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What is a psychology research assistant?

To put it into very simple terms, the job of the psychology research assistant is to assist fully-qualified psychologists in their research projects. This is a way for junior psychologists to get some first-hand experience with the job, while under the careful supervision and guidance of a trusted professional.

In order to take a job as a psychology research assistant, you need to have a decent understanding of the role, as well as appropriate qualifications. To land the job, you should aim to have a degree within a relevant field. You should also aim to have at least some experience with field work, and the ability to use data processing programs, such as Word and Excel, and experience with statistical analysis programs, such as SPSS.

What Is the Career Outlook of a Psychology Research Assistant?

As mentioned earlier, a job as a psychology research assistant is a great way to get relevant experience while simultaneously receiving tutelage from a professional, while also learning crucial problem solving skills. The career prospects of a psychology research assistant are strong, and the job can lead to all manner of career avenues.

This job can lead very cleanly into your next position, as the company that you are working for will gladly upgrade your position and status once they have a good feel for what you are capable of. You are more likely to be hired for a better position within the same company, as they already have a great feel for what you are capable of, so you don’t need to prove yourself with qualifications.

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What Is the Role of a Psychology Research Assistant?

Some of the initial tasks of an average psychology research assistant role may sound rather menial. To begin with, you may find yourself helping a professional to document their findings, and keeping their records in order. You might one day find yourself sorting their emails and correspondences, and another day you may be busy with photocopying jobs.

This work helps to lighten the stress on the professional who has taken you under their wing, and allows them to do exciting and groundbreaking work. As your experience moves forward, you will be able to offer your own opinions on the research being carried out, to help achieve better results.

As you move forward, you will also be invited to take part in the act of research itself. Your superior will have you recording results in real time as they carry out their research, and helping to keep track of the numerous variables involved. This will slowly develop a familiarity with the research process, which will equip you with all you need to engage with your own research projects in the future.

How Much Do You Make As A Psychology Research Assistant?

The average salary of a psychology research assistant is around $55,000 per year. This is a very healthy income for a novice role, and the pay can easily be increased and adjusted as you build more raport within the company, and as your position within the company climbs higher.

This pay can vary slightly, depending on where you work, but most psychology research assistants make well over the minimum wage, making it always a worthwhile and rewarding job.

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Pediatric Psychologist/Neuropsychologist: Special Infectious Disease Program Northwestern University Chicago, Illinois US 05/14/2022
The Departments of Psychiatry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the Pritzker Department of Psychiatry Behavioral Health and theSpecial Infectious Diseases (SID) division of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Childrens Hospital are seeking a full-time psychologist in a non-tenure-eligible Associate or Assistant Professor on the Clinician-Educator track, to join a multidisciplinary team toconduct cognitive and behavioral health evaluations with infants, children, adolescents, and ... More
Clinical Faculty, Generalist Division of Community Health Chicago (DCHC) Adler University Chicago, Illinois US 05/02/2022
Under the direction of the divisions Director of Training, the Clinical Faculty member will provide clinical supervision, group and individual, across all levels of training for the trainees in the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program and other disciplines as warranted. The Clinical Faculty member acting as the Clinical Supervisor will have direct control and oversight of all the service delivery, supervision, and training activities. Clinical faculty provide program development ... More
Research Assistant Professor in the Child Welfare Education and Research Programs The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania US 05/01/2022
The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work invites applications for a fulltime, 12month appointment stream, nontenured position as Research Assistant Professor in the Child Welfare Education and Research Programs. The position is available immediately. Salary is commensurate with experience. The assignment is based on the Oakland campus in Pittsburgh and involves research and evaluation of programs located throughout the state. The School of Social Work at ... More
Research Assistant Professor in the Child Welfare Education and Research Programs The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania US 04/27/2022
The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work invites applications for a fulltime, 12month appointment stream, nontenured position as Research Assistant Professor in the Child Welfare Education and Research Programs. The position is available immediately. Salary is commensurate with experience. The assignment is based on the Oakland campus in Pittsburgh and involves research and evaluation of programs located throughout the state. The School of Social Work at ... More
Research Assistant/Lab Manager Virginia Tech Roanoke Area, Virginia US 04/23/2022
Job DescriptionTwo full-time research assistants (lab manager) are sought for the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu, Dr. Brooks King-Casas, and Dr. Stephen LaConte at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion (http://research.vtc.vt.edu). Projects in the labs combine methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics with functional neuroimaging to investigate decision-making in healthy and clinical populations (focusing ... More
Temporary - Research Assistant (Pool), Job ID: 43103 University of Louisville Kent School - Social Work, US 03/26/2022
Job Description Job Title: Temporary - Research Assistant (Pool) Job ID: 43103 Location: Kent School - Social Work http://louisville.edu/hr/benefits More
Research Assistant 1 (9942) Case Western Reserve Univesity Ohio 03/24/2022
POSITION OBJECTIVE Working under moderate supervision, the Research Assistant 1 will perform research activities of the Play-based Remote Enrichment To ENhance Development [PRETEND] intervention in Prader-Willi Syndrome to build out our programs for wider dissemination. The research assistant will assist in the establishment of our play facilitator training procedures, including confirming intervention fidelity, and piloting the train-the-trainer protocol with a ... More
Part-Time Research Assistant Virginia Tech Roanoke Area, Virginia US 03/22/2022
Job DescriptionA part-time Research Assistant is being sought to support multiple NIH-funded projects in the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu (lab information) and Dr. Brooks King-Casas (lab information) at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion in Roanoke, Virginia. Projects in the labs are highly interdisciplinary and combine methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics with functional neuroimaging and ... More
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