Qing Zhou, Professor

Closed (1) Language, Emotion, and Development Project (Psychology Department, Zhou Culture and Family Study Lab, UC-Berkeley)

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

Project LEAD (Language, Emotion, and Development) is a longitudinal study funded by the National Institute of Health (PIs: Qing Zhou at UC-Berkeley; Yuuko Uchikoshi at UC-Davis). This study aims at investigating the links among bilingual development, executive function, parent-child and teacher-child relationships, and socio-emotional development in young children from Mexican American and Chinese American families. We will recruit 400 dual language learners (initially 3-4 years of age, 200 Chinese Americans, 200 Mexican Americans) from Head Start programs in the San Francisco Bay Area, and follow these children and their families annually for three years (from preschool to kindergarten). Three waves of multi-method data will be collected from children and families through classroom observation, home interview and observation, parent and teacher survey, and language and neuropsychological test. The data will be used to examine the reciprocal relations between bilingual and socio-emotional development in dual language learners and test the mediation and moderation mechanisms underlying the developmental pathways.
The position is ideal for motivated students looking to work with underserved populations, and develop research and clinical skills before applying to graduate programs in psychology (e.g., clinical psychology, school psychology, and developmental psychology), education, public health, and medicine. Training includes opportunities to learn to administer multiple measures and tools in psychological research, including emotion, cognitive, and language assessments of children, behavioral observations of parent-child interactions, parent and teacher interviews and surveys, and classroom observations. Working with our lab also provides experience working with diverse, low income, immigrant families and school communities.
Note that following the guidelines of Alameda County and the University of California, our lab procedures will continue to be remote for the beginning of Fall 2020. We will make decisions regarding in-lab work if we are guided to do so in the future.



Student apprentices will work under the supervision of the PIs, graduate students, and project coordinators. Essential functions include:
Recruit research participants from local preschool programs, maintain contact with preschool staff in coordinating virtual recruitment events.
Carry out psychological and behavioral assessments of preschool- or kindergarten-age children and their parents via Zoom and telephone assessments.
Collaborate in creating workshops and activities for preschool aged children.
Documentation and record keeping, not limited to helping with mailing procedures.
Enter data and maintain study databases using SPSS, Excel, REDCap, and Qualtrics.
Participate in regular supervision meetings and training workshops with the PIs, graduate students, and project coordinators.
Complete CITI Training.

How to Apply:
In addition to filling out the URAP application, we ask that interested applicants fill out our lab RA application online at: http://ucbpsych.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2lQ1RcftRu3OtN3

You will be contacted if selected for an interview.


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Carol Rivera and Xinyi Chen, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Students with Cantonese or Spanish language skills (verbal, reading, and writing/typing), and familiarity with the Chinese or Latino culture are especially welcome to apply; Prior coursework in Research Methods, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Developmental Psychopathology is desired but not required; Students must have weekend availability (attend training workshops and conduct home assessment) and availability during weekdays (attend training sessions and/or conduct assessment at preschools); Students who can committee to the lab for at least three semesters (fall 20, spring 21, and summer 21) are preferred, due to extensive training involved; Experience in conducting interviews and behavioral assessments with young children and families is desired but not required; Prior work experience in early childhood education programs (e.g., Head Start preschools/state funded preschools/elementary schools) is desired but not required; Familiarity with audio-visual and camera equipment desirable; General computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Canva and SPSS desirable; Ability to quickly learn and master computer programs, databases, and scientific applications; Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills; Ability to interact and work effectively with culturally diverse children, families, and research team members desired.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: Note that following the guidelines of Alameda County and the University of California, our lab procedures will continue to be remote for the beginning of Fall 2020. We will make decisions regarding in-lab work if we are guided to do so in the future.

Related website: https://zhoulab.berkeley.edu/

Closed (2) Kids and Family Project: A Longitudinal Study on Socio-emotional and Academic Development of Chinese American Children in Immigrant Families

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

NOW SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR FALL 2018

Since 2007, our team has been conducting a longitudinal study on socio-emotional and academic development of Chinese American children from immigrant families. The goal of the study is to identify the contextual (e.g., family, school, neighborhood, and culture) and individual (e.g., language, executive function, temperament) risk and protective factors for socio-emotional and academic development of Chinese American children in immigrant families. A sample of 258 first- (foreign-born) and second-generation (U.S. born) Chinese American children (in 1st and 2nd grade) participated in the study together with their parents and school teachers. We have collected two waves of multi-methods and multi-informant data on children's language, cognitive, socio-emotional, and academic development, as well as on parent-child relationships, family cultural orientations, and teacher-child relationships. Results from the study have been published in more than 10 papers, many of which appeared in top journals. We are now preparing to conduct the Wave 3 survey (9-year follow-up) of the children (who are now adolescents) and parents in the original sample. The Wave 3 study will be conducted using online or mail surveys of youths and parents.

Research assistants will gain experience in: 1) data entry and management; 2) managing and analyzing data using Excel and SPSS; 3) documentation of process procedures; 4) documentation of study procedures, record-keeping, and other administrative tasks.

Research assistants will gain research experience in developmental psychology, developmental psychopathology, and cultural psychology research methods and gain valuable training in teacher observations, child assessments, and clinical interviews. The position covers a broad range of academic disciplines and is ideal for individuals interested in pursuing graduate training in clinical/counseling psychology, developmental psychology, health science, and other social sciences.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Kaley Curtis, Graduate Student

Qualifications: In addition to filling out the URAP application, we ask that interested applicants fill out an additional form which can be obtained by emailing Kaley, the lead graduate student, at kaley_curtis@berkeley.edu. You will be contacted if selected for an interview. We are especially seeking students with Cantonese language proficiency and those who have had prior experience with survey-based research. Attention to detail and careful research practice is key. Ability to commit to two semesters is desired, but not required. Prior coursework in Research Methods, Developmental Psychology, and/or Clinical Psychology or Developmental Psychopathology and research experience in Qualtrics, SPSS, or Excel is a plus.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Related website: http://zhoulab.berkeley.edu/

Closed (3) Grandparent Involvement in Childrearing (Fluent Cantonese Required)

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

The research study examines the influence of grandparent involvement in childrearing with Chinese-American preschool-aged children. We collect task data, questionnaire data, and hair cortisol data (a biological marker of stress).

The primary responsibilities include: 1) Recruit research participants from local preschool programs, maintain contact with preschool staff in coordinating recruitment events; 2) Carry out psychological and behavioral assessments of preschool-age children, their parent, and grandparents; 3) Documentation and record keeping; 4) Enter data and maintain study databases using SPSS, Excel, REDCap, and Qualtrics; 5) Participate in regular supervision meetings and training workshops with the PIs, graduate students, and project coordinators; and 6) Train other research assistants.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Stephanie Haft

Qualifications: Fluency in Cantonese (proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing) required. Ideally has prior experience working with young children and/or their parents in research, childcare, tutoring, or other settings. Reliable and responsible. Good interpersonal skills. Must be available to work on some weekend days.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: This study is entirely remote, although some optional in-person events, trainings, meetings will occur.