Newsletter for Psychology Majors

 

New Yale Course Opporunities

Advising opportunities

The Academic Strategies Senior Thesis Peer Groups are designed to help students stay motivated and accountable while working on their senior theses (as a supplement to what the student is already doing with their advisor and the other supports offered by the major). The groups meet regularly throughout the semester to share strategies, support, solidarity, and accountability in the development and writing of the senior thesis. The sessions are facilitated by a senior Academic Strategies Peer Mentor, and offer a combination of group work time (with the support of a Writing Partner during some weeks), group discussion time (a collective sharing of ideas, experiences, current challenges), and advice on working through this process from the earliest stages to the end, in a curriculum developed in part by Yale students in response to their own experiences here, with the support of other faculty members, librarians, and staff.      

      

This semester, we will begin our meetings the week of February 7, 2022. Students may sign up here: https://forms.gle/aNtHujbYbC8cbEyR9  

The Academic Strategies Senior Thesis Peer Study Halls

The Academic Strategies Senior Thesis Peer Study Halls are designed to help students stay motivated and accountable while working on their senior theses. They will be held throughout the semester to give students a chance to help each other with solidarity and accountability in the development and writing of their senior theses. The sessions are facilitated by an Academic Strategies Peer Mentor.

This semester, we will begin our meetings on Monday, September 26, 7pm-9pm, at the Poorvu Center, room 120A. Snacks will be provided. 

Sign up here to keep informed about the meeting times for senior thesis study halls! https://forms.gle/A6FUaDZDmaNnim2HA

Register for the first one here!

Jobs, Fellowships, Internships & Ph.D. Programs

Postgraduate Research Associate at the Center for Neurostimulation in Epilepsy Yale Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

We are looking for a postgraduate research associate with interests in brain function, data science, and human patient interaction to join our group for 1-2 years. 

Some ongoing projects include seizure forecasting with long-term ambulatory intracranial EEG data, running and analyzing data from cognitive and brain mapping experiments in patients with implanted brain electrodes, managing clinical trials of neurostimulation for epilepsy, building and testing systems to interface with brain implanted neurostimulators, and developing databases of intracranial EEG recordings and implanted device activity. 

Prerequisites: 

1.     An undergraduate or masters degree (or equivalent experience) in a field such as neuroscience, cognitive science or psychology, statistics or data science, biomedical engineering, or computer science.

2.     Some comfort with Matlab, R, and/or Python programming 

3.     An interest in the human brain 

This would be a great opportunity for individuals interested in some experience before applying to MD or PhD programs. Please reach out to imran.quraishi@yale.edu for additional details.

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Dwight Hall Community Mental Health Fellows Program

This is a program that matches students with a mentor at the Connecticut Mental Health Center for the academic year. Mentors can have projects that are either research-focused (e.g. wet lab, clinical) or are service-focused (e.g. Hispanic Clinic, street outreach). There are also opportunities for students to engage in projects that focus on humanistically-oriented issues or even hospital administration. 
Fill out our application for the upcoming school year by the end of the day on Monday, April 4th. Questions can be directed to Caroline Yi, BS 22, caroline.yi@yale.edu.
 
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Full-time research assistants, RESTORE Laboratory at the University of Houston

RESTORE Laboratory at the University of Houston’s psychology department, under direction of Dr. Michael Zvolensky is currently hiring full-time research assistants.  For informaiton on how to apply, please visit:

https://uhs.taleo.net/careersection/ex1_uhs/jobdetail.ftl?job=STA009361&tz=GMT-05%3A00&tzname=America%2FChicago

https://uhs.taleo.net/careersection/ex1_uhs/jobdetail.ftl?job=STA009168&lang=en&sns_id=mailto#.YgKREAuvemM.mailto

https://uhs.taleo.net/careersection/ex1_uhs/jobdetail.ftl?job=STA009533&lang=en&sns_id=mailto#.Yjns5SqhxFQ.mailto

or contact:  Pamella Nizio, B.S. Laboratory Coordinator at niziopam@gmail.com

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Counselors, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) is recruiting Counselors (typically undergraduate students) for our Summer Treatment Program (STP). The STP is an award winning, evidence-based program for children ages 6-12 with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) developed by William Pelham, Ph.D. and colleagues. The STP has been listed in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

Counselors will receive extensive clinical training and approximately 250 hours of face-to-face clinical experience working with children with ADHD and related behavioral, social, and academic difficulties. Counselors are assigned to groups of 10-12 children, with 4-5 counselors per group. Counselors implement behavior modification procedures during sports, social skills training, art, and academic activities. Counselors will provide feedback to children and parents and record behavioral data for children in their groups. They also receive daily performance feedback from experienced staff members who provide live supervision. Safety protocols for COVID-19 will be in place including universal masking. COVID-19 vaccination is required of all Cincinnati Children’s employees, contractors, volunteers, vendors, and students who work onsite at any of the medical center’s facilities.

Counselors must be available to work full days from May 31st, 2022 through August 3rd, 2022. The beginning of employment will include a multi-day training session. Hired counselors will be responsible for reading the STP manual and memorizing some of the contents prior to beginning employment.

Undergraduate and graduate level students interested in Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, Education, Social Work, Psychiatry, or Pediatrics are encouraged to apply. Experience gained at the STP may also be beneficial in preparation for careers in education, mental health, physical education, recreational therapy, behavior analysis, social work, and counseling.

To apply or view more information, visit our website and complete the counselor application: www.cincinnatichildrens.org/stp

*We will review applications as we receive them and recommend applying as soon as possible.

You may e-mail ADHDSTP@cchmc.org with any questions.

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Full-time Research Assistant Cognitive Neuroscience of Affect, Memories and Stress (CAMS) Lab - Yale School of Medicine

The Cognitive Neuroscience of Affect, Memories, and Stress Lab, directed by Dr. Elizabeth Goldfarb, is seeking a full-time research assistant to begin in late spring/summer 2022! The lab studies why we remember certain parts of our experiences, how stress and affect change different memories, and how what we remember guides our behavior. We use novel behavioral tasks, neuroendocrine assays, psychophysiology, advanced functional neuroimaging (fMRI), machine learning, computational modeling, clinical populations, and real-world behavioral monitoring to understand these processes in everyday life and neuropsychiatric disorders.

We are committed to building an inclusive, thoughtful, rewarding, and intellectually stimulating environment, and the ideal candidate will contribute to this culture. Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, or related field; interest in cognitive neuroscience; and excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and time management skills. Competitive candidates will be curious, self-motivated, detail-oriented, and have prior research experience. This experience could include neuroimaging (e.g., fMRI data analysis in FSL, AFNI, or a similar platform), strong statistical and programming skills (e.g., R, MATLAB, Python), online data collection (e.g., jspsych), and familiarity with IRB protocol submissions. This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal (2-year commitment strongly preferred).

Responsibilities will include assisting with all aspects of research under the supervision of the PI, including designing and programming experiments; screening and recruiting participants; acquiring data (behavioral, psychophysiological, MRI, and online); managing and analyzing data; training and supporting new lab members; and performing administrative duties (e.g., assisting with IRB protocols and ordering supplies).

This position is ideal for those interested in pursuing graduate school in cognitive neuroscience or psychology. The research assistant will have opportunities to work on a variety of exciting research projects, and gain experience and skills working with multiple methodologies and diverse populations. The ideal candidate will likely make intellectual contributions to the lab’s research, which may result in opportunities to co-author manuscripts.

Applicants should send a cover letter (describing research experiences, interests, and long-term goals), CV, and contact information for 2-3 references to Elizabeth Goldfarb at elizabeth.goldfarb@yale.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please contact by Mar 1 for full consideration.

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The Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

The position is to work with pregnant women, their neonates, and children, to rate the developmental effects for the offspring of choline, a nutrient given to the mothers in pregnancy. Most of our research assistants spend a couple of years with us and then go to clinical or research graduate schools. More information and application instructions are here.

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2022 Summer Treatment Program
Staff Positions

The Center for Children and Families at Florida International University announces Summer Treatment Program Counselor, Research Assistant, and Teacher/Classroom Aide positions for 2022. The Summer Treatment Program (STP) provides services to children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, learning problems, and related behavior problems. The program provides treatment tailored to children’s individual behavioral and learning difficulties. The Center for Children and Families is directed by William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., who is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry. Greg Fabiano, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, oversees the Center for Children and Families of Western New York.

By participating in the STP, students will:

·        Learn evidence-based techniques for working with children who have disruptive behavior disorders

·        Gain valuable clinical and research experience to prepare for career and graduate school

·        Help children to improve their social skills, sports skills, and academic skills

·        Network with faculty members at the Center for Children and Families, as well as students from across the country.

Positions are available in three related programs serving children between the ages of 3-12. In each program, children and counselors are assigned to groups of four or five counselors and 10 to 15 children of similar age. Children participate in a variety of classroom-based and recreational activities. Staff members implement an extensive behavior modification treatment program during all program activities. The behavior modification program includes feedback and associated consequences for positive and negative behaviors, daily and weekly rewards for appropriate behavior, social praise and attention, appropriate commands, and age-appropriate removal from positive reinforcement. Staff members will also be responsible for recording, tracking, and entering daily records of children’s behavior and response to the treatment. Staff members will work under the supervision of experienced faculty and staff members and will receive regular feedback about their performance.

Experience in the STP may be helpful to prepare students for further study or employment in the fields of education, mental health, physical education, pediatrics, psychiatry, recreational therapy, behavior analysis, social work, counseling, and related areas. Staff members have uniformly reported the experience to be the most demanding but also the most rewarding clinical experience of their careers.

The STP will be conducted at our Miami, FL and Buffalo, NY locations. More than 100 positions are available. Positions are available for undergraduate students, postbaccalaureate students, and graduate students. Detailed descriptions of each program, position descriptions, and application instructions are available at: https://ccf.fiu.edu/summer-programs/index.html

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Neuroscience Research Associates Program, Neuroscience Institute at NYU

Currently seeking to hire outstanding college graduates as research associates, with positions starting Summer 2022. Technicians generally work in a lab for 2 years in preparation for applying to graduate school (PhD, MD/PhD). Attached is an announcement describing the position with instructions on how to apply. By creating one central place for applications, we hope to make it easier for promising candidates to apply. Additional information and link to application portal can be found on our webpage: https://med.nyu.edu/departments-institutes/neuroscience/education/resear…. Feel free to contact me if you (or interested students) have any questions in regards to the program.

 

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Conferences & Lectures

Other

Yale Spring Symposium for Underrepresented Minorities

The Spring Symposium gives selected Yale undergraduates the opportunity to present, discuss, and defend research across multiple disciplines including the sciences, social sciences, and humanities; faculty judges and attendees thoroughly enhance the experience for presenting students. 

Application Link: https://forms.gle/sYQqXdy72YkUUq246