Clinical Research Assistant


Work with the Principal Investigator and collaborators to advance our understanding of the brain and behavior mechanisms underlying psychiatric disorders. In particular there is a focus on autism spectrum disorder mood disorders and sleep difficulties. Under the general supervision of the Principal Investigator assist in the acquisition and analysis of participant information including assessments and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning. Interview participants to gather information. Prepare and maintain study records. Enter data and participate in qualitative/quantitative scoring and analysis of data. Opportunities to prepare and participate in presentations and posters may be available. Assist with coordination of research activities. This research experience would be helpful for candidates interested in applying for graduate and/or medical school in the future.



Complete research assessments with children and families.


Recruit participants.

Assist in identification and follow-up of participants meeting criteria for inclusion in clinical research studies. Ensure protocol eligibility requirements are met.


Establish and/or maintain study record for each participant. Interview participant and/or family to explain nature of study; conduct telephone interviews. Elicit cooperation and gather information to complete study. Facilitate obtaining signed consent forms. Schedule participant interview to complete documentation. According to established protocol administer standardized and non-standardized research observations and assessments such as intelligence tests. Assist with Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications.


Review medical records to abstract information per study protocols.


Monitor adherence to protocol. Follow-up with participant to correct or complete documentation.


Work within the team to gather MRI neuroimaging data.


Process data by using Microsoft Excel SPSS and MRI image analysis software. Prepare data for presentation.


May assist in planning research protocols. May assist in manuscript preparation.


In collaboration with the Data Specialist and/or Principal Investigator collect and organize participant data into an appropriate format to facilitate data entry and analysis. Enter study information into database.


May coordinate activities and participate in the training of volunteers or others assigned to research projects to interview participants to complete forms or to perform data abstraction or data entry duties.


Review literature pertaining to research being conducted in order to better understand project and to gather relevant information.


Other information:


Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to interact with participants and community partners with consideration of human development stages and cultural patterns.


Bachelor�s Degree in Psychology Neuroscience Biological or Behavioral Sciences or related area including courses in research methodologies and statistics.


Excellent computer and communication (verbal and written) skills.


Strong organizational & interpersonal skills.


The ability to work well with children adolescents and parents.


Availability to regularly work some evenings and Saturdays is required.


Prior research experience in human subjects (including with children and/or adolescents with neurodevelopmental and/or mental health conditions) psychology neuroscience neuroimaging or a data-driven behavioral science is strongly preferred.



Minimum of six months of undergraduate or post-graduate research experience. Prior neuroimaging experience is a plus but not required.


Performs independently within department policies and practices. Refers specific complex problems to supervisor where clarification of departmental policies and procedures may be required.


Works collaboratively and flexibly with a commitment to team effort.






Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status.   Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


Location: Bradley Hospital USA:RI:East Providence


Work Type: Full Time


Shift: Shift 1


Union: Non-Union