Friday, August 11, 2017

Child Development Lab in Benjamin Building fall undergraduate research opportunities

Two Opportunities:

In collaboration with Dr. Nathan Fox, I am currently conducting research that investigates the relations between a child’s temperament, their brain activity, and the likelihood of developing an anxiety disorder later in life. A lot of my research focuses on how brain systems related to self-monitoring or attention increase or decrease the likelihood of developing anxiety. I am also interested in how factors like genetics, social relationships, or parenting style contribute to the likelihood of developing an anxiety disorder. I am looking for an undergraduate that is interested in investigating these questions. Responsibilities would include performing literature reviews, preparing data for analysis and learning how to analyze data. Prior experience with a programming language is preferred, but not required. However, an interest in learning some aspects of programming is a must. Prior completion of courses in statistics and research methodology are also preferred, but not required. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Dr. George Buzzell at The cover letter should describe your general research interests and future career goals, as well as indicate why you feel that you would be a good fit for this position. Please indicate relevant coursework that you have completed and your current GPA.


UMD Child Development Lab: Fall Internship Opportunity

The University of Maryland’s Child Development Laboratory, under the direction of Dr. Nathan Fox, is now accepting applications for their fall internship. Successful applicants will work on two projects funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, called the Temperament Over Time Study (TOTS) and Bench to Bedside. TOTS is a large, longitudinal study that examines the effects of infant temperament on later social and cognitive development. Participants are now entering middle adolescence, and this position involves supporting a clinician in scheduling and executing home visits. For Bench to Bedside, interns will assist in conducting literature reviews regarding  Functional Near Infra Red Spectroscopy (fNIRS) studies as well as laterality and handedness. In addition to assisting with these projects, interns will gain experience with data entry, behavioral coding, and time management. Those majoring in Psychology, Human Cognitive or Affective Neuroscience, or other social science related field are encouraged to apply. The position requires attention to detail, and excellent interpersonal skills. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, CV, and an unofficial transcript to Betsy Smith at Please submit all application materials by August 21st

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