Assistant Research Professor, Cognition, Affect, and Temperament Laboratory, Penn State

May 18, 2022

The Cognition, Affect, and Temperament Laboratory (http://www.catlabpsu.com) at The Pennsylvania State University, headed by Dr. Koraly Pérez-Edgar, is seeking an Assistant Research Professor to help lead a dynamic series of studies in the lab.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to help lead a number of NIH-funded studies examining the role of socioemotional, cognitive, and biological factors in early development. These include:

  • HBCD, a consortium study linking 25 sites across the country. The HEALthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD) Study will create a representative sample of families, recruited in pregnancy, and then followed in the first decade of life. Findings from this cohort study will provide a template of normative neurodevelopment in infants and young children and help untangle the impacts of perinatal exposures to substances and childhood environments on developmental trajectories. Data from this comprehensive study will include infant MRI, EEG, neurodevelopmental testing, biospecimens, observed behavior, and parental report.
  • P-CAT, an NIMH-funded longitudinal study that will examine parental transmission of anxiety to preschool children. This project includes fNIRS (parent-child interpersonal neural synchronization), EEG, and behavioral coding and will focus on parent-child interaction and socialization of anxious behaviors through child observation. A sub-aim of the study focuses on anxiety transmission in fathers.
  • LAnT, is an NIMH-funded longitudinal study examining the role of attention and temperament in the early emergence of social behavior and anxiety symptoms in the first two years of life. We have completed data collection with 357 families, providing rich data for follow up analyses and publications. Data from this study include EEG, eye-tracking, observed social behavior, telomeres, and parental report. The follow up grant, currently under review, will examine the impact of temperament and neighborhoods and independent and moderating forces on anxiety trajectories.

General responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing the breadth of projects in the CAT lab, helping coordinate across studies
  • Providing overall administrative support for the lab
  • Supervising lab members
  • Helping lead study design and implementation
  • Coordinating with Dr. Pérez-Edgar to set and meet lab aims
  • Leading publications
  • Transitioning to submitting internal and external grants as PI

Example projects include:

  • HBCD, a consortium study linking 25 sites across the country. The HEALthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD) Study will create a representative sample of families, recruited in pregnancy, and then followed in the first decade of life. Findings from this cohort study will provide a template of normative neurodevelopment in infants and young children and help untangle the impacts of perinatal exposures to substances and childhood environments on developmental trajectories. Data from this comprehensive study will include infant MRI, EEG, neurodevelopmental testing, biospecimens, observed behavior, and parental report.
  • P-CAT, an NIMH-funded longitudinal study that will examine parental transmission of anxiety to preschool children. This project includes fNIRS (parent-child interpersonal neural synchronization), EEG, and behavioral coding and will focus on parent-child interaction and socialization of anxious behaviors through child observation. A sub-aim of the study focuses on anxiety transmission in fathers.
  • LAnT, is an NIMH-funded longitudinal study examining the role of attention and temperament in the early emergence of social behavior and anxiety symptoms in the first two years of life. We have completed data collection with 357 families, providing rich data for follow up analyses and publications. Data from this study include EEG, eye-tracking, observed social behavior, telomeres, and parental report. The follow up grant, currently under review, will examine the impact of temperament and neighborhoods and independent and moderating forces on anxiety trajectories.

MORE INFORMATION & APPLY HERE: https://psu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/PSU_Academic/job/University-Park-Campus/Assistant-Research-Professor–Cognition–Affect–and-Temperament-Laboratory-Department-of-Psychology–College-of-the-Liberal-Arts_REQ_0000024066-1

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