Research Opportunities

Research Assistants | Johns Hopkins Center for OCD, Anxiety, and Related Disorders for Children (JH-COACH) | East Baltimore Campus

Posted: February 11, 2019

Recruiting Center: Johns Hopkins Center for OCD, Anxiety, and Related Disorders for Children (JH-COACH)

Affiliation: JHU School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Location: JHU East Baltimore Campus

Center Director: Joseph F. McGuire, Ph.D.

RAs’ Direct Supervisor: Joey Ka-Yee Essoe, Ph.D. (Postdoc Research Fellow)


  • The JH-COACH is currently digitizing archival data while preparing to launch a series of research projects to examine factors that may improve behavioral treatment for youth with tics disorders, OCD, anxiety, and anorexia nervosa.
  • Research methodologies JH-COACH utilizes include virtual reality, psycho-physiology, cognitive behavioral therapy, and salivary hormone testing.

About RAs’ Direct Supervisor

  • RAs will be directly supervised by Dr. Essoe, who is an experienced research mentor. Many of her former students have been accepted into research-based graduate programmes (6 Ph.D., 2 M.S.), medical school or Pharm.D. programmers (3), or are working in leading technological companies (3).
  • As her track record would attest, Dr. Essoe is committed to cultivating and furthering the careers of her students.
  • For RAs whose term is greater than six months, Dr. Essoe will compose truthful letters of recommendation (LOR), and submit them punctually at RAs’ request. LOR requests are to be submitted at least one month in advance.
  • Dr. McGuire may also be available to provide selected RAs for clinic-oriented training and academic/research advisement.

Research Assistant Information

  • We are currently recruiting 3-4 volunteer research assistants (RAs).
  • All RAs‘ primary responsibilities include data entry and video coding for the aforementioned archival data.
  • Contingent on RAs’ interest, ability, and reliability, they may have opportunities to receive additional training to conduct eligibility screening (over the telephone with parents of prospective participants), clinical assessments, psycho-physiological data collection and analysis, and virtual reality development.

Eligibility and Expectation

  • RAs must meet the requirements set by the JH Hospital, and complete all the required online training.
  • Professionalism, respect, courtesy, and punctuality are expected when interacting (in-person and in correspondence) with peers, supervisors, collaborators, and most especially with participants.
  • As long as participants are present–even when no direct interactions are anticipated–RAs must be friendly in demeanor and to dress professionally and modestly.
  • A minimal of 6 hours a week is usually required for the RA and supervisors to get the most out of their collaboration. However, under special circumstances, exceptions can be made. No upper limit has been imposed by JH-COACH. An RA’s time commitment will be determined between the RA and the direct supervisor and re-evaluated every semester or as needed.
  • JH-COACH reserves the right to terminate RA-ship at any point if these expectations are not met, or if an RA violates any JHH policies including those on HIPAA handling, sexual harassment, and bullying.

How to Apply

  • Interested and eligible applicants are invited to submit a cover letter, CV or résumé, and a list of 3 references to Dr. Essoe (

NOVA Undergraduate Research Team Competition | HOUR Program | Homewood Campus

Posted: February 11, 2019

The NOVA Undergraduate Research Team Competition is a new HOUR program designed for groups or teams of two or more Hopkins undergraduates in any field, working together on a research or scholarly creative project. HOUR will be awarding three teams’ research grants up to $6000 in funding to pursue their project over the year following the award. All awarded teams will be required to present their project at an upcoming DREAMS event as well as one professional conference or outside event of their choosing.

Volunteer Research Assistant Positions | Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences | North Bethesda, MD

Posted: November 16, 2018

Volunteers will be primarily assigned to Post Admission Cognitive Therapy (PACT) transcriptions. Volunteers will be exposed to military suicide prevention studies, psychotherapy research, curriculum development, and randomized clinical trials methodology. A position of this type can serve as professional experience in the fields of military mental health, psychology, and suicide prevention – and will strengthen a candidate’s application to graduate programs in psychology or related fields.

Primary Responsibilities:

– Transcribe audio files of PACT therapy sessions and help-seeking interviews with inpatients admitted to military treatment facilities following a recent suicide-related crisis

– Compile and distribute weekly lists of suicide related abstracts

– Conduct literature reviews and write literature summaries

Additional opportunities may be available for highly motivated candidates who remain beyond two semesters. Opportunities also exist for recommendation letters depending on overall performance.


– Minimum commitment: Either (1) 16 hours a week for one semester or (2) 8 hours a week for two semesters (we prefer a year commitment)

– The position is unpaid, but course credit may be set up in collaboration with the volunteer’s academic institution

– Availability on Friday from 12pm-1pm for Biweekly Volunteer Meeting – THIS IS MANDATORY

Application Process:

Please send (1) cover letter (2) updated CV, (3) ALL of your windows of availability (days and times, within Monday-Friday, 7AM-4PM), and (4) whether you prefer 16hrs/wk for one semester or 8hrs/wk for two semesters to: Amber Fox (

Research Assistant | ASD Developmental Science Lab | Weill Cornell Medicine

Posted: November 15, 2018

The ASD Development Lab (PI: So Hyun “Sophy” Kim, Ph.D.) at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB; Director: Catherine Lord, Ph.D.) at Weill Cornell Medicine is currently seeking full-time research assistants to work on research studies on children and adults with autism spectrum disorders including an ongoing studies funded by NIMH and Simon’s Foundation (PI : Sophy Kim). The RA’s primary responsibilities include behavioral coding, subject recruitment, testing participants with standardized assessments as well as play-based assessments, managing and analyzing data sets, preparing and maintaining IRB protocols. RA will be working with individuals with autism with varying levels of language and cognitive abilities. The expected start date for the position is January 2019. See below for more details. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual who would like to gain research experience prior to attending graduate school.

Application review will take place on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Interested applicants should send a CV, names and contact information for 2 references, and a cover letter describing the relevant experience, interests, and long-term goals to Sophy Kim (

Position Activities:

  • Codes videos of parent-child interactions using newly developed treatment outcome measures
  • Recruits subjects for research studies based on study recruitment criteria.
  • Maintains paper and electronic research and clinical records in accordance with Medical College policies and procedures.
  • Organizes, schedules, and conducts clinical research assessments using specialized interviews and psychological assessment measures.
  • Conducts literature searches and provides manuscript preparation support.
  • Assists with the preparation of grant proposals and IRB applications and amendments.
  • Collects and updates datasets including test scores, demographics, and training records.
  • Enters data into databases.
  • Carries out and prepares written reports of simple statistical analyses.
  • Prepares PowerPoint presentations.
  • Run ERP/EEG sessions with young children.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology or related field and related experience.
  • Transportation required for local travel.

Highly Desired Requirements:

  • Experience with autism or with children and families with developmental disabilities or mental health issues preferred.
  • Ability to speak Spanish.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Superior interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Familiarity with software including EPrime, R, SPSS, MS Word, Access, and PowerPoint. SAS, Stat, Medline, PsychInfo, and other library resources a plus.
  • Must be able to coordinate a large data set with accuracy and provide timely dissemination of information arising from it.

Note: No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Weill Cornell Medical College is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EOE/M/F/Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Contact: Please send cover letters and resumes to Sophy Kim

So Hyun “Sophy” Kim, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Center for Autism and the Developing Brain Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital

21 Bloomingdale Road

White Plains, NY 10605

Research Assistant | Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Position | National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH)

Posted: November 8, 2018

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Emotion and Development Branch, Section on Mood Dysregulation and Neuroscience (SMDN) and Neuroscience and Novel Therapeutics Unit (NNT), in Bethesda, Maryland, seek qualified individuals to fill IRTA (Intramural Research Training Award) positions, with employment starting late May/early June 2019.

SMDN conducts research on the brain mechanisms of mental illness in youth. Our particular research interest involves the investigation of the brain mechanisms associated with chronic irritability in children and adolescents. NNT uses brain-based knowledge to develop new treatments, such as a new application of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

The full-time positions require a bachelor’s degree and a U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status (resident alien). A minimum commitment of one year is expected; however, a two-year commitment is strongly preferred. Duties and responsibilities include assistance with and participation in all aspects of the research enterprise: patient and healthy volunteer screening and recruitment; protocol implementation; data collection, entry, and analysis; and manuscript preparation. This work involves using computer statistical and graphics programs, preparing blood samples, and researching scientific literature. In addition, the position involves regular patient contact during outpatient cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment clinic visits. IRTAs can observe diagnostic interviews with patients and become familiar with standard psychometric procedures. IRTAs are also involved in training subjects to participate in neuroimaging and analyzing neuroimaging data.

IRTAs will work as part of a multidisciplinary research team including physicians, psychologists, clinical social workers, and psychiatric nurses at the nation’s largest medical research center, the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.

Successful applicants will be awarded post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellowships, which provide opportunities for recent college graduates to spend time engaged in biomedical investigation. During their tenure in the program, post-baccalaureate fellows are also expected to initiate the application process for graduate or medical school.

Interested individuals should complete the online application found at the following website (link can be found under “Application Procedure”):

Following completion of the online application, individuals should also forward a letter of interest and resume to:

Hannah Grassie

National Institutes of Health

Department of Health and Human Services


Clinical Neuroscience Researcher | Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences | Stanford School of Medicine

Posted: October 12, 2018

Principal Investigator: Dr. Leanne Williams

Department Name: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford School of Medicine

Appointment Start Date: The position is open until filled

Group or Departmental Website:

How to Submit Application Materials: Apply through the Stanford website at: or email with a CV and cover letter.

The PanLab for Precision Mental Health and Translational Neuroscience within the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science is currently recruiting for a Clinical Neuroscience Research Associate to perform assessment and data processing duties involved with human clinical neuroscience projects. The PanLab is developing precision medicine approaches for mental health disorders, spanning mood, anxiety and attention disorders. We focus on developing new brain-based classifications that guide an understanding of the individual and subsequent treatment selection.

Specifically, the primary focus of the Clinical Neuroscience Research Associate will be to screen potential human participants, schedule testing sessions, and perform participant assessments using questionnaire, functional MRI and cognitive testing. Some participants may also be tested using wearable sensors, tested with EEG and provide lab-based samples, such as saliva for DNA. The position requires a deep interest in the subject area and a comfort with participant interactions, including in telephone and in-person interviews, and for each of the assessment modalities. These study tasks will include management of study data. There will also be the opportunity to assist with pre-processing and statistical data analysis, including for scientific reports and publications. The position will be supervised and mentored by an inter-disciplinary team of investigators spanning the Schools of Medicine and Engineering. The position will be based within a collaborative team and the PanLab values cooperation, fairness, efficiency and conscientiousness.

Required Qualifications:

  • Two year college degree and two years related work experience or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of related education and relevant experience.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Knowledge of medical research terminology.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous research experience in the fields of Biology, Psychology or Neurosciences.
  • 1-2 years of related hands-on experience in acquiring and/or processing fMRI data;
  • Proficiency with basic programming and scripts;
  • Familiarity with working in Linux/Unix;
  • Beginner to Intermediate level of MATLAB experience;
  • Technical skills and familiarity with imaging software packages such as SPM, FSL and/or FreeSurfer;
  • Previous work with human participants
  • CITI training and certification for human subject’s research is preferred.

Working Conditions:

  • Occasional evening and weekend hours.
  • Position may at times require the employee to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or exposure to chemicals, blood, body fluid or tissues and risk of exposure to contagious diseases and infections.
  • May require extended or unusual work hours based on research requirements and business needs.

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.