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Research Specialist


The CARE lab studies how early parental care influences child brain development. In particular, they are interested in how parenting shapes brain response to rewarding and fun experiences for children at risk for affective disorders, either because of their family history or their temperament.

This role will be recruiting mothers and very young children (1 to 5 years old) for studies evaluating brain and behavior response and will be involved in all aspects of the study (recruitment, phone screening, clinical interviewing, NIRS cap placement, data entry and management).

The ideal candidate is reliable, conscientious, organized and 
very comfortable with infants, toddlers and young children. They also must be knowledgeable about and sensitive to clinical information. 

This is a grant funded position.


  • Independently execute job functions for research protocol(s) including recruitment, scheduling appointments, obtaining written consent forms, collecting data by conducting phone or face to face interviews for research project(s).
  • Collaborate with senior research personnel regarding recruitment, data collection, outcomes of interviews, reports according to the needs of the study.


  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in psychology, neuroscience, sociology or related research field
  • Minimum of one year of work experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting is required
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred
  • Experience with clinical interviewing preferred
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • CCM training is required within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Act 34
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