Summer Announcements

Open position to support Cognitive and Data Sciences lab at Rutgers University - Newark

We are hiring! The position is excellent for someone who is interested in working in a highly interdisciplinary growing group where one can learn about advances in data science and relevance to cognition and cognitive development. The role will primarily support research in my lab and will assist and grow with our efforts to build out data science. In this sense it will be like a (more exciting!) lab manager position. 

Full information and application information can be found here:

Please contact me directly if you have questions!

Patrick Shafto, PhD

Henry Rutgers Term Chair in Data Science

Director of the Graduate Program in Data Science

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Institute for Data Science, Learning, and Applications (I-DSLA)

Department of Psychology, Rutgers Business School, and Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, by courtesy

Rutgers University - Newark

Mental Health Counselor positions, Connect Youth and Family Services, LLC Williamsburg, VA

Part-Time Intensive In-Home Counselor

Job Description
 Serve high-risk families, including those whose children who are at substantial risk of out of the
home placement or who are in a placement and cannot be reunified without in-home services.
 Provide services primarily in client homes. Travel to client homes and/or other locations.
 Schedule sessions at times that are convenient for families, and when problems are likely to occur,
including evenings, weekends and holidays. Maintain a flexible workweek.
 Be available to client families 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Obtain coverage by supervisor or
supervisor’s designee if unavailable for an extended period of time (e.g., 12 hours or longer).
 Participate in individual supervision as needed.
 Assess safety, structure the environment and use clinical strategies designed to promote safety.
 Provide a range of clinical, concrete and advocacy services to family members that are consistent
with the family’s values, learning styles, lifestyle, circumstances and culture.
 Develop and maintain a positive, professional working relationship with family members.
 Assume responsibility for motivating families and employ motivation enhancement strategies.
 Collaborate with family members and in developing intervention goals and service plans.
 Utilize research-based cognitive/behavioral strategies to facilitate behavior change.
 Utilize a variety of teaching methods.
 Advocate for and provide concrete goods and services (including transportation) that are directly
related to the family’s goals, while teaching family members to meet these needs on their own.
 Collaborate and advocate with formal and informal community resources and systems, while
teaching family members to advocate for themselves.
 Assess goal progress and families’ ongoing needs.
 Comply with all service contract requirements.
 Complete and submit all documentation and agency required paperwork in a timely and accurate
 Establish and maintain positive working relationships with referring agency staff and other
community professionals.

Education and Experience
The Mental Health Counselor shall have a bachelor’s degree the in human services or related field, a
minimum of one year of relevant clinical experience working with children, adolescents and families.
Applicant must demonstrate an ability to work with diverse individuals, exercise discretion, maintain client
confidentiality, and communicate effectively verbally and in writing. In addition, the applicant shall meet
QMHP status as established by state regulations with knowledge of human behavior and development, family
dynamics and related treatment modalities, interventions and techniques.

Starting salary: $18 per hour
Please email your resume to:

Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab research staff positions open

The Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab ( seeks to fulfill two open Research Analyst staff positions.

Our Lab is a fast-paced and exciting environment that engages students from a wide range of Vanderbilt undergraduate and graduate programs, and also serves as the hub of the Program for Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt (, a campus-wide initiative.


The Research Analyst-II will work under the supervision of Dr. Miriam Lense, PhD (Department of Otolaryngology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center). This individual will provide support for research in the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab with a particular focus on music and social engagement in infants and children with and without autism. Responsibilities include recruitment of participants, data coordination and entry (Redcap), video preparation and coding, data analysis, and general study coordination/maintenance. The candidate will work directly with participants and their families to assist with study protocols including administering measures and questionnaires, eye-tracking, and video and acoustic analysis. According to experience, opportunities to contribute to study design, data interpretation, and analysis. Prior experience with child development research and/or working with children with autism is highly preferred. Applicants must have excellent problem-solving, communication, and organizational skills. Applications must be submitted online at:


The Research Analyst-III will work under the supervision of Lab Director Reyna Gordon, PhD (Department of Otolaryngology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center). This individual will be responsible for implementation, coordinating, troubleshooting, and data analysis of studies on rhythm and language skills in children and adults using behavioral assessments, neuroimaging (EEG), and genomic approaches. The RA-III will work collaboratively with students, staff, and the PI to carry out a series of ongoing studies and plan new studies that investigate the biological basis of music and speech and test the impact of music training on language skills. Prior experience with music cognition or language development research preferred; prior experience with EEG and/or Genomic research a plus. Applicants must have excellent problem-solving, communication, and organizational skills. Applications must be submitted online at:

Reyna L. Gordon, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Program for Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt

Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Assistant Professor, Psychology, Vanderbilt University 

Director, Music Cognition Lab

Full-Time Programming/Data Analysis Position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Full-Time Programming/Data Analysis Position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Margaret Sheridan is seeking a full-time research assistant to join the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at UNC Chapel Hill starting immediately (start date is flexible). The research assistant will primarily contribute to ongoing studies in the Child Imaging Research on Cognition and Life Experiences Lab (CIRCLE Lab), with a focus on early childhood brain development and exposure to adversity. The holder of this position will be responsible for overall neuroimaging study coordination (e.g., maintaining study files, training undergraduate research assistants, interfacing with the various personnel involved in the study, writing and submitting IRB modifications and renewals). Additional responsibilities include (1) recruitment and scheduling of potential research participants, including parents of young children ages 4-7 years and adolescents (ages 9-14 years), (2) administering the study battery to participants at off site locations throughout the Triangle area, including self-report, interview, behavioral measures, as well as conducting fMRI scans at the Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC), (3) data management and analysis using SPSS and neuroimaging analysis software (e.g., FSL, FreeSurfer) that requires programming experience in languages commonly used for neuroimaging analysis (e.g., Linux shell scripting, Python, and/or Matlab). Preference will be given to candidates with experience recruiting and working with families. A detailed description of the CIRCLE lab research studies can be found at

Please apply here:

Innovation Research & Training Job Announcement for a Research Assistant

We are currently searching to fill 1-2 Research Assistant positions.  If you know of any undergraduates or recent graduates who are looking for full- or part-time work.  Click here to view the PDF of the Job Announcement.

POSITION TITLE: Research Assistant
EMPLOYER: Innovation Research & Training
LOCATION (City, State): Durham, NC
START DATE: Available immediately

Innovation Research & Training (IRT) seeks a part- or full-time Research Assistant to work on qualitative and quantitative research, training and intervention development, and technical assistance projects in a variety of fields including adolescent sexual health, pediatric clinical research, mentoring, child assessment, and foster care.

Job Description: Participate as a team member on research, evaluation, training, and technical assistance projects. Responsibilities include conducting scientific literature reviews; assisting with writing presentations, manuscripts, and grant proposals; recruiting study participants; collecting, transcribing, coding, and entering qualitative data; maintaining meeting minutes; helping with developing and writing in-person and online training and intervention programs; and assisting with customer support and administrative work.

Requirements: 2 or more years of research experience in psychology or related field as an undergraduate or post-baccalaureate. Must be able to work as a team member as well as independently; take initiative; be extremely attentive to detail; and have excellent interpersonal skills. The successful candidate will need to be familiar with all Microsoft Office programs as well as have strong writing and verbal communication skills.

Compensation: Salary is based upon education and previous work experience. We offer a comprehensive benefit package which includes BCBS health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, PTO, an employer-matched SIMPLE IRA, and more. Drug-free, smoke-free work environment. No relocation assistance available.

Company: iRT is a small behavioral science research and development firm located in Durham, North Carolina. IRT specializes in the development, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based prevention and intervention programs and services to improve the lives of children, adolescents, and families.

If interested, please submit a cover letter including your available start date, CV or resume, at least one scientific writing sample, and three references to Dr. Janis Kupersmidt at