General Research Training Philosophy
The CAIP lab is a vibrant place to work and learn! Our team also spends a lot of time learning from each other and growing into their role in the research enterprise. It’s a tight-knit group, and the remarks on the following page perhaps best exemplify our general philosophy to research training. For the remarks that exemplify our philosophy, click here.
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For many of our research assistants, CAIP lab is their first formal research experience. Despite this, we train research assistants to carry out some pretty high-level duties in the lab. Those receiving research training at CAIP learn about conducting diagnostic and treatment research for specific psychological conditions in adolescence, with an emphasis on social anxiety disorder in adolescents. Research assistants also receive training in research on comprehensive assessments of family functioning, with an emphasis on laboratory assessments of conflict interactions between parents and adolescents. As of August 2008, CAIP has provided supervised research training to over 300 research assistants, and placed over 60 of these research assistants in master’s or doctoral training programs across the country! To find out more about our former research assistants, click here.
Graduate students at CAIP learn about conducting diagnostic and treatment research for specific psychological conditions in adolescence and their risk factors, with a focus on adolescent social anxiety and parent-adolescent conflict. As of August 2008, CAIP has provided supervised doctoral research training to six students: Sarah A. Thomas (2016 graduate), Tara M. Augenstein (2018 graduate), Melanie F. Lipton (2018 graduate), Bridget A. Makol (third-year doctoral student), Lauren M. Keeley (second-year doctoral student), and Noor Qasmieh (second-year doctoral student). Each of my mentees has either developed or is in the process of developing programmatic research interests in such areas of study as family interactions and their links to adolescent substance use, multi-method assessment of serious mental illness, and links between depression and immune system functioning. Graduate students at CAIP take a leading role in developing these independent lines of research, and as you can see, students in the CAIP lab vary widely on their research foci. We view this as a purposeful element of how we train graduate students. That is, we focus our graduate student supervision on ensuring that each of our students carves out a line of research independent of the larger research agenda of the lab. This focus allows our graduate students to make key contributions to the laboratory’s publication record, and at the same time develop independent research programs. Learn more about our graduate students here.