Student working on a research project.

Student Intern: Materna And Child Health Study (Developmental Pathways Of Violence And Substance Use In A High Risk Sample)

In this continuation of a longitudinal, multi-method study, Principal Investigators Dr. Rina Eiden and Dr. Amanda Nickerson are examining developmental pathways to violence, victimization, and substance use (VVSU) in adolescence for a sample of youth exposed to high levels of community violence recruited at birth.

Interns will participate in data collection and data coding activities. They will learn how to conduct observational and physiological assessments with early adolescents and their families. Data collection involves conducting the Trier Social Stress Test with adolescents and measuring heart rate, cortisol, and behavior. Assessments also include conducting parent-adolescent interaction paradigms, maternal diagnostic interviews, and child self-reports, as well as collecting hair samples from adolescents. Students with interests in the social sciences in general, and in developmental psychology in particular will fit well with our program. They will receive training in research protocols with substance using mothers and their children, learn about behavioral assessments of mothers and adolescents in the lab, and learn how data are collected and coded.

In addition to working on the lab visits, project interns will help with various administrative tasks including but not limited to project mailings, photocopying and updating project newsletters.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Psychology, Education, Child and Adolescent Development
Student Skill-Set Needed: Minimum GPA of 3.5 and experience with children and adolescents preferred. Interns must be willing to commit to at least 2 consecutive semesters and have some availability on Saturdays and/or weeknights. Reliable transportation is a must.
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Rina Eiden and Amanda Nickerson
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Research Institute On Addictions (RIA)
Office: 1021 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: 7168873350