Job Summary Performs biomedical and/or social-behavioral research by administering tests and/or questionnaires following protocols; collecting, compiling, tabulating and/or processing responses; gathering information; and/or assisting in the preparation of material for inclusion in reports. Completes all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and all relevant current local, state, and federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy and procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).
The Research Study Assistant will work on the Raising Our Children (ROC) Study, funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD; grant title “Preventing the Intergenerational Transmission of Antisocial Behavior: Successful Child Socialization Strategies in At-Risk Families”).
The goal of this project is to understand how parents who were incarcerated in their youth now socialize their own children to respect rules and care about others. In particular, we seek to identify the protective factors that foster successful socialization among those children. We will be recruiting 150 families with a preschooler (ages 3-6 years) from an ongoing Northwestern longitudinal study of >1,800 individuals (now adults) who were incarcerated during their adolescence.
The ROC study involves an in-home assessment of the preschool-aged child with his/her parent (who was previously incarcerated) and a follow-up in-home assessment of the same child with a second caregiver. We conduct (and videotape) direct observation of the child in a series of tasks, some with the parent, some without, to assess the child’s development of conscience and self-regulation, the parent/caregiver-child relationship, and parenting/caregiving strategies. We conduct an interview with the parent/second caregiver during the same home visit. We also collect information from files (police, detention facilities, hospitals, mental health service providers).
The Research Study Assistant’s specific responsibilities will include: conducting various assessments of preschool-aged children in the community (or in the office) with the children of formerly detained adults; assessing the home environment; coding and entering data, editing administrative forms, and attending training and office meetings as required. The individual may also be involved in editing data collection instruments, conducting literature searches, coding videotaped assessments of parents and children, and other research support activities. This would be an ideal position for an individual considering future graduate study in areas such as psychology or social work.
The ideal candidate will have experience conducting child assessments with at-risk populations. Experience with field work is also a plus. We are seeking an individual who is adept at following study protocols, who has good judgement and problem-solving skills, and has strong communication skills and documentation habits. The person needs to have well-developed interpersonal skills (to be able to develop good rapport with children and their parent/caregiver), and be willing to travel to Chicago neighborhoods along with their interview partner.
Reviews and obtains informed consent.
Schedules study visits with participants.
Scores test results.
Collects survey data.
Reviews medical records.
Facilitates communication with key personnel and participants to maintain project study flow.
Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting and entering data; and/or preparing basic charts and graphs.
Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
Completes portions of grant applications and/or documents associated with current local, state, and federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws and research protocols.
May process reimbursements for travel expenses.
Monitors and distribute petty cash.
Processes invoices and/or purchase requisitions.
May train other research staff to interview/test participants.
Minimum Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
Must complete NU's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants and must re-certify every 3 years.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Experience assessing/interviewing children
Ability to follow study protocols.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Coursework in child development
Experience working with children under 7 years of age
Experience with field work
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Experience using data capture tools such as REDCap
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 35119
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