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Friday, August 21, 2009

UIUC Grad Students: Research Opportunity to Work with Local Latinas/os


My friend and colleague from the School of Social Work sent me this announcement and asked that I pass it around. Although it says that you should be from a health allied field, you can let Dr. Piedra know that you are in the Spanish program but capable of doing the work listed (if that is true, of course).

I'm so happy to see Lissette's work with local Latinos. She is a big proponent for linguistic and cultural competency in the field of social work. (Click here to see more about her and her work.)

BILINGUAL RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Seeking two masters-level or doctoral-level bilingual students from Social Work, Psychology, Community health or other health allied field (must be able to read Spanish and have conversational skills) to provide 10-12 hours of clinical research assistance for Project Vida Alegre.

Vida Alegre is study that modifies and tests a manualized Spanish version Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) model for depression. The model will be used to assist Latino immigrant mothers who show signs of depression. This is a two semester appointment. Independent study credit will also be available. Please send resume or CV if interested to lmpiedra@illinois.edu by September 1, 2009. For any questions, contact Dr. Piedra at 217.649.8836.
Research assistants will engage in the following tasks:
Fall 2009

  • Learn the CBT model; complete post-test and mock group
  • Learn the IRB protocol
  • Contact and obtain referrals from local community agencies
  • Schedule screenings at a convenient location
  • Assemble screening packets and consent forms
  • Screen recruits and randomly assign into a standard or modified CBT group
  • Collect and enter baseline data
  • Transcribe interviews
  • Participate in qualitative research team meetings to develop a coding chart for the interviews
  • Double code interviews with the other RA or PI until 95% inter-rater reliability is reached
  • Code half the interviews with the final coding instrument
  • Ensure groups are set up and confirm January start dates

Spring 2010

  • Send out reminders the week before groups start
  • Run stand and modified groups according to protocol
  • Collect data at the end of first session
  • Enter quantitative data
  • Participate in weekly supervision and team meetings
  • Run focus groups during week 13
  • Send taped interviews to professional transcribing system and check for accuracy
  • Participate in qualitative research team meetings to develop a coding chart for the focus groups
  • Double code 2 focus groups with the other RA or PI until 95% inter-rater reliability is reached

  • Code half the focus groups with the final coding instrument

  • Assist with the data analysis


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