Newsletter for Psychology Majors

Jobs, 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.

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.

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 | Stanford University | 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.

The Anxiety and Complicated Grief Program

Led by Dr. Naomi Simon at NYU School of Medicine is seeking applicants for the Research Data Associate position to start in Summer 2019. The Research Data Associate will provide support for the coordination of studies focusing on the phenomenology, biology, and treatment of anxiety, grief, and stress related disorders. Applicants must be available to start the position in June 2019.

Responsibilities

• Assists in the coordination of federally-sponsored and privately-funded research on the etiology and treatment of anxiety, traumatic stress disorders, and complicated grief, including oversight of research data, organization of regulatory binders and study folders, and management of study databases

• Serves as the liaison between the Principal Investigator and Institutional Review Board. Responsibilities include preparing and modifying ethics committee proposals and communicating with the IRB regarding ongoing studies

• Assists with the design and management of advertisement campaigns to recruit specific populations for research studies

• Performs data entry, cleaning, and analysis

• Conducts literature reviews for grant submissions and ongoing research work at the program under the direction of the Principal Investigator

• Assists in dissemination efforts on finding of research studies, including preparation of posters, presentations, and manuscripts

• Conducts phone interviews to assess fit with study inclusion/exclusion criteria and match participants to studies for initial screening visit

• Observe and assist with treatment groups, as necessary for ongoing treatment studies

• Provides referrals for patients who do not qualify for current research studies

• Acts as the primary research contact for patients enrolled in studies

• Manage patient charts and coordinates visit schedules

• Administers laboratory tests, including vital signs, electrocardiogram, urine toxicology, and phlebotomy

• Collects and processes patient blood and saliva samples

Qualifications

• To qualify you must have a BA or BS in psychology or related field

• Minimum of two years of progressively responsible project coordination experience, preferably in a research setting.

• Excellent interpersonal skills for work in collaborative research environment and with clinical population

• Attentive to detail and flexible in fast-pace work environment

• Exceptional organizational and time-management skills

• Statistical knowledge and experience with data management and analysis

• Competency in Microsoft Office, as well as standard statistical analysis tools

• Proficient written and verbal communication skills

• Prior experience working in research laboratory or related clinical setting preferred

Interested applicants should email the program coordinator, Rebecca Lubin, at Rebecca.Lubin@nyumc.org with their cover letter, unofficial transcript, and curriculum vitae or résumé.

Are you curious about how wake-time emotion regulation and sleep-time processes interact?

Desired (but not required) skills/experience:

• Prior research (or relevant work) experience

• Be at least an upperclassman in a BA program

• Data Analysis and coding experience

Required time commitment:

• 6 months (12 month ideal)

• 20 hours per week minimum

This position would be excellent for anyone who:

• Is curious about emotions, sleep, and bruxism

• Desires clinical experience (conducting phone screens and interviews, interacting with participants, etc.)

• Is interested in brain monitoring equipment and data collection (EEG, PSG, EMG, etc.)

• Needs flexible hours (shifts available in evenings, mornings, Fridays, weekends, etc.)

• Seeks a close-knit, supportive work environment

• Would like to be part of a stable, long-term project

To apply please email your CV and a statement of interest to homesleep_ra@lists.stanford.edu

Volunteer Opportunity for Students: Huneebee Project

The Yale Child Study Center is piloting a social enterprise initiative, and will be launching the second iteration of the project this March. They are seeking an undergraduate or graduate level student to help with programming and grant writing.

The initiative, Huneebee Project, seeks to involve youth and young adults in New Haven, Connecticut with past or present foster care involvement, child protective involvement, and/or developmental trauma histories in 4-month-long therapeutic job skills training programs. We refer to participants in these programs as “Beekeepers in Residence.” Youth experience hands on training on beekeeping practices and relevant job skills, while being supported in developing body and emotional awareness, regulation strategies, and mindfulness practices. Each participant graduates the program with an increased capacity for relationship building, increased sense of self efficacy and empowerment, an understanding of the role of the honey bee in nature and the many benefits of pollinators, identified personal skills and interests, and a completed resume.

Each Huneebee Project cohort builds, paints, installs, and maintains honey bee hives in community gardens throughout New Haven. The Project also seeks to provide employment opportunities to graduates and to engage the broader communities in seminars and workshops at the designated garden sites. Products harvested from our gardens, such as honey and beeswax, are sold and proceeds fund programming.

We have been fortunate to have partnered with the Yale Child Study Center, New Haven Land Trust, Backyard Beekeepers Association, and Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, and are excited about our future and continuing to grow and develop community relationships.

For more information please see IG @huneebeeproject and on Facebook, or contact sarah.j.taylor@yale.edu or at sarah@huneebeeproject.com.

Massachusetts General Hospital | Center for Women’s Mental Health | Clinical Research Coordinator

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 $31,200 per year, and benefits are available. Candidates who can start as soon as possible are preferred. 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.

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.

Research Assistant Position | Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging | Massachusetts General Hospital | Boston

Applications are invited for a research assistant position available starting May or June 2019 at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (http://www.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu) at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Our laboratory within the Center for Integrative Pain NeuroImaging (CiPNI, http://scholar.harvard.edu/cipni) focuses on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of chronic pain, its influence on autonomic nervous system activity, and its treatment by different non-pharmacological therapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy and acupuncture. This position will involve the application of state-of-the-art fMRI and EEG imaging methods in conjunction with autonomic monitoring under the supervision of Lab Director, Dr. Vitaly Napadow. Responsibilities will involve acquiring and analyzing data, administrative coordination, and working with different chronic pain patient populations.

Positions are for one year, renewable for up to two years upon mutual agreement; however, a two-year commitment is preferred. Candidates should have a B.S. or M.S. in biological sciences, psychology, engineering or related fields conferred prior to the position start date. Experience in computer programming and image processing is beneficial. It is preferred, but not required, that applicants will have familiarity with fMRI analysis software including FSL, AFNI, and Freesurfer. Massachusetts General Hospital is an equal opportunity employer.  Full-time employees receive full benefits, competitive salaries, and excellent resources for career development. Interested persons should send their CV, including GPA, and a brief statement of interest to Michael Berry at the following email: mpberry@mgh.harvard.edu.

Research Professional | The University of Chicago | Booth School of Business

5807 South Woodlawn Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60637
Contact: Stephen.Lamb@chicagobooth.edu

Professors Daniel Bartels, Abigail Sussman, and Oleg Urminsky are looking for a full-time research assistant for a period of one year with the option to renew for a second year. The preferred start date is July 1, 2019, although we are willing to accommodate an earlier or later start. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. The first review will be on March 10.
The ideal candidate will be inquisitive, resourceful, and analytical, with an entrepreneurial spirit. Applicants should have (i) the ability to work independently to solve problems (ii) a strong quantitative background including programming skills, (iii) background in experimental research and (iv) a long-term interest in pursuing a PhD in marketing, psychology, or behavioral economics.
The Research Professional will work on a number of new and ongoing projects in marketing, psychology, and behavioral economics, with a focus on consumer financial decision making. The emphasis will be on the management and analysis of research studies conducted online, in the research lab and in field settings.
If interested, please fill out this form at https://goo.gl/forms/ihZYnTn7VQPdTcq03. Your application is not complete until submission of the form. You must also fill out a formal application at https://uchicago.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/External/job/Hyde-Park-Campus/Res…. Please submit all ancillary materials (resume, cover letter, postsecondary transcripts (unofficial are fine)) in the Resume/CV field. You may upload multiple files.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC)

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) is looking to recruit Counselors (typically undergraduate students) and Lead (typically graduate students) Counselors for our Summer Treatment Program (STP). The STP is an award winning, evidence-based program for children ages 7-12 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 10-15 children, with 5-6 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.

Counselors must be available to work from May 23, 2019 through July 31, 2019. 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. Counselor hours of employment are typically from 7:45 am to 5:30 pm, Thursdays from 7:45 am to 6:30 pm, and Fridays from 7:45 am to 3:45 pm. All counselors are paid an hourly wage with overtime benefits.

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 and can serve as an opportunity to obtain a recommendation for work or graduate school. Positions are competitive and offers will be made until positions are filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply now. 

CCHMC is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country with a reputation for excellence and innovation in research, clinical care, teaching, and training. CCHMC was recently ranked second of pediatric hospitals by the US News & World Report, and ranks third among pediatric medical centers in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.

*Out of town applicants are encouraged to apply, summer housing information is available!

To apply, visit our website and download the counselor application:

www.cincinnatichildrens.org/stp

Please e-mail Caitlyn Clark (ADHDSTP@cchmc.org) with any questions!

The Cognition, Attention, and Brain (CAB) Lab

Directed by Monica Rosenberg in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago, is seeking a full-time research assistant/lab manager for a targeted start date of summer 2019. The CAB Lab explores how we pay attention, and how insights from attention research can help improve focus. A primary goal of our research is using functional MRI to discover what we can learn about individuals from their unique patterns of brain activity, and what this can tell us about the nature of the brain and mind.

The ideal candidate for this position will have a bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, engineering, or a related field. Strong organizational and communication skills are essential. Additional highly desired qualifications include strong computational and coding skills (e.g., MATLAB, Python, shell scripting), experience working with human participants, familiarity with neuroimaging analysis software (e.g., AFNI, FSL, SPM), and experience with Psychtoolbox and/or PsychoPy.

Responsibilities will include assisting with all aspects of research, including designing and programming experiments; recruiting, scheduling, and running participants; analyzing behavioral, fMRI, and eye-tracking data; managing large-scale neuroimaging datasets; and overseeing day-to-day lab operations (e.g., compiling information for IRB submissions and reviews, ordering supplies, maintaining the lab website). This is an ideal position for individuals preparing for graduate school in cognitive neuroscience.

To apply, please email Monica Rosenberg at mdrosenberg@uchicago.edu with a CV, cover letter, and contact information for references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled.

Summer Institute in Bioethics

Yale is offering a Summer Institute in Bioethics that we believe would be a wonderful summer opportunity for your students.

The 14th annual Summer Institute in Bioethics, offered by Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, will take place from June 10 - July 27, 2019. This 7-week program is for graduate students, professional students, and select undergrads.

We also offer a four-day program called “Foundations of Bioethics” that gives a comprehensive overview of the field and its history. Our programs are known for our engaging and approachable faculty, an enthusiastic alumni network, and opportunities to network with faculty and participants from all over the globe.

The full 7-week program provides up to 200 contact hours. Each day starts with an engaging lecture on bioethics that varies from “Ethical Implications of Vaping” to “Ethics of Lethal Autonomous Weapons.” In the afternoon, students attend seminars led by our esteemed faculty and visiting scholars from across the globe. Seminar topics include the ethics of time travel, clinical ethics, medical humanities in Spanish, bioethics and the law, animal ethics, data ethics, neuroethics, research ethics, and so much more. Please click here for the descriptions of all our various seminars.

At the end of the program, all students present a poster at Yale School of Medicine, and some students work 1:1 with faculty to write an academic publication during the program. The summer institute can serve as the launching ground to a rewarding career in bioethics. Several students from our 2017 class recently presented their work at Oxford, and many of our 2015-2018 students just presented their work at UNESCO’s annual bioethics conference.

We had several Yalies participate in our 2018 program and would be happy to connect you with any of them to talk about the program.

Scholarships for Yale students are still available!  Visit our website to learn more, or email us at bioethics@yale.edu

Weill Cornell Medical College | Research Assistant

Department: Psychiatry    Division: Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry

Under general supervision, assists in performance of NIMH-funded research studies of depression treatment among underserved older adults being served by elder abuse and case management agencies in New York City and Westchester County.

Position Activities

  • Screens and recruits potential study subjects in the community.
  • Performs on-site and in-home structured clinical assessments to assist in determination of patient diagnosis.
  • Administers research battery of additional measures on depression severity, suicidal ideation, cognitive functioning, medical comorbidity, physical functioning, social support, etc.
  • Develops and prepares data collection sheets according to protocol requirements.
  • Reviews data for accuracy, maintains records of study data, and assists in data entry.
  • Tracks patients over time for follow-up assessments.
  • Attends team meetings to gather and present information.
  • Assists in preparation of research documentation including IRB protocols.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

*College degree

*Public transportation between appointments (or own car)

Highly Desired Requirements

*Prior research experience

*Prior experience with clinical populations

Skills and Abilities

*Superior interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.

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

Note: This position involved time both in NYC and in White Plains (Westchester County) NY.  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.

Please send cover letters and resumes to chm2072@med.cornell.edu

Child Study Center at NYU Langone Health | Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Job Description for Research Assistant
2 Full-time positions available
Salary: $42,900
Start date: May 1 or sooner

Description: The Research Assistant will have opportunities to work on a variety of projects within a newly funded NIMH Center for Research on Implementing and Disseminating Accelerator Strategies in States to Improve Systems Serving Children, Youth, and Families
(IDEAS2) (PI and Director: K. Hoagwood). Our work focuses on improving the scaling of policy-relevant and evidence-based health and mental health services across multiple systems serving children and families nationwide. The RA will be expected to work collaboratively with a group of state and national research collaborators, research program staff within the IDEAS2 group in the Dept of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, OMH personnel, and other participants in our projects. The RA will work on several research projects to develop and test implementation accelerants that improve child and family outcomes. There is also the potential for work on a statewide training program in evidence based practices for use in children’s mental health treatment settings, and a project examining the use of equine-facilitated cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for youth with symptoms of anxiety.

Overall Job Responsibilities: The individual must have strong organizational, analytic, and communication skills, as they will be tracking and managing large amounts of project information and working on a multi-site team. The RA will coordinate meetings and trainings, participate in subject recruitment, and conduct various forms of data collection. The individual will also assist in data entry, data management, and other aspects of the research process including IRB submissions, recruitment, literature reviews, manuscript editing, etc. Overall, the candidate will work closely with multiple project teams and be responsible for assisting in the coordination and organization of projects, including administrative tasks across all projects within the Center.

Education: Bachelor’s degree (can be awarded in May 2019) in psychology, education, child
development or related field preferred.
Experience and expectations:
• Previous experience working in a research setting; data management is a plus
• Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and statistical software. Knowledge of Redcap is a plus.
• Exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills
• Able to work productively in a team environment or independently
• Ability to multitask and meet deadlines
• Comfort interacting with community, agency, and hospital personnel and must have a professional demeanor in these interactions
• The position may require off-site travel to sites within NYC and across New York state
• Minimum two year commitment required, on course for doctoral program

Application Instructions:
Please send CV with cover letter to Nicole.Wang@nyulangone.org and reference the position in the subject line.

Full-time Research Assistant Position Available | Department of Psychiatry

For graduating Seniors only.

A full-time research assistant position (postgraduate associate) is available at Yale University School of Medicine for NIH-funded research projects. Research involves investigating neural correlates of emotion, stress, and hormones using the combination of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and other techniques such as cardiac and hormonal monitoring. We also use a smartphone app to understand brain-behavior relationships.

Qualifications:
 - Bachelor’s degree (related fields such as pre-medical, psychology, neuroscience,
   biology, computer science, or other fields with relevant experience)
 - Academic excellence Or excellent computer programming skills
 - Strong computer and data organization skills
 - Comfortable with various software packages
 - Motivated to learn more about medical and biological research
 - Good interpersonal and communication skills

Responsibilities:
 - Data collection and analysis (neuroimaging, smartphone app)
 - Assisting in MRI scanning and research
 - Subject recruitment and data management
 - Opportunities to work with various healthy individuals and clinical patients.

The anticipated start date is around June or July 2019, but can be flexible.

Interested candidates should send a statement of purpose and curriculum vitae (including GPA) to Dongju Seo (dongju.seo@yale.edu), Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. For further information, please contact Dr. Seo.

Research Assistant Position | Memory Disorders Research Center

The Memory Disorders Research Center at VA Boston Healthcare System is seeking a college graduate with background in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or related field to serve as a full-time research assistant in our laboratory. Coursework in experimental design, statistics, memory and cognition desirable. Anticipated starting date is early summer 2019.
Responsibilities include:

• Recruiting and scheduling research participants, including elderly individuals and
patients with memory disorders.
• Administering and scoring neuropsychological tests.
• Assembling, administering, and scoring computer-based experiments.
• Maintaining and verifying the accuracy of databases.
• Conducting statistical analyses.
• Performing administrative tasks related to laboratory management and human
research compliance.
• Driving to testing sites (a valid drivers license is required).

The position offers unique opportunities to become actively involved in cognitive neuroscience research and to be part of a lively and productive research group.  The candidate must possess strong organizational and communication skills, and must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Prior independent research or clinical experience is highly recommended. A 2-year commitment is preferred.

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest describing qualifications for the position, a transcript, and a resume to Dr. Mieke Verfaellie (verf@bu.edu). Three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to Dr. Verfaellie.
Dr. Mieke Verfaellie
VA Boston Healthcare System
Memory Disorders Research Center (151-A)
150 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02130
https://www.bu.edu/mdrc/

Johns Hopkins Schizophrenia Center | Research Program Assistant II

The Johns Hopkins Schizophrenia Center is hiring a Research Program Assistant II

Employee group: Full-Time
Schedule (hours/days): M-F 9:00am – 5pm

General summary/purpose: The Research Program Assistant II will be responsible for coordination of clinical and translational research program, mainly including the coordination in the recruitment of research subjects for multiple studies, under the supervision of the PI.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Participant screening and recruitment using telephone screening interviews and prepared eligibility checklists, enrolling participants, and accompanying participants to scheduled study appointments.

• Performing individual screenings, consenting participants as appropriate, conducting study-related interviews with symptom severity screenings, collecting patient records, maintaining subject ascertainment in specific databases, reimbursing participants for completion of study visits, and organizing/preparing test materials for data entry.

• Assisting the PI in preparing and organizing IRB-associated materials and assist with organization, management, and analysis of the data.

• Preparing minutes of each group meeting.

• Participate in study group in preparing manuscripts and presentation materials, including literature searches

Mandatory Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Public Health, or other related discipline. Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications: Two years of related experience.

Please send a resume and cover letter to Rebecca Schaub and Alexandra Kelly at JHSZC.RAs@gmail.com if interested in the position.

Full-time Research Assistants (RAs) | Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior  | Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Seeking full-time Research Assistants (RAs) for suicide and depression research in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Overview:

RAs will work under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Liu at Bradley Hospital assisting with three NIMH-funded studies: (i) examining the interrelationship between life stress and impulsivity in accounting for recurrent suicidal behavior in adolescent inpatients within a multi-wave, prospective design; (ii) evaluating the potential for transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to modulate impulsive cognition and behavior in adolescent suicide attempters, within a three-group randomized design, through specific neural pathways, as assessed with electroencephalography (EEG)/event-related potentials (ERPs); and (iii) using computational psychiatry to characterize neurocognitive processes underlying short-term risk for suicidal behavior in adolescents. We have a fourth study focused on delineating the pathophysiology underlying the relation between dysregulation of the gut microbiome (dysbiosis) and depression in young adults. Our lab also uses mobile technology (e.g., EMA) in the study of depression and suicide.

Duties & Responsibilities:  
Responsibilities will include: data collection and management; participant recruitment, retention, and reimbursement; interfacing with the hospital clinical staff and participants recruited from the adolescent inpatient units; supervision of undergraduate volunteers; and IRB submissions and modifications. There may be opportunities to conduct independent research, submit presentations to national conferences, and prepare manuscripts for publication. This position is particularly suited for individuals interested in gaining research and clinical experience prior to graduate or medical school.

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in psychology or related field, be very detail oriented, have excellent oral and written communication skills, and be able to work autonomously as well within a collaborative team environment. Experience with data management and statistical software (e.g., SPSS, Mplus, R) and with writing scripts in E-Prime are preferred but not required.

Application information:

This position(s) will begin summer 2019. To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV to: teenmoodandbehavior@brown.edu

Child Study Center at NYU Langone Health | Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

2 Full-time positions available | Salary: $42,900 | Start date: Ideally May 1 or sooner

Description: The Research Assistant will have opportunities to work on a variety of projects within a newly funded NIMH Center for Research on Implementing and Disseminating Accelerator Strategies in States to Improve Systems Serving Children, Youth, and Families (IDEAS2) (PI and Director: K. Hoagwood). Our work focuses on improving the scaling of policy-relevant and evidence-based health and mental health services across multiple systems serving children and families nationwide. The RA will be expected to work collaboratively with a group of state and national research collaborators, research program staff within the IDEAS2 group in the Dept of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, OMH personnel, and other participants in our projects. The RA will work on several research projects to develop and test implementation accelerants that improve child and family outcomes. There is also the potential for work on a statewide training program in evidence based practices for use in children’s mental health treatment settings, and a project examining the use of equine-facilitated cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for youth with symptoms of anxiety.

Overall Job Responsibilities: The individual must have strong organizational, analytic, and communication skills, as they will be tracking and managing large amounts of project information and working on a multi-site team. The RA will coordinate meetings and trainings, participate in subject recruitment, and conduct various forms of data collection. The individual will also assist in data entry, data management, and other aspects of the research process including IRB submissions, recruitment, literature reviews, manuscript editing, etc. Overall, the candidate will work closely with multiple project teams and be responsible for assisting in the coordination and organization of projects, including administrative tasks across all projects within the Center.

Education: Bachelor’s degree (can be awarded in May 2019) in psychology, education, child development or related field preferred.

Experience and expectations:
• Previous experience working in a research setting; data management is a plus
• Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and statistical software. Knowledge of Redcap is a plus.
• Exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills
• Able to work productively in a team environment or independently
• Ability to multitask and meet deadlines
• Comfort interacting with community, agency, and hospital personnel and must have a professional demeanor in these interactions
• The position may require off-site travel to sites within NYC and across New York state
• Minimum two year commitment required, on course for doctoral program

Application Instructions: Please send CV with cover letter to Nicole.Wang@nyulangone.org and reference the position in the subject line.

Full-time Research Assistant Position | Harvard Medical School/Boston VA Medical Center

Measuring Behavioral and Neural Changes after Cognitive Training in Prosopagnosia
Objectives of the Project: 1) To test a cognitive training program aimed at enhancing face processing and functional outcomes in  developmental prosopagnosics (individuals with severe lifelong face recognition difficulties). 2) To record EEG as well as MRI/fMRI/DTI and eye-tracking during face processing tasks before and after training to understand the neural changes related to behaviorally-relevant  changes in face processing. 3) To measure behavioral and neural differences between prosopagnosics and controls.

Description: We are looking for a highly motivated, organized research assistant to join our team and be involved in all aspects of this innovative cognitive training study. In particular, the research assistant will perform and assist postdoctoral fellows in collecting/analyzing structural (MRI, DTI) and functional neuroimaging data (fMRI, EEG). This position will involve recruiting prosopagnosics, administering pre/post cognitive tests, and overseeing prosopagnosics’ use of an innovative computer-based training program aimed at improving face processing. The RA will also perform pre/post neuroimaging, including MRI scans (structural MRI, DTI, fMRI) and EEG sessions. The RA will also manage and analyze data, help with manuscript and grant preparation, and perform administrative tasks as needed. The RA will also have opportunities to assist with implementing novel treatment programs. Finally, the RA will have chances to author papers and present his/her work at local and national conferences. This position will be based at the Boston VA Medical Center inJamaica Plain. We are looking for someone who can start as soon as possible and commit for at least one year. The position will provide an excellent opportunity for training in the fields of cognitive neuroscience, cognitive rehabilitation, and neuropsychology and will uniquely prepare the individual for cognitive, clinical, or neuroscience graduate school programs.

Background required: College degree in psychology, neuroscience or related field and interest in making a career in such a field. Previous research experience.

Skills: The candidate must be highly organized and have excellent people skills. Technical skills such as knowledge of neuroimaging techniques, statistical methods, and programming are also a plus.

Salary: 42K plus full benefits

*Minorities, women, and members of other under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. We are able to sponsor non- US citizens.

If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to Dr. Joe DeGutis (degutis@hms.harvard.edu).

Conferences & Lectures

Undergraduate Research Conference Opportunity: Call for Submissions

The Ivy League Undergraduate Research  Symposium (ilurs.org) is now accepting abstract submissions for ILURS 2019, which will take place on April 19-21 at the University of Pennsylvania.

The ILURS Council and Board of Directors have worked tirelessly to provide Ivy League scholars with the most intriguing and stimulating symposium experience across the Ivy League, and we are confident that the symposium’s diversity and size will stimulate researchers and inspire interdisciplinary academic discourse. This year’s symposium will provide distinguished undergraduate researchers with opportunities to present their research, network with other scholars, learn about post-graduate opportunities, and engage with professors and research professionals.

New to ILURS 2019 are the Poster Presentation Awards & Plenary Presentation Awards. Judged by a panel of esteemed University of Pennsylvania faculty, ILURS attendees will have the opportunity to be recognized for their exceptional research. 5 awards will be given in each poster presentation category and 3 overall awards will be presented for plenary presenters.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at ilurs@ilurs.org.  We thank you for your interest and support, and we look forward to your submission!

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