Wellesley College

106 Central Street
Massachusetts, MA 02481

Date Posted:
April 09, 2021

Eastern Massachusetts



Research Assistant


Job Summary:

We are seeking a full-time employee (35 hours per week) to serve as a grant-funded Research Assistant on several different projects relating to depression prevention in youth and families. The ability to speak Spanish is a requirement for this position. This position will be located at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, although our team is currently working remotely. The Research Assistant position will likely involve working on: (1) a large-scale, school-based screening/intervention initiative aimed at addressing the problem of youth depression and suicidal behavior; (2) a PCORI-funded primary care-based study comparing two different youth depression prevention programs; and (3) an NIMH-funded primary care Internet-based depression prevention study, the goal of which is to teach skills to at-risk adolescents so that they are less likely to become depressed. The RA will be trained to conduct clinical interviews with adolescents, and also will assist with school classroom presentations, literature reviews and administrative tasks.

Primary Position Objective:

We are seeking a bright, efficient, and detail-oriented staff member to assist in managing the administration of these projects. A background in psychology or social work is necessary, as is comfort with technology, and specifically with technology that enables virtual interactions (e.g., Zoom, Webex). Your efforts will have a direct impact on adolescents and their families. The work schedule will vary, but will likely involve at least some days each week with a noon-8pm schedule.


  • Conduct educational sessions with students, virtually or in classroom settings.

  • Conduct clinical interviews with parents of at-risk adolescents.

  • Assist in literature reviews, manuscript, and report writing/editing

  • Manage study files, order supplies, manage screening schedules, data forms, correspondence, and budgets.

  • Maintain records of participant contacts.

  • Answer questions about the study protocol.

  • Build relationships with personnel in the school systems and potentially primary care practices (front desk personnel, nurses, social workers).

  • Transfer information regarding results of interviews to PI and seek supervision and feedback.

  • Attend weekly team meetings.

  • Office work (typing dictations, assisting with manuscripts and grants, submitting reimbursements, etc).


  • Grant Funded One year position with a possibility of becoming a two year position


Skills required:

  • Spanish proficiency (i.e., ability to talk with Spanish-speaking study participants)

  • Excellent communication and social skills

  • Excellent writing skills

  • Ability to interact well with adolescents, parents, and school personnel

  • Ability to discuss mental health concerns, including depression, with families

  • Organized, detail-oriented, and effective at time management

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and work independently with little structure

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Experience Preferred:

  • BA or BS in psychology or related field

  • Research experience, particularly with mental health research

  • Experience using SPSS

  • Familiarity with clinical diagnoses

How To Apply:
Please apply directly here: https://wellesley.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/wellesley-staff/job/Wellesley-College/Research-Assistant_R0000428
Apply by:
April 30, 2021
$35,000 - $38,000
About this Organization:
Wellesley College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Wellesley College and all its subcontractors shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60–1.4(a), 60–300.5(a) and 60–741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that Wellesley College and all of its subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.