POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE IN PSYCHOLOGY, SOCIOLOGY, PUBLIC HEALTH, OR RELATED FIELD – play2PREVENT Lab at the Yale Center for Health and Learning Games
The play2PREVENT Lab at the Yale Center for Health and Learning Games focuses on the use of “play,” in the form of videogame play, for the purposes of health promotion, risk reduction, social good, and educational interventions. We develop and evaluate videogame interventions focused on behavior change, education, health, well-being, and social intelligence, using the most rigorous scientific methods and metrics available.
The play2PREVENT Lab at the Yale Center for Health and Learning Games seeks a motivated Postdoctoral Associate in health, behavioral, or cognitive psychology or Public Health to join our team. This position offers the opportunity to work along side a prolific group of researchers and requires creativity, excellent writing skills, and a strong interest in intellectual collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team. Flexible start date between June 2021- August 2021.
Position Focus: The play2PREVENT Lab was recently awarded a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse under their HEAL Initiative (Helping to End Addiction Long Term), to develop a creative way to prevent opioid misuse in adolescents. Under the direct supervision of the Project Directors/Research Team, the Postdoctoral Associate will work with a targeted videogame intervention for opioid misuse prevention in adolescents.. Responsibilities include: conceptualization and development of videogame content material, assisting with the execution of a large scale randomized controlled trial, recruiting research participants for focus groups and playtesting, overseeing gameplay sessions, assisting in focus group discussions, collection of and data management, data analysis, writing up study results, and presenting findings. Flexible hours; may be required to work some evenings or weekends.
Essential Duties: 1) Recruits study participants and ensures that subject recruitment and follow-up are completed per protocol procedures. 2) Records and compiles information related to research data. Codes data accordingly to research specifications. Uses a computer terminal to input and retrieve data and to generate reports. 3) Processes and summarizes data using scientific or statistical techniques. Assists in data interpretation and analyses. Reports on status of research activities. 4) Researches and collects data through site visits; library research; structured interviews; or through other means for designated research assignments. 5) Assists in designing, developing, and modifying research experiments, procedures, or survey instruments. 6) Assists research and support staff. 7) Performs additional functions important to research activities. 8) Aids in the development of videogame content. 9) Assists in grant and manuscript writing. 10) Presents project findings to diverse audiences. 11) Assists in mentoring Postgraduate Associates.
Required Education: A doctoral degree in the appropriate field or discipline, or the recognized terminal degree, or the foreign equivalent is required.
Required Skill/Ability 1: Proven ability to recruit young teens (aged 11-17 years) for research studies (e.g., post brochures and fliers, meet with teens and their families), develops ongoing relationships with afterschool program staff and makes them aware of study protocols.
Required Skill/Ability 2: Demonstrated ability to conduct interviews and assessments onsite at site programs.
Required Skill/Ability 3: Demonstrated accurate data entry skills. Demonstrated ability to organize study logs and other study-related interviewing materials.
Required Skill Ability 4: Demonstrated oral and written communication skills for comprehensive report writing and presentation of data. Demonstrated skills in communicating instructions, engaging subjects and monitoring activity of projects.
Candidates are requested to submit
- A short letter of interest outlining your suitability for the position
- Curriculum Vitae
- 3 references
To: Tyra Pendergrass Boomer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Yale University School of Medicine
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