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Clinical Research Assistant Job

Job Number: RIH18200

Job Title: Clinical Research Assistant

Department: EM Research - 7471015

Facility: Rhode Island Hospital

Location: Providence, RI

- Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline
- Highly organized, self-motivated, outstanding attention to detail, and ability to multi-task
- Excellent verbal communication, written communication, and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with patients, families and Hospital staff
- Ability to think on your feet
- Excellent analytical and computer skills (e.g., Microsoft suite)
- Willingness to work evenings/weekend hours as needed

- Background in health sciences, psychology, social work, and/or public health
- Prior training in motivational interviewing and/or psychology
- Prior experience with clinical research and institutional review boards (IRBs)
- Comfort with fast-paced emergency department environment
- Comfort discussing sensitive topics, including histories of violence and mental health
- Familiarity with data collection software (e.g., REDCap), electronic medical records (e.g. Epic), citation software (e.g., EndNote), and statistical software (e.g., Stata)

We are seeking a Clinical Research Assistant (RA) for an NIH-funded study within the Department of Emergency Medicine. The goal of iDOVE2 is to prevent peer violence and depressive symptoms by engaging at-risk adolescents during emergency department (ED) visits. We will conduct an 800-person factorial clinical trial of a previously piloted two-part intervention (Brief ED Intervention + 8-week automated Text Message program).

Under the general supervision of the Principal Investigator and Clinical Research Coordinator, the RA will be responsible for assisting the study team in all phases of the study, including clinical recruitment in the ED, intervention delivery, and follow-up procedures. Study tasks will include, but are not limited to, obtaining informed consent, interviewing participants to gather information, preparing and maintaining study records, contacting participants to obtain follow-up data, entering data via computer, and performing statistical analyses. S/he is strongly preferred to have prior training in motivational interviewing and/or psychology, as s/he will be administering the in-person part of the intervention. The RA will adhere to ethical procedures for subject recruitment and crisis protocols. Finally, s/he may be responsible for assisting with periodic literature reviews, and for assisting with preparation of abstracts, manuscripts, and presentations.