• Research Assistant II - Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 3 months ago(11/29/2018 7:35 PM)
    Job ID
    Hidden (24991)
    full time
  • Overview

    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

    The positions in this job family perform a variety of tasks to ensure that project goals are being met for a faculty member's research program. Tasks and responsibilities are varied and dependent upon project aims, scope and duration.



    The Research Assistant will work with primary investigators of Wolfe Lab in the Division of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care. Research projects include pediatric patients with advanced illness and their families.

    Joanne Wolfe uses patient-reported outcomes to improve care. We are currently enrolling in the PediQUEST Response Intervention, an early palliative care intervention aimed at improving quality of life and symptom management.

    Prasanna Ananth explores various dimensions of end-of-life care for children with advanced cancer, including hospital resource use, supportive care, and quality.

    Angela Feraco focuses on provider-family communication during the initial months of childhood cancer treatment, with interest in linking physician training to patient-level outcomes.

    Kira Bona investigates the impact of poverty on pediatric cancer outcomes. The long-term goal of her research is to design poverty-targeted interventions, such as the current PediCARE study providing food and transportation. 

    Jennifer Snaman investigates parental grief and bereavement, communication training for trainees, and decision making in adolescent and young adult oncology patients.

    Christina Ullrich investigates the palliative care needs and patient-reported outcomes of children who undergo intensive and restorative care such as HSCT.

    Danielle DeCourcey investigates care delivery for children with medical complexity as well as communication around advance care planning for children with life-limiting illness.



    • Assist team in the coordination of project-related activities (ie. surveys/interviews) at internal or external (on-site & off-site) study sites.
    • Contact, recruit and enroll research participants.
    • Assist with logistical needs for intervention and/or evaluation activities, such as equipment set-up, arranging food service and conference room scheduling.
    • Assist with coordination and preparation of project related meetings as requested and may be responsible for meeting minutes.
    • Maintain databases (including data entry) and project documentation with accuracy, as needed.
    • Maintain the security and confidentiality of all study materials and data. 
    • Coordinate pilot testing of study and surveys as needed.
    • Conduct relevant literature searches and reviews as requested.
    • Assist with documentation for and communication with institutional review board.
    • Other project-related or administrative responsibilities as requested by management.
    • Assist investigators with data analysis and manuscript preparation.
    • Prepare study reports and develop protocols.
    • Responsible for IRB submission activities.



    • Bachelor's degree required or to be completed within the next two months.    Major in public health, natural or social science preferred. 
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, dependable, highly motivated and willingness to learn new tasks.
    • Computer skills, including prior use of Microsoft Office products.
    • Ability to relate effectively in-person and on the telephone to diverse groups of patients, community members, physicians, nurses, researchers, children and parents.
    • Excellent organization, communication and problem-solving skills.
    • Spanish language skills preferred
    • We are looking for candidates with availability through August 2020

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.


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