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Research Assistant 2 - Specialty Courts

Position Objective

Working under general supervision, plan and carry out research project(s) in support of the principal investigator(s) across multiple drug and specialty courts research projects. The specialty courts include adult court dockets for veterans, human trafficking victims and those with mental health diagnosis and/or substance abuse disorders. The mission of Dr. Baughman’s work is to track and evaluate those diverted to specialty courts by the county or city criminal justice system and report if they found success.

Essential Functions 

  1. Conduct interviews with drug and specialty court participants. (30%)
  2. Oversee and conduct data acquisition, database preparation, data entry, cleaning/management and low-level data analysis. (20%)
  3. Support the project work of the principal investigator and research assistant 4 through daily project activities and tasks as assigned. These tasks include literature reviews, report preparation and attending stakeholder meetings. (15%)
  4. Assist in developing evaluation processes that will be implemented to collect project data, identifying surveys for evaluation use and the overall evaluation of the project(s). (10%)
  5. Develop databases using SPSS, Excel and other statistical analysis software. (10%)
  6. Train new interviewers. Oversee the work of student employees performing high volume of data entry. (10%)

Non-essential Functions 

  1. Oversee inventory for projects and work with student employees to submit supply orders to the center’s department administrator. (5%)
  2. Perform other duties as assigned. (<1%)


  • Department: Daily contact with Principal Investigator and Research Assistant 4 to discuss research. 
  • University: Occasional contact with other departments to collaborate on research.
  • External: Frequent contact with community partners and research participants in the course of conducting research work. 
  • Students: Daily contact with student employees to direct work and support daily operations. 

Supervisory Responsibility 

This position has no direct supervision of staff employees. May share in the training of new staff and direct the work of students. 


Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree in a social behavioral science and 1 to 3 years of experience is required. Experience in program evaluation, survey creation and database management is preferred.

Required Skills

  1. Highly organized with strong interpersonal and written communication skills.
  2. Experience with Microsoft Suite (word, access, excel), email and internet applications/systems, and some course work or job related experience with SPSS.
  3. Ability to work collaboratively in a small team environment with team members and students.
  4. Ability to work under general supervision and seek out effective solutions for project related issues.
  5. Ability to work closely with community-based agencies, government court systems and interview research participants that have issues with addiction, mental health and/or trauma.
  6. Ability to meet consistent attendance.
  7. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.

Working Conditions

General working conditions. May be required to attend evening and weekend meetings or events.

To Apply

Visit the CWRU Careers page and search for Job ID #7276.