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Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

NOW RECRUITING FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2018:

The Boundaries of Anxiety and Depression Lab in the Department of Psychology at Penn is seeking undergraduate students to assist with clinical research. Research in our lab is focusing on anxiety and depression. We focus in particular on cognitive, behavioral, and emotional processes that increase risk for these conditions. We study these processes in clinical populations using a variety of approaches, including laboratory experiments, daily diary methods, and psychophysiological measurement.

Our student assistants are exposed to all aspects of the clinical research process, including study planning and design, participant recruitment, data collection and management, library work, and preparing presentations of our research findings for conferences and journals. Lab meetings provide opportunities to learn about the broader field of clinical psychology and to discuss professional and graduate school issues. This is a great chance to learn skills that complement knowledge gained in class and to increase preparation and competitiveness for graduate school.

Qualifications:

We are looking for highly conscientious, responsible, detail-oriented student volunteers who are enthusiastic and self-motivated. Psychology or BBB majors thinking of going on to graduate school are preferred. No prior research experience is necessary. The position requires a two-semester commitment of at least 10 hours per week; hours are flexible. The start date for this position can be either Spring or Summer 2018.

Deadline for applications: Friday, October 20, 2017

Please download an application here and return it to Christina Johnson via email (cajohn@sas.upenn.edu).

 

Independent Study in Clinical Psychology: Anxiety and Depression 

The Boundaries of Anxiety and Depression Lab in the Department of Psychology at Penn is seeking motivated undergraduate students to contribute to our research. Research in our lab focuses on anxiety and depression. We focus in particular on cognitive, behavioral, and emotional processes that increase risk for these conditions. We study these processes in clinical and healthy populations using a variety of approaches (laboratory experiments, correlational studies, daily diary methods) and measures (self-report, behavioral, psychophysiological).

Independent Study students earn course credit (PSYC 399) for conducting a mentored research project. Working closely with Professor Ruscio, they design and carry out a year-long, original research study in the area of anxiety or depression. Students gain experience with study design, participant screening and recruitment, data collection, data management and analysis, and scientific writing. Depending on the outcomes of the project and the interest of the student, students may have the chance to disseminate their findings to the scientific community through conference presentation or publication. Weekly meetings with Professor Ruscio provide a venue for discussing challenges and opportunities involved in conducting informative clinical research.

Qualifications:  Students who have completed PSYC162 (Abnormal Psychology) and STAT111 (or its equivalent) are eligible to apply. Permission of Dr. Ruscio is required to enroll. Students are expected to enroll in PSYC 399 during the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters.

To apply, please download and complete an application here and email it to Professor Ruscio by early April. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all PSYC 399 slots have been filled.

E-mail: ruscio@psych.upenn.edu

Phone: (215) 573-4113