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Temporary Research Assistant

Company Rutgers University
Location Newark, NJ
Update 9 Day ago
Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title
Temporary Research Assistant

Job Category
Staff & Executive - Healthcare - Medical and Patient Services


Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care ( UBHC ), established in 1971, offers a full continuum of evidence based behavioral health and addiction services for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors throughout New Jersey. UBHC’s 1,060 experienced behavioral health professionals and support staff are dedicated to treatment, prevention, and education. UBHC , one of the largest providers of behavioral health care in the country, has a budget of $260 million and has 15 sites throughout New Jersey. Services are readily accessible and include: inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization, screening, crisis stabilization, family/caregiver support, community outreach and case management, supportive housing, supported employment, prevention and consultation, employee assistance programs, and a licensed therapeutic school from preschool through high school. Specialty services include the New Jersey suicide prevention helpline and peer help lines for police, veterans, active military, teachers, mothers of special needs children and child protective service workers. In FY2016, UBHC treated 16,199 consumers, had 24,502 admissions, and touched the lives of 19,441 individual callers through peer support. In addition, UBHC is the primary mental health training resource for the New Jersey departments of Human Services, Children and Families, and Corrections, delivering 16,000 trainings each year.

Posting Summary
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Temporary Research Assistant for the Behavioral Research and Training Institute – Schizophrenia Research Program at Rutgers, Behavioral Health Care.

The Temporary Research Assistant will assist on a study of substance abuse prevention in children (ages 8-11) with conduct disorder. This is randomized controlled trial comparing the combination of cognitive enhancement, emotion regulation training, social cognition training, and family psychoeducation vs. family psychoeducation alone. Will administer diagnostic and symptom rating measures and cognitive tests and will also deliver the cognition, emotion regulation, and social cognition interventions. Outcome variables include measures of cognitive, academic, and emotional functioning, substance use, and psychiatric symptoms. Will administer assessments and interventions in two school systems.

•Performs various research and intervention procedures related to an ongoing research protocol aimed at altering risk factors for and the development of substance use disorders in children with conduct and related disorders.
•Administers computer and paper-based assessments of cognition, intelligence, neuropsychology, and other psychological constructs in children with externalizing disorders, the families of children with externalizing disorders, teachers of children with externalizing disorders, and adults of serious mental illnesses.
•Responsible for driving to and from various sites throughout New Jersey to administer assessment and diagnostic measures, and deliver research-associated interventions.
•Responsible for orienting, recruiting, and consenting children with externalizing disorders, the families of children with externalizing disorders, and adults of serious mental illnesses for various research projects.
•Provides assistance in preparing materials for Institutional Review Boards and coordinating and leading tasks across different members of the research team.
•Demonstrates diligence in following through with locating and getting research subjects to complete follow-up assessments and interviews.
•Attends meetings associated with the Division of Schizophrenia research and the studies they are assigned to.
•Administers assessments and interventions in two school systems.
•Completes fingerprinting process annually and archives results with all four of our partner school districts.
•Maintains annual requirements: annual employee health update ( PPD ), all mandatory educational requirements, and provides Accreditation and Standards Department and Human Resources with copies of any degree requirements, new licenses or credentials acquired over the last year.

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Temporary Staff Appointment - Hourly

Position Pension Eligibility


Minimum Education and Experience
•Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field.
•Experience working with children in a research treatment context.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
•Must be flexible with hours as assessment and intervention sessions may occur very early in the morning or late in the evening.

Preferred Qualifications
•Master’s in psychology or related field.
•Experience working with children with conduct disorders, computer skills, and statistical knowledge are a plus.

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Physical Demands and Work Environment
•The employee frequently spends time prolonged sitting, driving, talking and interacting with research participants in-person and on the phone, walks, bends, stretches, and pulls. Must be able to carry multiple laptop computers simultaneously. Per program demand, may have to work long hours, travel within the state and lift up to 20 lbs.

•The employee will work in the Division of Schizophrenia Research office and at various sites throughout New Jersey including four school systems. These sites will change throughout the year from year-to-year. The work environment varies when conducting outreaches off-site as the employee will travel to communities or neighborhoods that are considered dangerous.

Special Conditions
•Valid drivers license and access to a car as the employee will be traveling to various locations in New Jersey.
•Must pass a background fingerprinting test as the employee must be able to legally work with children.

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Regional Campus
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)

Home Location Campus
Piscataway (RBHS)

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