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Research Assistant in a Clinical Psychology Research Lab Studying Adversity in Children and Adolescents (Volunteer Position)

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The CIRCLE Lab at UNC in the Psychology and Neuroscience Department is looking for motivated undergraduate research assistants to join our team who are interested in graduate school in a social science discipline (psychology, social work, education), medical school, or allied disciplines. For more information on our lab, please see our lab website at

This opportunity is posted for Fall 2023, however, we prefer to recruit those who are interested in longer-term commitment to the lab to support their career development goals.

The CIRCLE Lab is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive academic community. We strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds who are committed to contributing to this goal in addition to applicants from historically under-represented groups. For our Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Antiracism Statement, please see:

If you are applying to work in our lab, we require that you are able to commit at least 8-10 hours per week. In addition to learning more about adversity exposure in childhood and brain development, opportunities include:
– Observing and quantitatively analyzing parent/child interactions
– Assisting with a meta-analysis on fear learning
– Assisting with in-person MRI visits
– fMRI Image Analysis
– Recruiting participants into the STTAR study
– Editing structural brain MRI images in FreeSurfer

Additionally, all research assistants will also gain experience with data entry and data management projects. For more detailed descriptions regarding each open position, please see our application (linked below).

To express your interest in working in our lab, please complete the application here:
[NOTE: If you experience difficulties accessing the application via Copy & Paste, click the link for “Website”, which will direct you to our application. You can also find the link to our application on the CIRCLE Lab Website, on the “Contact Us” page.]

The deadline to apply is Thursday September 14th, 2023 at 5 PM EST (*Note: the original due date (9/7) was extended to 9/14)

For more information on undergraduate research experience in our lab, please visit our undergraduate resource page:
Please direct application-related questions to

Faculty Advisor
Margaret Sheridan
Research Supervisor
Margaret Sheridan
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