PsychiatrySupervisor: Tom Hummer
- Internship Location:
- Majors Preferred:
Biology, Health Sciences, Informatics, Neuroscience, Psychology, Social Work
- Hours per week:
- Flexible within regular work hours
- We use virtual reality and brain imaging to see if we can change how kids with behavior problems understand other perspectives. Children with oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder have difficulties with social perspective taking that contribute to poor empathy, disruptive behaviors, and aggression. We are conducting an investigation of youth with disruptive behavior disorders that will use advanced virtual reality technology to provide alternate perspectives of an interpersonal conflict. We will examine whether virtual reality can improve perspective taking and related brain function and behavior in these youth, providing valuable information regarding the potential for virtual reality to be integrated into therapeutic strategies with this population.
- Internship Duties:
- Assist in the conduct and implementation of a clinical research study: prepare and organize materials for study visits, help conduct study visit procedures, recruit and screen potential participants, develop informational materials for recruitment, perform testing and provide feedback for virtual reality programs, attend weekly lab meetings, assist with manuscript development, and analyze behavior and brain imaging data.
- Strong interpersonal skills with adults and children, high attention to detail, strong interest in research, and ability to work with an investigative team.