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Research Associate | Pittsburgh Girls Study (PGS)

Description

The Research Associate (RA) will work on a large, longitudinal research study, the Pittsburgh Girls Study (PGS) under the direction of Drs. Alison Hipwell and Kate Keenan. In this NIH-funded study, a sample of 2,450 girls from the City of Pittsburgh has been followed annually for 20 years to track developmental patterns of and contextual influences on health. Several current projects are focused on stress exposures and racial disparities in perinatal, metabolic, and cardiovascular health. RA responsibilities include data collection from PGS participants and their offspring via face-to-face interviews in the laboratory and include standardized assessments of reactivity to stress, emotion, attention, cognition, and positive health. RAs participate in preprocessing and editing of psychophysiological data and coding of observational data. Research Associates have the opportunity to engage in data dissemination in the form of conference presentations and manuscripts. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in pursuing graduate education in clinical health sciences. The ideal candidate will have an interest in psychological research and working with women and children from diverse racial, economic, and educational backgrounds; will be organized, attentive to detail and protocol, yet creative in solving problems. Our research program celebrates and respects diversity in all forms and we encourage applications from members of groups underrepresented in clinical science.

This position is grant funded.

Responsibilities:

  • Contact and schedule potential participants from a designated pool of individuals who have agreed to be contacted for research studies.
  • Conduct subject searches to locate subjects who are unable to be contacted.
  • Explain research protocol and obtain informed consent from participants.
  • Conduct on-line and/or library searches as needed by the PI as necessary.
  • Perform phone interviews for research project protocol(s) as needed.
  • Maintain and update subject information database.
  • Conduct interviews with research participants under supervision as needed.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree in psychology, neuroscience, counseling, sociology or related research field or current enrollment in a related Bachelor's Degree program with direct experience in a research environment required.
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required.
  • Prior related work experience in a research setting preferred.
  • Experience working with children preferred.
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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