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This project is a collaboration between two University of Washington School of Social Work entities, the Social Development Research Group and Partners for Our Children, a research group designed to conduct new thinking, resources, and expertise to improve the child welfare system, focusing its research on child welfare transformation. The Research Scientist will work in a collegial setting as a member of the project investigative team, under the supervision of a Senior Research Scientist.
The Social Development Research Group (SDRG) at the University of Washington is seeking a TemporaryResearch Scientist to work on the Connecting Study (Dr. Kevin Haggerty, PI) investigating the effects of a self-directed caregiver program to promote healthy development and reduce behavioral health programs for foster teens.
SDRG, part of the School of Social Work, is a nationally recognized, multi-disciplinary group of more than 30 researchers and staff members united in a common mission.
To understand and promote healthy behaviors and positive social development among children, adolescents, and young adults by:
• Conducting research on factors that influence development; • Testing the effectiveness of interventions; • Studying service systems and working to improve them; • Presenting science-based solutions to health and behavior problems; and • Disseminating knowledge produced by this research.
More information about SDRG is available on the web at www.sdrg.org.
This study is conducting a randomized controlled trial of the program with foster families and teens in Washington State. The program was adapted for use within the child welfare system, from Staying Connected with Your Teen (SCT), a family-based, self-directed prevention program that has shown long-term (2-year) effects in reducing initiation into drug use and sexual activity, and has reduced the frequency of violent behaviors, especially among low-income African American teens. We are conducting a longitudinal test of the program with 220 foster youth-caregiver dyads. This 5-year efficacy study 1) uses a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the impact of the program on key proximal and distal family outcomes for foster care families; 2) collects cost data and complete a cost-benefit analysis, should we find benefits to providing this preventive program; and 3) collaborates with child welfare partners to maximize the potential of low-impact integration of this evidence-based program into the system should it be found to be efficacious.
• Masters and 3 years of relevant experience in biostatistics, epidemiology, social work, psychology, sociology, public health or related field. • Strong analytical background; experience with basic and advanced longitudinal and epidemiological analysis techniques, such as structural equation modeling (SEM); hierarchical linear modeling (HLM); latent growth-curve modeling (LGM); and latent transition analysis (LTA). • Thorough knowledge of SPSS and experience using SAS or STATA, MPlus, or other statistical software. • Experience working on collaborative research teams. • Demonstrated ability to write for publication in peer-reviewed, scientific journals. • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
• Experience conducting quantitative analyses of randomized trials of interventions. • Experience analyzing longitudinal datasets. • Interest in relevant substantive research areas, such as child welfare systems, parenting skills, substance use, problem behavior and child cognitive and social development.
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