</li></ul><p><br />PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:</p><ul><li>College coursework in Child Psychology, Psychology, or related field</li><li>Experience working in an administrative setting using both English and Spanish, especially telephone calling</li><li>Experience in a laboratory/research/clinical setting</li><li>Experience with SPSS, Microsoft Office, and other basic computer software packages in PC's and Mac's, including demonstrated experience drafting electronic business communications to include attachments</li><li>Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and in a group setting</li><li>Demonstrated experience gathering and organizing research data accurately, reflecting a strong attention to detail and experience maintaining confidential information</li><li>Demonstrated ability to be personable, flexible, and well-organized</li><li>Comfortable and competent interacting with diverse populations of children, parents, and medical providers/clinic staff</li></ul>
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