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Job & Internship notices:When the advising office receives notices about job, internship or research assistant openings, we will post those here. Information posted here does not constitute any endorsement on the part of the Psychology Department nor does it indicate that these opportunities have been vetted by the Psychology Department. Some postings are internal to UMass, others are off campus. Those who are seeking positions (particularly for course credit) should also check the information on the RA, TA, Internship page. You should also consult with Career Services to make use of their much larger database of job and internship opportunities. You can also get help there to create your resume and other assistance including opening a file for letters of recommendation that Career Services can send out for you in the future.

You might also find this link from Career Services about what you can do with a psych major of interest.

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Current off-campus and summer on-campus postings (most recent additions at the top)

Spring 2016

Agency & Location


Brief Description

Date Posted

Research Assistant in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Children's Hospital

We are looking for someone with a background in psychology, especially those interested in research and technology. If interested please contact by June 3rd with a resume and cover letter.

Research Assistant in Department of Psychiatry

At Boston Children’s Hospital, success is measured in patients treated, parents comforted and teams taught. It’s in discoveries made, processes perfected, and technology advanced. In major medical breakthroughs, small acts of kindness, colleagues who have your back, and in patients who have your heart. As a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, our reach is global and our impact is profound. Join the Psychiatry Quality Program within our acclaimed Psychiatry Department and discover how your talents can change lives. Yours included. TriVox Health is an online patient screening and monitoring platform developed at Boston Children’s Hospital (see that supports gathering patient reported outcomes. The research assistant is broadly responsible for assisting in the implementation and evaluation of the TriVox Health system within the department of psychiatry. This includes the enrollment and support of families, providing support to staff, liaising with the larger TriVox Health team, acting as the primary advocate and support for TriVox Health within the Department of Psychiatry, and the participation in the preparation of academic and scholarly papers regarding implementation and evaluation.

Minimum Knowledge and Skills required by the Job...
1. Work requires the knowledge of theories, principles, and concepts typically acquired through completion of a Bachelor's degree in life/social science or closely related field. Experience and interest in quality improvement, health administration, public health, and/or medicine is a plus.
2. Work requires the ability to provide excellent customer service and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and provide empathy in difficult interpersonal situations.
3. A strong sense of accountability and responsibility to get the job done well – not just done. Have strong organizational skills; be detail - oriented, and able to manage competing priorities 4. Work requires familiarity and experience with information technology, including software for office productivity, cloud - based computing and collaborative workspaces, and social media.
5. A love of learning and can take initiative to do so. Like to think of ways to problem solve and improve processes and outcomes.
6. Availability to commit for at least 2 years.



The Clark Relationships Lab at Yale University

To apply: please send a CV, unofficial grade report, a brief cover letter that explains your interest in the program, and your availability between July and August to

Clark Lab Summer Internship – Emotion Expression in Potential Close Relationships Project

The Clark Relationships Lab at Yale University seeks volunteer research assistants. Two project-based positions will focus on emotion expression in potential close relationships are available. The ideal candidate is a motivated undergraduate or recent graduate with an interest in social psychology and possibly in pursuing an advanced degree in this area. Research experience is an asset but not a necessity. Indeed, an educational research experience is what we are committed to providing. Hours will vary depending on the phase of the research and research assistant availability. Hours will be committed to in advance but will be flexible. Involvement in the project will include study preparation, data collection, analysis, and collaborative meetings with Kate Von Culin (an advanced Ph.D. student leading the project) and with Dr. Margaret Clark, head of the lab. This opportunity is for summer 2016, from early July through late August. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Although we cannot provide a stipend, we will support applications for funding from a home institution or other source (and should an applicant qualify for diversity funding, please alert us) or for course credit at a home institution. The candidate need not commit to working full-time as we recognize the potential need for many research assistants to hold paying jobs alongside their commitment to our lab. People from Connecticut may be especially interested but we are open to any interested candidate.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree is required. Exposure to clinical and/or medical/psychological research preferred. Experience with research and grants administration preferred. Experience working in an academic healthcare center preferred. Experience with Power Point and Excel required. Experience with database management and analysis preferred. Administrative experience preferred.



Research Assistant Rhode Island MIDAS Project

Please send applications (cover letter and CV) to Ms. Deb Lemieux at For additional information or questions about the position, please contact Mark Zimmerman, M.D. ( or Kristy Dalrymple, Ph.D. (

The Rhode Island Methods to Improve Diagnostic Assessment and Services (MIDAS) project is looking to hire a research assistant (RA), with a potential start date of May/June 2016 (or sooner if available). Candidates should be a recent or upcoming college graduate with a psychology or neuroscience major and an interest in going to graduate or medical school. In the Rhode Island Hospital outpatient psychiatry and partial hospital practices, we have integrated research assessments into clinical practice. The MIDAS project is one of the largest clinical epidemiological studies using semi-structured diagnostic interviews ever conducted, and we have published more than 200 papers from our database. The RA will be trained in conducting diagnostic interviews and writing clinical reports. The RA will also be responsible for managing databases and entering data, submitting IRB applications, recruiting participants, and conducting other tasks associated with various ongoing assessment and treatment research projects in the outpatient and partial hospital practices. Opportunities are available (and encouraged) for presenting research at national meetings and writing manuscripts for publication. Prior research assistants have published papers as first authors and have been highly successful at getting into top level graduate and medical school.



Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Roanoke, Virginia

Please apply at:

Pre-submission inquiries with CV may be sent to: Riley Palmer Research Assistant Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Roanoke, VA

A full-time research assistant (lab manager) is sought for the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu, Dr. Brooks King-Casas, and Dr. Stephen LaConte at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute ( in Roanoke, Virginia.

Projects in the labs combine methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics with functional neuroimaging (fMRI) to investigate decision-making in healthy and clinical populations (including adults with mood/anxiety/substance disorders, and at -risk youth). The research assistant will be responsible for recruiting and screening research participants, running fMRI scans, and conducting psychological assessments (e.g. SCID, MINI). Additional duties include managing subject databases, tracking rater reliability, organizing project funds, and preparing IRB protocols. The research assistant is an essential member of the group and will be generally responsible for having overall knowledge of research in the labs and managing the day-to-day logistics of ongoing projects. Training will be provided for all aspects of the position. This is an excellent opportunity for candidates interested in graduate school in clinical or cognitive psychology/neuroscience. Preference will be given to candidates who are willing to make a two-year commitment. Minimum requirements for the position include: 1) BA/BS in psychology, biology, engineering, or related field; 2) two years of research experience; 3) demonstrated organizational skills or experience with data management; 4) desire to succeed in a fast-paced research environment with multiple duties; 5) Demonstrated attention to detail, organizational skills, and excellent written and oral communication skills; 6) Proficiency with Word, Excel, and Powerpoint or equivalent. Required application materials: Cover letter, CV/Resume, list of references. Two letters of recommendation will be required of candidates under final consideration. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and will end when the position is filled. Expected start date is Summer 2016. Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.



Brigham and Women’s Hospital Boston, MA

Visit website for application and requirements.

Clinical Research Assistant The Women’s Hormones and Aging Research Program (WHARP) is a clinical and translational research program within the Department of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital that is also affiliated with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute Women’s Cancer Center and Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care. Our program conducts a series of studies focused on the hormonal and neural basis of depression, sleep disturbance, and hot flashes in women. Areas of interest include the mechanisms underlying menopause-related symptoms in healthy women and in breast cancer patients, as well as the treatment and impact of these symptoms on quality-of-life and tolerability of anti-estrogen cancer treatments. The research program comprises the Principal Investigator (who is also the Division Chief of Women’s Mental Health and the Director for Research Development at BWH), Clinical Research Psychologists and Psychiatrists, a Project Manager, Research Coordinators, and Research Trainees. The Research Coordinator will be involved in several research projects. S/he will be responsible for the implementation of those projects under the guidance of the Principal Investigator and Project Manager. Additional responsibilities include managing administrative tasks related to the PI’s leadership roles, which involve interfacing with Departmental clinical research leadership and women’s health clinicians with expertise in psychiatry, psychology, and social work.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree is required. Exposure to clinical and/or medical/psychological research preferred. Experience with research and grants administration preferred. Experience working in an academic healthcare center preferred. Experience with Power Point and Excel required. Experience with database management and analysis preferred. Administrative experience preferred.



2016 Johns Hopkins University Laboratory for Child Development Summer Internship Program

To apply, please send a completed application (available on the lab website), cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position, and an unofficial academic transcript. Applications and inquiries should be sent to:

More information can also be found on the lab website:

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Johns Hopkins University Laboratory for Child Development’s annual Summer Internship Program. Summer interns will receive close mentorship by faculty, post docs, and graduate students, and will learn all aspects of cognitive development research. Under the direction of Drs. Lisa Feigenson and Justin Halberda, the Lab is currently investigating a range of issues including memory development, numerical abilities, logical reasoning, and language acquisition, in populations including young infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and adults. Summer interns participate fully in all aspects of research, including recruiting participants, testing infants and children in behavioral tasks, coding children’s testing sessions, analyzing data, and interpreting results. Interns also participate in guided readings of developmental literature, and attend laboratory meetings in which we discuss ongoing projects or current issues in the field of cognitive development. Students will work primarily in the Psychological & Brain Sciences building of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore Maryland, and may also work at our testing site at the Maryland Science Center at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. 2016 will be the 11th year of our annual summer program, which has been enormously successful in instilling students with a love of basic research, preparing them for graduate study, and forming friendships that last well beyond the duration of the program. Summer interns have daily contact with children and their parents, and as such must be mature, articulate, and comfortable communicating with others. Successful candidates will also be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for the research being conducted, a strong work ethic, and an excellent academic record. Desirable background experience includes coursework in developmental and/or experimental psychology, computer skills, an ability to work in a highly collaborative, team-oriented environment, and previous research experience. The 2016 Program will run in June and July, and will be between 20 and 40 hours per week. Interns will receive a stipend.



National Center for PTSD (116B-2) VA Boston Healthcare System 150 South Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02130-4817

Individuals who are seeking positions of this type are encouraged to submit the following materials to indicate interest prior to formal application: 1) a letter outlining interest in a position and personal career goals, 2) a resume or curriculum vita, 3) a current transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable), and 4) the names of two individuals who can serve as professional references. Materials can be sent electronically or by mail to: Blasovia Erinna ( National Center for PTSD (116B-2) VA Boston Healthcare System 150 South Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02130-4817

Clinical Psychology Research Positions for Graduates The Behavioral Science Division of the National Center for PTSD anticipates openings to work closely with clinical psychologists on a variety of research activities in the area of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Responsibilities for these positions include: Collecting data from research subjects and testing clinical patients Entering data and managing databases Performing statistical analyses Conducting library research Assisting in the preparation of grants, manuscripts, and professional presentations This is an ideal opportunity for individuals with a Bachelor's degree in psychology or in a health science, allied scientific or social science field plus several college level courses in psychology who want to strengthen their research skills before applying to a graduate or professional program. Applicants should possess a keen interest in a career involving research. Other important qualifications include strong computer skills, a background in research methodology and statistics, and the maturity and interpersonal sensitivity necessary for working in a clinical setting. Duties are expected to begin between June and September 2016 and will be primarily at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Salary and benefits are determined by the source of funding for the position, but all financial packages are highly competitive with similar positions in the Boston area. A two year commitment is typical.



Spanish & Psychology summer program in Peru.

Spanish & Psychology
Lima, Peru Summer 2016
Request Information Here:

Summer Program at a glance: exclusively for future counselors and social workers no Spanish pre-requisite (though prior Spanish is helpful) 6 weeks study abroad in Lima, Peru early summer (late May to early July) max 35 students credit for two college Spanish courses shadowing of Peruvian social services professionals volunteer opportunities in under-served barrios live with a Peruvian host and share breakfast and dinner financial aid transfer assistance $30,000 in scholarships available to students anticipating using Spanish in their careers Total cost, including housing and flight, is about 6k. Note: It is relatively easy to transfer financial aid, but we recommend beginning the process early.



Massachusetts Mental Health Center Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Harvard Medical School - Department of Psychiatry Boston, MA

For more information please visit the site.

The position is a full-time with an immediate start date upon hiring. This full time research assistant position (CRAI) will be split between two projects focused on developmental and clinical precursors of serious mental illness. The first will involve assistance with clinical and research activities focused on early developmental risks and cultural disparities related to mental health in children and families. Primary responsibilities include: 1) recruitment, community outreach, and program management for a research project studying children with parents with psychotic disorders and a parenting program targeted to parents with severe mental illness, 2) telephone screening of potential participants, 3) the implementation of parent and child enrichment activities, and 4) coordination and record keeping of program clients. The RA may also be involved in the set up of a laboratory and longitudinal research study focused on perinatal risk and stress in pregnant women with psychosis. Additional responsibilities may include assistance with other studies related to culture, development, and mental health. The second will be a study coordinator position for a clinical trial of a cognitive training program in adolescents and young adults at risk for serious mental illness. Major responsibilities include 1) study coordination, data entry and management, Institutional Review Board contact; 2) administration and scoring of clinical assessments, social and cognitive tests, and surveys; 3) clinical telephone screening and other communication with potential and active study participants; and 4) administration of MRI research tasks. Those with strong organizational skills and interests in the measurement of psychosocial stress within perinatal mental health, neurocognition and its treatment, multicultural issues in mental health, and research on preventive treatment of serious mental illness are encouraged to apply.



The Center for OCD and Related Disorders, directed by Dr. Blair Simpson The Anxiety Disorders Clinic at New York State Psychiatric institute at Columbia University Medical Center >

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter and CV (or resume) to Dr. Shari Steinman Haxel at with the subject "NYSPI Research Assistant Application."

Full time Research Assistant.
The mission of our center is to improve the lives of individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related problems, by advancing our
understanding of and the treatment for these disorders.

Duties: Candidate will be responsible for coordinating and monitoring
randomized clinical trial and biological research protocols in the areas of
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related disorders.
Duties include: patient recruitment and scheduling, patient screening, data
collection and management. Duties can include assisting with brain imaging
procedures, IRB procedures, grant applications, and/or manuscript preparation.

Education: Minimum BA or BS in Biology or Psychology or other appropriate field.

Training & Experience: The ideal candidate will have research experience and
an interest in brain mechanisms underlying behavior. A working knowledge of
data management software, such as excel, Access, SQL, SPSS, and/or Matlab
is desirable. The ideal candidate will be a person who loves or is enthusiastic
about using technology for research. He/she will be organized, self-directed,
and good at multi-tasking, and will have excellent interpersonal skills.

This experience will expand one’s research portfolio, while also gaining
in-depth experience with clinical populations for those interested in pursuing
medical school and/or a PhD program in clinical psychology or related field.
Two year commitment required.






The NYU College of Nursing seeks a part-time Research Interviewer who will recruit and interview study participants for an NIH-funded research project. The project is testing the efficacy of a behavioral intervention for adolescent mothers living in Eastern and Central Massachusetts.


Experience and Skills

  • Experience conducting research interviews
  • Ability to work independently  
  • Must have excellent organizational and computer skills, including MS Office
  • Facility with QDS preferred
  • Experience following research protocols and study operating procedures preferred
  • Must be flexible, detailed-oriented, and able to work on a team
  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of participants required
  • Research experience with vulnerable populations, particularly high-risk adolescents girls
  • Must be willing to work late afternoons/evenings and weekends as needed
  • Experience recruiting and tracking participants for research studies
  • Must have ready access to a car and a valid driver’s license


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct research interviews with adolescent mothers in Eastern and Central Massachusetts
  • Work closely with TLP staff and participants to coordinate and schedule interviews times
  • Conduct participant tracking and retention activities
  • Work closely with Massachusetts and New York based research teams
  • Provide field information and data updates to Project Coordinator and Principal Investigator
  • Maintain study databases

·Provide study participants with incentives; reconcile interview funds

  • Upload data files regularly to study Project Coordinator   
  • Participate in training sessions as needed
  • Participate in regular conference call staff meetings
  • Perform other related tasks as required



Minimum Requirements: B.A. or B.S. degree in a behavioral or social science field or nursing; and appropriate experience. Graduate students are welcome to apply.

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