The Department of Psychology offers several research assistant and volunteer opportunities. Please review the information below for a list of current opportunities.

Faculty Opportunities

Research Assistants

Spring 2017
Infant and Child Lab 

The Emory Infant and Child Lab, directed by Dr. Philippe Rochat, is looking for Research Assistants (RA) starting in Spring 2017. Excellent academic credentials and a clear interest in developing research skills are required. Candidates must be able to commit at least 10 hours per week working at the Lab, with a minimum 1 year (2 semesters) commitment. This is not a paid position, but 4 academic credits per semester can be earned. 

The Infant and Child Lab investigates social and cognitive development across cultures. There are a variety of studies going on at the lab at any given time. Each study is designed with the intention of learning more about cognitive and behavioral development in infants and young children between birth and 6 years old. Our current studies focus on sharing, negotiation, and self-other discrimination and evaluation in early development. For more information on the Rochat lab and our current studies, please visit our website at: http://www.psychology.emory.edu/cognition/rochat/lab/

This is a great opportunity for the right candidate to develop research skills as an undergraduate, which is critical if you are considering graduate or medical school. If you think you might be interested and a good fit, please fill out the attached application and either a CV or resume to Natalie.eldred@emory.edu  

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Dilks Lab at Emory University is looking for a Research Assistant (RA) to begin as soon as possible. The ideal candidate has excellent academic credential and a clear interest in developing research skills. Strong programming skills and/or math skills, and an interest in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) are ideal, but not necessary. Candidates must be able to commit 10 hours per week to our lab, and must be able to continue this commitment for at least one year. This is not a paid position, but academic credit can be arranged. 

The Dilks Lab investigates how the visual brain is organized, how this organization gets wired up in development, and how it changes in adulthood. To address these questions, we use a variety of methods, including psychophysics, fMRI, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), as well as a variety of populations, including typical children, typical adults, and individuals with developmental disorders such as Williams Syndrome and Autism. The Research Assistant for Fall 2016 will primarily focus on a project using fMRI to investigate how we recognize and navigate the local visual environment. For more information on the Dilkslab, visit our website at: https://secure.web.emory.edu/psychology/dilks/main.php

This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to develop research skills as an undergraduate, which is critical if you are considering graduate or medical school. If you think your qualifications and interests would be a good fit, send a resume to apersic@emory.edu. In your email, please include any relevant experience with research or programming, and a brief statement of why you are interested in working in the Dilks Lab. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Spatial Cognition Lab at Emory University is looking for several Research Assistants (RAs) to begin, during the Fall of 2016 with the opportunity to stay on for the Spring 2017 semester. The ideal candidate has excellent academic credentials, a desire to continue education beyond the undergraduate degree, an interest in developing research skills in cognition, neuroscience, and development, and an ability to commit to our lab for approximately 10 hours/week. This is not a paid position, but academic credit can be arranged.  

The Spatial Cognition Lab seeks to answer a variety of closely related questions. Here are some examples: How do humans represent our bodies in space and are their individual differences in the way we do this? What is the relationship between abstract reasoning (e.g., mathematical ability) and spatial representation? Are children born with an ability to represent abstract relations, or does this ability develop over time? You can read about specific studies on our website: http://www.psychology.emory.edu/cognition/lourenco/lab/publications.php               

This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to develop research skills as an undergraduate, which is important if you are considering graduate school. If you think your qualifications and interests would be a good fit, send a resume to: Vlad Ayzenberg, Vayzenb@emory.edu. Please include undergraduate courses taken in psychology and the grades you earned in those courses as well as your overall GPA and major GPA. Also, we would like to know why you are interested in working in the Spatial Cognition Lab. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Speech and Language Perception Lab in the Psychology Department has research assistantships available (499 credit). 

Our work broadly addresses the social, linguistic, and cognitive factors that affect humans' ability to perceive and understand spoken language. The influences on speech perception are manifold, and can be seen at levels as local as the specific sounds in a word or as global as an individual's lifetime experience with speech. Our goal is to identify how our mind/brain processes spoken language using primarily behavioral and acoustic methods, but also neuroimaging techniques to explore the mechanisms underlying our ability to understand and use spoken language. 

The primary responsibilities of research assistants (RAs) in the laboratory will be testing & recruiting human participants for speech and language tasks, contributing to literature reviews & research design, assisting with data preparation & analysis, and attending lab meetings. 

Potential candidates should be second semester Freshmen or beyond, self-motivated, and eager to learn. Experience with Microsoft Excel and completion of LING-201 and PSYC-110 are preferred, but not required. Hours are flexible, but the position requires ~3-12 hrs/wk commitment.  RAs will receive research course credit for their scholarly work in the lab.  

To be considered for the position or for additional information about the lab and research opportunities, please email the principal investigator, Dr. Lynne Nygaard, Ph.D, a faculty member in the Psychology Department and core faculty in the Linguistics Program at lnygaar@emory.edu. Applicants should provide a brief, clear description of their relevant experience and interests and a copy of their CV or resume.

Interested in volunteering in a research lab this fall? Dr. Goodman’s lab is looking for a few undergraduates who are eager to learn about research on mothers with depression and their infants within the context of developmental psychopathology (http://psychology.emory.edu/clinical/goodman/lab/). Only psychology majors able to volunteer in the lab both this Fall 2016 and this Spring 2017 will be considered. 

Academic credit (Psych 499) is available, with the opportunity to earn a minimum of 2 credits for at least a 5 hour per week commitment. Because these research positions involve being extensively trained in research skills, priority will be given to students who would be available for at least 5 hours per week throughout the Fall and Spring semesters.
If you are interested in finding out more about these research positions, please complete the Google form at this link: RA Application Link and send any questions to Meeka Halperin at Meeka.S.Halperin@emory.edu (not to Dr. Goodman). 


External Opportunities

Community Psychiatry PRIDE
Department of Psychiatry
Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
70 Everett Ave., Suite 516
Chelsea, MA 02150
(617) 887-4063

Community Psychiatry PRIDE is a dissemination and implementation research lab that has a special focus on reducing mental health disparities among racially and ethnically diverse individuals. Much of our work takes place in the Chelsea community, which has significant immigrant, refugee and impoverished populations. The overarching mission of PRIDE is to bridge the gap between science and practice by bringing evidence-based treatments to the communities with the greatest need.
PRIDE exists at a unique intersection between research and practice. We are currently seeking a small team of volunteer research assistants for a 10-week internship program during summer 2017. As an intern, your work has the potential to support the reduction of health disparities across Massachusetts and beyond. You will work with Dr. Luana Marques, as well as with the clinical research team in the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the lab. Intern activities include, but are not limited to:

• Conducting and summarizing extensive and ongoing literature reviews for project development
• Bibliographical support for publications
• Data entry and analysis using a variety of statistical software packages
• Developing and utilizing analytic codebooks
• Assisting with Institutional Review Board (IRB) proposals, including designing consent forms, information sheets, and other related project documents
• Assisting with grant proposal preparation

Applicants should have an interest in pursuing a graduate degree in clinical psychology, psychiatry, or public health. Spanish-speaking applicants are encouraged. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. Our program emphasizes mentorship, and opportunities for professional training and career development are integrated into the position.

This position requires a full-time commitment of 40 hours per week. Office hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm. The start date of the internship is June 5, 2017 and will last 10 weeks, with the final day being August 11, 2017. The start date is NOT flexible. Interns will work as volunteers and must be able to travel to our office in Chelsea. To apply, please send a copy of your unofficial transcript, your resume/CV, and any questions to Kaylie Patrick, Program Manager (kpatrick6@mgh.harvard.edu) no later than April 7, 2017.