Participate in a Research Study about interracial romantic relationships

Are you:
18 years of age or older; reside in the US; identify as heterosexual and a man or woman; and currently identify as a partner in an interracial romantic relationship that has lasted at least six months (includes dating, married, co-habitating couples)??
If so: 
Please consider participating in a brief online survey about the attitudes of partners in interracial romantic relationships. The study is being conducted by Peggy Loo, a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology department at Teachers College, Columbia University. Participation should take only 10-15 minutes of your time. **Additionally, if you participate, you may enter a drawing to win a $25 Amazon gift card** More details about eligibility are included within the survey link, if you do not qualify, you will be taken to the end of the survey.
Please access the study by going to the link below:
***This study has been approved by the Teachers College, Columbia University Institutional Review Board: Protocol # 16-184. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to know the results, please feel free to contact me via e-mail at***
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2016 JSM Diversity Workshop and Mentoring Program

The 2016 JSM Diversity Workshop and Mentoring Program will be held during the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM), July 31 – August 3, in Chicago, Illinois. The workshop, which occurs approximately every 3 years, brings together historically-underrepresented minority (African/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American) statisticians at early to mid-career levels (i.e., graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and junior professionals and faculty) with senior-level statisticians and faculty in academia, government, and the private sector for a structured program focused on core skill development for career success.  In addition participants have an opportunity to also participate in our annual mentoring program.

  • Workshop, Sunday, 7/31: The full-day workshop will provide interactive sessions focused on skills development for career success for statisticians at early- to mid-career levels.
  • Mentoring Program, Mon 8/1Wed 8/3: In addition to the workshop, a small group of early- to mid-career level applicants will be selected to participate in the mentoring program.  These individuals will be matched with mentors and will participate in small group discussions (morning sessions) and one-on-one meetings with their mentors throughout the conference.

There is a joint application/registration form for those interested in the workshop and/or mentoring program. Limited travel funding support is available.  Interested statistics students and statistics professionals are encouraged to apply/register on or before July 1.  However, full consideration for travel funding will be given to applications received by June 1 for workshop-only applicants or May 15 for applicants to both components of the program (workshop + mentoring).. Applications received after the priority deadlines for travel funding may be considered if additional space and funds are available.

This program is made possible through the generous funding support of the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Statistical Association’s (ASA) Committee on Minorities in Statistics, ASA Statistics in Epidemiology Section, SAS, Procter & Gamble, ASA Statistics in Imaging Section, ASA Government in Statistics Section, and Emory University Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics.

Details about the program are provided at

To apply, visit

For more information, contact:

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Part-Time Pre-Doctoral Externship in Evidence-Based Treatments for Youth @ The Child & Family Institute

The Child & Family Institute (CFI) is currently accepting applications for one part–time (one day/week) Pre-Doctoral Extern in Evidence-Based Assessment & Treatments for Youth Emotional and Behavior Disorders starting September 2016. Qualified candidates will be in their 3rd year or higher of an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or school-clinical psychology. A strong CBT training background and prior CBT experience with children, adolescents, and young adults are required.
The extern may take part in the broad array of training experiences that CFI has to offer, including our various specialty assessment & treatment clinics (e.g., Pediatric Assessment Center, Center for Chronic Medical Conditions, “Konfident Kids” Selective Mutism Program, TF-CBT Program, Organizational/EF Skills Training Program, Positive Parenting Program, IOP Program for OCD, HRT Program for Tic & Habit Disorders), individual & group CBT programs, our comprehensive didactics programming, and weekly in-house case conference and supervision. Based on the candidate’s interests and experience, the extern may also have the opportunity to co-lead social anxiety & skills, DBT, and/or parenting groups, conduct neuropsychological assessments, co-lead workshops in the community, collaborate on research and/or writing projects, and obtain further training and/or experience in specialized cognitive and behavioral therapies for a broad range of youth emotional and behavior disorders.
To Apply:

  • Interested candidates should send a CV, cover letter, and 3 letters of recommendation to Adam S. Weissman, Ph.D., Executive Director of CFI at, and Andrea Roth, Psy.D., Intake & Admin Director of CFI at
  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is September 2016.
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Guidelines for Clinical Case Studies

When I have questions about clinical procedures or practices I find the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) member listerv an invaluable resource.

I am working on a project with some colleauge that involves preparing clinical case studies.  After searching for guidelines unsuccessfully I asked for guidance on the ABCT member listerv.  I received some useful information and some requests to share the information.

One journal recommended was Clinical Case Studies.  Instructions for preparing a case study manuscript are provided here. There is also a link for a free sample copy of the journal that is useful to reference.

The editor of Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy also pointed me to the journal.  The journal website has guidelines on the first page, and there are apparently many model case studies published in the journal.  He also mentioned Clinical Case Studies.

This is a good starting place as I continue my search for other resources.  Thank you to those that shared the information with me.  I hope this information is helpful to others.


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Lab manager position for Tessa West

Professor Tessa West at New York University is currently seeking a full-time Lab Manager to begin September 1st, 2016 for a 1-year commitment that may be renewed. The Lab Manager will work closely with Dr. West and lab members to coordinate and conduct dyadic interaction studies in the West Interpersonal Perception Lab. The primary responsibilities of the lab manager will be 1) conducting dyadic interaction studies using behavioral and psychophysiological techniques, 2) supervising undergraduate research assistants, 3) managing and analyzing data, and 4) recruiting and scheduling participants.  Additional responsibilities include maintaining laboratory computers and equipment, managing grants and IRB protocols, programming experimental tasks, reviewing literature, and editing manuscripts. This position would be an excellent fit for a recent college graduate with a degree in psychology or a related field who is looking to strengthen his/her research skills before applying to graduate school in psychology.

REQUIREMENTS: bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, or a related field; at least one year of relevant research experience; ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others; strong organizational skills and attentiveness to details; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; proficiency with Excel and SPSS. Experience with physiological data acquisition and analysis, MediaLab, DirectRT, Inquisit, AcqKnowledge and Biopac systems, or Mindware is preferred.

To apply, please send a cover letter detailing your relevant background and goals, a resume/CV with contact information for 3 references, and an unofficial transcript to Kate Thorson at Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received. Deadline for submission of materials is July 1st.

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Post-doc position at Harvard

The Intergroup Neuroscience Lab at Harvard University (PI: Mina Cikara) seeks a post-doctoral fellow to study the psychological and neural foundations of conflict in intergroup contexts. The laboratory is housed in the psychology department and provides access to an excellent research-training environment. More information about the laboratory is available on our website:

Strong applicants will have:
Experience in designing, analyzing, and interpreting fMRI brain imaging data.
Topical expertise in formalizing and implementing computational approaches to decision-making.

Demonstrated ability to complete projects as evidenced by first-author publications.
Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
Strong computer, statistical, and technical skills (Matlab, Python, R, SPM, FSL, AFNI, or similar platforms).

This position is fully funded for two years at NRSA salary levels, with the possibility of extension for a third year, and also includes dedicated funds for functional neuroimaging and other research expenses. Candidates of any background are encouraged to apply, but those with a background in computational cognitive neuroscience may be especially suited for this position.

To apply, please submit a CV, cover letter, and a list of three references to Mina Cikara by email: The cover letter should include a summary of the candidate’s research interests to date and a statement of future research interests.

The target start date is between August 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled, and we will make arrangements for short-listed candidates to visit the laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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

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Project coordinator position at Harvard University

The Affective Neuroscience & Development Lab at Harvard University, directed by Professor Leah Somerville, is seeking one full-time Research Manager to begin in Summer 2016. The Research Manager will be responsible for overseeing the conduct of the Lifespan Human Connectome Project in Development (HCP-D), a multimodal brain imaging study of developmental changes in brain connectivity and function in a large sample of 5-21 year olds.

The Research Manager will be responsible for overseeing the day to day conduct of the Lifespan Human Connectome Project in Development (HCP-D). The Research Manager will be independently responsible for the following activities:

–        Serves as liaison between study researchers and PI 

–        Serves as daily supervisor for four full time Research Assistants 

–        Oversees creation and modification of IRB materials, and ensures compliance of all research practices

–        Tracks the financial state of the project; develops and monitors budgets and spending

–        Works closely with the research teams at three co-participating institutions to ensure consistency of research practices

–        Generates written and oral presentations reporting on study milestones

–        Data acquisition using behavioral, psychophysiological, and brain imaging (MRI/fMRI) techniques

–        Oversees data management and public release; develops systems for data management as needed

–        Supervises recruitment and tracking of participants 

–        Performs data analysis; makes figures and tables communicating study progress and findings

–        Performs administrative duties

Basic Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree and seven (7) years’ experience that includes managing complex research projects, conducting research in psychology/psychiatry/neuroscience or biomedical research or a Master’s degree and five (5) years’ experience managing complex research projects and conducting research in psychology/psychiatry/neuroscience or biomedical research.

Additional Qualifications:  Excellent leadership and organizational skills, and must demonstrate the ability to lead a team. Communication skills must be sufficiently strong to maintain excellent rapport with child and adolescent participants and their parents, researchers, and administrators across the University. The following skills will confer an advantage, but are not necessary to receive consideration: Experience working with children and adolescents in experimental settings and/or visiting schools to conduct research; working with diverse populations; clinical interviewing; community outreach; tracking of finances; experience with brain imaging, psychophysiological, or brain imaging research; expertise in statistics; experience conducting multi-site research studies; experience preparing federally funded research applications and/or progress reports; experience as direct supervisor of staff. Please comment on relevant skills and interests in your application materials.

Additional Information:  All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.  This is a two-year term position with renewal dependent upon grant funding. A two-year commitment is strongly preferred.  When applying for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter in our preferred format as one, combined document (resume followed by cover letter).  Your cover letter should include a statement of skills and interests, and the names of three references.

To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to Questions about the position may be directed to Leah Somerville (

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The social development lab in the Center for Biobehavioral Health and department of pediatrics at Ohio State University is seeking applicants for postdoctoral fellowships.  The focus of the laboratory is the neurobiological substrates of social cognition and social affect across child and adolescent development in children with a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders including epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, autism, cancer, and premature birth.  The primary methods of investigation will include functional and structural neuroimaging, intracranial EEG, eyetracking, and computer based tasks.  Applicants with neuroimaging experience are particularly desirable.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV, and reference contact information to Eric Nelson at

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Analyzing Neural Time Series Data: resources

I just had the pleasure of attending an EEG workshop taught by Michael X. Cohen and Rasa Gulbinaite at Arizona State University.  The workshop was entitled Analyzing Neural Time Series Data.  It focused primarily on MATLAB and statistical theory and skills related to analyzing data in the time-frequency domain.

I learned so much that I need to process and apply to my own work.  Below are some resources I found out about from the course.

Lectures from Mike’s Website.

Information on courses taught by John Allen*.

A psychophysiology course taught by John Allen.

Analyzing Neural Time-series Data course by John Allen.

Matlab and EEGLab and R Tutorials etc.

* for some resources by John Allen you need to email him for a password:

More to come.  For now an image of wavelet convolution at different frequencies (the dominant method of converting continuous time series data for time-frequency analyses) using one of the fun color options in MATLAB.


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Therapist position: The East Bay Behavior Therapy Center (EBBTC)

The East Bay Behavior Therapy Center (EBBTC) is offering a psychological assistant or therapist position for one and a half year, minimum, starting in August 2016. We are looking forward to have a new member in our team and welcome all applications at this point.

The EBBTC is a private center dedicated to the “practice, improvement, and dissemination” of empirically-supported treatments for children, adolescents, and adults located in Walnut Creek. We’re a group of compassionate and caring behaviorally oriented therapists committed to our clients. At our center, behavioral therapy is not just a therapy approach; it’s a way of looking at the world and understanding human behavior. Compassion and caring are the hallmarks of our therapy work with the added benefits of behavioral interventions.

The ideal candidate for our psychological assistant position is:

Committed to evidence-based practices including CBT, DBT, and ACT primarily.

  • Dedicated to provide high-quality interventions and top-notch clinical work to our clients.
  • Interested in specializing in anxiety (social anxiety, OCD, PTSD in particular), mild to severe emotion dysregulation problems, high conflict relationships, and parent coaching.

Interested in developing clinical skills to work with children, adolescents, adults and families.

Eager to develop a clinical practice in a private setting.

Interested in developing a professional career that fosters clinical work, ongoing learning, and clinical innovation.

Open to learning different behaviorally-based interventions (by open, we mean really open to learn)

Able to see clients on Saturdays  (the rest of the hours are flexible but Saturday is a required day to see children, teens, and families).

Clinical training and supervision will be offered by Dr. Patricia E. Zurita Ona on a weekly basis. Additional mentoring will be provided on as needed basis.

Clinical – administrative duties

1.Provide exclusively empirically-supported treatments for children, adolescents and adult clients.

2.Facilitate the assessment, treatment planning, and delivery of therapy services for clients.

  1. Provided crisis support to clients when necessary

4.Facilitate DBT skills groups for adults, young adults, and families.

  1. Opportunities to facilitate other groups are also available (social anxiety and anger for instance).

6.Collect data from all clients at the beginning, during, and at the end of treatment either for individual or group therapy.

7.Complete all clinical documentation in a promptly manner.

Complete other necessary managerial and administrative activities as part of the process of establishing a solid caseload for clinical work.

Psychological assistants will be compensated in an hourly basis.

All costs for supervision, rent, administrative assistance, professional insurance, office supplies, billing assistance, and other logistical costs are covered by the EBBTC.


All applicants need to submit an application letter, resume, and two current letters of recommendation. If appropriate, candidates will be contacted for an interview. Candidates who are not committed to behaviorally oriented or evidence-based practices please do not apply to this position.

More information:
Please see our website: You can also e-mail us or call us at 925-956-4636.

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