The Bellevue Project for Early Language, Literacy, and Education Success (BELLE) New York University School of Medicine

The Bellevue Project for Early Language, Literacy, and Education Success (BELLE)

New York University School of Medicine


The Bellevue Project for Early Language, Literacy, and Education Success (BELLE), under the direction of PI Dr. Alan Mendelson, is seeking a qualified candidate to work on behavioral research and clinical projects in the Department of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine. We are examining parenting interventions designed to improve child development outcomes in at-risk populations in the context of a randomized controlled trial at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan and in the context of a clinical program at Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn. The candidate will be responsible for assisting in multiple project tasks, including supervising the implementation of a parenting program, and will work with a multidisciplinary team of pediatricians, psychologists, social workers, and other child development professionals.  Preference will be given to candidates who are English/Spanish bilingual.


Specific tasks may include:

·         Administering standardized program (Video Interaction Project, i.e., VIP) to parents of infants and young children, which involves tips about reading, playing, and interacting with children, videotaping parents and children playing together, providing general positive reinforcement about the video

·         Maintaining records of family participation in the program

·         Building rapport with families, including coordinating with parents and tracking/scheduling upcoming program visits

·         Supervising staff members who administer VIP, which involves:

o   Meeting regularly with staff members

o   Conducting regular observations of VIP implementation, providing guidance and feedback about quality and fidelity of administration of intervention

o   Providing staff members with continued oversight and guidance

·         Training new staff members on VIP

·         Collaborating with multidisciplinary team of research and clinical staff

·         Overseeing and supervising operational aspects of the parenting program

·         Conducting standardized interviews with parents about a range of topics, including screens for depression and questions about their child’s development and behaviors

·         Assistance with tasks related to the research study, including recruiting families, consenting families, and collecting participant data

·         Assistance with other operational aspects of the study and program

·         Provide general support related to research tasks such as grant preparation, Institutional Review Board, literature reviews, and documentation



·         Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred

·         Bachelor’s Degree in child development, child life, infancy, special education, family processes, maternal and child health, or related field (Master’s Degree strongly preferred)

·         Previous experience working with children and parents in educational, hospital or mental health settings

·         Previous experience in a managerial or supervisory roleor previous experience as an educator of adults

·         The ideal candidate will demonstrate enthusiasm for working with families and can flexibly adjust to project demands


This is a full time position with benefits. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If you are interested, please submit a CV/resume and cover letter to Anne Seery, PhD ( Please write “Coordinator Position” in the subject line and indicate your level of Spanish fluency in the cover letter.