Research Program on Children and Global Adversity

Faculty Member: Professor Theresa Betancourt

The Research Program on Children and Global Adversity (RPCGA) at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) was established to advance an evidence base regarding strategies and methods for improving child health service delivery and increasing protections and effective services for children in adversity.

The RPCGA Research Assistant (RA) will work closely with the RPCGA’s Project Managers and other team members on programs for children and youth affected by multiple forms of adversity, including HIV/AIDs and armed conflict. The RPCGA portfolio encompasses research on cross-cultural mental health assessment of children and adolescents and intervention development in low resource settings. The program includes projects in Rwanda addressing early childhood development, in Sierra Leone addressing the intergenerational effects of war and development of a Youth Readiness Intervention for war-affected youth, and in Boston addressing mental health among diverse refugee groups.

This position includes working with a team on research pertaining to global child mental health problems and resilience. The intern will gain exposure to human subjects and related institutional work on human rights and children and global adversity. Students with interest of gaining exposure to global health issues and research methods are particularly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities: The RA will work closely with the Project Teams on data collection and management, literature searching, and study tool development, and will participate in meetings with the team and collaborators in the Boston-based office. The RA will assist with backstopping current fieldwork underway in Rwanda and Sierra Leone. The RA will gain a broad range of skills related to human subjects research, data management, survey programming, literature review, and tasks related to data collection and analysis. The position requires the completion of a broad range of tasks, flexibility, resourcefulness, and independence.