The Social Skills, Imagination and Theater (SSIT) Lab in the Applied Developmental Psychology Group at George Mason University (PI: Dr. Thalia Goldstein) is seeking motivated, reliable, and enthusiastic summer research assistants who would like to gain experience with research in social-emotional development and play. Research in the lab focuses on the development of children’s imaginative abilities, their social emotional skills, and their involvement in the arts, particularly theatre. We work with children and adolescents, with current studies spanning ages 3-15 years old.
Summer research responsibilities include participant recruitment, help running studies both in the lab and in outdoor spaces, debriefing parents, data entry, and video coding. Additionally, research assistants will be involved in weekly lab meetings, an informal reading group, and will gain hands-on experience working with data. Research assistants will work closely with other team members and will be supervised by Dr. Goldstein. Stipends of approximately $1000 are available, and research assistants are encouraged to seek additional funding through their home universities. Dependent on the requirements of interns’ home institution, academic credit may be available.
Eligibility and requirements
Research assistants are asked to commit either part time (20 hours per week) or full time (40 hours per week) to research in the lab and should be open to the possibility of testing outdoors and on weekends. The tentative start date for positions is as early June 4th and the internship continues through August 3.
Anyone is welcome to apply. To do so, please complete our online application *. Applications will be reviewed as they come in, with a final review occurring after March 15.
Thalia R. Goldstein, Ph.D.
Applied Developmental Psychology
Department of Psychology
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, 3F5
Fairfax, VA 22030 USA
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