Newsletter for Psychology Majors

 

Conferences & Lectures

The Yale Medical Student Psychiatry Association will be hosting an interactive discussion in the ” Cinema and Psychiatry” series this Thursday, May 31st from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Ellen Hope Building 203 on the Yale Medical Campus. Food, beverages, and desserts will be served.

Please see the attached flier below for details.

Michael Nedelman is a CNN producer who will be coming from Atlanta to speak with us. It should be an engaging discussion surrounding issues of mental health stigma in society and in the media. Michael will utilize the lens of popular movie depictions of mental health to spark group discussion. Discussion will include: what is the medical provider’s role when a movie portrays a controversial depiction of mental health?

If there is interest, Michael will also discuss how to get involved in media pursuits as a clinical provider and how one can best navigate translating between the communication styles of physicians and journalists.

Here is the article Michael published last year: https://www.cnn.com/2017/01/23/health/shyamalan-split-movie-dissociative-identity-disorder/index.html


 

Fellowships & Ph.D. Programs
 

2018-2019 School Psychology Ph.D. Program Enrollment | University of Minnesota

College of Education and Human Development
Contact: Amanda Sullivan School Psychology Program Coordinator & Associate Professor University of Minnesota

 


Jobs
 

Research Assistant Position: ASD Development Lab at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain | Weill Cornell Medicine

The ASD Development Lab (PI: So Hyun “Sophy” Kim, Ph.D.) at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB; Director: Catherine Lord, Ph.D.) at Weill Cornell Medicine is currently seeking full-time research assistants to work on research studies on children and adults with autism spectrum disorders including a newly NIMH funded study (PI : Sophy Kim).  The RA’s primary responsibilities include behavioral coding, subject recruitment, testing participants with standardized assessments as well as play based assessments, managing and analyzing datasets, preparing and maintaining IRB protocols, and running ERP/EEG tasks. The RA will be working with individuals with autism with varying levels of language and cognitive abilities. The expected start date for the position is Spring/Summer 2018. See below for more details. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual who would like to gain research experience prior to attending graduate school. 

Interested applicants should send a CV, names and contact information for 2 references, and a cover letter describing relevant experience, interests, and long-term goals to Sophy Kim (sok2015@med.cornell.edu).

Position Activities:

·         Codes videos of parent child interactions using newly developed treatment outcome measures

·         Recruits subjects for research studies based on study recruitment criteria.

·         Maintains paper and electronic research and clinical records in accordance with Medical College  

           policies and procedures.

·         Organizes, schedules, and conducts clinical research assessments using specialized interviews and

           psychological assessment measures.

·         Conducts literature searches and provides manuscript preparation support.

·         Assists with preparation of grant proposals and IRB applications and amendments.

·         Collects and updates data sets including test scores, demographics, and training records.

·         Enters data into databases.

·         Carries out and prepares written reports of simple statistical analyses.

·         Prepares PowerPoint presentations.

·         Run ERP/EEG sessions with young children.

·         Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

·         Bachelor’s degree in psychology or related field and related experience.

·         Transportation required for local travel.

Highly Desired Requirements:

·         Experience with autism or with children and families with developmental disabilities or mental   

          health issues preferred.

·         Previous research experience and experience with ERP/EEG experiments.

·         Ability to speak Spanish.

Skills and Abilities:

·         Superior interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.

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

·         Must be able to coordinate a large data set with accuracy and provide timely dissemination of information arising from it.

Note: 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.

Contact: Please send cover letters and resumes to Sophy Kim sok2015@med.cornell.edu.

 

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 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 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 manage and analyze data, help with manuscript and grant preparation, and perform various administrative tasks as needed.  The RA will also have opportunities to assist with testing other neuropsychological patients (e.g., hemispatial neglect, traumatic brain injury) and implementing individualized 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 in Jamaica Plain.  We are looking for someone who can start in mid-summer 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. 

**Minorities, women, and members of other under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. We are able to sponsor non- US citizens. Salary: 40K plus full benefits.

If interested, please contact Dr. Joe DeGutis (degutis@hms.harvard.edu).

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

Characterizing and Enhancing Attentional and Cognitive Impairments in Veterans

Objectives: 1) To further develop and test an attention training program aimed at enhancing sustained attention/inhibitory control and functional outcomes in Veterans undergoing a residential substance abuse rehabilitation program. 2) To use fMRI to better characterize trauma-related cognitive impairments and clinical disorders, such as PTSD. 3) To perform non-invasive brain stimulation (e.g., transcranial magnetic/electrical stimulation) further improve attention in neuropsychiatric (substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder) and healthy populations.

Description: This position will involve administering pre/post cognitive tests and overseeing participants’ use of an innovative computer-based attention training program while they go through a residential substance abuse rehabilitation program at the Boston VA hospital.  Under the supervision of Dr. Joe DeGutis, the RA will manage and analyze data, help with manuscript and grant preparation, and perform various administrative tasks as needed.  This position will also entail the collection and analysis of fMRI as well non-invasive brain stimulation data. Under the supervision of Dr. Mike Esterman, the RA will execute non-invasive brain stimulation studies, both transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial electrical stimulation, in healthy and patient populations.  This will entail performing MRI scans and neuroimaging analyses. Additionally, 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 in Jamaica Plain.  We are looking for someone who can start summer of 2018, and commit to two years. The position will provide an excellent opportunity for training in the fields of cognitive neuroscience, cognitive rehabilitation, neuropsychology, and substance abuse, 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 required: The candidate must be highly organized and have excellent people skills. Technical skills such as knowledge of statistical methods and programming are also a plus.  Salary: 36.9K plus full benefits.

If interested, please contact Dr. Joe DeGutis (degutis@hms.harvard.edu).


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