Newsletter for Psychology Majors

 

Conferences & Lectures

2018 UCLA Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference (PURC)

The conference will be on Friday, May 4th, 2018 at UCLA and will showcase approximately 150 undergraduate psychology research projects in poster and paper talk sessions.  For more information, please visit www.psych.ucla.edu/undergraduate/purc.

Contact information: purc@psych.ucla.edu


 

Fellowships & Ph.D. Programs
 

2018-2019 School Psychology Ph.D. Program Enrollment | University of Minnesota

College of Education and Human Development
Contact: Amanda Sullivan School Psychology Program Coordinator & Associate Professor University of Minnesota

 


Jobs
 

Interested in sharing your passions with high schoolers?

Splash at Yale is an educational outreach organization that runs two programs each semester for students from all over the Northeast.  All of the classes are taught by Yale students, and cover all sorts of topics ranging from The Geography of Happiness to Epigenetics to The Fibonacci Sequence to An Introduction to Skepticism.  Teaching is a small time commitment but has a huge impact on our students!  

On April 7th, we will be holding a program called Splash, where you can teach one or two hour class(es). Teacher registration for Splash is currently open until February 28th. If you’re interested in learning more, please visit our website or email us at yalesplash@gmail.com. If you make an account on our website, you’ll also be added to our mailing list and will get a reminder email when it’s time to register for Splash! Hope to see you at Splash

 

Yale School of Medicine Postgraduate Research Associate | Paid, full-time position, starting May/June 2018

This is a one or two-year position to work on neurocognitive research studies in the Department of Psychiatry and assist with clinical intakes in the Yale OCD Research Clinic. Responsibilities include conducting semi-structured diagnostic interviews with potential participants, administering computerized behavioral assessments, and overseeing MRI scans. The position also involves data entry and analysis.

Training in clinical assessment and research methodology will be provided. This position requires a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, good interpersonal and organizational skills, and a strong work ethic. An ideal candidate will have prior clinical research experience. Strong computational skills and programming knowledge would also be advantageous; opportunities to learn about clinical neuroimaging acquisition and analysis may be provided.

This is an ideal position for someone who recently graduated from college and will be applying for medical or graduate school. A two-year commitment is preferred.

If interested, please send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae or resume (including 2 references) to Dr. Patricia Gruner: patricia.gruner@yale.edu

Summer Teaching Positions Available: Teach Reading to Students of All Ages This Summer

Earn more than $6,500 during the summer. Teachers typically earn between $550 and $700 per week while teaching.

Gain over 500 hours of teacher-training and teaching experience with a variety of age groups.

Help students of all ages develop their reading skills and ability to become imaginatively absorbed in books.

The Institute of Reading Development is seeking candidates for summer 2018 teaching positions. We seek applicants with an undergraduate degree or higher from any discipline. We provide a paid training program and comprehensive on-going support.

We hire people who:

Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure

Are responsible, hardworking, and have good communication and organizational skills

Will be patient and supportive with students

The Institute teaches developmental reading programs in partnership with the continuing education departments of more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States. Our classes for students of all ages improve their reading skills and teach them to experience absorption in literature.

We invite you to submit an online application and learn more about teaching for the Institute at: http://instituteofreadingdevelopmentteachingjobs.com/

Judgment and Belief Lab Internship at Cornell University

Tom Gilovich’s Judgment and Belief Lab (JABLAB) at Cornell University is currently accepting applications for volunteer research assistants this summer. The ideal candidate is a motivated undergraduate or recent graduate with a keen interest in social psychology, who is considering graduate school in psychology. Research experience is an asset but not a necessity. 

Research in JABLAB asks questions about everyday social life: What makes conversations go well or poorly? Can we tell how much attention people pay to us or how often we’re on other people’s minds? How does our behavior influence the people around us? Social life is complex. We’re interested in how people navigate their social interactions and some of the systematic mistakes they make along the way. 

Interns are expected to work approx. 35 hours/week; this includes study preparation, data collection (in the lab and in the field), data analysis, and team meetings. Because projects are at various stages of completion (from pre-design to post-data collection), interns will be involved in a wide range of activities over the course of the internship. Activities may include developing new project ideas, designing new experiments, recruiting participants, running experiments, analyzing data, and presenting results.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled. To apply, please send the following documents to gilovich.lab.summer@gmail.com: CV/resume, unofficial grade report, brief cover letter describing your relevant research experience and why you’re interested in working in JABLAB, and your availability between June and August.

Research Assistant Position: ASD Development Lab at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain | Weill Cornell Medicine

The ASD Development Lab (PI: So Hyun “Sophy” Kim, Ph.D.) at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB; Director: Catherine Lord, Ph.D.) at Weill Cornell Medicine is currently seeking full-time research assistants to work on research studies on children and adults with autism spectrum disorders including a newly NIMH funded study (PI : Sophy Kim).  The RA’s primary responsibilities include behavioral coding, subject recruitment, testing participants with standardized assessments as well as play based assessments, managing and analyzing datasets, preparing and maintaining IRB protocols, and running ERP/EEG tasks. The RA will be working with individuals with autism with varying levels of language and cognitive abilities. The expected start date for the position is Spring/Summer 2018. See below for more details. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual who would like to gain research experience prior to attending graduate school. 

Interested applicants should send a CV, names and contact information for 2 references, and a cover letter describing relevant experience, interests, and long-term goals to Sophy Kim (sok2015@med.cornell.edu).

Position Activities:

·         Codes videos of parent child interactions using newly developed treatment outcome measures

·         Recruits subjects for research studies based on study recruitment criteria.

·         Maintains paper and electronic research and clinical records in accordance with Medical College  

           policies and procedures.

·         Organizes, schedules, and conducts clinical research assessments using specialized interviews and

           psychological assessment measures.

·         Conducts literature searches and provides manuscript preparation support.

·         Assists with preparation of grant proposals and IRB applications and amendments.

·         Collects and updates data sets including test scores, demographics, and training records.

·         Enters data into databases.

·         Carries out and prepares written reports of simple statistical analyses.

·         Prepares PowerPoint presentations.

·         Run ERP/EEG sessions with young children.

·         Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

·         Bachelor’s degree in psychology or related field and related experience.

·         Transportation required for local travel.

Highly Desired Requirements:

·         Experience with autism or with children and families with developmental disabilities or mental   

          health issues preferred.

·         Previous research experience and experience with ERP/EEG experiments.

·         Ability to speak Spanish.

Skills and Abilities:

·         Superior interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.

·         Familiarity with software including EPrime, R, SPSS, MS Word, Access, and PowerPoint. SAS, Stat, Medline, PsychInfo, and other library resources a plus.

·         Must be able to coordinate a large data set with accuracy and provide timely dissemination of information arising from it.

Note: No relocation assistance is provided for this position.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Weill Cornell Medical College is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EOE/M/F/Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Contact: Please send cover letters and resumes to Sophy Kim sok2015@med.cornell.edu.

Social impact startup is hiring Yale paralegal

Upsolve is hiring an impact-focused paralegal from Yale to join full-time in NYC. Here is the job description

About Upsolve -Upsolve is an award-winning nonprofit technology startup that helps low-income Americans get a fresh start after financial shocks. We do this through the first software platform that automates bankruptcy. We’ve been funded by Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the Robin Hood Foundation, Harvard, and the U.S. Government. 

Join us! Help us change how low-income Americans get legal help. If you’re interested, email rohan@upsolve.org with your resume and two sentences about why you think you’re a good fit.

PrimeMeTee | Part-time Internship

PrimeMeTee makes clothing designed with uplifting messages that you see at just the right moment… when you see yourself in a mirror.  Some look more abstract, while others are obviously coded messages, but all of them are “primes” meant to make a more uplifting reflection.  We’re recruiting a Marketing Strategy Intern who identifies relevant target audiences for specific primes and designs, develops draft promotional content, and communicates with partners and potential costumers.  This is a part-time (5hr/wk) position for Summer 2018 and is 100% online.

Details about the position, and instructions for submitting an application, are posted here: PrimeMeTee.com/internships.

Contact: Scott Roberts at primemeteellc@gmail.com

University of California Santa Barbara | Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship  

OVERVIEW: UC Santa Barbara’s Center for Mindfulness & Human Potential conducts rigorous research to identify the optimal ways to teach mindfulness. We use these insights to create scalable mindfulness training for high schools. CMHP is currently inviting applicants for a 20 hour/week volunteer position. This post-baccalaureate fellowship provides training in the psychological and brain sciences through participation in a fast-paced, mission-driven effort to create and deliver optimally effective digital mindfulness training to youth.

RESPONSIBILITIES: All post-bacs have the opportunity to participate in academic research. Responsibilities can include running research experiments, designing research materials, conducting literature reviews, acting as a liaison to research participants, and managing/analyzing data. You will be involved in both the conceptual development and execution of research, allowing you to develop a discerning scientific eye and technical research skills. We aim to have post-bacs co-author at least one scientific article or chapter during their fellowship.

Opportunities also exist for post-bacs to contribute through video production, graphic design, UX design, music production, market research, community outreach, and mentoring high school interns. Applicants with experience or interest in these areas are encouraged to mention this in their application.

REQUIREMENTS: Applicants should have strong writing, organizational, and interpersonal skills. The time commitment is 20 hours each week.

DURATION: This fellowship entails a one-year commitment to ensure that everyone involved benefits from the collaboration. This engagement also allows us to provide strong letters of recommendation. The fellowship begins during summer, but there is flexibility in the precise start date.

SUPPORT: Fellows are provided with a new MacBook Pro with SPSS, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Creative Cloud. There is also a $1000 budget for expenses that will support your work at CMHP. We also provide mentorship in applying for graduate school, with a 100% success rate in getting our post-bacs into competitive programs.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a single email to cmhp@psych.ucsb.edu with (1) a statement of interest that includes a description of relevant experience, (2) your resume, (3) a writing sample, and (4) a copy of your unofficial transcript. The application deadline is April 13, 2018. However, we will interview eligible candidates on a rolling basis as long as positions remain unfilled.

Learn more about our work at: www.cmhp.ucsb.edu


Other

 

BulldogHacks | Hack New Haven

Hack New Haven will be a two-day hackathon at Yale dedicated to addressing challenging issues in healthcare, specifically in issues of Gun Policy, Status and Resources and Built Environment. In just 23 hours, participants will pitch pain points, develop solutions in teams, and present their final products to a panel of judges for prizes. Our hackathon is open to students from all years and majors, so we encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds and interests to apply. We’ll have more than $800 in prizes so make sure to apply here! For more information, visit www.bulldoghacks.org

 

Yale College Working Group of the Carbon Charge

Yale recently instituted a university-wide carbon charge, which took effect last July. The charge places an internal price on energy usage (more information can be found here). The Yale College Working Group of the Carbon Charge has worked with the Carbon Charge’s administration for the past year to guide the ways in which Yale College engages with the charge. 

The Working Group’s goals are:

— to pass down the behavioral incentives of the Carbon Charge from administrators to individual students

— to study best practices for achieving energy reductions under a carbon charge, using controlled experiments

— to coordinate the collective effort and enthusiasm of 14 colleges with the YC Dean’s Office, the Carbon Charge, and the Office of Sustainability.

The Working Group is looking for new members starting this Spring. The form to apply is at https://goo.gl/forms/LTCvEiT3IjQz1U2C3. (Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until March 5th, 11:59 pm. No previous experience in sustainability work is necessary. If you have any questions, please contact casey.pickett@yale.edu. Please note that this is an unpaid position, and the expected time commitment is 3-5 hours per week.)