HRP SU21-14: Research Opportunity with Dr. Carolyn Greene

Project Mentor

Dr. Carolyn Greene
Department of Psychiatry

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Description

Project Description I am seeking an undergraduate student intern to assist with the Parent and Child Emotions Study (PACES), a research study investigating emotion regulation among parents and children who have experienced trauma. The intern will assist with parent and child visits to our laboratory, where families will be completing questionnaires and engaging in dyadic tasks during which we will collect physiological and observational data. The intern will also assist with recruitment activities in the community, screening and scheduling subjects, administrative tasks, and data entry and analysis, and have the opportunity to utilize initial study data (or data from a prior study) to develop a poster or paper on emotion regulation and children’s functioning. The intern will receive training in relevant tasks and be expected to attend research team meetings.
Project Direction The Family Adversity and Resilience Research (FARR) program at Kane Street in West Hartford is a collaborative laboratory combining the work of several PIs who conduct research into the effects of trauma on children and families. My specific research is on intergenerational trauma, and aims to better understand how children manage their emotions after stressful life experiences, and how parents can support their children in overcoming the effects of these experiences.
Mentorship and Supervision I will provide thorough training on all research related tasks. For work in the lab with subjects, the research assistant will first shadow another research assistant until he/she is comfortable conducting the task independently and able to do so with fidelity to the protocol. The student will attend lab meetings and I will also provide weekly individual mentorship meetings with the student. Informal feedback will be provided throughout the internship, with a formal feedback meeting at the conclusion.
Student Qualifications Coursework: Completion of at least one General Psychology course required; additional coursework in developmental psychology and psychophysiology (or related subjects) preferred.

Academic interests: an interest in child development and/or traumatic stress; students considering graduate studies in psychology are encouraged to apply.

Experience: previous research experience is helpful, but not required.

Summer Schedule Options Research Dates: May 24 to July 30, 2021
Schedule: M-F, 8:30am-6:30pm (flexible, occasional weekends)
Location: UConn Health location at 65 Kane Street, West Hartford
Project Continuation Fall 2021, Spring 2022
Academic Year Time Commitment 3-9 hours/week
Possible Thesis Project Yes


Submit an online application for this research opportunity at The application deadline is Monday, February 1, 2021.

This application requires a cover letter, a resume or CV, an unofficial transcript, and a brief statement of research interests.