Category Archives: Research Assistantship Opportunities

Immediate research position available with Hofstra grad student

Seeking undergraduate psychology students to volunteer as researchers in multiple areas of a dissertation research project studying the effectiveness of DBT Skills in improving social interactions and emotion regulation in high functioning teenagers on the Autism spectrum.

  • Watch 45 minute video recordings of group sessions and use coding sheet to record frequency counts of certain pre-determined behaviors
  • Videos can be viewed at home on a secure network as they are encrypted.
  • Will require approximately 12 hours total to be completed as soon as possible. No later than end of July.

***In return, student will be included in any research poster or forum presentations and acknowledged if this moves toward publication.

Please contact Kyle Haney (kylemhaney@gmail.com) if interested.

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Summer RA position on campus

Monica Ierardo is looking for undergraduate research assistants to assist with data entry and video coding for a dissertation research study looking at the impact of psychoeducation on self-awareness, disorder knowledge, and social behavior in adolescents diagnosed with high functioning autism spectrum disorder. Research assistants would participate by coding videos of a 5-minute conversation as well as coding treatment sessions for adherence. Research assistants would be trained on coding guidelines by the principle investigator and all coding would be done at Hofstra University in the Saltzman Center, as the recording cannot leave the building. The study is a single subject design and has three participants in total. If you are interested in more information or in participating during the summer please contact her at monicaierardo@gmail.com.

Assorted summer and post-graduation research opportunities

Some people at Duke have put together a website you can search for summer, academic year, and post-graduation research opportunities. Some of them overlap with items we’ve posted on this blog, but there are additional opportunities listed as well: https://psychandneuro.duke.edu/undergraduate/research-opportunities-jobs

Three RA positions with Dr. Ploran for this semester (and beyond)

POSITION 1: Dr. Ploran is looking for a research assistant to do an intensive literature search and some experiment programming for a project on cognitive impairment in lupus patients. An introduction to programming will be given, but the student will be expected to work independently and develop their own skills over the course of the semester as needed. Sophomores and juniors who have completed Research Methods with a B+ or better and have taken Cognition, Behavioral Neuro, or Clinical Neuro will be given priority.

POSITION 2: Dr. Ploran is looking for a second research assistant to run an experiment assessing biophysical reactions to pain stimuli in conjunction with a virtual reality distractor task. Students should be comfortable with taking blood pressure readings using an automated cuff. Students should also feel comfortable using new computer software and equipment with minimal oversight. Students with previous EMT or other medical experience will be given priority.

POSITION 3: Dr. Ploran is looking for a third research assistant to help with data organization and analysis on a project examining the effects of fetal heart monitor graphical design on the ability of RNs and MDs to accurately assess the output. Students who completed Statistics with an A- or A will be given priority. Strong Excel skills a plus.

Applicants should fill out the Research Assistant application form found here and send it to psyejp@hofstra.edu by Feb 8th with a note identifying the desired position(s) (any applicants not selected by Dr. Ploran will be put into the main recruitment pool for Spring 2017). If you already submitted an application to the main pool but would like to be considered for one of these positions specifically, please send Dr. Ploran an email.

Two research positions w/Dr. Ploran

POSITION 1: Dr. Ploran is looking for a research assistant to do an intensive literature search and some experiment programming for a project on cognitive impairment in lupus patients. An introduction to programming will be given, but the student will be expected to work independently and develop their own skills over the course of the semester as needed. Applicants should fill out the Research Assistant application form found here and send it to psyejp@hofstra.edu by Feb 3rd (any applicants not selected by Dr. Ploran will be put into the main recruitment pool for Spring 2017). Sophomores and juniors who have completed Research Methods with a B+ or better and have taken Cognition, Behavioral Neuro, or Clinical Neuro will be given priority.

POSITION 2: Dr. Ploran is looking for a second research assistant to run an experiment assessing biophysical reactions to pain stimuli in conjunction with a virtual reality distractor task. Students should be comfortable with taking blood pressure readings using an automated cuff. Students should also feel comfortable using new computer software and equipment with minimal oversight. Applicants should fill out the Research Assistant application form found here and send it to psyejp@hofstra.edu by Feb 3rd (any applicants not selected by Dr. Ploran will be put into the main recruitment pool for Spring 2017). Students with previous EMT or other medical experience will be given priority.

Part-time research internships at Bio-Behavioral Institute in Great Neck

Bio-Behavioral Institute
935 Northern Blvd, Great Neck, NY 11021 |
  • The Bio-Behavioral Institute is an internationally known psychology and psychiatric clinic dedicated to the treatment and research of anxiety and mood disorders.
  • We are currently recruiting Psychology majors (Junior or Senior) to volunteer for a minimum of 8 hours per week at the Bio-Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, NY.
  • Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 1. Entering data; 2. Analyzing data; 3. Literature research; 4. Organizing events; 5. Assistance in therapeutic exercises and experiments.
  • We provide a great opportunity to gain knowledge and hands-on experience in various research topics such as OCD, BDD, Hoarding Disorder, etc.
  • Opportunities for summer internships are also available.
  • All interested applicants please send CV to dcurci1@pride.hofstra.edu

Note from Dr. Ploran: One of our recent grads worked at Bio-Behavioral for a year after graduation and loved the experience. He has since moved on to grad school and is doing great!

Research assistant opportunity at Hofstra, including weekend work in NYC

Seeking one or more undergraduate volunteers to assist with a graduate student research project exploring the use of an ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) protocol for treatment of audition/performance anxiety in professional musical theater performers. Candidates are expected to:

-Be available to come to the studio in Times Square for the 8 session treatment to administer/collect self-report measures, setup and breakdown room, and assist in administering treatment. Some funds to reimburse LIRR/subway travel into the city will be available. Treatments are currently expected to occur on Sundays starting in February 2017. As of now, the dates are expected to include: 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2, and 4/9

-Email participants links to questionnaires

-Data entry

-Proofread text and formatting of adapted book and protocol

-Print and organize materials

-Help the primary investigator to feel less overwhelmed

-(Optional, but preferred) Be willing to come into NYC one day in January to post flyers at 6-7 audition locations throughout midtown Manhattan

Extra bonus points for candidates who have an interest in musical theater/have ever been in a play/have friends who are performers/took an acting class once/play an instrument/sing in the shower/know who Sutton Foster is. Good sense of humor is a must!

Interested students should complete the RA application found here (https://hofstrapsychadvising.wordpress.com/research-assistantships/) ASAP and email it to MichaelAlanJacobs@gmail.com