Clinical Research Asst


The PediMIND Program�s goal is to advance our understanding of the brain and behavior mechanisms underlying child psychiatric disorders. In particular there is 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.

Under the general supervision of the Director of the PediMIND Program the Clinical Research Assistant will assist in the recruitment of research participants. Help consent and enroll research participants. Assist acquisition of data including research interviews computerized assessments and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning. Prepare and maintain study record.  Enter data and participate in qualitative/quantitative analysis of data.  May assist in first draft preparation.  Review relevant literature to gather information.  May participate in development of research protocols and dissemination of research data via posters or papers as part of the team. Mentorship is very important in the PediMIND Program with 100% of all prior PediMIND Clinical Research Associates matriculating to graduate or medical school. 



Screen and schedule research participants (ages 7-18 primarily) and families.

Collect data administer questionnaires and special computer games

Work within the team to gather MRI neuroimaging data.

Process data by using Microsoft Excel SPSS and MRI image analysis software. As the data and time permits may be involved in preparing data for presentation.

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

Establish and/or maintain study record for each participant.  Interview patient and/or family to explain nature of study elicit cooperation and gather information to complete study questionnaire.  Facilitate obtaining signed consent forms.  May schedule patient interview to complete documentation.  According to established protocol may administer standardized and non-standardized psychological tests such as intelligence tests.

May review medical records to abstract information necessary to complete forms.  May request and follow-up on missing data such as laboratory test results and the like.

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

Prepare relative graphs and charts of results of data gathered.  Participate in quantitative and qualitative analysis of data.

May assist in planning research protocols or in first draft preparation of material for publication or presentation.

May coordinate activities of others assigned to research projects to interview participants to complete forms or to perform data entry duties.

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


Other information:


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

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).

Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to patients with consideration of aging processes human development stages and cultural patterns in each step of the care process.


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.




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: 1


Union: Non-Union