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The Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA) at Boston College School of Social Work focuses on observational research to understand trajectories of risk and resilience in children facing multiple forms of adversity while also using these research outcomes to develop and test evidence-based interventions to promote child health, development and family functioning. The program team, including a network of talented local collaborators, has developed and evaluated several transdiagnostic interventions that are both feasible, effective and able to be integrated into a range of social protection, health and education programs in low- and middle-income countries. Using implementation science methods, the program also tests implementation science strategies for quality improvement and sustainment of integrated evidence-based interventions including collaborative team approaches to improve fidelity and quality of the interventions to support early childhood development, violence prevention, and family strengthening so that they can be effectively and sustainably delivered at scale in low-resource settings. The RPCA manages a diverse global research portfolio; including several active projects, the details for which can be found at

Reporting to the Refugee Program Manager, the Research Assistant will support research related activities for the RPCA Refugee Switchboard project, Cultural Validation of a Mental Health Screening Tool for Resettled Afghan Youth. The Research Assistant will be responsible for contributing to data collection, management, and analysis to contribute to the greater project’s needs and deliverables. The Research Assistant may have to travel across New England to support research initiatives. The Research Assistant will work specifically with Afghan refugee families. The RPCA refugee program works with philanthropic and federal partners to conduct research to inform the delivery of a mental health and family strengthening intervention that are designed to support families during resettlement. The RPCA will partner with a local resettlement agency to recruit participants and conduct research for development of learning materials and resources for service providers across the country. The Research Assistant position is a temporary position and will be limited to a 5-6 month working period in which data collection will occur. The Research Assistant must be fluent in Dari and/or Pashto.

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