Research Associate - Department of Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods

Research Associate position in the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine


The Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has a Research Associate position available in the area of community-based dissemination and implementation science for supporting community nutrition interventions among front-line practitioners working in public health and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed). The Research Associate will contribute to a robust portfolio of community nutrition and healthy food access research. Significant time will be dedicated to the Building Capacity for Obesity Prevention study, which seeks to develop, implement, and evaluate web-based decision-making tools for use by public health and SNAP-Ed staff from all counties throughout Ohio to assess readiness for implementing nutrition-related policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) initiatives related to a) healthy eating policies in daycares/preschools, b) healthy food retail, c) SNAP at farmers’ markets, and d) farm-to-school. Successful candidates will have at PhD in public health, community nutrition, health education, or related field and have at least 4 years of experience in community-based public health, health education, adult learning pedagogy, and community-engaged research.


The responsibilities for this position include applying health education and adult learning pedagogical skills to develop, implement, and evaluate trainings (in-person and web-based) to support use of the BCOP decision-making tools; develop grant proposals to support future community nutrition research; conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses to examine trends in readiness and capacity for implementing community nutrition interventions; conduct literature reviews; and develop manuscripts and presentations to disseminate findings to diverse audiences.


The Candidate will have technical skills in 1) health education theory, 2) adult learning theory, 3) qualitative and quantitative methods, and 4) community-university research partnerships. 


Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests, and arrange for at least three letters of reference to Darcy Freedman at Candidate review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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