Newsletter for Psychology Majors

Jobs, Fellowships, Internships & Ph.D. Programs

Research Support Specialist at Stony Brook

Candidates are being considered for a part-time Research Support Specialist position in Dr. Matthew Lerner’s Social Competence and Treatment Lab in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University.  The position will also work with Dr. Jessica Schleider’s Lab for Scalable Mental Health as part of this project.
This position is to support a grant-funded study examining a brief intervention for teens with autism spectrum disorders.

For more information and to apply, please see here.

Additional details below:

Required Qualifications: (as evidenced by an attached resume)

Bachelor’s degree (foreign equivalent or higher), in hand, or to be obtained by August 1, 2019. Experience in a research setting with individuals with autism spectrum disorders (work experience, internship, student, training, etc will be considered). Experience demonstrating professional competence in research activities.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree (foreign equivalent or higher) in Psychology in hand, or to be obtained by August 1, 2019. Experience with computer-based data collection. Experience with intervention and/or assessment of youth with ASD. Experience working with children and/or families. Research experience. 

Brief Description of Duties

To assist in a study examining the outcomes of a brief intervention for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.  The successful incumbent will have excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, exercising strong organizational and time-management skills with an exceptional attention to detail. Essential for this role is the adeptness to work independently as well as part of a team with a collaborative approach to problem solving.  The selected candidate will be responsible for the following duties:

·       Scheduling

·       Coordinating contact with families.

·       Conducting research visits.

·       Training and mentoring.

·       Assist with managing interface across the PI and Co-I labs.

·       Assist with managing lab materials, ordering, and data.

·       Assist with IRB compliance, progress reports.

·       Other duties or projects as assigned as appropriate to rank and department mission.

Special Notes:

This is a part-time appointment.  The Research Foundation of SUNY is a private educational corporation.  Employment is subject to the Research Foundation policies and procedures, sponsor guidelines and the availability of funding.  FLSA non-exempt position, eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA.

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Job Description - Research Support Specialist (1902509)

Massachusetts General Hospital – Center for Women’s Mental Health

Clinical Research Coordinator Position Announcement

Program Description:

The Center for Women’s Mental Health is a clinical and research program within the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Our Program is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of psychiatric disorders associated with female reproductive function. The Center provides a range of clinical services to women which include: consultation regarding the use of psychiatric medications during pregnancy; treatment for postpartum mood and anxiety disorders; treatment for premenstrual syndrome; and treatment of menopause related mood and anxiety symptoms, sleep disorders, and hot flashes. The goal of our research division is to examine a wide range of questions which affect the lives of women with psychiatric conditions. Our research projects mirror the span of our center’s clinical expertise. For more information about the clinical and research program, please visit our website: www.womensmentalhealth.org.

Responsibilities:

The research coordinators in our Program are each assigned 1-2 active research projects and are responsible for the implementation of those projects under the guidance of the principal investigator(s) and the supervision of the senior research coordinator.

The research coordinators are primarily responsible for the following research activities:

·         Conducting research visits with study patients and study clinicians

·         Managing the recruitment, screening and enrollment of research patients

·         Administering psychiatric assessments

·         Phlebotomy and specimen preparation (a phlebotomy course is offered at MGH)

·         Data collection and entry, and database management

·         Preparation and submission of research protocols to the IRB

·         Ensuring compliance with the Partners IRB and other federal and institutional guidelines

·         Periodic special projects, such as a grant submission or a journal article submission

Work Environment:

Currently, our group is made up of four research coordinators, a senior research coordinator, a program assistant, a biostatistician, and eight psychiatrists, two of whom are principal investigators, including the Director. The research coordinators work closely with the study principal investigators and meet twice weekly as a group to review study progress. The group meets once a week for two hours to review clinical cases and ongoing research progress. This is a full-time hourly position with a 9:00-5:30 workday and a ½ hour unpaid lunch. Our Program is located in the Simches Research Building in a combined administrative and clinical space and all work is conducted on-site.

Qualifications:

We are looking for candidates who possess at least a bachelor’s degree. At least one year of research experience, paid or un-paid, is preferred but not required. Please include your undergraduate GPA in your application materials. The salary for this full-time position will start at $33,200 per year, and benefits are available. A two-year commitment is strongly preferred.

Skills:

·         Critical thinking skills and ability to independently resolve problems

·         Careful attention to details

·         Time management and ability to prioritize

·         Written and verbal communication skills

·         Microsoft Office and general computer literacy

·         Data management and analysis knowledge is advantageous though not required

Interested applicants may send cover letters and resumes to Lizzie Callaway via email to ecallaway@partners.org or via USPS to 185 Cambridge Street, Floor 2, Boston, MA 02114. 

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.

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.

Clinical Research Coordinator

Do you plan to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology? Are you passionate about psychotherapy research?

Join the Center for Psychotherapy Research at the University of Pennsylvania as a Clinical Research Coordinator!

Opportunities:

Our coordinators help organize and execute an NIMH and foundation-funded research program focused on evaluating the effectiveness and mechanisms of change of interventions for mental disorders, including studies of those with HIV and mental disorders. We primarily conduct our research in the community setting, partnering with a large community mental health clinic.

Duties include preparing study materials, managing diagnostic interviewers at community sites, documenting and reporting adverse events, coordinating study-related IRB paperwork, providing statistical summaries and reports of progress for studies, assisting with subject recruitment, assisting with coordination of database, assisting with data analysis and manuscript preparation.

Opportunities for presentation and publication are available.

Qualifications:

This position is a fantastic fit for a recent college graduate with a psychology degree and interest in pursuing graduate education in clinical psychology (2019 seniors, please apply!). By your first day, you must hold a BA or BS, preferably in psychology.

Candidates must be able to work independently, communicate effectively, and be detail-oriented. Candidates are required to be computer literate and have working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel packages. Knowledge of SPSS a plus.

Interested?

Please promptly send a cover letter and CV/resume to Aggie Rieger at agrieger@pennmedicine.upenn.edu. Be sure to highlight your previous research experience. No calls, please.

Part-time (on-campus) fall term opportunity with a mental health incubator   

Ignite Mental Health is a non-profit mental health incubator and venture builder, focused on accelerating solutions in mental health on university campuses throughout the United States. They have several openings for part-time on-campus term positions ‘Mental Health Campus Leader’ & ‘Social Impact Campus Change Maker’ which you can also learn more at http://bit.ly/IgnitePosition

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