Research Associate - The Center on Trauma and Adversity

Research Associate – Substance Use and Mental Health Treatment Evaluation

The Center on Trauma and Adversity, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences


The Research Associate will coordinate and oversee major activities on various substance use and mental health services evaluations, including Ohio-based specialty docket court programming and treatment agencies. Specialty courts provide interventions to reduce incarceration and specialize in areas such as substance abuse and mental health or special populations such as veterans. Local treatment agencies and healthcare providers offer treatment for substance use disorders and mental health disorders using individualized and evidence-based approaches. The research is working to determine the effectiveness of these behavioral health treatment programs and continuum of community-based services in improving key outcomes such as substance use reduction, treatment retention, and decreased risk of recidivism. The Research Associate will manage, coordinate, and implement evaluation activities alongside the Principal Investigators to measure these key outcomes and perform both process and outcome evaluation activities.

Main Functions:

  • Manage the day-to-day evaluation of community-based substance use and mental health evaluative research projects and assist with comprehensive program evaluation, report preparation and writing. Track and follow up on daily project operations including working with administration to manage project budgets and allocation. Provide instruction to assistants and student staff. (40%)
  • Develop databases and carry out complex on-going and new data analyses within the research projects using statistical analysis software. Work collaboratively with the Principal Investigators and Statistician on the development and writing of relevant grant proposals. (20%)
  • Collect interview, administrative, treatment, outcome, and other types of data. Manage these data on an ongoing basis. Conduct data cleaning, database management, and report writing. (20%)
  • Establish and maintain relationships with external partners and sponsors. Engage in external meetings with existing and future partners and sponsors in the community, and attend collaborative meetings. (10%)
  • Implement dissemination activities such as peer-reviewed manuscripts, presentations, reports, infographics, and briefs with the Principal Investigators. (10%)

The ideal candidate will possess experience supporting all phases of research with an emphasis on project management, complex data management and analysis, sponsor and research partner communications, grant writing, and evaluation activities. Looking for someone highly organized with strong quantitative skills, proficient with statistical packages such as SPSS, with database creation, data management, and statistical analysis; experience with database applications such as REDCap or Tableau, programming language (SQL, SPSS syntax, SAS syntax, R, Python), or reporting formats such as R Markdown or LaTeX a plus. Able to work collaboratively in a small, dynamic, team environment.  Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.  Experience responding to RFP’s, writing competitive grant proposals and obtaining external grant funding a definite plus.

QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s Degree or higher in social science or relevant field is required.  Three years of experience working with sponsors and conducting or participating in social behavioral research and evaluation. Experience working in substance use, mental health, criminal justice, or treatment fields is a plus.

Please submit resume and cover letter to Dr. Krystel Tossone, (, AND Dr. Margaret Baughman, (