Research Assistantships


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  1. The Program for Anxiety, Cognition and Treatment (PACT) Lab at the University of Virginia, under the direction of Bethany Teachman, Ph.D, seeks applicants for a full-time Lab Coordinator/Research Assistant to start June 1, 2015 (though specific start date is negotiable). The grant funding this position involves development of a web-based research infrastructure to study the effects of cognitive bias modification to reduce symptoms of anxiety. More generally, the lab investigates cognitive processes that contribute to the development and maintenance of anxiety and related disorders, studying a variety of populations using both lab-based and web-based data collections. Duties will include coordinating participant recruitment, preparation of study materials (including some programming of new computer tasks), training other research assistants, participant assessments, and database management. The Lab Coordinator will also have opportunities to co-author scientific papers, and conduct independent research. This is an excellent position for a college graduate who is interested in gaining additional research experience before going on to graduate study in clinical psychology.

    Qualifications include a BA/BS in psychology or other scientific field. Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong background in empirical research, ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously, excellent communication skills, and a conscientious work style. Candidates with experience with computer programming and/or quantitative data analyses are particularly encouraged to apply (though prior experience in these areas is not essential).
    This position is full-time (40 hours per week) with full-time benefits for two years.

    To apply, candidates must complete a candidate profile under job posting number 0616035 at Candidates are required to attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three professional references. Screening of candidates is ongoing; the position will remain open until filled.
    The Department of Psychology and the University of Virginia welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities. We seek to build a culturally diverse intellectual environment, and are committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and to the principles of affirmative action in accordance with state and federal laws.


  2. Clinical Research Assistant
    Position Available: Full-Time Clinical Research Assistant
    Job Summary:
    Assists pediatric psychologists and physician scientists in the development and implementation of clinical research focusing on immediate and long-term health outcomes of children with critical illness and their families, conducted in the Department of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Research activities include:

    • Acute/Chronic Pain
    • CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) Interventions
    • Neuropsychological Outcomes
    • Medical Trauma (PTSD)
    • Studies related to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

    Basic responsibilities include:
    a) consenting families to participate in research
    b) assist families in the completion of the research protocols
    c) maintenance of office files
    d) processing, management, and basic analysis of clinical data using SPSS
    e) maintenance of research protocols and procedures (e.g., IRB)
    f) technical writing for professional presentations, manuscripts, and grant writing

    Minimum Education:
    Bachelor’s degree in psychology, nursing or related health field

    Experience, training required:
    • Experience with clinical, biological, or psychosocial research preferred.
    • Familiarity/comfort working with children, adolescents and their families preferred.
    • Proficiency in using software for statistical analyses (SPSS), word processing, charts, graphs, spreadsheets, presentation, email, and database management.
    • Experience with database development, entry, and quality control procedures.
    • Ability to organize and effectively process and maintain records and files.
    • Ability to plan and organize detailed projects with multiple tasks and deadlines.
    • Knowledge of computers and experience with PC and Mac-based platforms.
    • Spanish-speaking applicants are encouraged.

    Please email your resume and cover letter to Raquel Engilman,, Research Supervisor.


  3. Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies children at all stages of development. Our mission is to improve outcomes for children by providing research, data, and analyses to the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children.

    General Description

    Child Trends has an opening for a research assistant to work as part of an experienced research team conducting qualitative and quantitative research projects on reproductive health (e.g., adolescent and young adult sexual activity; contraceptive behaviors and decision-making; pregnancy; childbearing intentions; health delivery, etc.) and family formation (e.g., union formation and stability; relationship dynamics, etc.) in collaboration with senior staff members. Research studies in this area place special emphasis on racial/ethnic minorities, in particular Latinos, and low-income families.

    Typical Responsibilities and Duties

    Conducts literature reviews and assists in synthesizing research findings.
    Conducts structured and semi-structured interviews (in person and over the phone) for projects requiring primary data collection.
    Handles logistics for qualitative data collection projects such as recruitment, screening, and scheduling.
    Assists in the development of survey instruments, interview and focus group protocols, and IRB packets.
    Enters, cleans, codes, and analyzes qualitative and quantitative data.
    Processes secondary data using SAS, STATA, or other statistical packages.
    Produces presentations for conferences and helps format journal articles, briefs, and reports.
    Assists with clerical tasks, information requests, and photocopying, when necessary.
    Manages meeting logistics, takes detailed meeting notes, organizes project files, and tracks important project deadlines.


    B.A. or B.S. in sociology, demography, public policy, economics, psychology, or related field.
    Interest in topics related to reproductive health, relationship dynamics, and Latino families.
    Excellent writing skills.
    Strong analytical and organizational skills.
    Some coursework and research experience in qualitative or quantitative research methods and statistics.
    Must be a motivated worker and detailed oriented, with excellent grades.
    Experience with surveys or data collection preferred.
    Spanish proficiency a plus.


  4. Please pass the following along to interested students.

    Dr. Jesse Cougle is seeking to hire a full-time research assistant for an NIH-funded study evaluating a computerized anger-reduction treatment for smoking cessation. The anticipated start date for the position is in May or June 2015. Responsibilities will include coordinating participant recruitment, scheduling and tracking participants, overseeing assessments, and data collection and management. The position will be based in the Department of Psychology, Florida State University. The RA will also be involved in other projects in the lab, which include studies related to OCD, anxiety disorders, anger/aggression, depression, and body dysmorphic disorder. They will be supervising undergraduate research assistants and acting as lab manager. Publication and presentation opportunities will be available. We prefer someone who would make a two-year commitment (at least till July 2017). The ideal candidate would be a recent graduate who is looking for additional research experience before beginning their doctoral studies in clinical psychology.

    Interested applicants should send a resume or CV to Dr. Cougle at Applicants who are under consideration will be asked to provide three references.

    Ashleigh Harvey
    Research Assistant
    Department of Psychology
    Florida State University


  5. RESEARCH ASSISTANT – DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY, STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY. Full-time position available starting in June, 2015 for a National Institute of Mental Health-funded study of early precursors and risk factors for the development of depression and anxiety in adolescents.

    Major responsibilities will include conducting clinical interviews and collecting psychophysiological and other biological data. Applicants should have a Bachelors or Masters degree in Psychology or a related field. Experience working with older children or adolescents is highly desirable. Applicants should have excellent interpersonal and time management skills. Applicants should expect to make a two-year commitment.

    Send resume to Daniel N. Klein, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-2500, email: daniel.klein@stonybrook.

    STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Applications from women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, special disabled veterans or Vietnam veterans are especially welcome.


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