[Psychmasters] Fw: PAID GRA positions through the weTHRIVE lab

Riggs, Shelley sxr142 at SHSU.EDU
Wed May 5 11:49:17 CDT 2021

Please see the below opportunity. -sr

Shelley A. Riggs, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Psychology Masters Programs
Department of Psychology and Philosophy, Box 2447
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77341-2447

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From: Salami, Temilola
Sent: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 11:33 AM
To: Riggs, Shelley
Subject: PAID GRA positions through the weTHRIVE lab

Dear Dr. Riggs,

We have a number of positions through the weTHRIVE lab that may be of interest to students. See them below. If you could, please forward this e-mail to MA students. Student who are interested in joining the weTHRIVE lab this summer and being funded through either project, should send me a short paragraph blurb detailing their interests and CV by Wednesday (May 12, 2021).

1.     Supervisor Support and Emotion Regulation Skills Program Among First Responders
This project was developed in response to a previous research study that was conducted to examine mental health within first responders. We found that, in line with previous research, our participants had higher rates of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and harmful drinking behaviors. We developed a two-part program (supervisor support and individual skills training) to provide first responders with the skills and training they need to mitigate the psychological consequences of the unique stressors they experience (e.g., critical incidents, work stress, etc.). With support from Dr. Matthias Berking, we will be using an adapted version of the Affect Regulation Training Manual (Berking & Schwarz, 2014) as our skills-based intervention. This is a relatively brief emotion regulation skills training that has previously been shown to be effective amongst law enforcement communities. We plan to evaluate the effectiveness of a modified version of this intervention in Texas first responders and provide services to a vulnerable population.​

Position: MA/PHD student (1 paid position at .25 (10 hours a week) or .50 time (20 hours a week))

Duties may include
    -Participant recruitment
    -co-facilitator of groups
    -learning the treatment program
    -assisting in program launch
    -attending individual and lab meetings
    -data collection and entry
    -mentoring undergraduate students
    -opportunities for presentation and publication
    -other lab duties as needed

2.     Post Critical Incident Seminar (PCIS)
Following exposure to a critical incident, police departments tend to have policies and procedures surrounding debriefing, intervention, and support (see Addis & Stephens, 2008; Ramchand et al., 2018). To date, however, debriefings and stress management interventions have not shown to be effective methods of mitigating health consequences of critical incidents (see Addis & Stephens, 2008; Patterson, Chung, & Swan, 2014). This ineffectiveness may be due to a variety of reasons, including a short time frame between the event and the debriefing and the psychoeducational components, among others (see Devilly, Gist, & Cotton, 2006). One factor that has received some preliminary support as being an effective component is peer support programs (Lambert et al., 2017). In group-based settings, using peers as facilitators has been shown to increase knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions surrounding mental health (Ramchand et al., 2017). This is important since due to cultural norms of law enforcement, peer supporters can provide a necessary bridge between mental health providers and law enforcement officers (Bohl-Penrod & Clark, 2017). The PCIS program through the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (Director: Rita Watkins) seeks to meet the needs of law enforcement officers and their spouses while addressing the concerns of the ineffectiveness of debriefings through a standardized, peer-driven, and evidence-supported three-day program. The weTHRIVE lab has been contracted as an independent research team with the goal of examining the effectiveness of the PCIS program.

Position: MA/PHD (1 to 2 paid positions at .25 (10 hours a week) or .50 time (20 hours a week))

Duties may include:
    -Literature reviews
    -Data entry, cleaning and analyses
    -Compile seminar packets
    -Phone calls and emails to clarify participants' questions
    -IRB review and compliance management
     -Providing program quarterly reports
    -Main lab website and social media
    -opportunities for presentation and publication
    -Mentor undergraduate students, as needed
    -Ordering and organizing Supplies
    -Other lab duties as needed



Temilola Salami, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology

Department of Psychology

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX

Phone: 936-294-1180 (office)

Office: CHSS Room 307

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