Cardiac Psychology Laboratory
Department of Psychology
East Carolina University
The major purpose of a research assistant position is to provide an opportunity for advanced and qualified students to obtain firsthand, supervised research experience in psychology. As a research assistant, you will assist me with a research project and may work with a graduate student who is doing research supervised by me. You should not expect to be able to conduct an experiment of your own. If you are considering graduate school or are unsure about the direction you want to take with your degree or career, research experience such as this is essential!
I am looking for bright and motivated students to join my research team in the Cardiac Psychology Laboratory. My research focuses on the study of psychological responses to stressful cardiac events including recent diagnosis, shock from an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), and difficulties returning to life after receiving an ICD. The bulk of our research centers around patients with defibrillators and their adjustment to the device. This is an especially good opportunity for students interested in health psychology, clinical psychology, or a health-related field.
As a research assistant, you will have some or all of the following duties:
Serving as a research assistant requires that you sign up for supervised research for credit. Some of the options for this include:
For undergraduate students: PSCY 4501 Psychological Research I for one semester and PSYC 4502 Psychological Research II for a second semester (both are two-credit courses).
For graduate students: PSYC 6519 Directed Research I for one semester and PSYC 6520 Directed Research II for a second semester (both are three-credit courses).
Following are the required qualifications for a research assistant position:
Following are a few qualifications that I would prefer but that are not required:
In general, past and current research assistants have found my lab to be an interesting and beneficial place to work. Many of my former research assistants have gone on to graduate psychology programs, as well as medical school, social work, etc. Several students with excellent academic credentials have also conducted their own research in my lab in order to complete thesis work.
Samuel F. Sears, PhD
Office: Rawl 215
If you are interested, please complete this application.