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


Research Assistants Needed!

Volunteer Research Assistant

Volunteer Position Research Assistant
Requirements Previous experience coding or willingness to be trained
Responsibilities Coding qualitative data, maintaining website, weekly meetings
Number of Positions 4

What Does a Volunteer Research Assistant Do?

Volunteer Research Assistants are academic student volunteers hired by principal researchers (also known as principal investigators (PI), or project directors) to assist in carrying out a particular research project. Research assistantships are intended to provide students the opportunity to learn proper research procedures and techniques.


Volunteer Research Assistant Responsibilities

Volunteer Research Assistants will be responsible for assisting the principal researcher (Sasha Reid, M.A.) in a variety of non-administrative tasks which may include:

  • Collecting data such as interviews, audio, and video files
  • Uploading files to website and website maintenance
  • Identifying and preparing resources for analysis
  • Coding qualitative data
  • Documenting results
  • Attending weekly meetings (via skype or in person)
  • File and maintainconfidential documents
  • Performing other related duties as required


Volunteer Research Assistant Requirements

Volunteers are expected to have the following skills:

  • Previous experience coding is an asset but not necessarily requited as training will be provided, regardless
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Strong organization skills
  • Ability to handle confidential information
  • Accuracy and Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Strong time management skills

 Please send both your resume and cover letter to: sasha.reid@mail.utoronto.ca by July 15th, 2017.


Volunteers for Neuroimaging Research at SickKids

Student volunteers wanted for developmental neuroimaging research at SickKids

We would like to recruit 3rd or 4th year students to volunteer for our
ongoing developmental cognitive neuroscience studies in the lab of Dr.
Margot Taylor, Director of Functional Neuroimaging at the Hospital for
Sick Children.  Interested students should have an appreciation or
background in psychology, clinical psychology, development, data
organization and/or neuroimaging.  Advantages of volunteering in the lab
include learning about neuropsychological / behavioural assessments,
various approaches to  studying brain structure and function, as well as
being part of a dynamic multidisciplinary team.

Interested students should contact Julie Lu (julie.lu@sickkids.ca) and
include a short resume and unofficial transcripts.


ROP Opportunity!

Interested in gaining research experience AND course credit at the same time?

Apply to work in the Geva Lab through the Research Opportunity Program!

New postings have been added to the Research Opportunity Program listings, including positions in the Geva Lab. You could be a part of a research study examining the effectiveness of a reading intervention program with children (project code LTE 18), or a study helping to identify English Language Learners who are at risk for learning disabilities (project code LTE 18). These listings are offered under the Applied Psychology & Human Development section.

More information and application instructions can be found at the following website: http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current/course/rop/courses


Bloggers Needed

KMA Therapy, a psychology clinic in the Yonge and Eglinton area, is looking for people who are interested in writing blog posts related to mental health for their blog (http://www.kmatherapy.com/blog/). Each blog you write will be featured on their website, Twitter page, and Facebook page. They usually ask bloggers to write about a topic that they’re interested in so that they feel comfortable writing about it, but they are more than happy to provide ideas as well! A blog post is usually 300 words or so, but you are welcome to write more than that. They would also like to include a picture of each blogger, as well as a little bio, to the end of each post in order for them to gain some exposure! If you are interested please send your resume to jessica@kmatherapy.com.


Research Assistant/Volunteer Needed!


  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese
  • Pashto and/or Dari
  • Farsi
  • Tamil
  • Malayalam
  • Hindi and/or Kashmir
  • Urdu
  • Tagalog
  • Portuguese


(This will be a short-term commitment; reference letters will be provided!)


Recruiting Research Assistants!


The Clinical Neurosciences Laboratory at the University of Toronto Scarborough is now accepting applications for research volunteer placements beginning June 1, 2017, through May 30, 2018. Training opportunities are available in one (or more) of the following research tasks with clinical participants (major depression, borderline personality disorder) and/or healthy participants, depending on applicant interest, availability, and prior training:


– Neuropsychological testing and scoring (St. George and Scarborough campuses)

– Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanning (St. George campus)

– Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) scanning (Scarborough campus)

– Administering personality and symptom questionnaires (St. George and Scarborough campuses)

– Data entry and management (Scarborough campus)


Volunteers are expected to commit at least one day per week and be available at the St. George and/or Scarborough campuses, depending on the specific study. Attendance at regular lab meetings (Scarborough campus) is required. If you are interested, please fill out the REQUIRED online application (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/utscpsych). Curriculum vitae and/or resume may be emailed as attachments to cnl@utsc.utoronto.ca (OPTIONAL).  Deadline for submitting an application is May 12, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.