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Depression Research and Treatment Program

Department of Psychology


John E. Roberts, Ph.D., Director
Park Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-4110, USA

Phone: (716) 645-0184; Email: robertsj@buffalo.edu
 



Interested in joining our lab?

1. General Undergraduate Research Assistant Position

The Depression Research and Treatment Program usually includes 3 to 10 highly motivated and dedicated undergraduate research assistants. Sophomores and juniors who are interested in depression and pursuing a graduate degree in clinical psychology are especially strong candidates for these positions. Course work in Abnormal Psychology and Mood Disorders is helpful but not required. There are two components to the research assistant experience: (a) academic lab meetings; and (b) lab responsibilities.

Academic Lab Meetings

Lab meetings are the academic component of the research experience and are mandatory. The topics covered in lab meeting vary semester by semester and depend on the needs of current research assistants. Overall the aim is to provide an overview of contemporary ideas and research in depression. We cover topics such as the classification, epidemiology, etiology, and treatment of depression. In addition, we review basic statistics and introduce more advanced statistical concepts. Lab meetings include didactic lectures as well as discussion of theories and research on depression.

Rearch Assistant Lab Responsibilities

Exact lab responsibilities vary by research project but tend to include:
  • Data management
  • Data collection
  • Project administration logistics
  • 10 hour per week (for 3 credits), 2 semester commitment required at minimum
Research Assistant Benefits
  • Mentoring in preparation for applying to graduate school
  • For RAs who are proactive, there is opportunity to implement a personal project
  • Assistance in preparing well-developed projects suitable for poster presentations at national psychology conferences
  • Assuming a strong performance on your part, a strong letter of recommendation for graduate school applications
  • Course credit through Psych 498
How to Apply

If you are interested in one of these positions please complete our research assistant application and email it to John Roberts (robertsj@buffalo.edu).

Application (in Microsoft Word format)

2. Computer Programming Research Assistant Position


The Depression Research and Treatment Program has been conducting a number of studies that use cognitive tasks based on the Psychology Experiment Programming Language (PEBL; http://pebl.sourceforge.net/). These tasks sometime require tweaking, and we are interested in maintaining relationships with students who have experience in  programming, particularly in C++ to assist with modifying these programs.

We are also planning studies that require developing questionnaires that will be administered over smart phones, and ultimately psychological interventions that will be administered in part through smart phones.

This experience is an excellent opportunity to build your resume.

How to Apply

If you are interested in one of these positions please complete our research assistant application and email it to John Roberts (robertsj@buffalo.edu).

Application (in Microsoft Word format)

3. Graduate Student Positions

The Depression Research and Treatment Program is recruiting both doctoral and masters level students to help develop and conduct studies on the mood disorders. If you are interested in applying, please refer to the Psychology Department's admissions procedures.