Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Part-time Positions in Clinical/Developmental Research at Northwestern University


The MAPS (Mapping the Diversity of Young Children)-Integrated Research Program (MAPS-IRP), which focuses on characterizing and predicting the early emergence of mental health problems, has part-time positions available to advanced undergraduate and graduate students. The newly funded MAPS Follow-Up Study (MAPS-FUS) (PI: Lauren Wakschlag, PhD) is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to identify developmentally based brain:behavior markers in early childhood that most sharply predict which young children will go on to develop chronic mental health problems from early school age-pre-adolescence. Individuals hired for these positions will be part of a dynamic collaborative team that includes clinical and developmental psychologists, methodologists, and neuroscientists.

All interested candidates should email resume and contact information for three references to

Part-time Research Assistant (2 openings):
The research assistant (RA) is a key member of the assessment team for the MAPS-FUS team. 500 diverse parents and their children will participate in intensive lab-based assessments at school-age (6-8 years old) and at pre-adolescence (9-10 years old). The RA performs clinical research by administering interviews, direct behavioral assessments, neurocognitive computer tasks &/or questionnaires following protocols; conduct observational coding; collect, compile, enter and process responses; gather information and assist in the preparation of material for inclusion in reports and provide other research support to the PI and project manager as needed. This is an excellent position for graduate students and others who wish to obtain applied experience in clinical research assessment with diverse, developmental populations. There are opportunities for involvement in ongoing papers and scientific products of the MAPS program.

       1.            Experience or demonstrated interest in working with diverse children and their families;
       2.            Experience conducting informed consent process with human research subjects;
       3.            Experience interviewing research participants;
       4.            Proficiency in Spanish preferred.
Time commitment:
       1.            16-20 hours per week;
       2.            Work on Tuesdays and Saturdays is required.

Observational Coder (5 openings):
These positions are responsible for coding developmentally based observations of young children’s disruptive and anxious behavior and parenting behavior. In particular, coders will need to devote 12-20 hours per week of intensive training to reliability and then independently code tapes assessing children’s behavior during a series of semi-structured laboratory activities with a parent and examiner. Once training is complete, hours may be flexible but a minimum commitment of 12 hours per week is required. Coders must be available to attend coding training and reliability meetings on Tuesdays. This is an excellent opportunity for students who are interested in applying to graduate school in Clinical/Developmental Psychology or in expanding their exposure to assessment of early childhood psychopathology and for master’s level professionals interested in working part-time within the context of a larger developmentally based research program.

1.       Knowledge of typical early childhood development;
2.       Prior experience with observational methods and/or developmental research preferred;
3.       Interest and/or knowledge about childhood psychopathology;
4.       Ability to work independently and attention to detail.
Time commitment:
1.       Availability to meet on Tuesdays to discuss tapes and reach consensus;
2.       One year commitment is required.

Jacqueline Kestler, MPH
Research Project Manager
Department of Medical Social Sciences
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
633 N. St. Clair, 19th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
T: 312-503-4374
F: 312-503-9800

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Phi Delta Epsilon Pre-Medical Fraternity Informational Session

Want to learn about Phi Delta Epsilon, the ONLY pre-medical fraternity on campus? Join us in Ballantine Hall 244 thisThursday, April 17th at 7PM to learn about fall recruitment and enjoy free pizza! If you have any questions concerning recruitment or would like to learn more but cannot attend the information session, please email

Friday, April 11, 2014

Available Position

Applications are invited for a full-time position as Senior Research Technician in a neuroendocrine and biobehavioral laboratory in the Department of Medicine.  The candidate will conduct research aimed at identifying and characterizing new medications for the treatment of alcohol abuse and alcohol relapse.  Studies involve assessing pharmacologic and neuroendocrine factors that influence the development of alcoholism using a rodent model of alcoholism.  Responsibilities include executing experimental protocols, data collection and analysis, and literary tasks.  The candidate will be encouraged to take advantage of the tuition remission program available to Indiana University School of Medicine employees.
Minimum requirements:  Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related academic area.  Experience with animal research and statistical analyses desirable.
Interested individuals should send a resume, via email, that includes academic training, research experience, and contact information for three references to:
Dr. J.C. Froehlich, Ph.D.
Chancellor’s Professor of Medicine
    Professor of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
    and Medical Neurobiology
Indiana University School of Medicine

For further information contact Stephen Fischer in Dr. Froehlich’s laboratory at (317) 274-1368 or  Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.  Indiana University Medical School is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

UAID-Indiana University and Indiana Memorial Union Board are excited to invite members of the Bloomington community and IU campus to stop by the University Public Health Fair on April 10th from 4-8pm!

Come celebrate National Public Health week at Dunn Meadow! There will be interactive demonstrations from a number of organizations in the community and some FREE food and music!

Some organizations to highlight:
IU Health Center
HIV/Positive Link
Monroe County Health Department
Health Now more!