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Research Scientist, RPCA

Boston College
Job Location:
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Counseling and Psychological Services
Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,445 full-time undergraduates and 5,125 graduate and professional students. Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.2 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.8 billion.

Job Description

Reporting to the RPCA's Faculty Director, the Research Scientist will support a three-year follow
up of the Youth Readiness Intervention (YRI) - an evidence-based group mental
health intervention for war-affected Sierra Leonean youth integrated into an
entrepreneurship program - on a study titled 'Youth FORWARD Follow-Up Study:
Measuring the Impact of an Intervention to Promote Mental Health and Economic
Self-Sufficiency in War-Affected Youth' based in Sierra Leone, and on a study titled 'Social and Biological
Mechanisms Driving the Intergenerational Impact of War on Child Mental Health:
Implications for Developing Family-Based Interventions' based in Sierra Leone. The Youth FORWARD
Follow-Up Study seeks to contribute to sustainable and scalable solutions for
the country's significant unmet mental health challenges in youth 18-30 years
of age; generating key information about the longer-term mental health and
economic self-sufficiency outcomes for prior Youth FORWARD program participants
in three rural districts in Sierra Leone. The study's community based
participatory research approach, including partnerships with the District Youth
Councils and community-based dissemination events, elevates community voice in
the research and implementation processes, ensuring a high degree of cultural
applicability, local buy-in, and community decision making. The Social and Biological Mechanisms Driving
the Intergenerational Impact of War on Child Mental Health study is the fifth
wave of data on the Longitudinal Study of War-Affected Youth (LSWAY) that has
been underway since 2002 following a cohort of war-affected children in Sierra
Leone. The research is the first known effort in Sub-Saharan Africa to examine
modifiable risk and protective biobehavioral mechanisms driving the
intergenerational effects of war on the mental health of offspring aged 7-24. The
intervention consists of social, behavioral, medical, and public health
scientists and research specialists from US-based institutions (BC, Tulane, and
NICHD) and Sierra Leone (University of Makeni, Kenema General Hospital, and
Caritas) and will use sequential explanatory mixed methods design to collect
qualitative and quantitative data.

The Research Scientist will have opportunities to support
additional cross-lab projects as needed, offering expertise in implementation
science and intervention research for field-based research in Sub-Saharan
Africa. They will ensure that these studies are delivered as intended (i.e.,
content, frequency, etc.) which is critical to the successful translation of
evidence-based interventions into practice. The Research Scientist will oversee
local study teams and report writing related to NIH caliber research. The Research Scientist will ensure findings
are disseminated in accordance with the study's aims and objectives. The
incumbent will be responsible for:
* Providing implementation science/intervention research expertise in research projects and scientific activities.
* Contributing to all aspects of projects including data acquisition and cleaning, study design, implementation, analysis, and interpretation.
* Collaborating with and supervising research associates and statisticians.
* Collaborating with and management of the relationship with Rwanda-based data collection firm.
* Collaboration with the Sierra Leonean-based intervention implementation partner and capacity building partner.
* Serves as lead and/or contributing author of protocols, reports, and manuscripts, as appropriate.
* Participating in project initiation activities, including the development of proposals and responses to research funding opportunities.

Working Conditions
This position will be based in Boston with
occasional travel to Sierra Leone as conditions allow. The incumbent will work
from home and in a general office setting. The incumbent may work nights and
weekends in order to meet project and reporting deadlines.

Program Description
The Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA) at the
Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW) is an applied research program
dedicated to improving the evidence base of understanding trajectories of risk
and resilience in children facing multiple forms of adversity, including
poverty, conflict, and infectious disease. Through quantitative and qualitative
research methods, the program investigates key mechanisms shaping child
development and mental health. The program develops evidence-based mental
health and family based preventative interventions that support positive
outcomes and can be effectively delivered at scale in low-resource settings
both in the United States and abroad. With a current focus on hybrid designs,
the RPCA prioritizes understanding intervention effectiveness and
implementation /process outcomes that support scaling and sustainment efforts.
Capacity building mandates cut across all RPCA research collaborations,
ensuring programs are created, adapted and assessed in conjunction with
community partners and consultants. The RPCA manages a diverse global research
portfolio; including several active projects, the details for which can be
found at

All applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and CV/resume to be considered for this position.
Boston College conducts background checks, including education, and verifies COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process.


* A doctoral degree in Public Health, Implementation Science, Social Work, Developmental Psychology, Mental Health, Epidemiology, or related field required.
* Expert knowledge of implementation science, intervention research, randomized controlled trials, cluster-randomized trials preferred.
* Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies including mixed-methods required.
* Proficiency in utilizing computer applications including Microsoft Office, STATA, RedCap, MAXQDA, and other quantitative and qualitative data analysis platforms required.
* Evidence of leadership in scientific administration, including the supervision of research staff required.
* Experience conducting research in culturally diverse contexts, preferably in Low-to-Middle-Income-Countries (LMICs).
* Understanding of the application of technology both for data collection as well as routine symptom monitoring, fidelity monitoring, and quality improvement efforts in global mental health and child development is preferred.
* A major contributor to peer-reviewed publications beyond thesis paper preferred.
* Authorization to work in the US without restrictions required.

Closing Statement

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

  • Tuition remission for Employees
  • Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
  • Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Low-Cost Life Insurance
  • Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored403bRetirement Plans
  • Paid Holidays Annually
  • Generous Sickand Vacation Pay
  • Additional benefits can be found on

Boston College conducts pre-employment background checks as part of the hiring process and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans.To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at

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