The Neurocognitive Research Practicum

Overview

The Neurocognitive Research Practicum may permit qualified trainees to participate in research on projects within the Medical Psychology – Neuropsychology program, in which faculty and research staff are engaged in the conduct of extensive behavioral and neurocognitive assessments, and neuroimaging investigations of healthy adults, individuals with exceptional creativity, and those with a broad range of neuropsychiatric syndromes, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.  Practicum opportunities depend on experience, but may include diagnostic interviewing, conduct of rating scales, administration, scoring and interpretation of neurocognitive tests, and data analysis.  Supervision is provided by licensed psychologists and/or other members of our research team.  Current projects include:

-                          The Big C Project (through June 2016), to study brain-behavior relations in exceptionally creative visual artists and scientists; supported by the John Templeton Foundation; and

-                          Multi-Level Assays of Working Memory and Psychopathology (through March 2019), to study working memory across both health and all forms of psychopathology, as part of the NIMH Research Domains Criteria initiative (R01 MH101478).

Current position openings: We can accommodate 1 or 2 practicum trainees each year; minimum commitment is 8 hours/week and maximum is 24 hours/week.

 Resource Allocation: The practicum trainees share space with research staff on the C-level of the Semel Institute.  Appropriate office equipment, including desk, phone, computer, and office supplies, is provided.

Supervision: All practicum trainees will receive weekly supervision from a member of our research team.  In addition, all practicum trainees are required to attend weekly group supervision for 1.5 hours on Thursdays with Dr. Miller and rotating faculty.  In addition, informal supervision (phone calls, emails, etc.) is available when necessary, and all supervisors are available for consultation if an urgent situation arises. At least 10% of time will be spent in supervision, and at least half of the total supervision time will be individual, face-to-face supervision.  Practicum trainee evaluations will be completed by the direct supervisor. Orientation to the research project(s) will vary depending on the practicum trainee’s assignment.  All essential materials, including psychological assessment instruments, are available and provided.

Please note: This track covers parking for one day per week for all trainees.

Director/Instructor(s): 
Robert Bilder
Application
Pre-requisites: 

Prior didactic training in psychological assessment is preferred in addition to completion of course work in neuropsychology or cognitive neuroscience, if offered by the applicant’s school.  Other research experience is desirable.

Application process: 

Candidates are required to submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, two letters of reference, and a letter from the Training Director of the School attesting to the student’s qualifications, and evidence of professional liability coverage provided by the candidate’s doctoral training program.

Please EMAIL ALL MATERIALS to Mr. David Crawford at: dcrawford@mednet.ucla.edu

Deadline for application is February 15th, each year.

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