Newsletter for Psychology Majors

Conferences & Lectures


Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal - Call for Submissions

Are you an undergraduate researcher interested in publishing your work? The Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal of Columbia University invites you to submit a research paper for publication in our journal for undergraduate students. CUSJ is a highly selective publication that aims to provide undergrads with the opportunity to share their scholarly research with a wider audience. The deadline for submissions to the 2019 issue of our journal is Sunday, March 3, 2019. More information about our journal and submission guidelines can be found on our website: https://cusj.columbia.edu.


Fellowships, Internships & Ph.D. Programs
 

Research Training Opportunity for Undergraduates | Ohio University

Our interdepartmental NSF Funded Summer Internship for Undergraduates is funded again for the upcoming summer. The internship focuses on child research, and here is some information on the program itself. 

Information can be found at the link https://www.ohio.edu/medicine/education/pre-med-education/summer-programs/nsf/

The program runs at Ohio University from late June to mid-August.  Students will complete an independent research project on treatment and services for children with social, emotional, and behavioral problems under guided mentorship of faculty in psychology or medicine. The hope is that this will allow them to gain intensive training in clinical research to prepare them for graduate school.  We also hope that they will get a presentation or publication out of their efforts.  We will offer $4000 stipends, housing, and 2 meals a day for the 7-week on site program.  We are specifically interested in recruiting students from diverse backgrounds, especially first-generation students or those who are strong critical thinkers despite having less resources in previous scholastic environments. We are also interested in students from many different disciplines, including psychology, biology, social work, education, pre-med, and nursing.

For additional information or if you have any questions about spending a summer in SE Ohio/rural Appalachia, please contact;

Julie A. Suhr, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of Clinical Training

Department of Psychology

Ohio University

(740) 593-1091

Graduate Student Opportunity at Penn State University

As a result of being awarded the P50 Capstone Center for Child Maltreatment Research and Training from NICHD (PI:Noll), Penn State’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) has several fully funded slots for new graduate students.  A broad description of opportunities is below. 

There are currently 3 faculty members in HDFS at Penn State whose work focuses on solving the complex problem of child abuse and neglect; Jennie Noll,  Chad Shenk, and Christian Connell .

The P50 grant establishes the Center for Healthy Children in the College of Health and Human Development which focuses on eradicating health disparities of children within the child welfare system. In collaboration with PA’s Department of Human Services, this group is conducting a large cohort study of 1200 children (900 abused and neglected children, along with 300 matched comparison children) who will take part in Penn State’s “Child Health Study”. This day-long program includes a comprehensive health screening of physical health, brain health, behavioral health, and emotional health. A major focus of this study is to understand the connection between the biologic embedding of stress and subsequent adverse health outcomes. Of particular importance are the ways in which malleable behavioral factors (healthy lifestyle and behaviors, personal agency, prosocial engagement, regulation) can mitigate the impact of biologic embedding. The study aims to inform novel interventions promoting resilience so that abused and neglected children have the best chance of leading healthy, productive lives.

The Center also includes a large focus on the ‘Bridge-to-Policy’ through the Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) model whereby researchers engage the child welfare community of practitioners and advocates to devise workable solutions that can spark dynamic change. There is also a large administrative data component to the Center where predictive models and predictive analytics are applied to state and federal administrative datasets to address pressing system-wide issues. The Center’s overarching goals are to translate research and solutions into messages that resonate with policy-makers and will implore a larger investment in child maltreatment prevention and treatment. 

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact and indicate interest in working with the following:

Jennie Noll: jgn3@psu.edu

Chad Shenk: ces140@psu.edu 

Christian Connell: cmc128@psu.edu

Visit http://hhd.psu.edu/hdfs/Graduate-Education for more information.

Summer Research Opportunity | Caltech

Caltech’s Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, medical engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university in the US at time of application, and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Support: Amgen Scholars will receive a $6350 award, round-trip air transportation, campus housing, and a food allowance.

Application:

Online applications are due February 15, 2019.

For more information, please visit

www.sfp.caltech.edu/programs/amgen_scholars

STAR U at Columbia University

STAR U is an NIH-funded summer research program aimed towards providing students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds in the biomedical sciences, with research experience in neuroscience and aging, mentorship, and professional development opportunities.  Any undergraduate student from a diverse background who is interested in pre-med/neuroscience is welcome to apply! We are currently accepting applications until February 15th.

For your reference, pleae visit our website, where students can apply online.

http://columbianeurology.org/education-and-training/summer-translational-aging-research-undergraduates-star-u

Undergraduate Summer Workshop in Interdisciplinary Mind and Brain Studies at the University of Pennsylvania

We are now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Summer Workshop in Interdisciplinary Mind and Brain Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, scheduled June 2-15, 2019. This year’s topics are (1) Language Science and Technology and (2) Minds in the World. Participants will attend lectures from distinguished researchers these fields, participate in labs and lab tours involving some of the latest technologies and research methods, and attend panel discussions on the future of interdisciplinary mind and brain studies as well as career and professional development in these fields.

Students with a strong interest in language science, cognitive science, computer science, psychology, and related fields are encouraged to apply. We also encourage students from underrepresented groups to apply. Summer Workshop participants will receive free room and board on campus, plus a travel stipend.

Applications are due March 1, 2019. For more information, and to apply, please visit our website: http://web.sas.upenn.edu/cogsci/summer/

If you have any questions, please contact us: IMBsummerworkshop@sas.upenn.edu

Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment | Mount Sinai  One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1230
New York, NY 10029 | theseavercenter@mssm.edu | 212-241-0961

Internship positions are available for undergraduates with an interest in psychology or related areas of study for the Summer of 2019 at the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Founded through the generous support of the Beatrice and Samuel A. Seaver Foundation, the Seaver Autism Center is home to a multidisciplinary team of experts who use genetics, molecular biology, model systems, neuroimaging, and experimental therapeutics to personalize the optimal treatment plan for each patient. Our Center also provides opportunities to participate in research studies that seek to better understand the causes of autism spectrum disorder and to improve treatment options. The Center is led by internationally renowned researchers in the field of autism: Joseph D. Buxbaum, PhD, Director, and Alex Kolevzon, MD, Clinical Director.
We are looking for highly responsible, organized individuals who are interested in a career in medicine, psychology, or clinical research.
Interns are responsible for assisting with data entry, organization of study materials, administrative duties, participant recruitment, accompanying patients to lab visits, and literature searches. They have opportunities to observe patient/doctor interactions (e.g., diagnostic assessments, intelligence testing) and attend research conferences/seminars.

A minimum of 3 months (typically a semester or a summer) of research experience is required and completion of Abnormal Psychology and Statistics is preferred.
We require a time commitment of about 10 hours per week, depending on the applicant’s availability and our needs. This is an unpaid internship. We are happy to provide letters of recommendation based on an intern’s work at the Center.
If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Lara Tang at lara.tang@mssm.edu. Please also specify when you would be able to start. Applications are due by February 15th.

PolyU CBS Summer School 2019

15 July – 9 August 2019 @ The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR

Language is one of the wonders of the natural world. Language distinguishes us from other animal species and makes us human. Meanwhile, language interacts with other cognitive domains, and reflects culture and social diversity.

The Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS) is pleased to offer two undergraduate courses and two postgraduate courses in the PolyU International Summer School 2019 under two themes:

  1. Language and Culture (two undergraduate courses)

  2. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience (two postgraduate courses)

These courses will offer you a window into language, brain and culture by considering such questions as:

  • How does language work?

  • How is language instantiated in the brain?

  • How does language reflect our cultural and social identity?

  • How does language shape us as humans?

By considering and addressing these questions in our summer school, you will have a clearer understanding of what language is really like.

Please do not hesitate to contact Dr Caicai Zhang at cbs.summer.school@polyu.edu.hk by e-mail or at (+852) 3400 8465 by phone.  More information may be found in our 2019 summer school website: http://www.cbs.polyu.edu.hk/2019summer-school/index.php.


Jobs

Clinical Research Coordinator Position (Full-Time)

Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, is accepting applications for a Clinical Research Coordinator position. Home Base is dedicated to healing the Invisible Wounds of War for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families through clinical care, wellness-based programs, community outreach, education, and research. For more information about our program, please visit our website at www.homebase.org.
The Clinical Research Coordinator will be responsible for managing outcomes assessments for clinical and educational programming at Home Base, as well as supporting a range of studies focusing on post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other service-related disorders frequently found in a veteran population or issues faced by military families. S/he may also be responsible for program oversight and related administrative duties, including grant preparation and hiring.
Duties and responsibilities (may include, but are not limited to):
• Study initiation and maintenance
• Assistance with the development and execution of reportable clinical and educational program outcome measures and associated report preparation
• Data collection, entry, cleaning, preparation, and analysis
• Assistance with presentations, posters, and manuscript preparation
• Preparation and modification of human research committee proposals
• Recruitment, screening, and monitoring of participants involved in study protocols or educational/clinical programming services
• Administrative and managerial tasks involved with the conduct of research
Qualified applicants must have achieved a B.A or B.S. in Psychology or a related field and should have prior research experience. Applicants are advised to apply by February 1, 2018. If the position remains available, we will review applications submitted after that date. This position offers valuable clinical research experience in preparation for applying to medical school or graduate school in clinical psychology, public health, or a related field. Applicants must be available to start in early June.

To apply:
1. Go to this URL: http://www.massgeneral.org/careers/viewall.aspx
2. Click “View and Apply for Open Positions” under “External Applicants”
3. Under the Job Search tab, please type 3081647 in the “Job Number” search box
4. Please select the position by clicking on the text “Clinical Research Coordinator” on the left
5. Click “apply online.” You will then need to register and follow the application instructions.
6. You may also apply through this link: https://partners.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=3081647&la…

If any students have questions regarding the position, they should feel free to contact me directly at ablackburn1@mgh.harvard.org.

5 year PhD program in Cognitive Science at the ENS

The program is the first of its kind in France, and we have designed it to make ourselves more competitive with similar American programs. Similarly to Yale, student funding will not be tied to any specific advisor, and students will be encouraged to work with multiple advisors.

The Institut Jean Nicod is one important part of the ENS (with an emphasis on philosophy, linguistics, and theoretically innovative psychology). We also have groups here specializing in cognitive neuroscience, vision science, and psycholinguistics. It is a dynamic and interesting place to work, and Paris is a great place to live (even with the occasional protest!).

Please visit https://graduateschool.dec.ens.fr for more information.

Camp Baker at Judge Baker Children’s Center

Camp Baker at Judge Baker Children’s Center currently has eighteen undergraduate-level summer training positions available. Camp Baker is a therapeutic summer program based off of the Summer Treatment Program (STP) and is specifically designed for 6-12 year old children with ADHD. The STP has positive effects on the serious behavioral, social, and academic difficulties exhibited by children diagnosed with ADHD.

Summer trainees at Camp Baker will implement the treatment program in a camp setting for children with ADHD. They will receive extensive training and experience implementing the research-based intervention. Students with STP experience are often highly sought-after in graduate training programs in clinical psychology, social work, medicine, and education. Previous trainees within Camp Baker have gone in to successful careers in all of these fields.

Camp Baker is currently accepting applications for two roles: 1) Undergraduate Counselor and 2) Teaching Assistant. Please visit our website for detailed job descriptions: https://jbcc.harvard.edu/employment-opportunities-sei. We believe students from the Yale University would make strong candidates for these positions.

All aspects of the training program are supervised by a licensed clinical psychologist. Trainees typically gain over 200 hours of experience providing treatment directly to children. Opportunities for participating in behavioral parent training are also available.

Trainees complete a week-long training prior to the start of treatment and receive ongoing supervision. Training begins Monday, July 1, 2019 with the July 4th holiday off. Camp Baker runs from Tuesday, July 10th and continues through Friday, August 16th, 2019. Trainees typically work from 7:30am until 4:30pm and stay from 7:30am-6pm one evening per week. The stipend for undergraduate-level positions this summer is $1,000.

The successful applicant demonstrates

  • Undergraduate-level study in Psychology, Education, Behavior Analysis, Social Work or a related field.
  • Experience working with children or adolescents in settings such as summer camps, after-school programs, sport programs, daycare programs, and educational programs.
  • Experience with activities such as organized sports activities, art, music, dance, theater, graphic design, photography, and videography.
  • Previous experience in teaching, refereeing, or coaching children is preferred.

Interested applicants should send

  • A cover letter describing your professional development goals and how Camp Baker might fit with those goals
  • A current CV
  • A de-identified assessment report, treatment report, or other psychology-related writing sample
  • The name and contact information for your practicum coordinator (for applicants looking to gain practicum or academic credit)
  • Three letters of recommendation (sent to Dr. Tannenbaum from the recommender directly)
  • to:           Sarah Tannenbaum, Psy.D.

                    Camp Baker

                    Judge Baker Children’s Center             

                    53 Parker Hill Avenue

                    Boston, MA 02120

                    campbaker@jbcc.harvard.edu

For more information, please visit our website: https://jbcc.harvard.edu/summer-enrichment-institute.

THE 2019 SUMMER INSTITUTE IN POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY

at Stanford University from August 4 – August 24, 2019

Applications are being accepted now for the 23rd Annual Summer Institute in Political Psychology, to be held at Stanford University August 4-24, 2019.

The Summer Institute offers 3 weeks of intensive training in political psychology. Political psychology is an exciting and thriving field that explores the origins of political behavior and the causes of political events, with a special focus on the psychological mechanisms at work.

Research findings in political psychology advance basic theories of politics and are an important basis for political decision-making in practice.

SIPP was founded in 1991 at Ohio State University, and Stanford has hosted SIPP since 2005, with support from Stanford University and from the National Science Foundation[AS1] . Hundreds of participants have attended SIPP during these years.

The 2019 SIPP curriculum is designed to (1) provide broad exposure to theories, empirical findings, and research traditions; (2) illustrate successful cross-disciplinary research and integration; (3) enhance methodological pluralism; and (4) strengthen networks among scholars from around the world.

SIPP activities will include lectures by world class faculty, discussion groups, research/interest group meetings, group projects, and an array of social activities.

Some of the topics covered in past SIPP programs include public attitudes and attitude change, race relations, conflict and dispute resolution, voting and elections, international conflict, decision-making, moral disengagement and violence, social networks, activism and social protest, political socialization, justice, and many more.

In 2019, SIPP will accept up to 60 participants, including graduate students, faculty, professionals, and advanced undergraduates. Please visit our website for more information and to find the application to attend: https://web.stanford.edu/group/sipp/cgi-bin/sipp/. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis until all slots are filled, so applying soon maximizes chances of acceptance. Any questions should be directed to: 2019SIPP@gmail.com.


Other

Interested in gaining research experience? Learning about ongoing research at Yale? Finding a thesis lab? 

Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, is holding a research opportunities mixer on Wednesday, 1/16 from 8-9 pm in the Silliman HoC House (71 Wall St). 

Research assistants, grad students, postdocs, and PIs from a variety of labs (psychology, neuroscience, etc.) will be there to mingle with you and explain their work in person. All are welcome - come learn about exciting research at Yale! This is ideal for anyone interested in research, as those attending are currently recruiting research assistants. And, yes, there will also be food. We hope to see you there!

Facebook event link here.