Jonathan Stange

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    College: Medicine Department: Psychiatry
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: PI 455
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    The Cognition and Affect Regulation Laboratory is now accepting applications for undergraduate research assistants. The research lab is based in the psychiatry department at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Our research examines cognitive and affective processes involved in the regulation of negative affect, in an effort to identify vulnerability factors for mood disorders.  For example, how do people help themselves to feel better when they feel sad – and how do these processes go awry in depression?

    This work involves laboratory-based measures of brain activity (using fMRI and event-related potentials), autonomic nervous system functioning (heart rate and respiration), and behavior (computer tasks and questionnaires).  In addition, to understand behavior outside of the lab, we utilize ambulatory assessment to measure autonomic nervous system functioning (with wearable devices), sleep quality (with actigraphy), affect and regulation strategies (using ecological momentary assessment), and digital phenotyping approaches to measuring behavior. The ultimate goal of this research is to inform the development of personalized, real-time interventions to improve behavioral flexibility and regulatory success, and in doing so, to reduce risk for problems such as depression, mania, and suicide.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 8

    Qualifications of a Student:
    - *Must be detail-oriented, hard-working, professional, prompt, reliable and good with people. You will be helping make the lab run; therefore, your commitment and reliability are extremely important.

    - Preference will be given to students who have an interest or experience working with psychophysiology and/or neuroimaging data and who can commit to the lab for 1 year or more.

    - Prefer sophomores or above
-Minimum GPA of 3.3.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    You will help perform research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Tasks may involve helping with processing psychophysiological data from the lab and from participants’ daily lives, literature searches, recruitment, screening potential participants on the phone, scheduling participants, data entry, and database management. Opportunities may exist for the preparation of posters or research papers, depending on the student's interest, capability, and willingness to put in time. Participation in the lab can provide an excellent training experience for students considering applying to medical school or graduate school in psychology or neuroscience.

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