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Peer Mentor for Perinatal Depression

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

We are encouraging applications for a part-time, Professional Research Assistant who will be a part of a research study focused on the mental health and wellness of new and expectant mothers. The candidate will work as a peer mentor on a research study within the Crown Institute.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Crown Institute’s research focuses on practices, programs, and policies that foster wellness among children and youth, families and caregivers, and educators. Scholars in multiple fields work together and in partnership with families, teachers, young people, and community members. The overall approach to the study of wellness in the Crown Institute foregrounds the importance of contextual factors and addresses disparities in access to health and education, such as those related to gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, language, geography, or other forms of identity. The Wellness Institute is an equity-focused interdisciplinary institute. Our key research areas seek to address disparities in mental health, wellness, and education due to gender, race, ethnicity, linguistic diversity, geography, income, and other structural and systemic inequities. Our founding team brings together faculty from the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience in the College of Arts and Sciences and faculty from the School of Education

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • To provide mentoring to new and expectant mothers to ensure fidelity with research protocols, including engaging in a non-judgmental and validating manner, and sharing personal experience of use of program materials to support wellness.
  • To meet regularly with trainers to support team cohesion and engagement and to prevent drift from research protocols and ensure continued fidelity to the protocols and overall study aims.
  • To review recordings of peer mentoring meetings and to provide observational ratings on fidelity and adherence as well as qualitative feedback.
  • To provide regular audits and reports of new and expectant mother engagement with the program and troubleshoot challenges and barriers to success.
  • To build trusting relationships with the peer mentoring team, new and expectant mother participants, as well as the entire research team and community partners, including demonstrating respect for all persons and anti-racism and anti-oppression commitments.
  • To perform additional research tasks such as summarizing feedback about their learning process and participant experiences to iteratively refine and enhance research program materials.
  • To adhere to research requirements regarding confidentiality.
  • To track consistent data on participant engagement during their time in the program.
  • To communicate proactively with participants on a weekly basis to ensure fidelity to the research protocols for coaching and digital program delivery.
  • Is able to work independently, is has attention to detail, and demonstrates problem-solving Peer Mentors are required to participate in initial training and continuous case supervision and reflective consultation.
  • To participate in regular team meetings via web-based platforms (Zoom, Teams).

What You Should Know

  • The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment, prior to the issuance of an offer letter. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List System) check. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.
  • This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.
  • Desired start date is January 24, 2022. This position is grant-funded and is expected to continue for an 18-month period.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

Annual salary is commensurate with skills and experience and will range from $9,000.00-$12,000.00 for a 25% FTE position. The total FTE and salary are negotiable. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package for employees over 0.5 FTE. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.


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What We Require

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office or similar programs (e.g., Microsoft Word, Google Sheets, Google calendar, Zoom, Outlook).

What You Will Need

  • Understanding of perinatal mood disorders.
  • Ability to use a personal computer.
  • Curious, eager to learn.
  • Standout colleague with strong communication skills.
  • Ability to work well in a multidisciplinary team setting.
  • Ability to train others using a curriculum.
  • Reliable internet connection.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Strong teammate with outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Interest and knowledge in psychology and perinatal mental health.
  • Experience with mindfulness.
  • Experience supporting parents’ wellness in pregnancy and postpartum.
  • Curious, eager to learn.
  • Can provide and receive feedback in a productive and compassionate way.
  • Ability to work well in a multidisciplinary team setting.
  • Excellent attention to detail and experience with project management.
  • Experience working as part of a research team.
  • Experience teaching others.
  • Spanish language fluency.
  • Commitment to anti-racism.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. Transcripts/Proof of Degree
  4. Reference Letter (Not Confidential)
The position will remain posted until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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