Social Cognitive Development Lab at Rochester Inviting PhD Applications

The Social Cognitive Development Lab at the University of Rochester is recruiting graduate students interested in a PhD in developmental psychology for the fall of 2018. We study the development of social cognition, intergroup attitudes, and morality in childhood. Some of the topics we investigate include children’s perceptions of social inequalities, experiences of social exclusion, the development of stereotypes, and reasoning about rights. Please visit our lab website to learn more about our research: http://scdlab.digitalscholar.rochester.edu/

Graduate students in our department typically receive funding for five years of study, including tuition waivers and stipends. Our developmental PhD program off­ers rigorous training in theory and methods in a cohesive, inclusive, and individualized environment. For more information about the developmental program, please visit: http://www.sas.rochester.edu/psy/graduate/developmental/index.html The application deadline is December 1, 2017. For details on how to apply, please visit: http://www.sas.rochester.edu/psy/graduate/apply.html

Interested students should feel free to reach out to me directly (laura.elenbaas@rochester.edu).

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PhD positions in Developmental Psychology @ Stanford

I’m accepting applications for PhD positions in developmental psychology for the 2018-2019 academic year. In brief, my research centers around three major themes: 1) Group Norms (e.g., Why do children negatively evaluate non-conformity? Why does acceptance of non-conformity increase with age?), 2) Race Concepts (e.g., Can a person have more than one race? Can someone’s race change over time?), and 3) Psychological Essentialism (e.g., how does the belief in group “essences” shape social cognition and attitudes?).

The Stanford Psychology Department places great emphasis on research, so ideal candidates will have relevant research training and experience. Admitted students are fully funded for at least 5 years of study. The application deadline is November 14th.

More information about the program and application requirements can be found here, and for further information, potential applicants may contact me directly at sothello@stanford.edu.

University of Houston Ph.D. program accepting applications

Integrative Program in Developmental, Cognitive, and Behavioral Neuroscience
Department of Psychology

The Integrative Program in Developmental, Cognitive, and Behavioral Neuroscience (DCBN) in the Psychology Department at the University of Houston invites applications for the Ph.D. program for the 2018-19 academic term. Deadline for applications is January 15, 2018. See:

http://www.uh.edu/class/psychology/dcbn/admissions/

The Program
• 10 faculty members, a diverse yet interactive group, interested in understanding how the brain and behavior change over the lifespan: http://www.uh.edu/class/psychology/dcbn/Faculty/
• 4 areas (Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive, Developmental)
• 1 truly interdisciplinary educational experience
• Participate in research funded by various federal agencies and private foundations:
http://www.uh.edu/class/psychology/dcbn/research/
• Potential to collaborate with faculty who contribute to physical and mental health research and education across several colleges, departments, and institutions
• Tuition fellowships cover tuition & fees; Research Assistantships & Teaching Fellowship opportunities

The Psychology Department
• New external funding of $7.5 million in 2015-2016 fiscal year
• The Texas Institute for Measurement Evaluation, and Statistics (TIMES), a university wide research center resource: https://www2.times.uh.edu/
• State-of-the-art animal facilities including an Animal Behavior Core for rodents
• Brand new genetics, imaging, and molecular laboratories
• Human laboratory facilities available for eye-tracking, EEG, neuroimaging The University of Houston
• Tier 1 (Highest Research Activity; Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement Teaching)
• Recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the Department of Education and one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the US
• About 40% of all sponsored research funds are on health-related topics
• Part of the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world

The City of Houston
• Fastest growing large city in the US
• Most affordable urban area in which to live
• Multitude of cultural events, arts programs, shopping, and entertainment
• Terrific restaurants of various cuisines
• Two major airports
• Tropical climate with mild winters
• Parks, bike trails, proximity to beaches

For more information, please see: http://www.uh.edu/class/psychology/dcbn/

Developmental Psychology PhD program at University of California Merced

The Psychological Sciences graduate program at the University of California Merced is currently recruiting motivated students interested in pursuing a PhD in Psychological Sciences with a concentration in Developmental Psychology. We offer an interdisciplinary training program with a strong emphasis on conducting original empirical research. Students have the opportunity to work closely with internationally recognized faculty in Health and Quantitate Psychology and interdisciplinary collaboration with other units on campus, such as the Cognitive and Information Sciences program, is encouraged. Students in good standing are eligible for year-round financial support, including payment of fees and tuition.

The University of California Merced is a dynamic new university campus which opened in 2005 as the tenth campus of the University of California and first American research university of the 21st century. The diversity of the campus community and the surrounding San Joaquin Valley region offers unique opportunities for conducting behavioral research, especially research on the influence of cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic factors on developmental processes.

Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty members that they are interested in working with. Our currently faculty include:

Heather Bortfeld (hbortfeld@ucmerced.edu): The Bortfeld Lab (https://heatherbortfeld.com/) pursues two lines of research on language development. One line examines the mechanisms that underlie typically developing infants’ ability to recognize words in fluent speech, while the second line examines the influence of perceptual, cognitive, and social factors on the language development of individuals with cochlear implants.

Jeffery Gilger (jgilger@ucmerced.edu): The CRADL Lab (http://faculty2.ucmerced.edu/jgilger/) uses behavioral, genetic, and neuroimaging methods to explore atypical development and learning. Emphases include the etiology of learning disorders, giftedness, and ‘twice exceptional’ individuals.

Alexandra Main (amain@ucmerced.edu): The Family Development Lab (http://faculty.ucmerced.edu/amainlab) focuses on the social and emotional development of children and adolescents within the family context. Specific interests include the development of empathy and emotion regulation and how these processes are shaped by temperament, family, and culture.

Rose Scott (rscott@ucmerced.edu): The Center for Early Cognition and Language (http://cecl.ucmerced.edu/) conducts two lines of research. The first explores social cognition in infants and toddlers, especially the development of early false-belief understanding. The second focuses on language acquisition, in particular how children integrate multiple information sources to identify word meanings.

Eric Walle (ewalle@ucmerced.edu): The Interpersonal Development Lab (http://idlab.ucmerced.edu) explores emotional development in infancy, including the development of differential responding to discrete emotions. Additional interests include how developmental transitions, such as the onset of walking, impact social, emotional, and language development.

The application deadline is January 15, 2018. For more information about the application process or to submit an application, please see http://graduatedivision.ucmerced.edu. For additional details on the Psychological Sciences program, visit our website http://psychology.ucmerced.edu or contact our graduate group chair, Jan Wallander (jwallander@ucmerced.edu).

UCSC Developmental Graduate Program

Join Developmental Psychology graduate students at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) tocontribute to path-finding research on the lives of children and youth. Our PhD program is unique in researching the integration of cultural, interpersonal, and individual aspects of human development. The program focuses especially on issues of diversity in relation to culture, ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, social economic opportunity, and neurodiversity, as people engage across contexts of family, peers, school, community, technology, and media. UCSC is ranked fourth in the world for research influence (2015-16).

Graduate students affiliate with one or more core faculty members, to learn through engaged collaborative research.  Our program is known for its congenial and cutting edge training.

Nameera Akhtar — early socio-cognitive and language development, neurodiversity;

Margarita Azmitia — family, peer, and school contexts of achievement and identity development;

Christy Byrd — school racial climates, adolescents’ identity and motivation;

Maureen Callanan — cognitive and language development in everyday conversations;

Catherine Cooper (Emerita) — adolescent engagement, Pre-K to 20 pipeline in education;

Audun Dahl — moral development;

Campbell Leaper — gender, sexism, socio-cognitive development, academic achievement;

Adriana Manago — communication technologies, cultural change, and social development during adolescence and the transition to adulthood;

Barbara Rogoff — cultural variation in the organization of learning processes, collaboration and learning through observation;

Su-hua Wang — early development through play, interaction, and technology.

Students also benefit from engaging with affiliated faculty within social and cognitive psychology. In addition, our interdisciplinary collaborations with other programs (such as Computational Media, Computer Science, Education, Latin American/Latino Studies, Linguistics, and Philosophy) help nurture students’ research and prepare them for a wide variety of careers.

Graduates of our program have accepted:

Faculty positions such as University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of New Hampshire, University of Toronto, Stanford University, University of Minnesota, Boston College, Clark University, University of Wisconsin, University of Colorado, Sarah Lawrence College, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and almost all of the California State Universities;

Applied research positions such as Educational Training and Research, Stanford Research Institute; Postdoctoral positions such as UCLA and Harvard.

Due date: December 15, 2017.  

For more information:  http://psychology.ucsc.edu/about/research/research-areas-developmental.html or contact the Graduate Coordinator, Briana Munoz-Flores (bmunozfl@ucsc.edu).

Full-time research position at the University of Maryland

Position Announcement: Research Associate

The Learning to Talk Lab seeks an energetic, detail-oriented, highly organized and innovative individual to support the UMD Toggle Talk Project. This is a 4-year project funded by the Institute of Education Sciences of the Department of Education. This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal dependent upon performance. Researchers in the Learning to Talk Lab at UMD are partnering with the Baltimore City Public Schools to study the efficacy of Toggle Talk, a language arts curriculum supplement. Toggle Talk provides young children with vocabulary and language structure awareness to become comfortable in switching between their home/informal language and classroom/formal language. Toggle Talk has been shown to improve standardized reading scores in pilot studies.

Research Associate Responsibilities

The UMD Toggle Talk project is seeking a full-time research associate to be involved in many aspects of the project, including testing students in Baltimore City elementary school and supervising undergraduate and graduate student examiners. The research associate will also be involved in planning and executing recruitment events, preparing materials for schools and parents, and scheduling student assessments and teacher observations. The position also involves maintaining a calendar and interacting with teachers and other school staff. The position empowers the individual to develop a strong portfolio of experience in working with children in the schools, educational research, community outreach, mentorship, and leadership.

The project requires an individual who is able to prioritize and coordinate multiple projects and timelines. This individual should have strong organizational and interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate clearly and effectively. The successful applicant will be able to work autonomously and collaboratively and have the flexibility to grow, adapt and change as project needs change over the course of the project. The position also affords the research associate the opportunity to be involved in activities of the Language Science Center and the opportunity to be a co-author on presentations and publications.

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.A. degree in Hearing and Speech Science, Psychology, Human Development, Counseling, Education, or related field.
  • At least one year of prior research experience in a research laboratory that focuses on young children OR at least one year working in an elementary school setting.
  • Driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience giving standardized tests to young children.
  • Prior supervisory experience of undergraduate students.
  • Experience using Microsoft Publisher and/or Photoshop.

Benefits and Salary

Salary range: mid to high $30K, commensurate with experience

Applicants should submit the following materials electronically: Cover letter summarizing qualifications; a current resume; and names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three individuals who may be contacted by the committee as references. Incomplete application packets will not be reviewed. For best consideration, please submit all materials by 5:00 PM on September 22nd, 2017. All inquiries and applications should include the subject line “Toggle Talk Research Associate” and be sent to: toggletalk@umd.edu.

For more information about the Learning to Talk lab, go to learningtotalk.umd.edu andhttp://learningtotalk.umd.edu/toggletalk/.

The University of Maryland-College Park actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities are encouraged to apply.

Developmental Psychology Ph.D. Program at the University of Mississippi

The CUB (Cognition Underlying Behavior) lab at the University of Mississippi directed by Dr. Stephanie Miller is currently accepting applications for the doctoral program in experimental psychology for the 2018-2019 academic year. Research in the CUB lab focuses on cognitive and social development from infancy to middle childhood, with a particular emphasis on controlled cognition. Past work has focused on the development of executive function from the toddler years to middle childhood and has investigated executive function’s relationship to language, gesture, social understanding, friendship, and memory. Please see our website for more information: www.cublab.olemiss.edu

The experimental psychology program at the University of Mississippi offers an individualized, career-oriented course of study focused on developing a close apprentice relationship with a major professor.  The strong focus on both research achievement and teaching excellence, in addition to rigorous and supportive scientific training, prepares graduates for outstanding careers in a number of established and emerging fields. Students in good standing qualify for departmental assistantships for at least 5 years and some summer funding may also be available.

For more information regarding the Ph.D. program please visit our webpage at: http://psychology.olemiss.edu/graduate-program-in-experiment-psychology/ or contact Dr. Miller at semille5@olemiss.edu.  To apply online visit http://gradschool.olemiss.edu/. The application deadline is December 1st. 2017.

Research Assistants, Legal and Investigative Psychology, NYUShanghai

Research assistants:
I am looking for 1-2 research assistants to work at the LIPlab (Legal and Investigative Psychology lab) at NYU Shanghai. The assistant(s) will work at either one or both of the following projects currently running in my laboratory: (1) Using simulated avatar interviews to improve the quality of investigative interviews of children in
cases of suspected child sexual abuse (2) Identifying the distance and lighting thresholds beyond which a later correct identification of a perpetrator is not possible
In the first project, the assistant(s) will create a Chinese version of the simulation. This entails translating background stories of the avatars into Chinese and creating video clips used by the simulation software. The softwares are standard software for the manipulation of audio and video files and it is not necessary to know them in advance. However, a general interest in audio/visual work will be a benefit.
In the second project, the assistant(s) will photograph volunteer students and other young people on university campuses in Shanghai in order to create a database of photographs which can be used in further research. No prior relevant work experience is required but the person should enjoy talking to new people as the persons to be photographed will have to be approached on different university campuses. You may be asked to perform research and organizational tasks other than those described above.
For both positions, it is necessary to have excellent Chinese and satisfactory English skills. Also, you should have a strong interest in legal and investigative psychology. Studies/background in social science/psychology or IT area are best suited for the position(s).
The research assistants may be NYU Shanghai undergraduates in which case they can work a maximum of 40 hours/month (hourly wage of 20 RMB). However, the positions are also open as full time positions for Chinese and international graduate students. International applicants should preferably have at least a Master’s degree. For a full time position the salary will range from 6000-9000RMB/month based on qualifications.
Please, send an email to pekka.santtila@nyu.edu before the 30th of September. Include your resume.

Purdue SLHS inviting applications for PhD program

The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University is one of the largest and highest ranked departments of its kind and is home to thriving graduate programs, strong research faculty, and a supportive training environment for our graduate scholars. We are currently inviting applications for our Ph.D. program. Faculty engage in research in normative developmental processes, developmental disorders, swallowing, hearing science, neurological and degenerative disorders, and linguistics. Students in the program are funded through TA/RA positions, tuition waivers, and a variety of stipends and research awards available through our NIH-funded training grant or Purdue University. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact faculty member(s) whose research is of interest. The following research faculty are accepting applications this year: Françoise Brosseau-LapréHari BharadwajArielle BorovskyJessica HuberNatalya KaganovichBrandon KeehnRavi KrishnanJiyeon LeeLaurence LeonardGeorgia Malandraki, and Amanda Seidl.

Child Study Center at Rutgers University inviting applications for PhD program

The Child Study Center at Rutgers University—Newark, directed by Dr. Vanessa LoBue, is recruiting graduate students interested in a psychology PhD for the Fall of 2018.

Dr. LoBue and members of the Child Study Center at Rutgers University are interested in the development of infants and young children in multiple domains, including emotional, cognitive, and perceptual. Our research program focuses on the development of children’s behavioral responses to threatening stimuli, including social threats like angry faces, non-social threats like snakes and spiders, and biological threats like germs. Our recent work has a particular focus on the cognitive and perceptual mechanisms underlying children’s responses to threatening stimuli and how these behavioral responses might predict the development of later fear or anxiety.

Graduate students in the Department of psychology typically receive funding for five years of study, which includes tuition waivers and stipends through a mix of fellowships and assistantships. For more information about applying to our graduate program overall, please visit our webpage: http://www.ncas.rutgers.edu/department-psychology/graduate-training-developmental-psychologyApplications are due on December 1, 2017.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a top-ranked public research university, offering more than 100 graduate academic programs in 16 graduate and professional schools on three campuses in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick/Piscataway. Rutgers University, Newark is located in the heart of New Jersey’s largest city and is an easy 25-minute train ride from downtown Manhattan.