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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals

Clinical Research Assistants
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

We have 2-3 open positions for Clinical Research Assistants within the Section on Behavioral Oncology in the Center for Childhood Cancer Research of the Division of Oncology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The Clinical Research Assistants will:

  • support descriptive, intervention, and measurement development research related to psychosocial outcomes, health behaviors/health promotion, and transition to adult care. Patient populations include parents of children newly diagnosed with cancer followed through the course of treatment, children on treatment for brain tumors and childhood brain tumor survivors, adolescents and young adults at the point of diagnosis.
  • help to provide oversight and coordination of all research projects from the beginning (grant preparation phase) to the end (dissemination through written manuscripts and presentations at conferences). Specific tasks include assistance with IRB protocol preparation and ongoing related documentation; recruitment of participants and related scheduling and follow-up; data collection, entry, management, and analysis; preparation of grants, manuscripts, abstracts, and presentations; oversight of research trainees; communication with collaborators; medical chart reviews; and literature reviews.
  • attend project-related meetings and to regularly report on project status.

This full-time paid position offers opportunities to hone research and leadership skills, disseminate findings through publications and presentations, and work on multidisciplinary clinical research teams under the supervision of a pediatric psychologist--Dr. Lamia P. Barakat, Dr. Lisa A. Schwartz, and/or Dr. Matthew C. Hocking. Applicants should be interested in pediatric and/or health psychology research. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or related field; 1-2 years of related experience or a Master’s degree in Psychology, Public Health, Epidemiology, or a related field; experience with SPSS; ability to manage multiple projects and tasks at once; experience and skills working with children/adolescents and/or families; and excellent writing, interpersonal, communication, organizational, and management skills. Fluency in Spanish is required for one position. Experience with independent research and/or managing a lab or research projects is preferred. Experience working in a hospital setting or with youth with chronic illness also preferred. Two-year minimum commitment preferred (pending funding) with a start date of late spring/early summer.

Interested individuals should email a cover letter and CV/resume to Lamia P. Barakat, PhD at, Lisa A. Schwartz, PhD at and Matthew C. Hocking, PhD at Applications are currently being considered on a rolling basis.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute is an interdisciplinary institution dedicated to conducting basic, clinical and translational research on conditions and diseases that affect children, and is part of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania research community. For more information on the Section on Behavioral Oncology, see

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