The Department of Psychology at Michigan State University is seeking to hire a Research Associate to join our systems change research and intervention team. This team, led by Dr. Pennie Foster-Fishman, conducts research and evaluation to better understand how to transform community systems to improve outcomes for the most vulnerable populations. The team also provides training and technical assistance to support communities in their transformative systems change pursuits.Overall, the work of the System exChange team at Michigan State University focuses on improving education, health, and economic outcomes for children, youth and families by creating more responsive community systems, targeting social determinants of health, and pursuing equity in opportunities and outcomes.
The MSU team approaches systems change using a model based on the premise that communities can achieve transformative results when they: make local system and community conditions the intentional targets of their change initiatives; pursue the effective implementation of their efforts; and build a community engagement infrastructure that supports real-time learning and action across diverse stakeholders and sectors.For more information, visit ablechange.msu.edu.
The successful candidate will have experience leading qualitative research and evaluation projects. This position will be involved in all phases of research: planning and coordinating goals and research projects, performing research, analyzing data, and producing documentation and reports on findings.
80%:Design and conduct research activities
Play a central role in evaluation design
Design and conduct interviews and focus groups with community stakeholders
Ensure technical quality control over assigned research, evaluation, and other services or tasks
Manage projects and tasks
Organize and analyze complex data, summarize and present findings
20%: Report on findings
Write and produce reports and presentations for funders, practitioners, and the general public
Doctorate -Public Health, Public Policy, Psychology
PhD in public health, public policy, health psychology, community psychology, along with intersectional studies, research, and academic interests in health disparities in the United States; health promotion, intervention or prevention; social determinants of health; and community-level health interventions and policies or related fields will be considered.
Strong experience evaluating strategies that use place-based, systems change, or environmental approaches for addressing health disparities, community development, economic equity, or systems of care for children and families
Demonstrated proficiency in qualitative data analysis
Experience with qualitative analysis tools like nVivo or MaxQDA or similar
Analysis skills, including ability to maintain quality control over the use of computer analysis tools
Strong communication (written and verbal) skills
Experience training and supervising students in qualitative methods
Required Application Materials
Cover letter and CV
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