Research Assistant

Johns Hopkins University and MA Women of Color Network

Title:  Research Assistant(s). One or two positions available.

Working title: Research Assistant(s) for Evidence Based Domestic Violence Resources for Immigrants

Starting Salary Range: $14.14 – $19.14 per hour

Schedule (hours/days): Flexible between 7.5-15 hrs/week for two years

Location:  Two possible positions, one based in Northampton MA and one in Boston; OR one position based in Boston. Some work off site and telecommuting.

General summary/purpose:

Johns Hopkins University, the MA Women of Color Network, and the MA Dept. of Public Health announce a unique opportunity to work as a Research Assistant on a two year NIH-funded study entitled: “An adaptive intervention to improve health, safety and empowerment outcomes among immigrant women with intimate partner violence experiences”. The study involves recruiting immigrant survivors of domestic violence in Massachusetts to participate in testing a phone and computer based app to deliver information and resources on domestic violence. This is a unique opportunity for immigrant survivors to be involved in the development and testing of evidence based domestic violence resources developed BY and FOR immigrants.

Under the general direction of Dr. Bushra Sabri at Johns Hopkins University, the research assistant will be working with the MA Women of Color Network and be based in Boston and/or Northampton, MA at the MA Dept. of Public Health. The position will be responsible for recruiting immigrant survivors of domestic violence in Massachusetts to participate in testing a phone and computer based app to deliver information and resources on domestic violence. Study participants include diverse groups of immigrant women from Asian, Latin American and African backgrounds who have had recent histories of domestic violence.  Recruitment will involve both recruiting survivors to participate directly, as well as recruiting counselors, advocates, and other professionals to outreach to and recruit the survivors with whom they work.  Recruitment of survivors will occur through the MA Women of Color Network membership, domestic violence programs in MA, coalitions of area hospital based domestic violence programs, high risk teams and domestic violence taskforces, etc.

Ideal candidates are self-motivated, have strong verbal and written communication skills, excel in building relationships and partnerships with community stakeholders, have strong organizational skills with attention to detail and are able to handle multiple work priorities and meet deadlines. Flexibility, organization and critical thinking skills are essential. People of color and immigrants are encouraged to apply to work on the development of a domestic violence resource for immigrants.

The Research Assistant will maintain study files, administer surveys, and help facilitate focus groups. 

Specific duties & responsibilities:

  • Build partnerships with organizations serving immigrant women to complete the goals of the study
  • Enlist counselors, advocates, and other professionals and stakeholders who work with immigrant domestic violence survivors to recruit these survivors to participate in the study
  • Orient professionals working with survivors on the purpose and methodology of the study
  • Support these professionals in recruiting and following up with survivors
  • Conduct outreach at sites where survivors appear directly
  • Schedule appointments with eligible survivors
  • Conduct on site data collection, which includes a) identifying, recruiting and enrolling participants in the study; and b) assisting participants in completing the survey if needed
  • Conduct monthly phone check ins for retention purposes
  • Maintain a record of enrolled participants and providing weekly recruitment and enrollment reports to the team Implement phone intervention procedures
  • Disseminate study information, conducting outreach and recruiting advocates and counselors and other professionals to recruit immigrant participants
  • Coordinate participant recruitment and retention efforts and data collection efforts directly with survivors and/or with other professionals who have recruited their clients
  • Perform informed consent and standardized surveys with persons at community-based sites
  • Follow all study IRB approved protocols and procedures
  • Attend team meetings
  • Communicate with Study Coordinator and Principal Investigator about all schedule changes and study related issues
  • Other research related activities as assigned by study coordinator and/or Dr. Sabri
  • Oversee record and data management for research study including database setup

Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

  • High School Diploma/GED with at least two years of related experience preferably in research or clinical setting.  Additional education may substitute for required experience.
  • Some related experience in research project coordination, preferably in an academic or research environment. Travel to domestic violence programs, hospitals and other sites as needed at intervals during the study. Access to public transportation and/or occasional car use is preferred.

Preferred qualifications:

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Public Health or related field preferred.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Strong skills in verbal and written communications, technical writing, and note-taking and editing
  • Position requires strong attention to detail and protocol adherence, while maintaining flexibility to respond to multiple priorities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of database applications (e.g., Excel, Access, Refworks)
  • Adept in effectively communicating through strong oral and writing skills. Experienced in writing and editing professional letters, reports, and documents.
  • Technical qualifications or specialized certifications: Must demonstrate skills in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, and PowerPoint) and use of Internet to search for information. Access to personal computer to access email, electronic calendars, and other basic office support software is preferred.


Please submit resume and an introductory email to:


Johns Hopkins University and MA Women of Color Network


Friday, May 1, 2020

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