HRP SU20-5: Research Opportunity with Dr. Margaret Briggs-Gowan

Project Mentor

Dr. Margaret J. Briggs-Gowan
Department of Psychiatry

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Description

Project Description The Adaptation and Resilience in Childhood Study is an NIMH-funded study investigating the effects of domestic violence on young children, ages 4-6 years. The summer intern will have the opportunity to assist with study activities which include developmental testing, computerized activities that assess children’s processing of facial stimuli, puppet interviews, and in-depth interviews with mothers about family life and the child’s development, postraumatic stress, and well-being. Psychophysiological data are acquired during visits, including heart rate, skin conductance and event-related potentials. The summer intern will be an integral part of the study team and will have ample opportunity to get hands on research experience.
Project Direction This research will help us to understand the different ways that children respond to traumatic experiences. We hope to identify bio-behavioral profiles of children’s responses to stressful stimuli that will ultimately help us to improve treatment strategies for these very vulnerable children. Students will have ample opportunity to learn about developmental psychopathology and the effects of trauma on young children’s development and mental health.
Mentorship and Supervision As my office is in the same location as our lab, I am in frequent contact with students. I will directly train and supervise the student. We will meet weekly to discuss their experiences, learning activities and longer term goals. Feedback will most often be provided in person but may also include written feedback. The student also will participate in biweekly study meetings.
Student Qualifications Undergraduate coursework in psychology
Direct experience working with children
Strong time management and organizational skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Summer Schedule Options Research Dates: May 26 to July 31, 2020
The student will be expected to work a flexible schedule, including some weekends. They will be expected to assist with study visits 2 weekends per month. If they work the weekend, they work fewer days during the week to compensate. The work day typically starts at 9 or 10 on weekdays.
Project Continuation Fall 2020

Spring 2021

Academic Year Time Commitment 3 hours/week
Possible Thesis Project No


Submit an online application for this research opportunity at The application deadline is Monday, February 3, 2020.

This application requires a resume.