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Aug 4, 2015

Volunteer Assistants needed for Mental Health Quality Improvement Project!

The Divisions of Hematology and Oncology and The Divisions of Allergy and Immunology at Children’s National Health System are looking for volunteers to assist with a mental health quality improvement project in our outpatient medical clinics. The purpose of the project is to identify mental health concerns among our patients via validated mental health screeners completed on iPads in clinic waiting rooms in order to guide doctors’ recommendations for mental health services.

Volunteers report directly to Steven Hardy, PhD, and Linda Herbert, PhD, the psychologists who work in these clinics. Typical volunteer responsibilities include reviewing provider schedules, identifying patients to be screened, meeting with families to explain the mental health screener, administering screeners via iPad, calculating scores, collecting process data, and interacting with a multidisciplinary team of physicians and other health professionals. Opportunities for research are also available.

Both psychology students and medical students are eligible for this position. Volunteers must be able to dedicate at least 1-2 days/week to the project for 4-6 months.

Interested applicants should send a resume to either Dr. Hardy ( or Dr. Herbert ( 

Aug 3, 2015

RA positions with the Social and Moral Development Lab!

Research Assistant Positions 
Social and Moral Development Lab

The Social and Moral Development Laboratory has several active research projects involving children and adolescents. Research Assistants learn about the process of research, read the literature in developmental psychology, meet with a research group once a week (with the supervising professor), and learn how to enter and analyze data from interviews and surveys! This lab's projects involve topics related to social and moral development such as children’s understanding of social inequality, fairness, merit, ethnic and racial identity development, social exclusion, peer relationships, intergroup relations, prejudice, bias, and stereotyping.

-10 hours per week (3 units)
-Attend weekly lab meeting
-Data Collection
-Transcribing interviews 
-Coding transcriptions
-Data Entry

-3.0 minimum GPA to apply
-Interest in developmental and social psychology

How To Apply:
If you are a University of Maryland, College Park undergraduate student interested in joining the Social and Moral Development Lab as a Research Assistant, please fill out the application and email it to along with a copy of your unofficial transcript and your resume. The application form is located on the lab's website:

Jul 28, 2015

Neurocognitive Development Lab research assistant positions!

Research Assistant Positions
Neurocognitive Development Lab
Dr. Tracy Riggins
Begins August through Spring 2016

The Neurocognitive Development lab run by Dr. Tracy Riggins is seeking undergraduate RAs to begin in August and remain through Spring 2016 to assist with our research on memory and brain development in childhood. RAs will assist with participant recruitment, data collection and analysis for projects that include a variety of methodologies including EEG, MRI, and behavior. Research experiences, such as this, can add value to a student's graduate school application, and provide an opportunity for students to earn a positive letter of recommendation. Credit for PSYC479 is also possible. If interested, please contact Liz Mulligan at to request an application and to set up an interview.

-Participant Recruitment
-Data Entry
-Data Collection
-Data Organization
-Opportunity to perform Data Analysis 

-Minimum 3.3 GPA
-Strong communication and organizational skills
-Experience working with children
-Interest in developmental neuroscience 

How To Apply:
Contact Liz Mulligan at to request an application and to set up an interview.

Jul 24, 2015

Paid Content Analysis Researcher position with the Motivated Cognition Lab!

Paid Content Analysis Researcher 
Motivated Cognition Lab

Are you interested in what drives people to become violent extremists or terrorists? The Motivated Cognition Lab is looking to hire individuals interested in helping analyze interviews conducted with former members of Neo Nazi organizations in Germany. The position pays $10/hour, and we are specifically looking for individuals available to work 10-20 hours per week. We are also looking for individuals able to start in August (if possible), and commit until the end of the Fall 2015 semester (and possibly through Spring 2016). It's a good opportunity to learn about the radicalization process and pick up some valuable qualitative analysis skills, all while making some extra cash.

-10-20 hours per week (@ $10/hour)
-Content analysis of interviews
-Hours are flexible around class schedule

-3.0 Overall GPA

How to Apply:
Interested students should email their resume and unofficial transcript to David Webber

Research Assistant position with the Child Development Lab!

Research Assistant Position
Child Development Lab

The Child Development Lab is currently investigating the cognitive and socio-emotional development of infants, children, and adolescents. As part of an ongoing, longitudinal study, undergraduate research assistants will interact with subjects at their 12-14 year visit to the laboratory. The scope of our research ranges from clinical interview to neuroscience approaches including EEG and ERP. In addition, students may assist with data entry and the coding of behavioral data and attend informational seminars on current research being conducted in the field. There is a prerequisite of at least a 3.5 major GPA as well as an overall GPA of 3.0. Psychology majors are also required to have completed 9 credit hours in Psychology, preferably including Research Methods. In addition, the research team would like students to make a two-semester commitment to the lab. Learning the procedures of the lab is time consuming, and it is common for the first semester to consist primarily of training.

-9 hours per week (3 credits)
-weekend availability 

-3.5 Major GPA
-3.0 Overall GPA
-Completed Research Methods course preferred

How To Apply:
Please e-mail your unofficial transcript, resume, and Fall 2015 class schedule to 

Jul 22, 2015

Interested in gaining research experience? Apply for a Bilingual RA position with the Family Involvement Lab!

The Family Involvement Laboratory IS LOOKING FOR BILINGUAL (Spanish/English) UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS for the fall (3 Credits).

Students will serve as research assistants for the Family Involvement Lab, which is currently conducting a study on Latino immigrant mothers, fathers, & children. The goal of the study is to understand how mothers’ & fathers' values, goals, & beliefs influence their children’s social and academic skills.

Research assistants will code/transcribe mother-child and father-child play and reading interactions, conduct short literature reviews; participate in data collection; recruit parents; schedule visits; & enter data. This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing graduate work in the social sciences. Depending on interest & skill-level, there will be opportunities to write honors theses and participate in papers for publication.

Interested students should send their unofficial transcript and resume to Jenessa Malin and For additional information on our lab see our website at

Paid PSYC 221 Teaching Assistant Position for Fall 2015!

The Department of Psychology has a paid position to support one of its Social Psychology (PSYC 221-FC01) courses for the fall semester.

Responsibilities include:
Online grading of regular writing assignments, exams, and a final paper
Managing some aspects of the course website and administration
Holding regular office hours to assist students with course content

Eligibility Requirements:
Must have already graduated with a B.A. or B.S. from UMD
Must have taken PSYC 221 (ideally with Dr. Selterman) and earned at least a B+
Must be available to hold regular office hours on campus during the Fall 2015 semester (1-2 hours per week)
TA does not necessarily need to attend all of the class meetings (Tu/Th 6:00pm - 7:15pm), but must be available on selected days at that time.
Technical proficiency with common software (e.g., Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Canvas).
Have completed training on the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (
Previous teaching assistant experience desired but not required. Competitive applicants are well-organized, highly reliable with independently managed schedules and have strong professional communication skills.

The position is a Contingent 1 contract for up to 10 hours per week for the fall 2014 term. Compensation is estimated to be $10.25 per hour and will not exceed a total of $1,537 USD (150 hours). The position starts August 31st and ends December 20th.

How to apply:
Send an email to Dr. Selterman <> describing your interests, qualifications and availability. Best consideration will be given to those that apply prior to Friday, July 31st, 2015. Please send your application materials (e.g., cover letter, resume/CV, transcript) as one single PDF document.

Jul 16, 2015

Research Internship with the National Defense University's Eisenhower School!

National Defense University 
Undergraduate Research Assistant/Internship

Internship applications of highly motivated undergraduate psychology students are currently being accepted for The Eisenhower School at the National Defense University. If accepted, students will be a member of the Leadership Fitness Lab and work with Dr. (COL) Stephen Bowles on various topics including: * PTSD * Military Couples Resilience * Leadership * Health and Fitness Resilience related to Mind-Body * Psychological Healthy Workplace * Strategic Leadership and the Human Dimension.

*12-16 hours per week during academic year
*32-40 hours per week during summer 

How To Apply:
The National Defense University is looking for someone with an interest in research, particularly in military-related psychology, but not necessarily exclusive to that topic. If interested, please review the Application Process below and submit the needed documents to Dr. (COL) Stephen Bowles at Application Process: * Submit CV * Submit Writing Sample (3-5 pages) * Short Interview

Paid Tutors needed for Fall 2015 PSYC 200, PSYC 221, and PSYC 300 courses!

Hello PSYC majors! With the summer well underway, the Academic Achievement Programs' (AAP) is hiring academic peer tutors for PSYC 200, 221, & 300 in Fall 2015 for its Academic Success & Tutorial Services (ASTS) initiative. You are eligible to apply if you: 
  • Earned a grade of B or better in the course for which they are applying
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Have a firm grasp of the subject area
  • Possess strong interpersonal communication skills and readily relate to people from varying educational, cultural, and social backgrounds
  • Have demonstrated responsibility, reliability, and punctuality in past experiences
  • Are a sophomore or junior at UM (preferred, not required)
  • Have tutoring/teaching experience (preferred, not required)
The hiring process includes an application form, resume, letter of interest, an interview, and a letter of recommendation (letters submitted following the interview process). Tutors are compensated at $8.50-9.25/hour, with the time commitment ranging from 2-3 hours a week per course, on average. All tutors receive formal training and attend biweekly staff development meetings with other AAP peer tutors.

The Tutor Application can be found at the following link: 

At your earliest convenience, please e-mail AAP's Tutorial Coordinator, Christine Duchouquette, at to request an application. 

Jul 8, 2015

Search for New Director of Undergraduate Studies

After serving as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology since 2011, Dr. Scott Roberts has accepted a new role as the University of Maryland's Director of Instructional Excellence & Innovation.  Dr. Jack Blanchard, Professor & Chair, wrote in an email to the Department:
I want to thank Scott for his many contributions to our Undergraduate Program.  Scott has led the department’s effort to innovate our undergraduate courses and he helped to establish a culture of excellence in undergraduate teaching.  His passion, commitment and leadership led to the transformation of our undergraduate program to one of the best on campus.  I greatly appreciate all that Scott has done in Psychology and wish him the very best in his new position.
In his new role, Dr. Roberts will help lead the University's efforts to support and advance undergraduate and graduate teaching across the campus.  We wish him the best of luck and are glad that he will continue to be a resource for our instructors, assistants, and all of you PSYC Terps!

A search is underway for our next Director, and if you know anyone who could be a great fit please share the link with them and encourage them to apply:

OUS Advising closed Friday 7/10 @ 1:00 pm through Tuesday 7/14. Will resume advising Wednesday 7/15 in Suite 1121 BPS.

The Psychology Office of Undergraduate Studies will be moving to its newly renovated space in Suite 1121 of the Biology-Psychology Building beginning Friday, July 10 through Tuesday, July 14. Due to the move, OUS Advising will be closed to visitors on the following dates:

Friday, July 10 Closed beginning at 1:00 pm.
Monday, July 13 Closed All Day
Tuesday, July 14 Closed All Day

Wednesday, July 15 OUS reopens in Suite 1121 BPS at 9:00 am

We apologize for any inconvenience but look forward to providing the same breadth and depth of advising services in our new location, Suite 1121 BPS.

Directions to Suite 1121 BPS, the new PSYC Office of Undergraduate Studies:  Enter front of BPS. Take a left down the left side hallway. Walk straight back past the restrooms on right and enter through double glass doors.

Staff will be monitoring the email during our closed business days should you have any questions or need guidance. 

Jul 7, 2015

DC Field Interviewer position with Temple University's Institute for Survey Research!

Field Interviewer
Washington DC
Temple University
Institute for Survey Research

Temple University's Institute for Survey Research is one of the oldest and most prestigious academic survey research centers in the U.S., with more than 40 years of experience conducting national, state, and local surveys, statistical research, focus group research, needs assessments, and program evaluations. Temple ISR has temporary employment opportunities available beginning in July 2015 through late 2016 in the Washington DC area to work as Field Interviewers. Field Interviewers will make face-to-face visits to screen selected households for eligible African American men and conduct interviews with selected respondents using a laptop/tablet. All necessary training will be provided. We offer: - Mileage reimbursement, travel and expense reimbursement - Paid technical training - Hourly pay rate of $15 per hour depending on experience - English/Spanish bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities and Requirements: 
-Available to attend a mandatory training in Washington, DC July 2015 (date TBD).
-Available to work 12-40 hours per week for blocks of time, primarily evenings, and weekends
-Available to work through late 2016
-Ability to work in diverse communities and multi-task
-Available, reliable transportation to meet the demands of the assignments. Proof of a valid driver's license and auto insurance are required when driving for Temple ISR field interviewing

-Ability to lift and carry up to 15 pounds (door-to-door) of project-related equipment/materials
-Graduate from high school or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
-Excellent computer and typing skills using a laptop (Windows OS).
-Strong computer skills and familiarity with spreadsheets and databases
-Good oral communication and comprehension skills as well as good writing and analytical skills
-Ability to adjust to the environment outdoors and weather conditions as encountered
-Ability to walk and stand for extended periods of time and climb stairs (various flights) as needed

How To Apply:
No phone calls will be accepted under any circumstances. Please submit resume via email to Non-Temple University applicants will be employees of a third party staffing agency which ISR contracts for personnel and payroll services. Those applicants will be hired and paid directly through the payroll division of this third party.

Jul 6, 2015

Put your helping and leadership skills to work as a Teen Program Manager or Site Manager with The Homeless Children's Playtime Project!

Career Opportunities
Homeless Children's Playtime Project  
Washington D.C. 

Teen Program Manager managing the organization's academic enrichment and supportive programming for teens at the DC General Emergency Family Shelter. 25-30 hours per week.

Site Manager managing the organization's Playtime Programs for preschool and elementary age children in two Columbia Heights shelters. 20 hours per week. 

HCPP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing trauma-informed and educational play programs, as well as advocating for children living in emergency and transitional housing programs. Playtime's mission is to bring safety, joy, a therapeutic environment, and access to community resources to children who are experiencing homelessness.

Jul 2, 2015

Volunteer Research Assistant position in DC! Available immediately!

Volunteer Research Assistant Position
National Institute of Justice (funded study conducted in DC)

Volunteer Research Assistant sought to help with a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) funded randomized, controlled trial of family mediation cases with high levels of intimate partner violence/abuse (IPV/A). The study is being conducted in the Family Mediation Program at the District of Columbia Superior Court’s Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division (Multi-Door). The position is immediately available. 

Position Description: The position will not provide direct clinical training or experience but does involve interacting with individuals with high levels of intimate partner violence and abuse, interacting with project staff, and completing essential research tasks (e.g., data entry, photocopying, making phone calls). Renumeration: The position is unpaid. However, if you can make arrangements to do so, we are willing to work with your educational institution to provide you with credit hours that will count towards the completion of your degree.

How To Apply:
If you are interested, please email your completed application (attached) to both study Principal Investigators: Amy Holtzworth-Munroe, Professor at Indiana University ( and Connie J.A. Beck, Professor at the University of Arizona ( Please put “Research Assistant” in the subject line.

Jul 1, 2015

Interested in pursuing a counseling or therapy career? Consider training to become a Hotline Call Counselor with the Montgomery Mental Health Association!

Hotline Call Counselor: Internship
Volunteer or Intern with the Montgomery County Hotline - Classes start July 20th The Montgomery County hotline is a 24-hour, 7 day a week confidential service. Hotline Counselors provide supportive and confidential listening; crisis prevention and intervention; and give information, referrals and resources. All interested volunteers must complete the hotline's 52-hour prep course, accredited by American Association of Suicidology. Great experience for students interested in graduate school or who are entering careers in counseling, therapy or the nonprofit field. Also an opportunity for anyone looking for a meaningful experience and a way to give back to the community. Must have a high school diploma and be at least 18 years of age.

-reflective listening
-referrals and resources
-crisis prevention and intervention

-good listening skills

How To Apply:  
To apply, email or call (301) 424-0656 ext. 541.