This position is to assist the principal investigator in a study designed to test the impact of a nutritional supplement on maternal stress during pregnancy among African American women living in low-income, urban environments. We will be recruiting 168 women who will be randomly assigned to receive Omega-3 fatty acid or placebo. They will be seen 4 times prenatally and three times postpartum with their infants. Research assistants will help with recruitment and will be responsible for collecting data from participants including questionnaire data, blood pressure, heart rate and hormone response to stress using a standard stress paradigm, blood levels of fatty acids. Research assistants will also contact participants in between visits to assess level of compliance and side effects and to get 24-hour food intake. There will be opportunities to participate in data analysis and dissemination. This is an excellent position for individuals interested in pursuing graduate study in psychology.
Recruit and screen research volunteers: create and place newspaper, radio ads and posters ads, answer telephone and email inquiries to designate if potential subject is the proper candidate for designated studies. Administer screening questionnaires, coordinate physical exams.
Schedule and conduct research sessions, administer capsules, measure blood pressure, heart rate, obtain saliva samples for cortisol assays, obtain and test urine for pregnancy and drug use, administer computerized questionnaires, oversee safety and well being of subjects, respond appropriately in case of medical or psychiatric emergencies, obtain electrocardiograms.
Enter, manage and analyze computerized data on subjective drug effects, behavioral tasks, blood pressure, heart rate cortisol levels, coordinate functions with Clinical Research Center, prepare protocols for Institutional Review Board and Clinical Research Center, conduct preliminary data analysis; manage electronic records of research volunteers.
Schedule and coordinate orientation sessions to explain procedures, practice tests; coordinate activities of other laboratory members, maintain office and laboratory supplies and records of expenses. Resolve problems with computers.
Perform other work duties as assigned
Education, Experience and Certifications:
High school diploma/GED required
Bachelor's degree preferred
Post secondary work experience in a field related to the research being conducted
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word
Cover letter and Resume
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