Guardians 4 Health (G4H): Reframing Firearm Injury Prevention Through Bystander Interventions for Youth Shooting Sports Participants is a CDC-funded, community-based randomized controlled intervention study. This study proposes to examine the effectiveness of a theory-based youth firearm injury prevention intervention in changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviors regarding firearm safety and their role in reducing firearm injury risk in their communities. The research will be completed through collaboration between National 4-H Shooting Sports, the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (AFFIRM), and researchers at Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University.
We are seeking a Research Assistant (RA) to work on research focused on firearm injury prevention and community engagement. The RA will work with Principal Investigator Dr. Megan Ranney with opportunities for exposure to co-investigators in psychology, public health, injury prevention, and digital health. This could be an ideal opportunity for a recent college graduate who is looking for experiences to help strengthen an application for graduate studies in psychology, medical school, or public health. Under the general supervision of the Principal Investigator and Research Manager, the RA will be responsible for assisting the study team in all phases of the studies. Strong customer service and organizational skills are paramount.
Study tasks will include, but are not limited to, recruiting and screening potential participants, obtaining informed consent, interviewing participants post-intervention, preparing and maintaining study records, contacting participants to obtain baseline and follow-up surveys, database management, data cleaning, performing statistical analyses, creation and management of intervention content online (study website, Instagram), ordering and mailing physical materials to study sites, and supporting the project manager with various administrative tasks such as IRB approvals and progress reports. The RA will adhere to ethical procedures for subject recruitment and crisis protocols. Finally, s/he may be responsible for assisting with periodic literature reviews, and for assisting with preparation of abstracts, manuscripts, and presentations.
- Bachelor’s degree in social science, social work, and/or public health
- Highly organized, self-motivated, outstanding attention to detail, and ability to switch gears quickly in a fast-paced environment
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including comfort with cold calling
- Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively interact with members of the shooting sports community
- Ability to think on your feet
- Ability to work some nights and weekends for up to two hours on a given day to support intervention implementation
- Excellent analytical and computer skills (e.g., Microsoft suite)
- Prior applied or research experience in firearm injury prevention or violence prevention
- Prior experience with firearms or safe handling and storage of firearms
- Familiarity with data collection software (e.g., REDCap), qualitative analysis software (e.g. NVivo), citation software (e.g., EndNote), and statistical software (e.g., Stata)
- Prior experience with 4-H community
- Prior experience with community-based research/engagement, or implementation science
- Prior experience with qualitative research (eg motivational interviewing)
- Prior experience with clinical research and institutional review boards (IRBs)
- Prior customer service or marketing experience
Please note that the Research Assistant will be employed through Rhode Island Hospital, but the work can be done remotely within the U.S.
Weekdays with ability to work some nights and weekends for up to two hours on a given day to support intervention implementation.
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