I am actively recruiting research assistants for a recently funded R01 investigation, "Biomarkers, social, and affective predictors of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in adolescents." The position could begin within weeks but I am happy to wait for an excellent candidate to graduate. This could be an ideal opportunity for a recent graduate who is looking for experiences to help strengthen a grad school application. Please forward to any strong students you may have or to colleagues who might have ideas.
The research involves in vivo characterization of naturalistic phenomena associated with suicide risk after discharge adolescents using ecological methods and devices that allow acoustic capture of an individual's social environment and self-reports of experienced affect. We also examine childhood maltreatment and epigenetic markers as predictors of post-discharge reactivity. Two hundred youth hospitalized for suicidal thoughts and behaviors will be followed prospectively using ecological methods and devices for three weeks following psychiatric discharge; suicidal thoughts and behaviors will be reassessed at 6 months. The study further incorporates affect reactivity biomarkers (in-hospital blood samples for assessment of DNA/DNAm/expression). Results of this investigation will inform a number of intervention approaches including family therapy, EMA-based adjunctive intervention, and pharmacological approaches.
The clinical research assistant (CRA) will be responsible for interviewing patients/parents to gather information and obtain informed consent. For consenting participants, the CRA will (1) prepare and maintain study record, (2) complete baseline self report procedures, (3) complete baseline training (and setup) with the adolescent on the use of the iEAR and ecological momentary device, (4) schedule follow-up assessments and assist with follow up assessment procedures, and (5) drive to participant homes in order to download collected data and/or pick up research devices. The CRA will need to be able to learn REDCap and enter data as well as learn how to implement procedures for setup and download of the iEAR and the ecological momentary assessment device. The CRA may be responsible for very basic statistical analyses of data and in preparation of data for presentations. Review relevant literature to gather information. Requirements of the position include: a bachelor’s degree; strong organizational and time management skills; critical thinking skills; excellent interpersonal skills for interacting with adolescents, parents, and clinicians; strict attention to detail; comfort with use of technology; and thorough knowledge of MS Office applications. Experience working with adolescents and/or families is desirable. This opportunity will provide excellent research training and experience for students wishing to pursue graduate studies in psychology or applying to medical school. Successful applicants will be available for some evening and weekend research sessions.
Applicants please apply online by visiting http://www.lifespan.org/careers/health-care-jobs.html and search for job openings using Requisition #RIH3661 .
Nicole R. Nugent, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Research) | DPHB and Pediatrics Brown Medical School
Staff Psychologist | RIH Bradley/Hasbro Children's Research Center