Dr. Roberson-Nay, with the Department of Psychiatry, seeks up to five research assistants. Applicants must be sophomores or juniors pursuing a major or minor in biology, pscyhcology, or a related discipline. Students must be willing to work on the project for 10 hours a week and commit to one year. Interested students should email Shannon Hahn at firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest in the position.
Research Project Description – Our research team was recently awarded a four-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to examine risk factors for development of internalizing disorders including anxiety and mood disorders. Many internalizing problems begin during childhood and adolescence, but little is known about the mechanisms by which they affect some persons but not others. This study will take a genetically informed approach to understand latent genetic and environmental factors involved in the negative valence systems domain and its contribution to internalizing pathways, with outcomes bolstering our understanding of measureable risk factors and knowledge for prevention and treatment efforts.