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Columbia University/New York Psychiatric Institute


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February 3, 2020
November 3, 2020
15 hours per week for 9 months

Study Description: The Boricua Youth Study (BYS) is an epidemiological research study assessing mental health in a community sample of Puerto Rican youth. The BYS collected 4 waves of data, from 2000 to 2018, focused on mental health outcomes of children of Puerto Rican descent across two sites: South Bronx, NY (mainland) and San Juan, PR (island). BYS youth participants are now young adults (ages 18-31), which presents a unique opportunity to understand the development of Latino youth in a critical developmental period.

Research Programs:

1) Gambling: This study is being conducted with a subsample of BYS youth participants to better understand gambling and other high-risk behaviors among Puerto Rican youth. Interns will be trained to conduct structured interviews with participants to assess impulsivity-related behaviors, such as gambling and ADHD.

2) Health Assessment: A research study is being conducted with a subsample of BYS youth participants to better understand how health may be related to adverse experiences earlier in life. What we learn will be important to prevent future problems among Puerto Rican youth. Interns will conduct structured interviews with participants to assess health behaviors, family history of Cardiovascular Disease, diet, sleep and physical activity patterns as well as the assessment of anthropometric data, blood pressure, waist circumference, height, weight, body fat, body mass index (BMI), a lung function test, and a collection of blood sample (dry spots).

3) ECHO: This study is enrolling BYS participants, their partners, and the NEXT generation (their newborn infants, and their children ages 3-10) in order to study the intergenerational transmission of disadvantage and how this affects neurodevelopment. Interns will be trained to conduct structured interviews with parents, collect bio specimen, assist on MRI assessments and administer cognitive testing with children.

Some areas of interest include: Depression, Anxiety, Antisocial Behaviors, Substance Use, Neighborhood Characteristics, Migration, Discrimination, Acculturation, Cultural Stress, Sexual Risk Behaviors, Marital, Peer, and Family Relationships, Social Support, Ethnic/Racial Identity, maternal stress, fetal health, infant neurodevelopment, child executive functioning, and gene X environment interactions.

Duties (include but are not limited to): Interns will perform structured interviews with participants in the field (5 boroughs and over the phone); perform participant tracking and recruitment (both via telephone and home visits), utilize a tracking system to record participant information, data entry, computerization of interviews, assisting with quality control and other office-related tasks.

Time Commitment: 15 hours per week for 9 months

What to expect: This internship offers the opportunity to learn about how researchers use available resources and strategies to locate and recruit study participants. Interns will have the chance to increase their knowledge and abilities of how to communicate with members of the Latino community and gain valuable in-home and lab-based structured interviewing experience. In addition, other opportunities may include discussing ideas when brainstorming about difficult cases, improving quality control (reviewing of interviews, storage of identifying information, and post-data collection procedures), learning new computer software, contributing to a growing list of resources for services available to the public and access to an excellent interdisciplinary team of researchers.

Minimum Qualifications:

Required:

▪ Bachelor's degree in psychology, anthropology, sociology, social work, behavioral science, human development, public health or a related social science field is required.

▪ Must be available to work some evenings and one weekend day.

▪ Detail-oriented, reliable, and able to work independently under minimal supervision.

▪ Team player and demonstrate an ability to effectively interact with investigators, participants and other research assistants.

Preferred:

▪ Spanish speakers a plus

▪ Licensed Drivers a plus

▪ Flexibility to travel out of state some weekends a plus

Study Description: The Boricua Youth Study (BYS) is an epidemiological research study assessing mental health in a community sample of Puerto Rican youth. The BYS collected 4 waves of data, from 2000 to 2018, focused on mental health outcomes…

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How to Apply

Please send resumes/CVs to bysinternships@nyspi.columbia.edu

Please send resumes/CVs to bysinternships@nyspi.columbia.edu

Location

1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032

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