The following information is provided to assist applicants in more fully understanding the specific qualities, characteristics, minimal qualifications, etc… that our specific labs and primary mentors are looking for in a competitive applicant. Please do not confuse the information below with requirements or strict criteria for a lab; instead, they are qualities of an ideal applicant. Note that having these qualities, characteristics, qualifications, etc… will guarantee neither your acceptance or your rejection from our doctoral program. Instead, the information below is intended only to assist applicants with understanding what our labs look for in competitive applicants.
Michelle Burns, PhD (CBITS) and her lab are looking for applicants with interests in LGBT youth and technology-assisted mental health treatment. Competitive applicants will have research experience that involves data analysis and manuscript preparation, as well as clinical or research experience working directly with adolescents.
Jackie Gollan, PhD (SADLAB) and her lab are looking for applicants with interests in depression, women’s health, and treatment outcome research. Competitive applicants will have two or more years of experience working in a research lab, preferably with neuroscience (particularly fMRI) and/or clinical trial experience. They are especially interested in applicants who are self-starters, have a high level of curiosity in health sciences, are culturally aware, and enjoy working in teams.
Brian Hitsman, PhD (ND) and his lab are looking for applicants with interests in tobacco use, dependence, or cessation, especially among chronic medical or mental health populations. Competitive applicants will have supervised independent research experience (e.g., undergraduate honors/senior thesis). They are especially interested in applicants who are interested in applying for NIH or non-Federal research grant(s) to fund dissertation research.
Molly Losh, PhD (NDL) and her lab are looking for applicants with an interest in language and social functioning in autism spectrum disorders. Competitive applicants will have prior research and clinical experience with individuals with autism spectrum disorder, fragile X, and/or related disabilities.
Judy Moskowitz, PhD, MPH is seeking students with interests in studying emotion and coping, particularly among those experiencing health-related stress. Competitive applicants will have prior research experience, strong writing skills, and a desire to pursue a career in testing emotion regulation interventions.
James Reilly, PhD and his lab are looking for applicants who are interested in integrating both clinical and research activities into their training program. Competitive applicants will have prior neuropsychological, cognitive, or fMRI research experience with clinical populations, in particular major forms of psychopathology. They are especially interested in applicants who aim to pursue a career conducting clinical neuroscience research and providing clinical services in an academic medical setting.
Dr. Mark Reinecke is recruiting students who are interested in developmental psychopathology, specifically in the areas of depression and suicide. Competitive applicants will have prior experience working in this research area and will have an interest pursuing a career in clinical child and adolescent psychology.
The Spring Laboratory (PI: Bonnie Spring, PhD, ABPP) seeks applicants to join our team, which includes researchers from multidisciplinary backgrounds (e.g., clinical health psychology, computer science, biology, statistics). The Spring Lab conducts research to test approaches to weight loss, smoking cessation, multiple behavior change, and treatment adherence using wearable devices and apps. Our work seeks to foster healthy lifestyles and optimize interventions to reduce risk factors for disease. Projects include the recently-completed NIH R01 (Opt-IN), ongoing NIH- and AHA-funded studies (e.g., SMART study, NUYou study), and a smoking cessation study (Sense2Stop).
The Spring Laboratory is looking for applicants with a background and interest in health psychology or technology-supported interventions. Competitive applicants will have experience in intervention delivery and statistical analysis. Competitive applicants will also have interests in proposing abstract ideas for regional and national conferences, contributing to ongoing grant writing, and contributing to manuscripts. The Lab is especially interested in applicants with a positive, proactive, collaborative, and flexible orientation.
Linda A. Teplin, PhD and Karen M. Abram, PhD (HDPP) and their lab seek applicants interested in health disparities in underserved populations. Our students will work with data from: the Northwestern Juvenile Project, a large-scale, longitudinal study of the health needs and outcomes of delinquent youth; our new intergenerational investigation, The Next Generation; and other funded studies. The most competitive applicants will have completed independent research projects (such as an undergraduate honors thesis or master’s thesis) and participated in large-scale studies of high-risk populations.
Lei Wang, PhD (NIACAL) and his lab are looking for applicants interested in using the tools of computational anatomy to identify complex biomarkers for schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other neuropsychiatric disorders. Competitive applicants will have prior research experience with neuroimaging. They are especially interested in applicants who are independent and take the initiative.
Jason Washburn and his lab (Practice-Based Clinical Science) is looking for applicants interested in outcomes evaluation and assessment, nonsuicidal self-injury, and clinical child and adolescent psychology. Competitive applications will have experiences in one or more of these areas, and are interested in careers that combine clinical and scientific skills in academic medical centers and other health care settings.