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Occupational Therapy Graduate Student Research Assistant Job Opening

Research assistant will work with PI over a two year period on the following research project (ABSTRACT):

A strong reflective capacity has been linked with increased performance in academic and clinical occupational therapy (OT) settings. Self-reflection is one of the key attributes for success in the workplace for beginning OT practitioners. The purpose of this mixed methods study is to investigate both quantitatively and qualitatively whether self-reflection is a predictor of occupational competence and clinical performance in Level II Fieldwork for entry-level Masters OT students at the University of New Mexico. Multiple regression analyses will be conducted to determine the predictive relationship of self-reflection to occupational competence and performance. Individual interviews of OT students will be conducted and categories developed to explore explanations from the initial quantitative inquiry. Findings will inform pedagogical reflective practices for health sciences students and provide new knowledge for self-reflection as a preparatory method for OT students in Level II Fieldwork. Development of an OT-specific self-reflection assessment may also be a future contribution.

Position Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Collects, processes, and assists in the compilation and verification of research data, following strict protocol and detailed instructions.
  • Performs or assists with the execution of routine research protocol, such as interviewing, testing, and/or scientific procedures.
  • May travel to field research sites or other locations to collect and record data, as appropriate to established study objectives and protocols.
  • Follows established departmental policies, procedures, and objectives, continuous quality improvement objectives, and safety, environmental, and/or infection control standards.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned

Position Requirements

  • Be a first year Occupational therapy graduate student at the University of New Mexico
  • Have an interest in research in occupational therapy
  • Be able to score The Occupational Self Assessment and The Groningen Reflection Ability Scale
  • Have experience with transcription of interviews
  • Have experience with data entry in Excel and REDCap data management system
  • Have experience with qualitative coding and analysis

Required Application Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

To Apply, Please Email Your Application Materials To:

Sue Iliff, MA, OTR/L
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator/Lecturer II
UNM Occupational Therapy Graduate Program
SIliff@salud.unm.edu