Research Opportunities

The research community at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences has opportunities for our MSW students to gain hands-on experience in applied research activities.

Current opportunities are listed below. Please check back regularly as we will update this as new opportunities develop. Please note that some of these are paid opportunities and some are unpaid. This information is provided below.

Qualitative Student Research Assistant (Spring 2023 Semester)

Support qualitative methods associated with the evaluation of a University Hospital’s project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to improve urinary incontinence.  The Qualitative Student Research Assistant will assist with coordinating and conducting interview groups with providers, clinic staff, and patients about the project, and preparing transcripts for analysis. The Qualitative Student Research Assistant will also contribute to reports on evaluation activities and progress to University Hospital partners and funding agencies.


- Experience with qualitative research methods, including data collection, analysis, and data management.

- Ability to maintain confidential information for participants. 

- Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

- Ability to work both independently and in a team.

Occasional local travel may be required for data collection. Work will typically be completed Monday through Friday during business hours. Some evening and weekend hours may be needed depending on the availability of interview participants. (Funded) 

Reporting to Sarah Koopman Gonzalez, PhD
Start and end date - ASAP
Hours per week - 15-20
Pay rate $15-18


Kathryn Chapman, MEd
Director of Training and Mentoring
Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods
Case Western Reserve University
Office: 216-368-6064 

Research Position Description

We are an established Oral Health Disparities Group at Case Western Reserve University looking for qualified individuals at the Masters or Ph.D level to fill Research Associate or Research Assistant positions. Our federally funded clinical trial grants are in community settings such as primary care physician offices and senior housing sites. The overarching goal is to reduce and prevent oral diseases and improve overall systemic health. Our positions will be an ideal research environment for candidates looking to expand their research skills (primary data collection, managing and coordinating large patient populations, secondary data analysis and hypothesis generation, research methodology, clinical trials, statistical analysis). Further, candidates can gain experience in grant writing skills.

The candidate’s responsibilities include activities related to federally sponsored-research, assisting in training of study staff in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and development of the protocol, and manual of procedures. The candidate will be involved in all aspects of the funded grants including recruitment, data collection, and retention activities, as well as preparing scientific reports. The responsibilities of the position also include maintaining collaborative relationships with faculty, investigators, centers, community partners, stakeholders, and other academic and clinical institutions. We seek highly motivated and dependable individuals with a strong background in qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and the design and conduct of health-related research. 

For PhD level candidates, teaching a graduate level research methods course will be a possibility. Qualifications include a PhD or Masters in any of these areas: Epidemiology, Public Health, Health Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, or a related field.

Contact:  Candidates can contact OR

Research opportunity with Dr. Angela Clark-Taylor

Project Summary

Our project is titled “Leaving Higher Education: Women Staff, Imposter Syndrome, and Campus Climate.” This study explores the career experiences and progression of non-instruction full-time women-aligned staff in higher education. We completed the quantitative part of our study and are now ready to move forward with the qualitative portion. We are looking for assistance with the (1) literature review, (2) conducting interviews and/or focus groups, and (3) coding and reviewing the transcripts for themes.

Apply now for spring and/or summer employment.

We are looking for these particular skills

Required skills: interest in gender equity, inclusion, and justice; excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills; excellent project management skills; highly organized; comfort and ability to work independently and ask for help when needed; willingness to learn and develop as a qualitative researcher.

Recommended skills: experience with qualitative and/or mixed-methods research; experience conducting interviews and focus groups.

Work details:  This is a paid opportunity..We expect 5-10 hours a week.

Depending on the amount of work dedicated to this project, graduate students may earn the ability to be a co-author on a paper and/or be invited to attend and present at regional and national conferences.


Please email Dr. Angela Clark-Taylor at

Research Opportunity with Dr. Baughman

Project Summary

There are multiple paid opportunities for you that involve field interviewing, data entry, data analysis, report and grant writing. 

We are looking for these particular skills: Interviewing experience, data (SPSS) experience, an interest and comfort level in speaking with adults with substance use disorders and/or mental health conditions.  We are very interested in teaming with students who are interested in research. 

Work details

This is a paid opportunity. You must be available for 10 to 20 hours per week. We are willing to work around your schedule.  Year-long funding is available (for both the academic year and during the summer). 


Please email Dr. Margaret Baughman at

Research Opportunity with Dr. Miller

Project Summary

Pilot research study in Lorain County related to financial (in)security among older adults.

We are looking for these particular skills: Literature review development; data entry

Work details

Although at the moment, no funding associated with the project, there might be a small seed grant from a foundation. A grant proposal will also be submitted at later time. This is a long-term, on-going project. We are looking for students who can work 10-20 hours per week, and will identify activities that work with student schedules.


Please email Dr. David B. Miller at

CWRU Population and Community Health Initiative Graduate Assistant

The Graduate Assistant (GA) will work with the CWRU Population and Community Health Initiative to support community organizing and mobilizing efforts aimed at improving health outcomes for underserved populations that are a part of Cleveland’s Midtown neighborhood. The Graduate Assistant will work under the direction of the Steering Committee of the PCHI (Population and Community Health Initiative) and will collaborate with other stakeholders within the School of Medicine, across the University, and among diverse community partners. The GA will be an integral member of the PCHI Steering Committee, support the implementation of a community-engaged planning process, and assist in the coordination and facilitation of community-based meetings and events. Additional responsibilities include supporting the community-engaged planning process towards a one-year action plan and a 3-year strategic framework and assisting in the development and implementation of community outreach and engagement activities.

  • Enrolled in a graduate program in public health, social work or a related field. 
  • Experience in community organizing and engagement, preferably in a health-related context. 
  • Must be able to represent the PCHI in a professional demeanor. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Reporting to: Kristina Knight, PhD, MPH
  • Immediate need
  • Hours: 15-20 during the school year, possibly more during the summer
  • Pay rate: $16-$18 per hour

Contact:  Kathryn Chapman, MEd
Director of Training and Mentoring
Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods
Case Western Reserve University
Office: 216-368-6064