Research Assistant with the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Pediatrics

photo of a hand holding a cigarette.

Seeking Research Assistants to work on a project that helps pregnant women to quit smoking, using multicomponent behavioral interventions including education, monitoring and feedback, and contingent financial incentives.

Project description

The Division of Behavioral Medicine, Department of Pediatrics at the University at Buffalo is offering positions of Research Assistants. Research Assistants will work with Dr. Xiaozhong Wen and research staff as a team on a research project that helps pregnant women to quit smoking. This research project involves multicomponent behavioral interventions including education, monitoring and feedback, contingent financial incentives, and supporter. Based on their interests and previous experience, the Research Assistants can choose to work on designing questionnaire, interviewing research subjects, collecting breath and urine samples to test smoking status, entering and managing data, and/or editing educational materials. 

This Research Assistantship is open to students from any major and grade level, who are native or near-native speakers of English, and have at least a 3.0 GPA. You can earn course credit (1-3) for this position if you want. The research participants in this project are PREGNANT women who are currently SMOKING. To find out more about the Research Assistantship, or to apply, please go to the website (www.surveymonkey.com/r/ubmchsmokingra) to fill out the screening survey. You can e-mail Dr. Xiaozhong Wen at: xiaozhon@buffalo.edu. The research profile of Dr. Wen can be found at “http://medicine.buffalo.edu/faculty/profile.html?ubit=xiaozhon”.

Project outcome

The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment To be determined by student/mentor
Start time Fall, Spring, Summer
Level of collaboration To be determined by student/mentor
Benefits Academic Credit, Volunteer
Who is eligible Strong oral communication skills, feel comfortable to interact with pregnant women, native or near-native speakers of English, and have at least a 3.0 GPA
Goldwater and the National Science Foundation

Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Goldwater Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.

Core partners

  • UB Department of Behavioral Medicine
  • UB Department of Pediatrics

Project mentor

Xiaozhong Wen

Associate Professor

Pediatrics

G56 Farber Hall, South Campus

Phone: (716) 829-6811

Email: xiaozhon@buffalo.edu

Start the project

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Preparation activities

The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.