Research Assistant

Brown University

Job Description:

The Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute is looking for a full-time grant-funded Research Assistant to work on several different projects relating to depression prevention in youth and families. The successful applicant will work closely with the Project Managers and other Research Assistants, as well as the Principal Investigators, on efforts that will have a direct impact on adolescents and their families.

The position will likely involve working on:

  1. a large-scale, school-based screening/intervention initiative aimed at addressing the problem of youth depression and suicidal behavior;
  2. a PCORI-funded primary care-based study comparing two different youth depression prevention programs; and
  3. an NIMH funded primary care Internet-based depression prevention study, the goal of which is to teach skills to at-risk adolescents so that they are less likely to become depressed.


Bachelor’s Degree and 1 to 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, or related field is preferred.


  • Experience with survey and database software, such as Qualtrics or Redcap, preferred.
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations.
  • Experience working in human subjects research, preferred.
  • Experience using SPSS.
  • Experience and familiarity with clinical diagnoses.
  • Research experience, particularly with mental health research.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English, preferred.

Job Competencies:

  • Strong software proficiency (i.e. Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), with willingness to learn and utilize new software applications as needed (e.g. Redcap, Qualtrics).
  • High level of comfort with technology that enables virtual interactions (e.g., Zoom, Webex).
  • Ability to interact well with adolescents, parents, and school personnel.
  • Ability to discuss mental health concerns, including depression, with families.
  • Ability to compile and enter data accurately.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong attention to detail, high level of professionalism and organization required.
  • Efficient time management skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and work independently with little structure.
  • Willing to travel locally to conduct study activities.
  • Flexibility to support a varying work schedule which may involve some days with a noon-8pm schedule

This is a fixed term position with a current end date of July 30, 2024, which may be extended based upon available funding.

All candidates must possess a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive environment.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification that are satisfactory to Brown University.

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Job Posting Title:
Research Assistant

Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute

Grade 8

Worker Type:

Worker Sub-Type:
Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type:
Full time

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Position Work Location:
Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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