Job Summary (10-15 hours/week, summer, specific dates flexible)
For student who can obtain funding (i.e., through undergraduate research fellowships)
Our lab focuses on mental and cognitive health, including causes and consequences of autism, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and cognitive decline. We study the psychological, behavioral, and physical health outcomes of childhood abuse and other trauma, including PTSD, depression, intimate partner violence, and health-risk behaviors. Of particularly interest are the effects of trauma on health across generations.
In addition, we conduct research on the health of former NFL players as part of the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University.
Under the supervision of the lead study investigator, Dr. Andrea Roberts, the Research Assistant’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following activities:
- Perform literature reviews related to the effects of stress and psychosocial trauma on cognitive and mental health
- Read and synopsize epidemiology and biology research
- Assist with preparation of manuscript tables, manuscript submissions, and grant applications
- Perform other duties as assigned
Characteristics of people who thrive at our lab are:
- Intellectual curiosity
- Fearlessness in learning outside one’s knowledge base
- Attention to detail, excellent organization
- Humility about the limits of one’s own expertise
- Willingness to get the job done
Basic qualifications: 2 or more years of experience or college coursework. The three most relevant skills are: 1) knowledge of molecular biology (e.g., two or more college-level courses); 2) excellent research skills; and 3) excellent writing.