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May 20, 2016

Summer Research Assistant positions with the Culture Lab!

Culture Lab
Summer Research Assistant Positions

The Culture Lab (director Michele Gelfand) is looking for motivated and hardworking research assistants for the upcoming summer. The Culture Lab, within the Social Decision Making and Organizational Science program of psychology department, has a very board interest, including cultural norms and cultural values, negotiation, conflict, revenge, and forgiveness. The lab works with computer scientists, neuroscientists and political scientists. If hired, research assistants will have the opportunity to work on several social and cross-cultural projects that investigate the psychological and neural basis of people social behavior. All RAs will be trained in high-level research skills, including experimental design, data coding and analysis. In addition, these positions offer an amazing research opportunity for people who want to learn knowledge about cross-cultural and social neuroscience research, earn experience in highly interdisciplinary field and improve writing skills.

-Minimum 6-8 hours per week
-Data Coding and Analysis
-Literature reviews
-Prepare experimental stimuli

-Minimum 3.0 GPA
-Personal interest in psychology, social sciences, neuroscience
-Excellent writing skills
-Experience with MATLAB, Python, SPSS, or R (preferred but not necessary)
Chinese (preferred for specific project but not necessary)

How To Apply:
To apply, send an email to Dr. Yan Mu at with a resume/CV. For more information about our lab, please visit:

May 19, 2016

Get to know the Psychology Commencement Speaker, Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen!

Psychology Commencement Speaker
Barbara Van Dahlen, PSYC M.A. '87, Ph.D. '91
Give An Hour

When Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of the national non-profit organization Give an Hour, accepted an invitation to speak at spring commencement for the University of Maryland’s Psychology Department, it caused her to reflect on the first time she stepped foot on the College Park campus.

“I thought I was in heaven,” Van Dahlen said. “It was this big, beautiful campus with all these colors and the big M. It was an amazing time to be a part of a university that was so vibrant and a real community.”

For a native Californian who’d never traveled east of Nevada, coming to UMD for graduate school was an opportunity to distance herself from a childhood punctuated by trauma and heartbreak: growing up with a schizophrenic mother; going through her parents’ divorce; grieving the loss of her brother who died in a drowning accident at the age of 15.

These experiences from her youth inspired Van Dahlen to pursue a career as a psychologist in order to help children and families deal with emotional pain and suffering. Then, while completing her master’s degree at UMD, tragedy struck again when Van Dahlen’s father passed away unexpectedly.

“Factors shaped me before (coming to UMD), factors shaped me during and what I did afterwards and how I dealt with that is really what has allowed me to do the work that I do today,” Van Dahlen said.

After receiving her master’s and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UMD, Van Dahlen went on to practice psychology privately in the Washington, D.C. area. In 2005, concerns about the mental health impact of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan led her to create Give an Hour, a network of mental health professionals who provide free services to U.S. troops, veterans, their loved ones and their communities.

“I had no education—none, zero—in starting a non-profit. I literally read Non-Profits for Dummies in Barnes and Noble,” Van Dahlen said. “It took a tremendous amount of work and required me to draw on other skills and to reach out to people who could help me.”

Today, the network has nearly 7,000 providers who have collectively given more than 184,000 hours of care, valued upwards of $18.4 million. In 2012, Van Dahlen was named to TIME’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world due to her work with Give an Hour. Although she never would have predicted how her career path would play out while studying at the University of Maryland, Van Dahlen says she hopes to encourage the Class of 2016 to have the courage to continually take on new challenges.

“I really believe our lives are structured in chapters and the one you’re in right now, live it to the fullest, drive it as hard as you want—but be open, because you’re not necessarily going to know when you’ve turned the page and it’s time to start a new one,” Van Dahlen advised.

Van Dahlen is also passionate about changing the narrative and culture of mental health in the United States and is leading a nationwide effort called the Campaign to Change Direction. She credits the University of Maryland for helping her gain the tools necessary to change the direction of her own life.

“I’ve gotten to a place in life where I don’t feel like the unwanted step kid anymore,” Van Dahlen said. “Being invited to be a speaker at the University of Maryland is another excellent point on my journey that shows I’ve made it into the mainstream and that feels pretty good.”

May 13, 2016

Study Abroad Profile: Daniela Adler Mzhen, Maryland in Perugia, Italy!

UMD student, Daniela Adler Mzhen, observes behavior and its relation to culture as she studies human development during her study abroad experience in Perugia, Italy
PERUGIA, Italy — “There is no one right way to do things,” said UMD Psychology Major, Daniela Adler Mzhen, as she shared her thoughts on her most recent courses in Human Development and Psychology. Daniela is currently studying abroad in Perugia, Italy through the Maryland-in-Perugia program hosted at the Umbra Institute, an American study abroad program whose courses focus on introducing students to intercultural interpretations of international realities.

During her time at Umbra, Daniela has been enrolled in PYHD 430: Human Development in Culture, a course led by Professor Christian Tarchi. In this course, Tarchi teaches the ecology of human development, or the complex interaction of a constantly changing organism and its constantly evolving environment. He emphasizes the idea that even though individuals and groups of individuals differ from each other, some ideas, values, and behaviors may be universal and shared by all humans in all cultures, ultimately making us more alike than we may realize. “I want to do therapy at some point so being able to put myself in other people’s shoes to understand where they are coming from is very important,” explained Daniela as she discussed the importance of taking a multicultural approach to the study of Psychology. “You are not them”, she added before emphasizing that it is important to realize that people come from different places and therefore have different values that dictate their actions and reactions. To read more about Daniela's Maryland In Peruglia, Italy abroad experience click HERE

Cross-Culture Lab Research Assistant positions!

Cross-Culture Lab
Research Assistant Positions

The Cross-Cultural Lab is looking for highly motivated research assistants interested in acquiring hands-on research experience in cross-cultural psychology. Currently, the lab is conducting studies
investigating the role of social class on behavior and cognition among adults and children. The lab is interested in bringing on individuals who have experience and/or interest in developmental psychology and working with children, and also those who are interested in working with adults. Research assistants will be trained in high-level research skills and gain experience recruiting and coordinating participants, running experimental studies, and assisting with data entry and analysis. These positions offer a great learning opportunity for undergraduates who have a strong academic background and a passion for psychology. Research assistants will also have the opportunity for one-on-one meetings where they may develop personal research skills, and get feedback on goals and postgraduate applications.

-Minimum 8 hours per week
-Minimum one semester recruitment
-Assist with recruitment and coordination of child and adult participants
-Assist with running experimental studies
-Potential weekend data collection for developmental studies
-Assist with coding, data entry, and data analysis

-Highly motivated
-Detail oriented
-Good interpersonal skills
-Minimum 3.2 GPA

How To Apply:
Send an email to with your resume/CV and unofficial transcript. PSYC 479 credits available. 

Planning on medical or PA school? Get clincial experience this summer as a PhysAssist Scribe!

Full-time/Part-time Scribe Positions
Are you a Pre-med Student looking to gain clinical experience this summer? By becoming a PhysAssist Scribe, pre-med you can gain unique access into the emergency department setting while working side-by-side some of the most experienced emergency providers in the nation. Not only do medical scribes go through specialized programs to teach them how to properly document patient medical charts, their exposure in the ER gives them unprecedented on-the-job training and a chance to work with doctors who can become mentors and teachers.

PhysAssist full-time and part-time positions available at hundreds of locations all across the country. Visit the PhysAssist website to learn how you can Start in Scrubs today, gaining real-world experience to prepare them for a future in healthcare!

HR Recruiting Internships with Convergenz!

HR Recruiting Internships
McLean, VA 

Convergenz invites UMD students to an OPEN INTERVIEW DAY!
Seeking sophomores and juniors interested in the field of recruiting for internship positions. Everyone with a resume is guaranteed an interview and a potential start in our June training class.

Date: Wednesday, May 18th from 1-3 p.m.
Where: Tyson Corner Office- 8260 Greensboro Drive, Suite 200, McLean, VA 22102
RSVP: send an email to as space is limited.

Learn more about the organization:
The Interview Day will consist of a office tour (including a peek at their ping pong room!), career opportunities discussion, and a chance to meet current staff.

May 11, 2016

Graduating on May 20th and searching for an entry level psychology career? Consider these Assistant Teacher opportunities with The Ivymount School!

The Ivymount School
Rockville, MD
Assistant Teacher Positions

The Ivymount School is actively recruiting recent college graduates to fill entry-level Assistant
Teacher positions for the 2016-2017 school year. Please consider joining a nationally recognized school for students with special needs and make a meaningful impact on our students’ lives. The Ivymount School currently serves over 200 students, ages 4 through 21, and has a long history of providing educational programs and therapeutic services for students with disabilities through evidence-based instruction and interventions. This is an exciting hands-on opportunity to work with students who have learning disabilities. The Ivymount School offers employees both professional development and opportunities for career advancement within our organization.

Available Positions:
Multiple Learning Needs Program • 1:1 Assistant Teacher- This position is responsible for the implementation of Behavior Intervention Plans, direct supervision, and support for assigned students during educational activities across the day.

Model Asperger Program • Assistant Teacher- This position works with various students throughout the day and is a part of a dynamic, multidisciplinary team that collaboratively develops highly individualized programming. Assistant Teacher positions are available at the Rockville Campus and in the District of Columbia. Autism Program •

ABA Instructor- Applied Behavior Analysis Instructors provide individual and small group instruction throughout the school day. An integral role of the ABA Instructor position is the collection and analysis of skill acquisition and behavior intervention data.

Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or Education preferred. Experience working with individuals with special needs and knowledge of applied behavior analysis is preferred, although not necessary. Ivymount provides comprehensive training for all new employees. P

How To Apply:
Please visit for more details about these positions and to apply online.

No Walk-In Advising Hours on Friday, May 20th due to Psychology Department Commencement!

Department of Psychology
Office of Undergraduate Studies
No Walk-In Advising
Friday, May 20, 2016

Due to the Psychology Department Commencement Ceremony scheduled for Friday, May 20, 2016, the Office of Undergraduate Studies is not able to provide Walk-In Advising on this date. Walk-In
Advising Hours will resume on Monday, May 23, 2016. Congratulations to all May 2016 Psychology Graduates!

May 10, 2016

Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab Manager/Data Analyst position!

Lab Manager/Data Analyst Position 
Department of Psychology 
University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Edward Bernat and the Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab ( in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park, are seeking a motivated individual to become a full-time lab manager and data analyst, beginning as soon as June 15th, 2016. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The position is funded by several federal grants.

Primary responsibilities will include: (1) EEG and EEG/fMRI data collection, (2) analysis of EEG and MRI data, (3) participant recruitment, (4) recruitment and supervision of undergraduate research assistants. Extensive training is provided in each of these domains; skills and strong motivation to engage learning each of these responsibilities are highly desirable.

Required Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in a related scientific field (e.g. psychology, biology, other behavioral sciences, neuroscience), strong academic record, good organizational skills, research experience in a laboratory setting, and strong interests in EEG/ERP neuroimaging research.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with EEG data collection and/or ERP data analysis, experience with computer programming and statistical software, including but not limited to Matlab, R, SPSS, E-prime, and a strong motivation for future graduate study.

A 1-year minimum commitment is required, with the possibility of renewal based on satisfactory performance and availability of funds to support the position. An optimal benefit to the candidate and lab generally occurs with a 2-3 year experience. Interested individuals should email a cover letter describing qualifications, background, and future goals, CV, and names and contact information of 3 references to Dr. Edward Bernat at

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, gender, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

May 9, 2016

Planning to search for a 2017 spring or summer internship? Let the EDCP 108I Academic Transitions to Internship Course help you out!

EDCP 108I 
Academic Transitions to Internships
Fall 2016

This course is designed to provide students with the full experience of searching for an internship. Themes include the importance of targeting your resume and cover letter to internship postings,
communicating interests and skills to potential internship sites, searching for internships, networking with alumni and professionals in your intended career field, preparing for your internship experience and much more.

This course is recommended for students who have never had an internship and are actively searching for one. Course registration is closed to graduating seniors.

May 6, 2016

Cognition and Development Lab Full-time Coordinator position!

Full-time Lab Coordinator 
University of Maryland
Cognition and Development Lab

The Cognition and Development Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park is seeking a full-time (40 hours/week) lab coordinator. Start date is negotiable, but must be no later than August 22. The lab is co-directed by Dr. Lucas Butler ( and Dr. Richard Prather (see 

Responsibilities:Data collection and analysis
Stimulus construction
Research design
Supervision of undergraduates
Interacting with children and parents
Lab and office management

-B.A. in psychology or related field within cognitive science
-1 year relevant research experience
-Excellent communication and computer skills

How To Apply:
Interested individuals should email a cover letter describing their background and future goals, CV, and names and contact information of 3 references to Lucas Butler at and to Richard Prather at Please include all documents in a single pdf file and include your last name in the file (i.e., “LASTNAME.pdf”).

Full-time Lab Manager position!

Full-time Lab Manager Position
University of Maryland
Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

The University of Maryland Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab directed by Dr.Elizabeth Redcay
( is seeking a full-time lab manager starting this summer 2016. The DSCN lab investigates the neural and cognitive bases of social communication (e.g., joint attention, theory of mind) in typical individuals and individuals with autism. The methods used include functional and structural MRI as well as behavioral measures with adults and children. This is an excellent position for anyone who would like to pursue graduate work in developmental, cognitive, and/or clinical neuroscience. We encourage applicants with a background in psychology, cognitive science, computer science, engineering, or related fields to apply. Salary will be competitive commensurate with experience and includes health benefits. Application review will begin immediately. This is a 1-year position with the possibility of renewal.

-Data collection
-Analysis of MRI and behavioral studies
-Maintenance of lab scripts
-Supervision of of undergraduate research assistants
-Management of IRB protocols
-General lab upkeep
-May involve MRI operator training
-Opportunities for presenting at conferences and co-authoring publications

-Experience with python, matlab, and/or linux
-Experience with neuroimaging software (e.g., AFNI, SPM, FSL, Freesurfer)
-Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
-Must enjoy working with children

How To Apply:
To apply please email your application to Ruth Ludlum ( Application materials should include a cover letter detailing qualifications and interest, CV (with GPA), relevant coursework or transcript, and (at least) 2 references who can provide letters upon request.

May 5, 2016

Excellent career opportunity for soon to be PSYC grad! Service Coordinator position with The ARC of Prince George's County!

The Arc of Prince George’s County is seeking a Service Coordinator for the Infants and Toddlers
Program to work with families of children birth to age 3 with disabilities/developmental delays. Assist with evaluations, assessments of child/family needs. Develop and monitor service delivery plan. Advocate for the family and child.

Qualifications: BA or BS Degree or case management experience. Must have excellent oral and written communication skills and own transportation. Salary mid $30’s. Send resume w/cover letter to or FAX, (301) 925-4387.

HR positions with Abt Associates! Great opportunity for recent and upcoming grads!

Human Resources Positions
Abt Associates 
Bethesda, MD
HR Representative
Talent Management Coordinator, Learning and Development

Organization Overview:
Join our high-impact HR team where you can be part of an innovative and creative team of HR professionals whose passion is the pursuit of excellence. At Abt Associates, the Human Resources team provides global, value-added programs, services, and consultancy in a timely manner. We aim to enhance the Company’s ability to attract, retain, and motivate highly talented employees. We are committed to a work environment that supports collaboration, work/family initiatives and is strengthened by diversity.

HR Representative- Bethesda Office
Abt Associates seeks a qualified HR Representative to support the Human Resources department. The HR Representative, as a member of the HR Service Center, delivers first line customer service support to the organization on various HR subject matter. The individual responds to employee inquiries and leadership requests, identifies issues and triages to the appropriate Center of Excellence (COE) or other area, and supports/participates in various cross functional projects within the team. This role also prepares onboarding for all new hires into the organization.  Apply HERE 

Talent Management Coordinator, Learning and Development
Abt Associates seeks a qualified Talent Management Coordinator, Learning and Development. This person will support talent management activities within Abt’s Human Resources Department. Approximately 70% of the responsibilities are focused on support for the company’s robust and growing learning and development offerings. The remainder of the workload will support recruitment and performance activities. Apply HERE

The position reports to the Manager of Learning and Development with an indirect reporting relationship to the Director of Talent Management.

May 4, 2016

Paid summer opportunities in College Park with Environment Maryland!

Environment Maryland is hiring students to work on our campaigns this summer in College Park.

This summer Environment Maryland's top campaign is working to Save the Bees! The organization is looking for individuals who are hardworking communicators committed to making positive change.humans rely on bees to pollinate most of our food. Unfortunately, beekeepers across the country report they’re losing more than 30% of all their bee colonies each year. No Bees means No Food. That’s why Environment Maryland is working to stop the use of bee-killing pesticides. But this won’t be easy. Big chemical companies like Bayer and Syngenta are fighting to increase the use of these pesticides that kill bees. So we need the EPA to stop the use of bee-killing chemicals.

To win this campaign EM is hiring students in Maryland to get out into the communities, and build support for this issue. Over the course of the summer EM campaigners can expect to make between $4,000-$6,000 and make $9-$14/HR. Great resume builder!

To sign up to learn more click here or call Environment Maryland at 301-403-0024.

Learn more about the Environment Maryland campaigns at