The University of Massachusetts Boston
Boston, United States
Permanent | Full Time
Research AssistantApply now Job no: 507859Position Type: Staff Full TimeCampus: UMass BostonDepartment: PsychologyPay Grade: 25Date opened: 14 Apr 2021 Eastern Daylight TimeApplications close: 01 May 2021 Eastern Daylight TimeGeneral Summary:The Research Assistant, within the Psychology Department, will be responsible for assisting with the administration of a research study that examines the effectiveness of treatments for toddlers with social communication delays and early signs of autism spectrum disorder. The Research Assistant will participate in multiple phases of the study, including screening and longitudinal assessment of children and families. The Research Assistant will also be involved in the clinical implementation of developmental and diagnostic visits, facilitate home visits that involve delivering digital technology for data acquisition, and as well as assisting in data preparation and analysis, and contributing to national and international meeting presentations and manuscript preparation. The Research Assistant will also coordinate meetings with early intervention providers and Directors of Early Intervention programs in the Greater Boston area, assist with data collection from early intervention providers; review and score recorded intervention sessions for intervention fidelity and code recorded parent-child interactions for parent responsivity, manage and administer participant incentives, and manage Institutional Review Board (IRB) submissions. Finally, the research assistant will oversee and monitor the workflow of a team of undergraduate students who will be involved in coding parent-child interactions.Examples of Duties:* Participate in the implementation of research, developmental, and diagnostic assessments;* Coordinate delivering technology to parent homes for acquisition of naturalistic language samples as well as delivering technology and materials to conduct remote experimental, developmental, and diagnostic assessments;* Reviewing digital tapes and scoring videos for fidelity and parent-child interactions;* Complete baseline and follow-up interviews with families;* Conduct baseline and follow-up parent interviews (e.g., Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale);* Administer child assessments (Mullen Scales of Early Learning, Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule);* Communicate with families and interventionists to coordinate delivering technology and data collection;* Perform data management and data cleaning tasks including preparing datasets for analysis and conducting data analyses;* Collaborate with investigative teams at other sites as well as with the data manager.* Participate in staff meetings;* Schedule Data Safety and Monitoring Board meetings;* Engage in clerical and administrative tasks to help in the overall running of the project;* Perform other duties as assigned.Qualifications:Bachelor's Degree in Psychology or closely related field, with significant Psychology course work, some research experience, and bilingual in English/Spanish is required.Preferred Qualifications:* Additional clinical or research experience, including working with toddlers and their parents or working with children with autism or developmental disabilities, is strongly preferred.* Previous experience with the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale, Mullen Scales of Early Learning or ADOS (autism diagnosis tool) preferred.* Two-year commitment preferred.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:* Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite;* Knowledge of and experience with entering and summarizing data;* Familiarity with statistical packages (e.g., SPSS, STATA, R);* Ability to work as a member of team in a manner supportive of the department and College procedures, policies and goals;* Ability to protect confidentiality of participant information;* Ability to provide leadership to others through example and sharing of knowledge and skills;* Ability to establish effective relationships with internal team members, team members at other study sites, research participants and community members;* Ability to communicate with others in a courteous and helpful manner;* Excellent organizational and oral and written communication skills;* Strong commitment to research ethics;* Strong commitment to customer service.Application Instructions:Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link:Salary RangesThis is a non-exempt position.All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.Applications close: 01 May 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
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