Research Assistant Positions for 2020-2021

  1. Research Specialist: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of PsychiatryResearch Specialist: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Candidates are being considered for a full-time Research Specialist position at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine with Dr. Rachel Vaughn-Coaxum in the Department of Psychiatry. This position is to support two research studies investigating effects of childhood adversity exposure on psychotherapy processes for depression in adolescents, funded by the NIMH and the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation. The start date for the position is Fall 2020. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled. Please direct questions or additional inquiries to Dr. Vaughn-Coaxum ( For more information and to access the application portal, please see the position posting: Brief Description of Duties: The responsibilities of the Research Specialist will include but are not limited to coordinating recruitment efforts; organizing and overseeing data collection; assisting in the development and management of study protocols; conducting clinical interviews and research assessments; assiting with mentorship of students working on the projects; maintaining and revising IRB protocols and other research compliance reports; management, cleaning, and preparation of data collected via online survey platforms, psychophysiological assessment, and behavioral tasks. Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or a related field. Minimum one year of prior research experience (including experience as a student). Proficiency in word processing and Excel. Preferred Qualifications: Experience working in a psychology, psychiatry, or other clinical science lab. Experience working with children and/or adolescents in mental health services or research settings. Experience with data management and use of software programs for statistical analysis. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrate strong organizational and time-management skills with exceptional attention to detail; have proficiency in managing multiple tasks and working independently as well as with a team; and preferably have experience interfacing with children and/or adolescents and parents in a clinical research setting. The Research Specialist will be provided with training in clinical assessment and behavioral treatment methodology and will gain experience in research administration procedures and the preparation of manuscripts or grants. Additional independent research opportunities will be available based on interest and suitability. This position is well-suited for individuals interested in pursuing graduate study in clinical psychology or related programs. Posted September 22, 2020. 

  2. Research Coordinator position at Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School General. Summary / Overview: RAs will work under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Liu, assisting primarily with two NIMH-funded studies using computational methods to model neurocognitive markers and ambulatory indices (i.e., mobile technology including actigraphy, physiological arousal, and ecological momentary assessment) of short-term risk for suicidal behavior in adolescents. This position is particularly suited for individuals interested in gaining research and clinical experience prior to graduate or medical school. Principal Duties and Responsibilities: Responsibilities will include: data collection and management; participant recruitment, retention, and reimbursement; interfacing with the hospital clinical staff and participants recruited from the adolescent inpatient units; supervision of undergraduate volunteers; and IRB submissions and modifications. There may be opportunities to conduct independent research, submit presentations to national conferences, and prepare manuscripts for publication. Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities: Qualified applicants must have a bachelor's degree, strong writing and organizational skills, and be able to work autonomously as well within a collaborative team environment. Experience with data management and statistical software (e.g., SPSS, Mplus, R) and with writing scripts in E-Prime are preferred but not required. Psychology, sociology, and premed majors are encouraged to apply, but all are welcome. Prior research or clinical experience is strongly recommended. If interested, please apply at using job number: 3131747. We request a CV and cover letter outlining your reasons for applying, and the strengths you would bring to the position. Start date: Fall 2020. Posted September 7, 2020.

  3. Research Specialist: Decision Neuroscience and Psychopathology Lab at University of Pittsburgh. The candidate will work on several NIH-supported lines of research provided to our lab, which works in close collaboration with Michael Hallquist’s Developmental Personality Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. The candidate’s primary responsibility will be to assist with the design, implementation, and administration of research protocols focusing on personality, psychopathology, neuroscience, and computational modeling. One focus of this position will be to implement a NIMH-funded K01 study examining how aversive learning deficits contribute to the severe negative affect found in most forms of psychopathology. The project synthesizes structural equation modeling, functional neuroimaging, and associative learning theory to characterize the neurobehavioral systems that contribute to maladaptive threat responding. Another study is anticipated to assess how aversive uncertainty learning is altered in anxiety and affects anxious avoidance and incorporates behavioral and ecological assessment, computational modeling, and neuroimaging. Candidates will also be expected to contribute to other lab projects that use reinforcement learning theory to examine decision-making processes involved in suicide, depression, and borderline personality disorder. Responsibilities for the current position include, but are not limited to, assistance with research design and protocols, data collection, data management, participant recruitment and retention, lab administration, and analysis of behavioral and neuroimaging data. The ideal candidate will have strong quantitative skills, programming experience, some experience in psychology or neuroscience research, and an interest in cognitive neuroscience as it pertains to psychopathology. The following skills are preferred: programming (R, Matlab, Bash or similar); [f]MRI processing and analysis (FSL, AFNI, SPM); experience with psychopathology and behavioral assessment.  The lab environment is collaborative, and staff have the opportunity to acquire a variety of technical skills, as well as a rich theoretical foundation. Successful lab members get support with independent data projects. Required: BA/BS in neuroscience, psychology, engineering, economics, statistics, math, or any relevant science field. Given the extensive training required, a 2- or 3-year commitment is preferred. To apply, please submit a CV, cover letter that describes research interests, and a list of three references to Mandy Collier ( Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions have been filled. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law. Posted July 25, 2020. 

  4. Research Coordinator at University of Miami. Dr. Kiara Timpano in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami is seeking a full-time Research Support Coordinator for the Program for Anxiety, Stress and OCD. Primary responsibilities will be shared across two NIMH funded projects, including an investigation of transdiagnostic cognitive and emotional risk for the affective disorders, and a study investigating decision making in patients with hoarding disorder. The position will involve a range of responsibilities including recruiting and scheduling participants for research studies, data collection (diagnostic and behavioral), data analysis, administrative duties, IRB management, and general management of lab operations. A great attitude, excellent communication skills, good organizational skills, ability to work in a team, take initiative, and lead are highly desired. Opportunities to present at conferences and to write papers are provided, commensurate with interest and experience. In-depth training and personalized mentoring will be provided on an ongoing basis. The candidate must have completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology or a related field and one year of work experience. Research experience gained as an undergraduate student will be considered. Applicants should submit a CV, cover letter and three references. The University of Miami is among the top research universities and academic medical centers in the nation, and one of the largest private employers in South Florida. The University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace, supporting a culture of belonging, where everyone feels valued and has the opportunity to add value. Posted July 7, 2020. 

  5. Research Coordinator Position at Georgia State University. We have an open position in the Alcohol and Sexual Assault Prevention Lab in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. We are seeking a full-time research assistant (Job Title: Program Coordinator). We are looking to recruit a highly skilled and motivated individual to manage NIAAA/NIDA research projects focused on the prevention of alcohol use, sexual assault, and related behavior. The Alcohol and Sexual Assault Prevention Lab research uses both technology-based prevention and experimental paradigms using alcohol administration. Preferred qualifications include a bachelor’s degree, at least one year of research experience, and ability to work with adolescents and diverse populations. This position is contingent on grant funding and will begin as soon as July 1, 2020. To apply for the position, please go to: Posted June 20, 2020. 

  6. Post-Baccalaureate Research Position at San Diego State University. Drs. Lea Dougherty (University of Maryland College Park) and Jillian Wiggins (San Diego State University) and the Translational Emotion Neuroscience and Development Lab ( in the Department of Psychology at San Diego State University (SDSU) in San Diego, CA is seeking to hire (pending funding approval) a full-time post-baccalaureate research assistant for an NIMH-funded research project examining neural mechanisms of risk and resilience in early childhood irritability. We use functional and structural MRI methods, observational laboratory-based measures, and clinical diagnostic interviews. Successful candidates should have keen attention to detail; ability to work professionally with parents and children; and strong organization, problem solving, and analytic skills. Prior background in psychology, development, or neuroscience is also a plus but not required. We seek a post-bacc who is motivated and ambitious, who is prepared for a hands-on research experience including the use of new tasks and techniques. Responsibilities will include: (1) conducting experiments in young children (behavioral and MRI data collection); (2) training and supervising undergraduate students; (3) contributing to administrative duties of the lab; and (4) assisting with research protocols and compliance. The position will start in September 2020. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. This is a one-year position renewable contingent on performance and funding. Interested individuals should email a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information of 3 references to Lea Dougherty at ldougher@umd.eduPlease include all documents in a single pdf file and include your last name in the file (i.e., “LASTNAME.pdf”). Posted June 6, 2020. 

  7. Research Assistant Position at Alpert Medical School of Brown University. The Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Research Program at the Alpert Medical School of BrownUniversity/Butler Hospital is seeking a full-time research assistant to work on an NIMH-funded R01 study investigating dimensional endophenotypes in anxiety and OC spectrum disorders. Primary responsibilities include participant recruitment and screening, data collection/ management, clinical assessment and administration of cognitive-affective assessments. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in psychology, neuroscience or related field, be very detail oriented, have excellent oral and written communication skills, and be able to work independently as well as within a team setting on multiple tasks. Prior experience with psychophysiological assessment and neuroimaging is a plus. This position will begin in June/July 2020and a 2-year commitment is strongly preferred.  Interested applicants are invited to learn more about the position and apply here: For questions regarding this position, please contact Sarah Garnaat, PhD( Posted May 07, 2020. 

  8. Research Assistant Position in mHealth and SMI at Brown University Affiliated Butler Hospital. The Psychosocial Research Program at Butler Hospital is looking to hire a full-time research assistant to work on a study related to mHealth and severe mental illness.  The position is available for start in the summer of 2020.  In particular, we are hiring for an NIMH-funded project focused on the development and testing of a new mobile intervention for patients with schizophrenia following psychiatric hospitalization, which is run by Brandon Gaudiano, Ph.D. and Ethan Moitra, Ph.D. Additional opportunities will be available to work on related projects testing interventions for patients with suicidality, bipolar disorder, and co-occurring substance use disorders.  The Psychosocial Research Program, located in Providence, RI, is affiliated with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. For more information, please refer to faculty pages: and Hospital is a Brown University-affiliated psychiatric and substance abuse hospital located in Providence, RI. Butler Hospital is one of the earliest psychiatric facilities established in the United States. The Psychosocial Research Program at Butler is one of several active research groups at the hospital. Dr. Ivan Miller is the Director and the program is comprised of academic psychologists, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, master’s-level interventionists, and project coordinators. Research in this group is currently funded by numerous NIH grants, and the majority of this work centers on post-hospital transition interventions, suicide prevention, technology-assisted assessment and intervention, mood and psychotic disorders, and comorbid conditions (addictions and physical health problems) conducted in a variety of clinical settings (inpatient, partial hospital, and outpatient). Apply online at: all other inquires to Ms. Hyun Seon Park at Posted April 16, 2020.