Social Work/Psychology/Public Health – Shin

Professor Sunny Shin
hshin@bu.edu

Options: Potential for UROP funding

What do we know about the relationships between child abuse/neglect and hazardous drinking in adolescence? Why are maltreated children more vulnerable to hazardous drinking in adolescence than non-maltreated children? What are effective interventions for these young people?
Undergraduate research assistants are needed to work on an exciting addiction and child maltreatment research project. The purpose of this research is to elucidate the relationship between exposure to childhood maltreatment and risk for addictive behaviors (e.g., binge drinking, drug abuse) in adolescence and young adulthood.

JOB DESCRIPTION/TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES: RAs will perform the following:
1. Work directly with data: perform tasks such as coding, data-cleaning, and entry into spreadsheets and tables
2. Work with a multi-disciplinary team to come up with new ideas and strategies for the project, in an environment that promotes discussion and collaboration
3. Assist in the actual analysis of data, using programs such as SPSS and STATA. (Learning these programs will also give you an edge in future research and coursework)
4. Help in the writing of grant applications and manuscripts, another useful skill with many future applications
5. Hands-on tasks involving search and reading of scientific journals, another excellent learning opportunity

ELIGIBLE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS EXHIBIT THE FOLLOWING:
1. A commitment to work for a period of at least 5 months and 10 hours per week
2. Experience with Microsoft Word (or similar word-processing programs)
3. Prior experience with survey administration/research work (preferred)
4. Experience with data entry (preferred)

Please send your resume and a letter or interest to Sunny Shin at hshin@bu.edu