Responsibilities and Requirements:
Volunteer Research Interviewers with the Grady Trauma Project are involved in many different aspects of the project. They are involved in participant recruitment, assessment and follow-up. The volunteer will be FULLY trained by study staff at each stage of involvement and will be thoroughly vetted before being given the responsibility to be in the hospital on their own. The volunteer must be comfortable approaching strangers, explaining the consent forms and study procedures, as well as asking the participant questions of a very personal, and at times heavy, nature. The subject of these questions includes history of abuse (sexual, physical, or emotional), life events when the individual felt their life was in danger, the individual’s current living situation, and current psychopathology.
Research, especially reasearch with humans, is very time-intensive. Volunteers will be expected to be able to dedicate a minimum of 6 hours per week, to be determined based on the volunteer’s availability and grasp of subject matter. An academic background in Psychology, Biology, or Neuroscience is strongly preferred but not required.
In addition to playing an important role in advancing the research, volunteers will gain valuable first-hand experience in patient interactions, an important component of any type of clinical practice. Volunteers are also welcome to attend weekly team meetings (Friday, 11 am – 1 pm), where the entire research group gathers to present and discuss our research findings, other relevant studies, as well as the participant interviews conducted during the previous week. Additionally, there are several opportunities for progressing to more advanced responsibilities, including preparing and presenting posters, talks and papers. As project volunteers, individuals will have the chance to interact with leading doctors and scientists in the trauma field, as well as graduate and medical students. These connections have the potential to lead to mentorship and collaboration down the road.