Research Opportunities

Research Assistant | Center for The Treatment and Study of Anxiety | Philadelphia, PA

Posted: April 8, 2019

The Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA) directed by Dr. Edna Foa at the University of Pennsylvania is currently offering a full-time paid research assistantship starting on June 1, 2019. This is a two-year position within our clinical and research center. The CTSA currently has 8 research studies being conducted (several of which are large, multisite NIH and DOD projects) and sees approximately 300 new patients in the clinic per year. The full-time RA would be responsible for the coordination of participant recruitment, scheduling, data management, team administration and IRB management for a specific project on OCD or PTSD. Specific skills required include: basic knowledge of data management programs such as SPSS and Excel, ability to conduct empirical literature reviews, computer proficiency to manage online data collection tools, and good people skills to communicate effectively both within the team and with patients or potential research participants.

To apply, please apply online ( and send an email with a cover letter, resume, and 3 letters of recommendation to Review of materials will begin 4/15/19 and continue until the position is filled.

Research Support Coordinator | University of Miami | Miami, FL

Posted: March 8, 2019

This person will help manage our in-house projects related to the study of the Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatments of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents. More information about our lab can be found here:

Who would be appropriate for this position?: We are hoping to find an outstanding college senior that is a self-starter, highly intelligent, interpersonally skilled, academically motivated, supremely organized and ready for this postbaccalaureate role upon graduating (anticipated start date is August 5, 2019). This person would be willing to learn how to screen families of children and adolescents with emotional disorders by phone and in person for our projects, help with chart and protocol auditing, assist with database management, undergraduate personnel, and exposure therapy for youth or other therapeutic elements as needed. Excellent writing skills and very good time-management would be particularly valued. Someone who is calm and thoughtful in the face of challenges would also be preferred. Although not required, we particularly encourage applications from individuals who are bilingual in English and Spanish.

Requirements: (1) Move to Miami! Soak up the sunshine, the beaches and a very friendly work environment. (2) Commit to working with us for two-years. (3) Be ready to present some posters, and collaborate in writing up some manuscripts. We have data on cool treatments for kids! You are welcome to utilize it, learn from it and help us make those treatments even better and more available to others who can use them. (3) Be eligible to be hired as an employee of the University of Miami (our Human Resources controls this, not us personally – here are some details to review: (4) Bring something new to the job. We admire and respect diversity in all forms. We hope to add to our team with someone that will bring new, fresh perspectives and life experiences to the position.

How do I apply? (1) Send your CV, an email stating your interest and at least 2 reference letters to (2) Select candidates will be contacted with more details. (3) Please submit materials by April 30, 2019 for full consideration, although we will consider applicants after this date as needed until the position is filled.

I have more questions! No problem. Please feel free to contact Dr. Jill Ehrenreich-May, Director of the Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami at with any questions or initial inquiries about the job.

Research Assistants | Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University | Providence, RI

Posted: March 8, 2019

Seeking full-time Research Assistants (RAs) for suicide and depression research in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.


RAs will work under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Liu at Bradley Hospital assisting with three NIMH-funded studies: (i) examining the interrelationship between life stress and impulsivity in accounting for recurrent suicidal behavior in adolescent inpatients within a multi-wave, prospective design; (ii) evaluating the potential for transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to modulate impulsive cognition and behavior in adolescent suicide attempters, within a three-group randomized design, through specific neural pathways, as assessed with electroencephalography (EEG)/event-related potentials (ERPs); and (iii) using computational psychiatry to characterize neurocognitive processes underlying short-term risk for suicidal behavior in adolescents. We have a fourth study focused on delineating the pathophysiology underlying the relation between dysregulation of the gut microbiome (dysbiosis) and depression in young adults. Our lab also uses mobile technology (e.g., EMA) in the study of depression and suicide.

Duties & 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. This position is particularly suited for individuals interested in gaining research and clinical experience prior to graduate or medical school.

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in psychology or related field, be very detail oriented, have excellent oral and written communication 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.

Application information:

This position(s) will begin summer 2019. To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV to:

Study Coordinator/Research Assistant | Dialectical Behavior Therapy Research | Seattle, WA

Posted: March 8, 2019


We are seeking a full-time Study Coordinator/Research Assistant (RA) to work in the lab of Dr. Melanie Harned at the VA Puget Sound, Seattle Division. The RA will work on an NIMH-funded study evaluating pragmatic methods of assessing fidelity to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in community practice settings. This position is temporary (1 year) and will begin in June or July 2019. This is an ideal opportunity for individuals interested in gaining additional research experience before applying to graduate school in psychology or related fields. There may also be opportunities to present at national conferences and assist in the development of manuscripts.


  • Assist with recruitment and consenting of study participants
  • Oversee enrollment, retention, and tracking of all study participants
  • Function as the liaison between study participants and study staff
  • Track and schedule all assessments and research activities
  • Monitor data collection and conduct quality assurance audits
  • Manage and enter data
  • Monitor receipt and storage of confidential files and audio-video recordings
  • Perform related duties as required

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology or related field
  • Full-time (40 hours/week)
  • One-year commitment

Desirable Skills:

  • Previous research experience, including consenting study participants
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team
  • Experience with data management and statistical software
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Very detail-oriented

Application information:

To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV to