Joining the Cognition, Emotion and Mental Health Programme
The Cognition, Emotion and Mental Health Programme of the Emotion research group focuses on the study of emotion, cognition and self-regulation, particularly in clinical conditions such as depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We are also committed to the training of advanced undergraduates, graduate students (Ph.Ds and D.Clin.Psych students doing their research dissertation), postdoctoral fellows, and to hosting visiting scholars.
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Our ongoing research projects all focus on aspects of cognition, emotion and self-regulation. These projects typically involve multiple methods, and involve measures of physiological (e.g., heart rate, skin conductance), behavioural, and experiential response domains. We are keen to work with enthusiastic undergraduate students, either as year-long placement students (if your university supports this option), as summer students, or as part-time volunteers. As an undergraduate working in the Section, you would be working closely with other members of the laboratory (including graduate students, postdocs, and Senior staff) on one or more of our ongoing research projects. Your involvement would normally include contributing to study design, subject scheduling and running, entering data, help with data reduction, data analysis, behavioural coding, preparing stimuli for projects, writing up project reports, and doing literature searches. Any contribution would be appropriately acknowledged on future published work, often in the form of co-authorship. If you are interested in working with the group in this capacity or in joining us as a placement student for a year, please contact Tim Dalgleish to discuss possibilities.
Graduate students pursue a range of topics in the areas of emotion and emotion regulation (see the people pages for a list of research interests). Some students conduct experiments using autonomic and behavioural measures. Others focus on fMRI studies. Others focus on individual-differences approaches. And others do clinically applied research on the development of interventions and of assessment tools. Graduate students can take full advantage of the resources of the Cognition and Brian Sciences Unit and University of Cambridge Graduate Programme. Students apply to the Section via the University of Cambridge and the Cognition and Brain sciences Unit application procedures. For information please see the Unit student application web page.
However, before making a formal application it is important to discuss your plans with one of the section’s members of staff. If you’d like to discuss the possibility of joining the Section as a graduate student, please contact Tim Dalgleish.
Clinical Psychology Trainee
Members of the Cognition, Emotion and Mental Health Programme are interested in supervising research projects for students undergoing doctorates in clinical psychology. We are currently working with students from the Institute of Psychiatry, the University of East Anglia and University College London. If you are engaged in clinical psychology training and would be interested in working with the Section please feel free to contact Tim Dalgleish.
We are interested in forming collaborative relationships with local clinicians in the Cambridge and East Anglia regions who are either research active or interested in developing their research. Opportunities exist to become formally attached to the The Cognition, Emotion and Mental Health Programme as a Clinical Associate, allowing use of all of the research and supervision resources of the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. If you are interested in developing such collaborations please contact Tim Dalgleish to discuss possibilities.
The Cognition, Emotion and Mental Health Programme benefits immensely from hosting visiting scholars. Previous scholars (from the United States and Europe) have visited for periods ranging from a few months to a year. During these visits, visiting scholars have initiated collaborations that have continued after their departure, and have made full use of the rich and varied resources available in Cambridge. If you’d like to discuss the possibility of joining the Cognition, Emotion and Mental Health Programme as a visiting scholar, please contact Tim Dalgleish.