Be a part of a thriving applied developmental research team with a focus on the impact of early adversity on young children’s outcomes. We are currently accepting applications for a Community Research Associate who has interest in working with us on the national HBCD study. The HBCD study will be recruiting women during pregnancy and following their infants through the first five years of their lives. This project aims to conduct multi-modal brain imaging (MRI, EEG) and Neurobehavioral assessment across the first years of life. Most importantly is the recruitment and retention of women to this study.

This full-time appointment will be for multiple years starting on January 3, 2022, contingent on performance and sufficient funding. Under the mentorship of Dr. Brenda Jones Harden and colleagues, the community research associate will coordinate recruitment/retention for HBCD at the University of Maryland site.


  • Coordinating participant recruitment/retention and data collection in hospitals, clinics, and community-based settings, as well as in families’ homes
  • Managing data (data organization, IRB submissions)
  • Presenting to practitioner staff and community partners about research findings
  • Conducting home observations and family interviews
  • Supervising and mentoring research assistants
  • Preparing publications and conference presentations


  • Master’s in Psychology, Human Development, Social Work, Public Health, Education, or a closely related discipline by the time of appointment
  • Experience conducting community-based research with families from high-risk contexts
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and participate on a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, especially with practitioners and families in communities
  • Expertise in quantitative methodology
  • Beginning track record of publication
  • Excellent academic writing skills

How to Apply: Please submit the following in one pdf file to Dr. Brenda Jones Harden () and Jamie Listokin ().

  1. Curriculum Vita (CV) or Resume
  2. Cover letter describing your interests, experience, and fit with the position
  3. Names and contact information for three references

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. UMD is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected status in all aspects of employment. UMD is actively engaged in recruiting, hiring, and promoting underrepresented communities; minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.