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Research Associate WPIC | The Affective Neuroscience and Developmental Psychopathology Lab


The Affective Neuroscience and Developmental Psychopathology Lab is a dynamic, busy clinical neuroscience setting in which research focuses on the role of the brain's reward and emotion circuitry in depression and related mental health problems during adolescence and early adulthood. Our research team is motivated, organized, and committed to doing meaningful research to reduce suffering and enhance healthy functioning. This is an ideal work environment for someone who is independent, loves to learn, enjoys solving problems, cares about understanding psychopathology, likes variety, and thrives as part of a team. The Research Associate will be responsible for recruiting, screening, scheduling, and assessing participants who have depression and related problems. This will include considerable participant contact, MRI scanning, documentation of and assessment of mood, sleep, and experiences in longitudinal designs (6-month to 2-year total protocol times), and careful documentation of research procedures and requirements. This employee will work as part of a team and will contribute to several different studies.

This position is grant funded.


  • Assist with recruitment, scheduling appointments, obtaining written consent forms, collecting data by conducting phone or face to face interviews for research project(s).
  • Maintain accurate documentation.


  • Bachelors Degree required preferably in Psychology or related field.
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required.
  • Experience with data analysis and working with fMRI data preferred.
  • Prior related work experience in a research setting preferred.
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34

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