[Psychmasters] Paid GRA positions Spring 2022

Riggs, Shelley sxr142 at SHSU.EDU
Wed Sep 15 13:57:18 CDT 2021

The Family Attachment Lab, directed by Dr. Shelley Riggs, is seeking three 10-hour Graduate Research Assistants for the Spring of 2022.  The study, “Validation of the Lewis Couple and Family Evaluation Scales in a Community Sample of Families,” is funded by the Jerry M. Lewis Mental Health Research Foundation.  After receiving training and obtaining reliability, these paid GRAs will code family interaction tasks using the Lewis Couple & Family Evaluation Scales coding scheme during spring 2022.

The study represents an extension of a previous project funded by the Timberlawn Psychiatric Research Foundation that explored interrelationships among family systems and attachment constructs during middle childhood (Family System Predictors of Psychological Well-being in Middle Childhood). Dubbed the Family and Kid Connection (FKC) project by my graduate students, that original project included 20-minute family interaction tasks, which were video-recorded and coded using the System for Coding Interactions and Family Functioning (SCIFF; Lindahl & Malik, 2000). The purpose of the current study is to provide evidence of scale reliability, construct validity (i.e., convergent, discriminant), and concurrent validity for the Lewis Scales using the archival data collected in the FKC project. Importantly, this project will extend the reliability and validation findings for the Lewis Scales from observational coding of couple interactions to observational coding of family interactions with a community sample of married, two-parent families with one or more children from the FKC sample.

If interested and highly motivated to learn about behavioral observation coding and observable family system interactions, please:

  1.  Complete attached Application Form.
  2.  Compose a brief typewritten statement explaining why you would like to be a GRA on this project. Please include a description of any relevant experience you have had and your clinical and research interests.
  3.  Include a resume or CV with your application.
  4.  Email all these materials directly to Dr. Riggs at sxr142 at shsu.edu<mailto:sxr142 at shsu.edu> .


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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