Newsletter for Psychology Majors

Jobs, Fellowships, Internships & Ph.D. Programs

The Social Affective Neuroscience and Development (SAND) Lab at UCLA, under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Silvers, is looking to hire a new full-time lab manager (i.e., Staff Research Associate) in summer 2021. The SAND Lab uses behavioral and cognitive neuroscience methods to understand social and emotional development in children, adolescents, and young adulthood. A large focus of our current research is on the effects of early caregiving adversity on adolescent neurodevelopment. 
The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in psychology or neuroscience, as well as prior relevant research experience. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills are a must, as is comfort and skill with managing complex datasets. Experience with fMRI methods, statistical analysis or programming are desired, as is experience in working with children, families and other vulnerable populations. This job necessitates the ability to work independently, pay exquisite attention to detail, prioritize effectively, and adapt to changing situations. 
This position carries numerous research and administrative responsibilities. The lab manager will be involved in designing and implementing experiments, programming experimental tasks, recruiting and scheduling participants, running research sessions and analyzing data. They will also play an integral role in overseeing day-to-day lab operations, which includes maintaining the lab website and research equipment, overseeing IRB protocols, planning and scheduling lab events and research meetings, and helping to supervise undergraduate research assistants. The ideal lab manager will contribute creatively to research projects, work closely and productively with other lab members, and co-author academic papers and poster presentations. This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to apply to a doctoral program in psychology or neuroscience in the future. 
Applicants can read more about the position and apply by going to this link and searching for the position with requisition number 33097. Any questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Silvers at
UC Santa Barbara and UT Austin are recruiting graduating seniors for a Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistantship in Educational & Psychological Science. Post-bacs spend one year contributing to a fast-paced, mission-driven effort to refine and deliver an effective mindfulness intervention for high schools.

-Conduct U.S. Dept. of Education-funded research
-Use quantitative and qualitative research to refine a school-based intervention

-Co-author at least one scientific article or chapter
-Choose a post-bac specialization that aligns with your career aspirations
-Receive mentorship when applying to graduate school or industry jobs
-Help provide tens of thousands of students with evidence-based mindfulness training

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The position is for a Research Assistant (RA) in the Department of Psychiatry at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital. The RA would work with Drs. Jennifer Wolff and Jacqueline Nesi to coordinate a number of projects, including a project examining parenting strategies for managing adolescents’ social media use and a grant examining a randomized control trial of a computerized parenting intervention in a community setting.  These projects are part of the Adolescent Mental Health Collaborative that aims to improve the mental health of youth through coordinated research, treatment, and training:

The RA’s responsibilities will include data collection via the administration of in-person clinical assessments and ecological momentary assessment.  Responsibilities will also include participant recruiting and screening, observational coding of parent-teen interaction tasks, as well as completing literature reviews, contributing to on-going research reports and presentations, and other research tasks assigned by study personnel.  The RA is expected to work with adult and adolescent participants, as well as with all study personnel and community therapists to advance the scientific aims of the study.  


·       BS or BA in Psychology or closely related field and 1-2 years’ research experience and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.

·       Previous experience with human subject research is preferred.

·       Knowledge of experimental research methodology and knowledge of clinical research procedures is preferred.

·       RAs should be experienced with computer applications, including word processing and excel.

·       Previous experience with statistical software (e.g., SPSS, R) and database management is preferred.

·       Fluency in Spanish is preferred.

Job Competencies

This position requires excellent time management and multi-tasking skills.  RAs must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, organizational, computer, and communication (verbal and written) skills as well as good attention to detail, flexibility and ability to work well with team members. 


Mentorship is very important to the Adolescent Mental Health Collaborative and all of our prior Clinical Research Assistants have matriculated to graduate or medical school. 

Other Information

This position entails joining an active research team and sharing a strong commitment to accomplishing the goals of the research programs with the highest degree of quality and integrity. This position represents a critical element of our ongoing research. The RA selected for this position will be provided with a significant amount of high-quality training in administering assessments in community settings. These skills will be invaluable to any candidate who wishes to pursue a career and/or advanced study in a mental health related field. Because of the nature of the position, the RA will be trusted with a great deal of responsibility for facilitating the ongoing research in accordance with established scientific protocol. This position requires a skilled individual to recruit and interview a sometimes challenging population of teens and parents and requires clinical, interpersonal, and communication skill to deal with sensitive topics. Flexibility, conscientiousness, and commitment to the programs goals and objectives are essential. 

RAs are expected to attend regular supervision meetings with the PIs and study personnel.  Due to the nature of the studies, flexibility in scheduling is also required (e.g., willingness to occasionally work week nights and weekends to accommodate participants for completion of follow-up interviews) and the RA must provide his/her own transportation. 

For additional information, and to apply, please submit a resume and cover letter by emailing Jennifer Wolff at and Jacqueline Nesi at

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Are you an undergraduate aged 18 or older? Are you interested in helping to build knowledge
of college student experiences? If so, consider taking the 15-minute College Student Personality, Mental Health, and Social Relationships Survey, available online at:

Participants can enter to win one of 5 $25 Barnes and Noble gift cards to thank them for their participation! *NOTE: This survey was initially offered during Fall 2019 and Spring 2020; if you have taken this survey previously, please DO NOT attempt to retake it.

For questions or more information, please contact:

Amanda L. C. Fontaine, M.A., ABD

Dept. of Sociology

University of New Hampshire

(401) 309-8559

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