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Research Assistant I

Harvard University, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 30, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences, Psychology, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

The Laboratory for Youth Mental Health (Principal Investigator: Professor John Weisz, Ph.D., ABPP)
in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University seeks to hire a full-time Research Assistant
(RA). The RA will primarily assist with a randomized clinical trial of a modular mental health
intervention called FIRST, designed for treatment of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and
conduct problems in children and adolescents. Opportunities to play a role in additional ongoing
projects--including the development and maintenance of a large-scale meta-analysis database of youth
psychotherapy research, and the implementation of effectiveness trials of digital mental health
interventions--may also be available.

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403108 Research Assistant I Lab


USA - MA - Cambridge

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Research Assistant I



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55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Basic Qualifications

College background or equivalent experience in psychology or a related field, plus at least 1 year volunteer, part-time, or full-time experience working directly with children or adolescents.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Bachelor's or master's degree in psychology or a related field, plus at least 1 year volunteer, part-time, or full-time experience working directly with children or adolescents preferred. Strong academic qualifications, previous clinical psychology research experience, and an interest in applying for a graduate degree in psychology are all highly preferred. Strong technical skills, including expertise in Qualtrics, Excel, and statistical software (e.g., SPSS; R) are also preferred. Excellent interpersonal skills, communication, writing, and organizational skills, as well as meticulous attention to detail are required, to meet the needs of the research.

Additional Information

This is a grant-funded, one-year term position. Applicants should be able to commit to one year, with the option of additional years contingent on mutual consent and continued funding. The position is full-time and includes some evening and weekend work. Anticipated start date is between June and August 2022. More information about the research team and ongoing projects can be found at .

All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.



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Position Description

Responsibilities may include coordination with personnel in partnering community clinics, participant recruitment and consenting, survey administration with participating youths and caregivers, preparation of documents for clinicians based on assessment results, data entry and management, responding to IRB and university administration requests, literature searches, assistance in preparation of grants and manuscripts, qualitative and quantitative coding (e.g., of academic articles for meta-analyses), and other research support activities.


Faculty of Arts and Sciences

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Working Conditions

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements . Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: .

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