Research Assistant Job Opportunity: Pediatric Anxiety Research Center

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Research Assistant Job Opportunity: Pediatric Anxiety Research Center

Brown University

Bradley Hospital

Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Clinical Research Assistants/Mobile Exposure Coaches

Note: We are actively trying to increase the diversity and representativeness of the Pediatric Anxiety Research Center and the people it serves. Applicants from diverse backgrounds and/or who speak Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Pediatric Anxiety Research Center (PARC; located in Bradley Hospital in East Providence, RI and affiliated with the Brown Medical School) is an integrated research and clinical program nationally recognized in pediatric OCD and anxiety. PARC encompasses research projects, outpatient services, and an Intensive Treatment Program for OCD. PARC has continually received research funding since 1999 for treatment outcome, dissemination, implementation, and comparative effectiveness research. Current PARC research focuses on developing and evaluating innovative treatment models for youth with OCD and anxiety; improving quality assessment in exposure therapy for OCD and anxiety; and training providers in the community to deliver evidence-based treatment for OCD and anxiety.

PARC is looking for several full-time clinical research assistants and/or mobile exposure coaches for research projects. The Improving Access to Child Anxiety Treatment (IMPACT) study is focused on increasing treatment options for youth with anxiety and OCD funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The Brief Assessment of Effective Exposure (BRAVE) and Strategies for Training the In-home Delivery of Exposure (STRIVE) studies are focused on supporting community therapist delivery of exposure therapy in community mental health clinics and in the home and are funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). All positions include a combination of research and clinical (assessment and/or treatment) components. Commitment to two years in a position is preferred.

Research duties may include consenting patients and families, scheduling participants, data entry and analysis, collaboration with community partners and stakeholders, preparing submissions to the Institutional Review Board (IRB), drafting study progress reports
for funder, and behavioral coding of exposure treatment sessions. Participation in multidisciplinary discussions regarding research design and implementation is expected.

Clinical responsibilities will include: screening research participants, administering rating scales, and administering diagnostic interviews to study participants. For staff working on the IMPACT study, a primary clinical duty will be serving as mobile exposure coach. The mobile exposure coach role entails providing patients (aged 5-18) weekly cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in home and community settings, attending weekly supervision with licensed psychologists, aiding in the formulation of a therapeutic treatment plan, and clinical and research documentation of treatment sessions.

Mentorship from psychologists/psychiatrists and opportunities to participate and assist with academic tasks (e.g. poster presentations, writing scientific articles for publication, and grant submissions) are provided. A strong academic record is important and past research experience is desirable. Frequent travel in Rhode Island and Massachusetts may be necessary for one or all positions.

• Baccalaureate Degree in a Human Service field preferably in psychology, human biology, neuroscience, or related fields.
• A career interest in clinical psychology or related field.
• Excellent computer and communication (verbal and written) skills.
• Past research project experience (preferred)
• Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
• The ability to work well with children and parents.
• A willingness to tackle complex tasks in an independent manner.
• Proficiency in the use of Microsoft applications.
• A strong sense of responsibility towards work.
• Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to patients throughout the lifespan with consideration of aging processes, human development stages and cultural patterns.


To apply, please send a cover letter, resume/CV, and two written recommendations (sent directly by your recommenders) to Kate Sheehan no later than FEBRUARY 28th, 2021. We will review applications as they are received and contact applicants to extend interview invitations. Please address application materials (i.e., cover letter, resume/CV, and two letters of recommendation) to Jennifer Freeman, PhD, Kristen Benito, PhD, and Josh Kemp, PhD. All application materials should be sent by FEBRUARY 28th, 2021 to Kate Sheehan ( who is collecting applications on behalf of Drs. Freeman, Benito, and Kemp.

Lifespan is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, genetics, military service or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.