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Congrats to Applied Social Psychology doctoral student Sidney Holt on the 2017 Outstanding Student Abstract award at the American Public Health Association (APHA) conference! Her abstract was entitled, “I Live in this Neighborhood Too, Though”: Psychosocial Effects of Gentrification on Black men in DC.

The abstract details analyses that Holt conducted based on focus groups with Black men from Menhood, a National Institutes of Health-funded study designed to examine the effects of neighborhood and individual-level stressors and resilience on sexual risk for Black men who live in Washington, DC.  Holt’s supervising professor, Dr. Lisa Bowleg is the Principal Investigator of Menhood.

Holt’s research highlighted that gentrification led participants to experience heightened police presence within their neighborhoods and in turn, increased discriminatory encounters with police; segregation and social exclusion from their new White neighbors; restricted mobility within their neighborhoods; fear of displacement; loss of belonging and sense of community; and self-blame and a sense of powerlessness to stop gentrification.  All of these experiences have the potential to negatively impact health and well-being.  Holt’s work fills an important gap within the social and behavioral science literature.  Holt notes that although media attention about gentrification in DC has increased in recent years —DC was the second fastest gentrifying city in the U.S. from 2000 to 2010 — it’s relatively rare that researchers seek to learn about gentrification primarily from the perspective of long-time, low-income Black residents.  Holt says that she hopes that her work will prompt researchers, policymakers and health providers to consider the social and mental health effects of gentrification, and not conceptualize gentrification primarily as an urban development phenomenon with only economic and political ramifications.

STUDY COORDINATOR POSITION (starting June 2018, must have B.A. in Psych)

The Promoting Adolescent School Success P.A.S.S.;
research group in the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Department of
Psychology is recruiting to fill a full-time Study Coordinator position.
The anticipated start date is June, 2018.  The duties and responsibilities
of this position are to organize and oversee the day-to-day operations of a
federally funded research study titled “*Longitudinal Evaluation of the
Impact of Sleep on the Academic and Social Functioning of Adolescents with
and without ADHD*” (Institute of Education Sciences – R305A160126; PIs
Langberg/Becker -
This is a multi-site study which includes the collection of subjective and
objective measures of sleep, symptoms, and functioning at five timepoints
across the transition from middle to high school for 300 participants (150
ADHD and 150 comparison). The study coordinator plays an integral role in
assuring that the study objectives are met and are accomplished within the
specified timeframe. The coordinator is responsible for organizing,
scheduling, and helping to administer all of the study follow-up
evaluations. The coordinator is also responsible for tracking and assisting
with participant retention activities and reporting weekly to the PI on
progress towards goals. In addition, the coordinator is responsible for all
aspects of data collection, including ensuring that rating scales are
administered to parents, teachers, and students and are completed, scored,
and entered within the expected timeframe.

The position will provide the employee with extensive training and
experience interacting with youth with ADHD and their families and
implementing and publishing research studies. The P.A.S.S. research group
has many on-going and recently completed studies that the coordinator may
collaborate on, including school-based intervention randomized controlled
trials with middle, high school, and college students with ADHD. The
candidate will have the opportunity to develop independent research
questions, learn to analyze data, and to present findings at conferences
and through publication. This position would be ideal for an individual
with a long-term goal of completing graduate training in psychology.


The position requires excellent writing skills; initiative, flexibility,
the ability to work independently, and strong interpersonal and
organizational skills. Specific requirements:

·       Bachelor’s degree in psychology or equivalent combination of
education & experience
·       2-year commitment (e.g., apply to graduate school at beginning of 2
nd year)
·       Prior experience assisting with the coordination of research
·       *Experience with REDCap is strongly preferred *
·       Strong attention to detail and organizational & analytical skills
·       Ability to prioritize tasks, handle multiple requests, and keep a
positive attitude
·       Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel in particular)
·       Ability to clearly and respectfully communicate with other study
staff, parents, and teachers

Please e-mail the PI, Dr. Langberg, with questions or to convey interest
and attach a C.V./resume to the e-mail that includes undergraduate major
and GPA –

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action
employer.  Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged
to apply.

Internship at the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute (ANDI)

We are looking for responsible and committed students to assist with research at the ANDI. Student interns can request to receive course credit for interning !
Join our research team and gain hands-on experience with Autism research, in particular with organizing and conducting behavioral and neuroscientific experiments. Student interns will increase their familiarity with individuals with autism, as well as neuroscientific methods, including EEG and fMRI. Weekly hours are flexible.
Applicants must:
- Be able to commit for the duration of a semester
- Have good oral and written communication skills
- Has basic knowledge on research methods
Prior experience with programming/data analysis, conducting research,
or working with children with special needs is welcome but not
required. Please submit a resume and cover letter to the address below.
Contact: Callie Stezar at