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NIH Postdoctoral Fellow Minimum Stipend: $53,760
The Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA) at the School of Social Work is an applied research program dedicated to improving the evidence base on the epidemiology of mental health problems and family functioning as well as intervention research to develop and test mental health services for children and families affected by multiple forms of adversity, including armed conflict, poverty, and infectious disease.
The Scaling of an Evidence-Based Playful Parenting Intervention project links with an evidence-based, home-visiting program Sugira Muryango that supports; playful parenting, father engagement, improved nutrition, care seeking and family functioning, to promote early child development, positive parent-child relationships, and healthy child development. This project will enable RPCA to 1) expand Sugira Muryango to younger children (0-6 months); 2) increase by almost tenfold the number of children impacted by the intervention; 3) increase the use of technology to accelerate intervention feedback; and, 4) test an evidence-based implementation strategy, the Promoting Lasting Anthropometric Change and Young Children's Development (PLAY) Collaborative, to engage local stakeholders and frontline providers and supervisors to ensure quality improvement and sustainability.
The Sugira Muryango Postdoctoral Research Fellow will support the research and field team with maintaining quality data, provide expert analysis, and implement quality checks to maintain the integrity of intervention delivery and data collection. The Postdoctoral Fellow cultivate and support important in-country partnerships and support the RPCA in dissemination of research findings. The Postdoctoral Fellow reports to the Faculty Director and Principal Investigator, Dr. Theresa Betancourt.
Data Management and Data Analysis (50%): Develop and maintain multiple databases for study clinical and implementation data and ensure that all processes for data entry and query resolution meet Good Clinical Practice requirements for the entry and reporting of clinical data. Develop a data quality plan and data management plan in coordination with study investigators. Design, develop and execute implementation-science-informed statistical analysis leveraging research study databases in conjunction with study staff and other statisticians. Produce tables and figures depicting results of analyses, along with written interpretation. Apply statistical analysis using multilevel modeling, coding, multiple imputation to address missing data, and sound data management, while overseeing technology-based data collection and data monitoring. Utilize mixed methodologies to triangulate, analyze and interpret qualitative and quantitative data. Provide implementation science expertise to program implementation team and local teams with strong understanding of hybrid design, cluster randomized control trials, and quality improvement approaches to fidelity and supervision.
Government and Stakeholder Relations (25%): Create an in-country Implementation Science Consortium of NGOs, policymakers, and academics from the University of Rwanda to leverage in-country expertise, build capacity, and create a community of practice around implementation science that is relevant to the Rwandan context. Assume a supportive role to community leaders ensuring vital implementation science indicators are captured and fed back to government parties. Work alongside Program Managers, other Postdoctoral fellows, and co-investigators to provide study oversight, conduct assessments and evaluate program as needed.
Research and Dissemination (25%): Engage in high-level research and analysis, drafting reports to sponsors and government stakeholders, and publishing on projects regarding ongoing work related to RPCA research. Qualitative and mixed method analysis of process evaluation data. Collaborate on concept notes, grant writing, publications, multi-stakeholder reports, and presentations for international conferences.
The Postdoctoral Fellow may work nights and weekends in order to meet project deadlines. Ability to travel internationally in order to supervise and support research projects in Rwanda. The fellowship is funded for one year, with the option to renew up to two years.
Doctoral degree, preferably in Public Health, Implementation Science, Social Work, Developmental Psychology, Mental Health, or another related field. The Postdoctoral Fellow will need to be a self-driven, creative thinker with strong statistical and qualitative skills. Coursework/training in psychometrics, hybrid designs, cluster randomized control trials, and implementation science is preferred. Proficiency in utilizing computer applications including Microsoft Office, STATA, R, MAXQDA, and other applicable quantitative and qualitative data analysis platforms. Strong ability in use of advanced statistical and computational programming. Strong background in implementation science to include hybrid design, cluster randomized control trials, longitudinal studies, and quality improvement approaches to fidelity and supervision that relate to long-term sustainability and scalability. Some background related to conducting research in culturally diverse contexts, preferably in Low-and-Middle-Income-Countries (LMICs). Publication record that demonstrates candidate's capacities is also desirable.
Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:
Tuition remission for Employees
Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
Low-Cost Life Insurance
Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
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