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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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Part-Time Research Assistant, Early Childhood Center Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana US 02/11/2022
IND INST ON DISABILITY/COMMNTY (BL-IIDC-IUBLA)Department InformationThe Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) is one of only 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. The Institute conducts research and training through seven Centers: Early Childhood Center, Center on Education and Lifelong Learning, Center on Community Living and Careers, Center for Health Equity, Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Center for Collaborative ... More
Research Assistant 3 (Term) (9673) Case Western Reserve Univesity Ohio 01/05/2022
POSITION OBJECTIVE Working under limited supervision, the Research Assistant 3 (RA3) will coordinate the 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 oversee the establishment of our play facilitator training procedures, including confirming intervention fidelity, and piloting the train-the-trainer protocol ... More
Research Assistant 3 (Term) (9673) Case Western Reserve Univesity Ohio 01/05/2022
POSITION OBJECTIVE Working under limited supervision, the Research Assistant 3 (RA3) will coordinate the 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 oversee the establishment of our play facilitator training procedures, including confirming intervention fidelity, and piloting the train-the-trainer protocol ... More
Part-Time Research Assistant Virginia Tech Roanoke Area, Virginia US 12/13/2021
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
Clinical Research Assistant University of Maryland, Baltimore Baltimore, Maryland US 02/27/2022
The University of Maryland School of Social Work has an opportunity for a Clinical Research Assistant to join their team and support the research efforts of the National Institute on Drug Abuses Innovation in Recovery through Infrastructure Support (IRIS) project. This position will work with investigators and other staff from the IRIS team and interact with community partners providing substance use services to individuals with opioid use. The selected candidate is ... More
Part-Time Hourly Research Assistant Indiana University Indianapolis, Indiana US 02/25/2022
This Part-Time Hourly Research Assistant position will work approximately 20 hours per week in the Perinatal Traumatic Stress Lab, which specializes in clinical interventions with pregnant and postpartum populations, as well as women's health more broadly. Primary Duties and Responsibilities: Complete CITI training Agree to abide by HIPAA privacy rules Treat all potential and active participants with respect Conduct all remote work ... More
Research Assistant PVM West Lafayette, Indiana US 02/01/2022
Position Summary This is an exciting opportunity to work on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01-funded clinical trial on service dogs for military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their families. The primary purpose of the position is to work directly with study participants and guide them through the data collection process. Data collection will be conducted remotely, consisting of telephone calls, video ... More
Research Assistant University of North Texas Denton, Texas US 01/13/2022
Position DetailsPosition InformationUNT System Overview Welcome to the University of North Texas System , or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton , the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and ... More
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