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Prospective Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistants
Undergraduate student members of the Collaborative on Aging Research and Multicultural Assessment (CARMA) lab gain hands-on research experience as research assistants (RAs). RAs are highly responsible, self-determined, oriented toward pursuing graduate study in clinical psychology/neuropsychology, and interested in the intersection of culture, cognition, and aging, especially in the context of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD). As a member of the research team, RAs review key literature, facilitate data collection sessions, and manage data entry.
Two semesters (Fall and Spring) of participation on the research team is required. RAs are expected to be available for research team meetings and for a minimum of 8 hours/week for meetings and data collection. All RAs are expected to have completed relevant coursework: Introduction to Psychology and Introduction Methods in Psychology. RAs may be eligible for "Research Practica" or “Independent Study” course credit after one semester of volunteer experience. Assigned credit hours are determined by hours of availability such that 3-4 hours of availability per week=1 credit, 6hrs=2 credits, and 9hrs=3credits.
Please contact Dr. Medina if interested in an RA position. Please include a copy of your most recent transcript/s (unofficial copies are acceptable) and CV/resume in your email. New RAs are typically hired at the beginning of the academic year (summer) to avoid mid-year onboarding.
Prospective Graduate Students
The Clinical Psychology program at UH is ideally suited for those who are passionate about and dedicated to research careers and pursuing research questions that inform underserved communities. Each fall, our program receives a high volume of competitive student applications for admission. This fall/winter, I look forward to considering student applications for the 2023-2024 academic year. We deem the most impressive applicants as those who (1) have a demonstrated record of research experience that coincides with CARMA's ongoing program of research and (2) exceed the requirements set forth by the UH Department of Psychology and the UH Graduate School. Applications are reviewed holistically; therefore, only complete applications are considered. Please see Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data for details on applying. All applications are submitted via the UH portal (December 1 deadline); please do not email your application materials to Dr. Medina.
Graduate students in the CARMA lab actively engage in larger group projects but are also encouraged to integrate individual pursuits that cohere with the overall mission of the lab. All research is conducted under Dr. Medina’s close supervision via weekly meetings.
For some tips and resources on applying to graduate school in clinical psychology, check out:
- Dr. Mitch Prinstein’s Uncensored Advice for Applying to Graduate School in Clinical Psychology
- A Student’s Perspective on Applying to Graduate School in (Clinical) Psychology: A Step-by-Step Guide
- American Psychological Association’s Preparing and Applying for Graduate School in Psychology video series
- Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) Getting into Clinical Psych Grad School
- Donald Asher’s book on Graduate Admissions Essays
- Other advice on how to write your statement of purpose by UC Berkeley and Northeastern University