Research Associate, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods - Population and Quantitative Health Sciences

Date: October 7, 2021

Title: Research Associate, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods

Department: PQHS

School: School of Medicine

Location: Wood Building

Supervisor Name and Title: Erika S. Trapl, PhD., Associate Professor, Director, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN)



The Research Associate will be a member of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) Leadership team and serve as the Center Analyst. The RA is expected to participate as an active member of the team, providing project leadership, data management guidance and support, and data analysis for the Center projects. This will include (1) the C-FLASH (Cigarillo Flavor and abuse Liability, Attention, and Substitution in youtH) research study, an NIH/NIDA funded research project examining cigarillo use among youth, and (2) the development of a survey and community-based research methods hub to support PRCHN affiliated faculty. C-FLASH uses an existing sample of youth from various cities across the United States and consists of administering an online survey to the youth in order to better understand the role that flavor, price and packaging have on youth’s cigarillo use.

The responsibilities for this position include applying existing analytical methods and, as appropriate, developing new methods for designing survey research methodology and analyzing data, recruitment and retention data, and spatially related data. The Research Associate will also be responsible for supporting the development of all PRCHH-related data collection, and will assist in development of all necessary IRB protocols. The RA will be responsible for supervision of data management and analytic staff, as well as student trainees, and developing protocols and strategies for ensuring the quality of data collection for all PRCHN projects. The RA will contribute data analysis support and prepare manuscripts in collaboration with funded partners to be submitted to peer-reviewed journals and present research at regional and national conferences. In addition, the RA will contribute to the Center dissemination goals through the development and dissemination of products (briefs, infographics, manuscripts) to raise the understanding and visibility of the Center’s research data and its value to the scientific and lay community.



  1. Lead data management and data analysis for C-FLASH (Cigarillo Flavor and abuse Liability, Attention, and Substitution in youtH) research study. Responsible for data integrity. 50%
  2. Manage data and conduct data analyses for PRCHN research projects as assigned, following University protocols and those of the particular research study. Recommend best practices. Supervise data management and analytic staff and students 25%
  3. Develop and produce dissemination products to advance the profile of the Center and widely disseminate research findings. Work with deputy director to develop novel products and channels for dissemination. 15%
  4. Lead and collaborate on development of research manuscripts and posters for submission to national journals and conferences. 10%



  1. Attend team meetings and monthly Center meetings.
  2. Provide regular updates in writing to PIs and Center Director.
  3. Perform other duties as assigned.



Department: Continuous contact with staff, faculty as part of PRCHN team and regular meetings; Occasional contact with department faculty, staff and students in presentations and for administrative support.

University: Occasional contact with University staff and faculty.

External: Regular contact with PRCHN partner organizations as part of PRCHN collaborations.

Students: Continuous contact with project GAs. Occasional contact with student workers in the PRCHN and department.



Direct supervisory responsibility for all data management and analytic staff, graduate assistants and any student interns assisting with data.



Experience: 5 years of statistical analysis and data management experience required in the area of areas of applied population health research data management and computation, data collection instrumentation, and geographic information systems mapping and analysis.

Education/Licensing: PhD in the area of epidemiology, psychology, sociology, anthropology or a behavioral science with a strong statistical foundation.


  1. Knowledge of research methodologies, intervention and experimental designs, knowledge/experience of basic and advanced statistical methodology including linear regression, multivariate analysis, and geographic information systems analysis.
  2. Skill in statistical analysis and data management in SPSS and SAS, as well as qualitative software.
  3. Experience in policy, systems, and environmental interventions in public health.
  4. Ability to use Microsoft Office products including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, and SQL


  1. Experience developing surveys in Qualtrics.
  2. Experience and skill in utilizing Adobe Creative Suite products including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
  3. Excellent communication skills. Ability to clearly communicate and explain study design and analyses to others.
  4. Ability to work collaboratively in cross-functional teams comprised of individuals from various academic departments.
  5. Ability to be motivated and self-directed, work independently with minimal supervision.



Standard indoor office working conditions with computer use. Working location flexible with project needs. No exposure or contact with hazardous materials or laboratory animals.


Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests, and arrange for at least three letters of references to

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