Research Assistants Sought for a Study Examining the Prevention of Trauma-Based Disorders


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Do you have an interest in psychopathology in general, trauma-based disorders in particular, and virtual reality worlds? Are you looking for research experience and perhaps authorship on a poster/article to strengthen your graduate school applications? Would it be helpful to receive Psyc 300 (lab team research) credits?

My lab team is examining factors that affect the etiology of trauma-based disorders, toward the development of prevention protocols. We will be exposing participants to fear-inducing virtual worlds, applying an intervention, and measuring behavioral, cognitive, and perceptual outcomes across time.

As a research assistant you would engage in a variety of activities, including the following:

  • screening potential participants for psychiatric and medical disorders
  • running participants through the experimental protocol
  • attending weekly meetings with the research team to discuss the protocol and relevant journal articles
  • assisting with data analysis and interpretation

I’m looking for highly motivated psychology majors and prospective psychology majors to join my lab team in the winter ’23 term. Students must be available to attend lab meetings during the 6a slot (and a bit beyond: 3:10-4:55 pm) on Wednesdays. Because of the training involved, preference will be given to those who could commit to working on the team for at least three terms. The terms needn’t be consecutive, for those studying abroad. Students will receive 2 or 3 credits of Psyc 300 per term, with 3-4 hours of total work per week per credit.

To apply, please complete the form below. Applications received by October 25 will receive full consideration. Please note that the application process is quite competitive, as I typically receive many more applications than there are spots available. I look forward to hearing from you!

Ken Abrams
Professor of Psychology

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