Part-Time Research Support

Pennsylvania State University

Middletown, PA 17057

Posted 1 week ago

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The "Building a Strong Identity and Coping Skills (BaSICS)" Project at The Pennsylvania State University is recruiting candidates for a clinical research assistant position. BaSICS is a program for low-income youth, which seeks to foster the development of a positive identity and strengthen coping skills. Staff on this project will be involved in assessing the efficacy of the program through completion of questionnaires, activities, and data collection with 11 and 12-year-old children. This position is part time (3-20 hours per week, varies based on participants' schedules); shifts take place 3:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. weekdays in Steelton, PA and Harrisburg, PA. Saturday availability preferred.

There are two types of positions available:

1. Confederates, who are required to act as a judge on a social stress test

2. Assessors, who are responsible for conducting clinical interviews, setting up data collection devices (video cameras, sensors), administering surveys, collecting saliva samples, completing a guided relaxation activity, and carrying out a detailed protocol.

Thorough training will be provided for all employees. Assessments take place depending on recruitment and follow up dates at varying schools and central office location in Harrisburg. This position is ideal for candidates who are looking for paid research experience and/or supplemental income. The position would be especially beneficial for college students, graduate students, or recent graduates who are looking for relevant experience in clinical psychology, developmental psychology, psychological assessment, or psychological and biological research.

Due to frequent participant cancellations, the ideal candidate will be flexible, communicative, and ready to take initiative. Candidates should be responsible, dedicated, highly motivated, and have the ability to follow a strict protocol. In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity. Please contact the assessment supervisor, Melissa Mesones-Ortiz ( or project coordinator, Allison Pequet ( for more information.

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