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Clinical Research Assistant Job

Job Number: EPB16623

Job Title: Clinical Research Assistant

Department: Research Daniel Dickstein - 7127404

Facility: Bradley Hospital

Location: East Providence, RI


Start date: June 2018

The Pediatric Mood, Imaging, & NeuroDevelopment (PediMIND) Program ( of E.P. Bradley Hospital is recruiting full-time 2-year research assistants.

The PediMIND Program's goal is to advance our understanding of the brain and behavior mechanisms underlying child psychiatric disorders. In particular, we have a focus on bipolar disorder, irritability, non-suicidal self-injury (self-cutting) and suicide, and autism/developmental disabilities. Techniques used include specialized computer tasks/games, MRI neuroimaging, and genetic moderators.

The position will involve (1) screening and scheduling research participants (ages 7-18 primarily) and families, (2) data collection (administering questionnaires, special computer games, and (3) working with our team to gather MRI neuroimaging data), and data processing (using excel, SPSS, and MRI image analysis software). As the data and time permit, the research assistant may be involved in preparing data for presentation.

Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in psychology, neuroscience, biology, computer science, or related fields and have an interest in working with children and families. We are seeking enthusiastic applicants who are organized and have an aptitude for multi-tasking. Working knowledge of at least 2 of the following is required: (1) SPSS, (2) Excel, (3) MRI analysis software (e.g., AFNI, FSL, or SPM), OR (4) basic unix programming (e.g., basic C-shell scripting).

Mentorship will include aspects of development, child/adolescent psychiatry, and neuroscience. Prior neuroimaging experience is a plus but not required. Most prior research assistants who have worked with Dr. Dickstein have gone on to attend medical school or psychology graduate school.