Psych Scoop, 8/23/22 - Research Edition!
August 23rd, 2022 - Research Edition
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1. Research Poster Session & Undergraduate Research Poster Competition - Black Doctoral Network
The Black Doctoral Network welcomes current undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students, students of professional degree programs (e.g. medical, law, dental, pharmacy), and postdoctoral scholars of all racial and ethnic backgrounds to participate in our poster session at the 10th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference themed: Black Excellence, Brilliant Minds: The Power of Diversity to be held on October 27-29, 2022 in Atlanta, GA. If you have a research project, thesis, or dissertation you would like to present as a poster at a professional conference, the poster session is a good opportunity for you to showcase your academic work and receive feedback from scholars in a friendly and engaging environment. Undergraduate students are invited to participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition. Learn more and submit online! The priority deadline is August 31st, 2022.
2. *Credit or Volunteer* Neuropsychology Research Experience Opportunity
Dr. Nicholas Davenport is looking for volunteer research assistants to work at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. Volunteers will have the chance to assist with projects investigating the long-term neurologic effects and treatment outcomes related to traumatic brain injury and stress disorders in military service members. The research combines clinical assessments with biological techniques, including electroencephalography (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and genetic analysis. Responsibilities are specific to assisting with participant prescreening, recruitment, scheduling, material preparation, and data entry. This opportunity is eligible for PSY 4993 credit. We require a commitment of 10 hours per week and preference will be given to applicants who are available for multiple semesters. Successful candidates typically have a 3.5 GPA or higher, have junior or senior level credits, and may have an interest in pursuing a higher degree in psychology or related fields. If you are interested, please send a copy of your cover letter, CV/resume, and unofficial transcripts to Cassie Nelson at Cassandra.email@example.com and Sloan Davidson at Sloan.Davidson@va.gov.
3. *Credit or Volunteer* I/O Psychology Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunity [VIRTUAL]
We are looking for several motivated and responsible students to assist with a current research project on corporate social responsibility in Professor Deniz Ones’ Corporate Social Responsibility Research Lab, headed by Phoebe Hessen. Research assistants can participate in the lab either on a volunteer basis or for credit in PSY 5993 in Fall 2022 (applicants who plan to take the lab for credit will be preferred). The research project is focused on understanding the content of organizations’ social responsibility reporting. RA’s will work closely with a Ph. D. student to carry out tasks including conducting literature reviews and background research, collecting critical incidents of socially responsible behavior from organizations’ sustainability reporting, reading and making judgments about these incidents (i.e., coding), and data analysis. The program will begin with intensive onboarding the week of August 29th-September 2nd (~20 hours, 5 synchronous and 15 asynchronous). Weekly meetings will be held throughout the semester to discuss progress and assist with any difficulties (held virtually through Zoom for the entirety of the semester). Prospective applicants should fill out a brief application. Please contact Phoebe Hessen at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or for more information. The deadline to apply for a Fall semester position is August 22nd, but applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
4. *Credit or Volunteer* VA TBI Research
The Psychological Health and Social Engagement (PHASE) Lab, led by Dr. Jacob Finn, at the Minneapolis VA Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC) is looking for research assistants – either as a volunteer or for course credit. Current projects focus on traumatic brain injury (TBI) in service members and veterans. The PHASE Lab also collaborates with other Minneapolis VA rehabilitation teams. Research assistant duties can include screening and recruiting participants, scheduling research appointments, conducting interviews with patients and their families, administering cognitive and functioning measures, reviewing medical records, entering data, and collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team. Dr. Finn expects research assistants to commit at least 8 hours per week to the lab. Due to the training commitment required, volunteers are expected to commit to at least two semesters (with time off between semesters if needed). PHASE research takes place in a medical rehabilitation environment, and as such, professional behavior and attire are expected. Ideal candidates will have a GPA ≥ 3.2, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, and proficiency in Microsoft Office products. Per Department of Veterans Affairs policy, all research assistants must be U.S. citizens. Interested parties should send a copy of their transcripts and a curriculum vitae/résumé to Dr. Finn at Jacob.Finn@va.gov.
5. *Credit or Volunteer* Social Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunity
Professor Marti Hope Gonzales is seeking undergraduate students who are interested in gaining experience in social-psychological research. As part of our research on homophobic epithets and the motives underlying their use, we are asking participants to briefly describe a time when they overheard the use of a slur used either derogatorily by straight men or appropriatively by gay men. This is where you come in! We need detail-oriented, thoughtful individuals to help us code these short responses so that we can learn how participants reacted to those real-world situations, what motives they ascribed to the people who used the slur, and what psychological factors influence participants' inferences and reactions. Ultimately, we hope to learn whether these factors will convert passive bystanders to active allies. Depending on schedules this may be a remote position, so you should be comfortable working independently and you should have solid computer skills. If you are interested in joining our research team and registering for our section (Section 009) of PSY 5993, please email Ian O'Dowd at email@example.com. In your reply, please let us know (1) whether you have had research experience in psychology; (2) what psychology courses you have completed (preference will be given to students who have completed statistics, research methods, and social psychology, but this is not a requirement to register for this course; and (3) what you hope to learn by participating in research.
6. *Credit or Volunteer* Health Disparities and Social Psychology Research Experience Opportunity
Dr. James is looking for detail-oriented UMN Psychology Undergraduates who are interested in studying stigma (racism, homophobia), biological race essentialism, and health equity/disparities among racial and sexual minority populations. Students, based on interest and skills, will be involved at almost all stages of the research process: literature review, participant recruitment/data collection, data analysis, and manuscript write-up. If publishable findings emerge from projects, students will—based on prior agreements and their level of input—have their names on any resulting conference presentations or journal papers. Students can either volunteer or work for credit. Students who want to work for credit can earn 3 credits for PSY 5993 for Fall 2022. Preference will be given to those who can work for credit and/or commit to both Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. Weekly meetings will be held throughout the semester to discuss progress, as well as research, academic, and career goals. Interested students should fill out this brief application. Please contact Dr. James (firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or for more information.
7. *Credit or Volunteer* Psychophysiology Alcohol Recovery and Stress Lab
The laboratory of Dr. Justin Anker is looking for 1-2 undergraduate volunteers in an ongoing stress and psychophysiology study in the Department of Psychiatry. The purpose of the study is to identify markers of recovery for alcohol use disorder and other stress-related mental health conditions. Primary duties initially include the maintenance of experimental protocols (e.g. data entry, literature searches, assisting/prepping participants for psychophysiology data collection) with the opportunity for growth into greater responsibilities. This position requires a commitment of at least 10 hours per week. Those able to make a multiple-semester commitment will be given priority. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors doing their capstone or required lab research. If you are interested, please send a brief introduction and copy of your resume to the study contact, Meaghyn Kramer, email@example.com.
8. *Credit or Volunteer* Developmental Approaches to Understand Racial Inequities Among Children of Color
Dr. Juan is seeking undergraduate students who are interested in gaining research experience, specifically in generating literature reviews and performing secondary data analyses. As part of the lab, RAs will learn about how children learn about race and racism and are affected by racism across multiple levels and contexts (e.g., peers, unfamiliar adults/law enforcement, and school adults/educators). In doing so, RAs will read relevant studies, generate systematic literature reviews, and learn how to access and analyze existing longitudinal data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study, and the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Experience with data analysis is encouraged but not required. Meetings will be held weekly throughout the semester to discuss progress and assist with any difficulties. Prospective applicants can join for credit in PSY 5993 in Fall 2022/Spring 2023 or, alternatively, for work-study. Opting in for course credit is preferred, but work-study is an option at $15/hour. If you are interested in joining the team, please email a cover letter to Dr. Juan Del Toro at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your cover letter, please include the following information: (1) self-introduction and background, (2) whether you have had research experience in psychology; (3) what psychology courses you have completed; (4) what you hope to learn by participating in research; and (5) why are you interested in participating in the lab.
9. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Positions for Social Cognition Study
Dr. Amanda Woodward is seeking undergraduate research assistants to contribute to research studies investigating aspects of social cognition during the 2022-2023 school year. Research projects will examine how young children (3 - 6 years) and adults view social exclusion and helping. Research assistants will gain skills related to conducting developmental research online. These positions are ideal for students who would like to get hands-on experience with recruitment, data collection, and study design. Students should be willing to commit to 6 – 9 hours of lab work a week. If interested, please contact Dr. Woodward via email (email@example.com). Your email should include a brief introduction, an explanation of your interest, and your resume or CV. For more information about this research or my mentorship style, please visit my website.
10. *Credit or Volunteer* Health Psychology Research Assistant Opportunity
Dr. Alex Rothman's Health Behavior Change Lab is seeking enthusiastic, responsible, and detail-oriented research assistants (RAs) for this Fall and Spring semesters to run a study related to health-tracking apps. RAs will be tasked with running participants, coordinating participant communication, data management, and participant recruitment. Prospective research assistants should be able to commit approximately 9 hours of work per week over the semester, and preference will be given to students that are able to commit for more than one semester. RAs will also have the chance to learn more about social psychological research and careers in psychology with their graduate student mentor. Interested? Apply today using this google form.
11. *Credit or Volunteer* Clinical Research Coordinator - Autism Clinical Research Lab
The Autism Clinical Research Lab at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) is looking for a clinical research coordinator to volunteer in our lab. Our research focuses on clinical outcomes from a variety of treatment programs implemented with children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Responsibilities of this position may include administration and scoring of surveys and other assessments, data entry and management, preparation of treatment and research materials, and other tasks as assigned. Coordinators are also welcome to participate in the preparation of academic presentations and publications according to experience and capacity. Opportunities for credit may be available. Students must be available to dedicate 10-15 hours/week to this position over the course of at least 6 months. Preference will be given to students who can commit to a year or more in our lab. Please send your CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and a letter of introduction and interest to Dr. Rebekah Hudock at firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered.
12. *Credit or Volunteer* Clinical Data Manager - Autism Clinical Research Lab
The Autism Clinical Research Lab at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) is looking for a clinical data manager to volunteer in our lab. Our research focuses on clinical outcomes from a variety of treatment programs implemented with children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Responsibilities of this position may include: scoring clinical assessments, data entry, and management of clinical database. Data managers are also welcome to participate in the preparation of academic presentations and publications according to experience and capacity. Opportunities for credit may be available. Students must be available to dedicate 10-15 hours/week to this position over the course of at least 6 months. Preference will be given to students who can commit to a year or more in our lab. Please send your CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and a letter of introduction and interest to Dr. Rebekah Hudock at email@example.com to be considered.
13. *Credit or Volunteer* Data Collection Experience - Autism Mentorship Program (AMP)
The Autism Clinical Research Lab at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) is looking for students to volunteer in our lab. Our research focuses on clinical outcomes from a variety of treatment programs implemented with children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related neurodevelopmental disorders. This role will focus on the Autism Mentorship Program (AMP), which evaluates the outcomes from a mentoring program for autistic adolescents and adults. Responsibilities of this position may include: administering surveys and interviews to parents, autistic adolescents, and autistic young adults. Data collectors are also welcome to participate in the preparation of academic presentations and publications according to experience and capacity. Opportunities for credit may be available. Students must be available to dedicate 10-15 hours/week in September and October of 2022, 5 hours/week in December 2022 and January 2023, and 10-15 hours/week in May and June of 2023. Preference will be given to students who can commit to a year or more in our lab. Autistic students are encouraged to apply. Please send your CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and a letter of introduction and interest to Dr. Rebekah Hudock at firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered.
14. *Credit or Volunteer* Interested in Reading + Learning? Join our Lab
Dr. Panayiota (Pani) Kendeou’s Reading + Learning Lab in the Department of Educational Psychology is looking for a responsible, motivated, and detail-oriented student to volunteer in our lab. Our research aims to improve student learning experiences and outcomes. Specifically, our research projects examine 1) how self-regulated learning strategies improve undergraduates’ statistics learning, and 2) whether paying attention to source information (i.e. author names, publication dates, and in-text citations) can improve learning and memory when reading multiple psychology texts. These studies are looking for help with survey administration (e.g. scheduling and running study sessions on zoom) and data management and analysis (e.g. recording participant info in spreadsheets, coding essays, and audio recording transcriptions). In addition to gaining research experience, students are welcome to attend our weekly lab meetings to learn more about our current projects and the latest research on the science of reading, learning technologies, and misinformation. Please send your CV/Resume, unofficial transcript, and a short introduction to Ali Fulsher at email@example.com to be considered.
15. *Credit or Volunteer* Neuromodulation Research Opportunity
The Non-Invasive Neuromodulation Laboratory (NNL) is looking for volunteers or students interested in earning PSY 4/5993 credit! We specialize in non-invasive neuromodulation techniques (e.g. TMS, tDCS) and neurophysiological recording techniques (e.g. EEG, EMG). Our lab assists UMN study teams with equipment training, data collection, and analysis. We work with studies who are investigating treatments and biomarkers for a variety of clinical populations (both pediatric and adult), including Tourette's syndrome, depression, traumatic brain injuries, and so much more! If you are interested in learning about how you can be a part of our lab and get involved, please fill out this google form, and contact Mia Kellman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Alana Lieske (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
16. *Credit or Volunteer* Culture & Family Life Lab
Directed by Dr. Gail M. Ferguson, our lab is studying the impact of 21st Century globalization on cultural, developmental, and family processes including family health. We are working to better understand and promote the resilience of children and youth, while supporting and equipping their parents, to recognize and skillfully navigate many cultural influences stemming from local cultures in which they live (via ethnic/racial socialization & proximal acculturation), faraway new cultures (via remote acculturation), and faraway heritage cultures (via remote enculturation). All students are welcome to apply. regardless of prior research experience or cultural background because we are studying development in BIPOC and White American as well as international youth and we provide training at the start. As always, we welcome under-represented students and we have a special need this cycle for artistic students (e.g., photoshop/digital interests). The main projects will be Screen Media Use & Globalization Study and Project UNITE. See more info on their website including the lab's online application.
17. *Volunteer* Undergraduate Volunteer Research Opportunity
We are looking for undergraduate student volunteers to assist with the behavioral coding of parents and adolescents engaged in a conflict negotiation discussion. Students will be asked to commit 5 hours per week. Preference will be given to students who can commit to volunteering for 3-4 semesters, as the process of training and becoming reliable in the observational coding system takes some time. To apply, please send a cover letter, including GPA, and resume to Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel at firstname.lastname@example.org.