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Behavioral Health Research Assistant


Are you interested in conducting research and evaluation about mental health and substance use services and systems? Would you like to get more experience with program and policy research and evaluation? Come join our Behavioral Health Team to work on projects that address a variety of areas related to the prevention and treatment of behavioral health issues such as mental illness, substance use, and homelessness. Our projects include single and multi-site program evaluations, needs assessment, service system planning, gap analysis, and evidence-based policy planning.  We employ mixed methods research and applied systems analysis to support the development of effective, efficient, and person-centered behavioral health systems.

Who We Are

The Human Services Research Institute ( is a nonprofit, mission-driven organization. We work with government agencies to improve services and systems, enhance the quality of data to guide policy, and engage stakeholders in community-based participatory research to effect meaningful change.

We perform this work across all fields of health and human services: population health, behavioral health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, aging and physical disabilities, child and family well-being, and housing and homelessness.

We’re an equal opportunity employer, and our office is accessible by public transportation.

What We’re Looking For

We’re seeking a full-time (40 hours/week) Research Assistant to work on behavioral health research and evaluation projects in our Cambridge, MA offices.

Primary responsibilities include literature searches and summaries, note-taking and transcription of qualitative interview data, scheduling and taking notes at meetings, action item tracking, and assisting with other research and program evaluation activities as needed.  

We’re looking for someone who is deeply interested in behavioral health systems research and evaluation, who communicates clearly, and who enjoys developing and maintaining positive relationships with clients, consultants, collaborators, and co-workers.


  • Maintain project records and files
  • Schedule meetings and take notes
  • Create interview transcripts and summaries
  • Gather information through literature reviews and searches
  • Code data and documents
  • Make calculations and conduct basic statistical analyses
  • Proofread and perform other editorial tasks
  • Help prepare presentation materials, reports and briefs

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a social science or related field and two years or more of relevant research or evaluation experience
  • Good communication skills, organizational skills, and writing skills
  • Intermediate analytical and interpretation skills
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to learn additional software and applications such as those used for web conferencing, online meetings, and for managing and storing project schedules, information, and materials
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Desired Qualifications:

  • Prior experience with human services program evaluation projects

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed in a typical office environment.
  • Routine meetings are held face-to-face, by telephone, or via web conference.
  • Work is performed in a team-driven environment.
  • Compensation is commensurate with skills and experience.

To Apply

Email your cover letter and resume, in PDF format, to, and include the job title in the subject line. Or mail to: Attention – Jobs, Human Services Research Institute, 2336 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140.

No phone calls please. Email or surface mail contact only.


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