WHISH Research Coordinator Stanford University, School of Medicine United States

WHISH Research Coordinator


School of Medicine, California, United States




The Stanford University - Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC) is seeking a full-time Clinical Research Coordinator Associate (CRCA) to provide research support for a large-scale, population-level study of physical activity promotion in a national sample of older women. The Women’s Health Initiative Strong & Healthy (WHISH) is a pragmatic, randomized, population-level trial whose aim is to evaluate whether an intervention based on Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recommended levels of physical activity for older adults reduce major cardiovascular events. More than 22,000 women from across the U.S. are enrolled in the trial. The employee will be based at the SPRC offices located on Hillview Ave. in Palo Alto.

Under the guidance of the Project Director and Principal Investigator, the CRCA will design and develop written and online health promotion materials and work closely with study participants by phone, email and post mail. The CRCA will regularly interact with older adult study volunteers from diverse backgrounds, interdepartmental research colleagues and faculty, third-party vendors and external health promotion organizations. The position requires the candidate to develop, update and maintain a research database and to provide data for regular progress reporting. Interest and experience with behavior modification and/or promotion of physical activity preferred. The CRCA will be required to comply with standardized study protocols, health and safety policies and good clinical practice procedures (including those specifically related to the worksite). This position also requires a commitment to work in and foster a multicultural and multiracial environment.


Duties include:

  • Apply knowledge of scientific concepts, behavior modification and motivational strategies to recommend and create print materials to promote physical activity in older women. Materials include feature articles in the quarterly newsletter citing evidence-based research on physical activity and health outcomes, targeted inserts for special populations, publicly- available and project-produced videos, participant interviews, website content, voice recordings, motivational segments to inspire participants to improve or maintain physical activity, and monthly email bursts with links to additional content.
  • Regularly communicate with research participants from diverse cultural and regional backgrounds (70 years and older from all regions of the U.S.).
  • Conduct outreach with individual experts and health promotion entities in order to adopt the highest standard of evidence- based theory toward physical activity and health improvement in older adult populations.
  • Administer surveys of 22,000 participants to elicit overall progress, areas of decreased and increased physical activity, and assessment of physical, social and motivational barriers to physical activity.
  • Update and maintain database in REDCap to include participant contact information, survey results, metrics of participant engagement, and study status. Enter and extract data and structured information from surveys, questionnaires, databases, published literature and other sources for periodic progress reporting.

* - Other duties may also be assigned




  • Four-year college degree majoring in health sciences, social sciences or related field (Public Health, Kinesiology, social sciences).
  • One year of relevant research experience in health promotion and/or working with older adults preferred.
  • Graduate degree in health sciences, social sciences or related field desirable.
  • Familiarity, proficiency or willingness to learn Excel, Microsoft Word, WordPress, Photoshop, InDesign and REDCap software and programming skills.



Two-year college degree and two years related work experience or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of related education and relevant experience.



  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology.



Society of Clinical Research Associates or Association of Clinical Research Professionals certification is preferred.


  • Frequently stand, walk, twist, bend, stoop, squat and use fine light/fine grasping.
  • Occasionally sit, reach above shoulders, perform desk based computer tasks, use a telephone and write by hand, lift, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
  • Rarely kneel, crawl, climb ladders, grasp forcefully, sort and file paperwork or parts, rarely lift, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh 40 pounds or more.


*- Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • Occasional evening and weekend hours.
  • Communicate with frequently with study volunteers by phone and email.



  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.


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