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Job Title: Research Study Assistant
Location: Evanston, IL United States
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 06/20/2022
Expire Date: 08/20/2022
Job Categories: Research & Development
Job Description
Research Study Assistant
Research Study Assistant
Job ID 44698
MED-Center for Community Health

Job Summary:
This position will be housed in the Center for Community Health (CCH) which provides a home for a diverse array of academic investigators, community partners, and staff members, who are all dedicated to promoting health through the conduct and dissemination of community-engaged research. As a center with a presence in the both the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) and Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS), CCH provides community and stakeholder engagement infrastructure across the research spectrum.

This project will be conducted with the Mothers and Babies (MB) Team in the Center for Community Health. Mothers and Babies is a cognitive behavioral therapy-based intervention that aims to prevent postpartum depression among predominately low-income racial/ethnic minority women. This project focuses on promoting the scaling/replication of the intervention across the United States and conducting a rigorous evaluation of those scaling efforts. Specifically, this project will:

Develop new and enhanced training and technical assistance resources that support health and human service programs as they: (a) implement and (b) move toward sustainment of MB
Expand our capacity to evaluate MB implementation and impact

The Research Assistant will focus on administrative responsibilities:
• Responds to training requests, schedules planning call, draft project budgets, and draft contracts,
• Coordinate training logistics, schedule supervision/technical assistance sessions, and update our website and social media content.
• Will assist with collection and analysis of our post-training and MB Implementation surveys.

Performs biomedical &/or social-behavioral research by administering tests &/or questionnaires following protocols; collecting, compiling, tabulating &/or processing responses; gathering information; &/or assisting in the preparation of material for inclusion in reports. Completes all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) & all relevant current local, state, & federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy & procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), & the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).

Specific Responsibilities:
• Recruits study participants.
• Reviews & obtains informed consent.
• Schedules study visits with participants.
• Scores test results.
• Collects survey data.
• Facilitates communication with key personnel & participants to maintain project study flow.

• Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data; &/or preparing basic charts & graphs.
• Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
• Completes portions of grant applications &/or documents associated with current local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws & research protocols.

May process reimbursements for travel expenses.
• Monitors & distribute petty cash.
• Processes invoices &/or purchase requisitions.
• Coordinates fund distribution among multiple sponsors and clinical sites.

• Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
• Must complete NU's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, in-person and via phone/web
• Exceptional organizational skills, time management efficiency, and personal accountability
• Proficient with Microsoft Office software
• Excellent attention to detail
• Ability to have flexible hours to accommodate participant schedules

Preferred Qualifications:
• Education in a field relevant to public health, women’s health, social work or psychology.
• Experience in conducting human subject research and outreach activities with at-risk populations, preferably in community and home settings.
• Experience administering surveys online
• Experience with scheduling meetings and calls, developing project budgets, drafting contracts, coordinating project logistics
• Experience with website content or social media content.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
• Bilingual (English and Spanish)
• Experience with REDCap and database management
• Experience creating materials for dissemination (Newsletters, flyers, brochures, etc.)
• Knowledge of program evaluation

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