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Research Technician

Department: Kinesiology Effective Date: July, 2008


37.5 hr/wk

Reports to: Dr. Eric Roy

General Accountability

As a member of the apraxia research team, the research assistant is accountable Principal Investigators, Dr. Eric Roy, Department of Kinesiology, and Dr. Sandra Black, Cognitive Neurology Research Unit, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto. 

Nature and Scope

The research assistant works in the cognitive neurology unit with other members of the apraxia research team including faculty investigators, graduate and undergraduate students completing research projects and student volunteers assisting with the research activities.

Statistical Data

The apraxia research project is funded through an operating grant from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.  The grant runs for a period of five years from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2012.  A report at the end of the third year of funding must be submitted and sufficient progress must be demonstrated to warrant release of funds for the final two years of the project.  The annual budget of $72,000 is allocated for salary support (research assistant, neuroimaging technician), fees for brain imaging of stroke patients, payment for research participants and their parking, and publication costs.

Specific Accountabilities

Assisting with planning the design of the tasks to be used in the study. 

2. Assist in developing approaches (e.g., developing a data base) for analyses of the    data collected.

3. Work with faculty investigators, students and volunteers in recruiting, scheduling and testing participants.

4. Video recording performance of participants on the apraxia test battery and scoring their performance using an error notation system.

5. Entering these data on a data base for later analysis. 

6. Work with faculty investigators and students to complete statistical analyses of performance data.

7.Coordinate monthly meetings of apraxia research team.

8. Work with the faculty research investigators and students in preparing conference presentations and manuscripts for publication.  

Working Conditions