Research Assistant

Rochester, NY


Position Summary:

The Research Assistant at Mt. Hope Family Center will collect psychological research data on a federally-funded research investigation. This research study, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, seeks to extend knowledge on how exposure to child abuse and neglect impacts mental health and well-being throughout the life course and across generations. Study participants are adults initially assessed during childhood and their offspring children. The current study will examine the long-term and multigenerational consequences of child maltreatment on intimate partner and parent-child relationships through longitudinal follow-up of these families. The position requires experience conducting research with families from diverse backgrounds.

Research Assistant will:

  • conduct a variety of assessments with families (adults and children), including semi-structured interviews, survey administration, eye tracking measures of emotion processing, computerized assessments of risk taking and executive functioning, and observational paradigms;

  • contact participants and schedule visits; maintain good relations with participants and address any questions or concerns;

  • develop and revise measures and procedures for data collection;

  • track and manage data; formulate and implement data cleaning procedures;

  • assist in training and overseeing undergraduate research assistants.

This position is a two-year commitment and requires the ability and willingness to work weekends and evenings. Applicants should be comfortable interacting with children and families from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. The position requires accuracy and attention to detail. Applicants must demonstrate strong interpersonal, oral communication, and writing skills. Familiarity and comfort with Excel, ACCESS, and other databases, and statistical software such as SPSS , are preferred. Transportation of research participants to and from the Center and recruitment in the community using personal vehicle (mileage reimbursed) may be necessary.

General Responsibilities:

Assist in the recruitment of participants for the study – 20%

Conduct research sessions with individuals – 60%

Enter research information into database – 20%

All other tasks as assigned.


  • Associate's degree in appropriate discipline plus 2-3 years specialized experience in related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or allied discipline and previous experience working in a research lab preferred

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How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $17.43 - $24.40 Hourly

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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Full/Part Time: Full-Time