Temporary Research Assistant
About the Opportunity
We have an immediate need for a temporary research assistant to
support our program evaluation research study in collaboration with
the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) in the area of early
childhood mental health (ECMH). We are currently running a pilot
study to collect data for a new grant proposal. The new project
will seek to develop a smartphone app that can be used by families
involved with BPHC to assist in care navigation and improve
communication with the family partners they work with. We are
conducting dyad interviews with caregivers and family partners to
get their feedback on what would be beneficial to incorporate into
an app. The primary focus of the Research Assistant (RA) will be to
conduct these interviews in Spanish with caregivers and family
partners, as well as to assist in translation of interviews and
The current study aims to assess the effectiveness of an
intervention designed to identify and support families facing
vulnerabilities to development of social, emotional, and/or
behavioral problems among their young children, currently either in
the foster care system or who are receiving home visiting services.
The original model was recognized as a Best Practice by the
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) in 2020.
This work is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration (SAMHSA) via a subcontract from the Boston
Public Health Commission, the Northeastern Community-to-Community
Impact Engine, and the Northeastern Center for Design.
The Research Assistant will participate in the following
- Administer qualitative key informant interviews, primarily in
Spanish, with program participants using Zoom.
- Ensure quality assurance of transcripts resulting from the
- Translate transcripts from Spanish to English.
- Work with flexibility for virtual interviewing during hours
when families are available.
The RA is expected to work 5-10 hours per week until the interviews
and quality control reviews are completed.
- Qualitative Data Collection: Conduct qualitative
interviews in Spanish with study participants, ensuring a
respectful and culturally sensitive approach.
- Data Management: Assist in organizing and managing
research data, including transcription and translation of
interviews, coding, and data entry.
- Research Support: Engage in literature reviews, online
research, and resource cataloging related to the ECMH FIRST
- Communication: Maintain regular contact with research
participants, coordinate interview schedules, and facilitate
communication with the project team.
- Documentation: Keep detailed records of interview
sessions, data collection procedures, and participant consent
- Team Collaboration: Collaborate with the research team
to ensure the successful execution of the project, attend project
meetings, and provide input on research protocols.
- Reporting: Assist in preparing data reports and
summaries for project evaluation and analysis.
- Fluency in Spanish: Proficiency in spoken and written
Spanish is essential for conducting interviews and working with
- Research Interest: Strong interest in qualitative
research and a willingness to learn and adapt to research
- Excellent Communication: Effective verbal and written
communication skills, with the ability to interact professionally
with research participants and team members.
- Attention to Detail: Strong organizational skills and a
keen eye for detail in data management and documentation.
- Team Player: Ability to work collaboratively as part of
a research team and contribute positively to team dynamics.
- Computer Skills: Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite
and research software is a plus.
Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work
experience, education and skills when extending an offer.
Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit
eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid
time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as
well as commuting & transportation. Visit https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/
for more information.
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking
to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and
staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its
forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect
that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, religion,
color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability
status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable
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