Research Assistant Needed!

The Psychology of Emerging Adulthood Research Lab (PEARL) is seeking an undergraduate Research Assistant to assist with a multi-site SSHRC-funded study on family relationships, risk, wellness and well-being in emerging adulthood. The RA will assist with participant recruitment,
screening, and scheduling; data collection with parents and young adults using an online survey and a daily survey app; database management; and preliminary data analysis (using SPSS). In addition, the RA will provide some support around knowledge transfer using social media.

Applicants should:
– Be able to commit to up to 8 hours per week, with some flexibility in times (e.g.,
checking and responding to emails; checking data compliance from home)
– Have excellent organizational abilities
– Be able to work independently and as part of a research team
– Have a good understanding of research ethics and standards and the importance of
maintaining confidentiality of participant information
– Have working knowledge of various methods of recruitment, including social media
– Previous experience with SPSS is an asset

Starting base rate of pay is $18.00 to $22.00 per hour (depending on student level and experience). Interested students should send a letter of interest, unofficial transcript, and cv to Dr. Abby Goldstein at abbyl.goldstein@utoronto.ca by. Priority will be given to early applicants. An informal interview will follow successful applications.


Research Assistant Needed!

We are looking for motivated Cognitive Science students who are interested in obtaining research experience in computational cognitive modeling.

What are we studying? Languages differ in how they express the same situation. Where English has one preposition on (the cup is on the table, the coat is on the hook), Dutch uses two: op and aan (the cup is *op* the table, the coat is *aan* the hook). Having the same text translated into multiple languages (a parallel corpus) gives us a rich source of information about the between-language variation in how objects and events are labeled. In our research, we explore computational linguistic and cognitive modelling techniques to address questions in linguistics (how do languages vary in how they carve up the world?) and cognitive science (how do people learn word meanings in various languages?).

What do we expect? The student is expected to be able to program in Python, as well as sincere interest in computational linguistics and/or psycholinguistics and/or human cognition. The student’s tasks consist of programming parts of the parallel-corpus pipeline, helping to set up web experiments, and data visualization. The workload will be 8-10 hours a week.

What can you expect? The student will participate in an ongoing research project and interact with a team consisting of at least two other members: the supervisor (Suzanne Stevenson) and a postdoctoral fellow (Barend Beekhuizen). Weekly activities include developing computational models, attending one-on-one and group meetings with the supervisor and her team, and writing progress reports. Participation in this project gives the student an opportunity to get an actual research experience, to improve their programming skills, to gain new knowledge in the fields of computational linguistics and psycholinguistics, and to establish connections with the faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students in the Department of Computer Science.


CONTACT Barend Beekhuizen <barend@cs.toronto.edu>

Volunteer with the Collaborative for South Asian Mental Health!

The Collaborative for South Asian Mental Health is composed of researchers from various organizations across the Greater Toronto Area who come together to focus on how research can contribute to improving the mental health of South Asian communities in Toronto. They are currently looking for volunteers!

Please email your application to southasianmentalhealth1@gmail.com and indicate which position you’re applying for in the subject line.

Volunteer Opportunity


Volunteer Research Assistants Needed!

The Wisdom and Identity Lab, under the supervision of Dr. Michel Ferrari at OISE, University of Toronto, seeking volunteer Research Assistants! Volunteers will assist with a multinational, interdisciplinary research project on Motivation and Virtue across different faiths, nationalities, and age groups. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain familiarity with mixed methods research, cross-cultural studies, and phenomenological psychology. Our immediate need is for research assistants to recruit senior participants from amongst the Muslim community in Toronto.

Ideally, applicants should:

· Be able to commit at least 6 hours a week until September 2017 (with flexibility allowed week to week)

· Be able to work both independently and as part of a team

· Applicants will be expected to be responsive to project emails within 24 hours

· Priority will be given to early applicants

Interested applicants should send a CV and unofficial transcript to Fatemeh.alhosseini@mail.utoronto.ca by July 29. Late applications are not guaranteed to be considered. An informal interview will follow successful applications


Volunteer Research Assistant Position

The Cognition and Psychopathology (CAP) Lab uses experimental methods to study underlying chronic worry in people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and seeks to identify ways to tailor and improve psychological treatments targeting worry. We are currently looking for a volunteer research assistant (RA) to help with an ongoing research study examining the benefits of a novel “mental habits training” for chronic worry. Primarily, we are looking for someone who would contribute to this study through assisting with data management (data entry, spreadsheet organization, etc.) and recruitment procedures (managing participant interest, advertising for the study). This opportunity would be well suited for a student with interests in anxiety and worry who is interested in further developing their research experience and skills relating to data management and study coordination. We are seeking detail-oriented, self-directed, and interpersonally professional applicants who would be able to commit at least 8 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months. For more information on the CAP Lab, please visit our website: http://psychlabs.ryerson.ca/caplab/


To apply, please send a CV, current (unofficial) transcript, and cover letter detailing your experience, expectations, and availability to the CAP Lab Manager: 

Sherya Jagtap



Research Opportunity Position!

Research Opportunity Program (ROP) Position: Scott Lab
Work in Dr. Katreena Scott’s Lab to gain valuable research experience for a full-course credit through the Research Opportunity Program (ROP)!
Position Title Research Opportunity Program (ROP299/399) Student — Fall/Winter 2017-2018
Project Code LTE 15
Project Title Safe and Understood: Intervening with Families to Promote Healthy Child Outcomes and Prevent Abuse Recurrence for Young Child Victims of Domestic Violence Exposure
Number of Positions 3
Selected ROP students will become involved in an applied cluster randomized trial, studying the impact of embedding two promising, community-based interventions within child protection services. These interventions aim to reduce impairment and prevent abuse recurrence in young child victims (0 to 4) of exposure to domestic violence.
  1. Mothers in Mind promotes the social, emotional, and developmental health of young children who have been exposed to domestic violence. Using a trauma-informed approach, it acknowledges the impact of violence and trauma on people’s lives, and focuses on client safety and empowerment, and on increasing maternal sensitivity.
  2. Caring Dads engages fathers in group settings to develop positive parenting skills, break cycles of violence, and support children’s healing and development.
Primary outcomes for the cluster randomized trial are re-referral to child protection, and child social and emotional development. We are also following families across three assessment points to gain a better understanding of developmental trajectories. Our assessment includes: (1) parent self-reports of child and family functioning; (2) observations of mothers and fathers in interaction with their children and in a co-parenting interaction; and (3) task-based and eye-tracker measures of children’s developing emotional regulation and neuropsychological functioning.
Selected ROP students will be assigned specific responsibilities (e.g., coding father-/mother-child interaction, examining psychophysiological data), and have the opportunity to use related data to propose and examine questions relevant to the project. They will attend and participate in lab meetings, as well as prepare a research poster for the annual 299/399 undergraduate research fair.
Depending on level of experience, they may also be trained to:
  • Attend intervention groups as part of recruitment efforts
  • Conduct interviews with child protection workers
  • Work with senior students to conduct assessments of mothers, fathers, and young children.


Additional Information

This is an exceptional opportunity for students with an interest in graduate studies and/or a career in clinical psychology, social work, or mental health related fields. More detailed information on the project and application process can be found here: http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current/course/rop/courses. This position is under the Applied Psychology and Human Development section (Project Code: LTE 15).


Research Assistant Position!

Volunteer Research Assistant

You will be involved in a study examining older adults’ vulnerability to fraud, conducted in Kang Lee’s Development Lab (kangleelab.com). Our goal is to offer volunteers many opportunities to develop their research skills. Thus, as a volunteer, you will;

– Act as the main experimenter in conducting the experimental sessions with adults aged 18-95
– Recruit and schedule participants
– Code and record results
– Perform other administrative tasks in the lab
This position is ideally suited for students from St George campus or who live downtown, and who will be in their 2nd or 3rd year in September. Those who are studying psychology or a related field and who are interested in pursuing graduate school in the future are encouraged to apply. We are looking for a highly motivated student interested in pursuing graduate studies in developmental psychology, gerontology, or a related field and is seeking a lab to develop their research skills.
Qualifications include:
– A strong background working with people (working with older adults would be an asset)
– Strong attention to detail
– The ability to work both independently and as part of a team
– Excellent communication (both written and verbal)
– Problem solving skills
– Punctuality
– Previous research/statistics experience would be an asset but is not required


Hours per week: 8-10 It is preferred that volunteers set aside two full days per week that they are free to work in the lab (although the total number of hours per week will only be 8-10).

Length of position: 1 year commitment minimum

Start date: July 15th

Location: Work will take place at OISE (252 Bloor St W). Occasional participant recruitment events will happen in the community (all TTC accessible).

Please send your cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and weekly availability for the summer (including weekend) to rebecca.judges@mail.utoronto.ca