April 2019 Featured Manuscript

Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy

Featured Published Manuscript of the Month:      April, 2019

Chosen and summarized by:                                        A. Michelle Poston

Pletti, C., Lotto, L., Buodo, G., & Sarlo, M.   (2017).   It’s immoral, but I’d do it!  Psychopathy traits affect decision-making in sacrificial dilemmas and in everyday moral situations.   British Journal of Psychology, 108, 351-368.

Corresponding Author:  Carolina Pletti ([email protected]), University of Padova

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3 Early Stage Researcher Positions (PhD students) open

within the Neo-PRISM-C project:

NEurodevelopmental Optimal-Predictors, Risk factors, and Intervention from a Systems approach to Maladjustment in Children 

The multidisciplinary Neo-PRISM-C project is funded by the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie action of the European Union. It is part of the Innovative Training Network (ITN) actions (


At the University of Cyprus (Nicosia, Cyprus)

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March 2019 Featured Manuscript

 Featured Published Manuscript of the Month:      March, 2019

 Chosen and summarized by:  Allison Stuppy-Sullivan, Yale University

 Gray, N. S., Weidacker, K., & Snowden, R. J. (2019). Psychopathy and impulsivity: The relationship of psychopathy to different aspects of UPPS-P impulsivity. Psychiatry research272, 474-482.

Corresponding Author:  R.J. Snowden ([email protected]), Cardiff University

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Postdoctoral fellow position to work with Dr. Naomi Sadeh

Applications are being sought for a postdoctoral fellow with experience in neuroimaging methods, data collection, and analysis in the PD Lab (Personality and Dysregulation Lab) of Dr. Naomi Sadeh at the University of Delaware. The lab is currently conducting studies examining brain networks that contribute to impulsive and harmful behaviors in adults with and without mental illness. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in functional/structural MRI (e.g., FSL, FreeSurfer), programming (e.g., MATLAB), and an interest in impulsivity, self-regulation, and/or externalizing psychopathology (e.g., antisocial personality disorder, alcohol/substance use disorders). Clinical training is not required, but would be considered an asset. The position is open to individuals who have completed a Ph.D. in Psychology or related field or an M.D. Preference will be given to individuals with strong organizational skills, written and oral communication skills, experience working in research teams, and a demonstrated ability to work well with others. Applications from any area of Psychology are encouraged, especially from individuals who have an interest in externalizing disorders. In addition, the fellow will have the opportunity to learn cutting-edge network-analysis methods (e.g., graph theory). The postdoctoral researcher will be heavily involved in data analysis and the preparation of findings for manuscript publication and conference presentations. The anticipated start date is Summer 2019 (with flexibility) and would last for a two-year period with potential for renewal.

If you are interested in being considered for the position, please send a current CV, a brief statement of interest that outlines your qualifications for the position, reprints of selected papers, and the names of three professional references to Dr. Naomi Sadeh at [email protected] 





See PD lab webpage



The Personality & Dysregulation (PD) Lab is housed in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware. The lab is headed by Dr. Naomi Samimi-Sadeh, Principal Investigator (PI). Research in the lab focuses on understanding why people engage in risky, impulsive, and self-destructive behavior, with a special emphasis on elucidating how personality factors and sensitivity/resiliency to life stress contributes to these harmful behaviors. The lab researches mental disorders in adulthood that are marked by severe self-regulation deficits (e.g., psychopathy, antisocial personality disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders) and related public health problems (e.g., suicidal behavior, violence, substance use, criminal behavior). Research in the lab spans biological (neurobiology), psychological (personality traits, emotion-cognition interactions, psychopathology), and environmental (traumatic life events, stress exposure) units of analysis. The lab is currently conducting studies to understand brain networks that contribute to impulsive and harmful behaviors in adults with and without mental illness, particularly externalizing disorders (e.g., antisocial personality disorder, alcohol/substance use disorder).

The Research Associate I position is funded via external NIH grant money awarded to the PI. The position is temporary and may be renewed on a 12-month basis, dependent upon available funding and performance. The job will be ideal for motivated individuals interested in applying to graduate school in psychology or neuroscience in the future, as it will offer the opportunity for mentored research projects and developing manuscripts for publication. Ultimately, a 2-year commitment is strongly preferred.

Under the general direction of the Principal Investigator, the Research Associate I will oversee the management of IRB protocols, organizing data collection efforts, running participants through clinical assessments and MRI sessions, processing and scoring data, and monitoring the quality of data collection, among other research-related activities.



  • Using training and independent judgment to plan, schedule, and carry out day-to-day lab activities, procedures, and research studies, ensuring efficient workflow and adequate care and treatment of research participants. This includes assisting with data processing and analysis, manuscript editing, and scheduling lab meetings.
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of protocols, procedures, and techniques relating to all aspects of the research, including Institutional Review Board applications.
  • Coordinating participant screening and recruitment; explaining all procedures to participants in accordance with pre-established protocols and obtains their written consent to participate.
  • Working with PI to establish appropriate data collection procedures and coordinating the collection of behavioral, neuroimaging, and clinical data.
  • Keeping all lab data properly recorded, organized and stored for easy retrieval by researcher, and ensuring data integrity, quality control, and protocol compliance.
  • Managing compliance with human subject protocols.
  • Overseeing the fiscal management of the lab by managing payments to study participants, monitoring supply inventories, and assisting with the managing of grants.
  • Assisting with conducting clinical diagnostic interviews, administering neuropsychological tasks, and running participants through MRI protocols.
  • Assisting with interviewing, training, and supervision of undergraduate research assistants; delegating work according to the individuals' skills, knowledge, and abilities.
  • Maintaining the lab website.
  • Performing miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's degree in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science or related field, with at least two years related experience working or volunteering in a psychology or neuroscience lab, or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail.
  • Dependable, reliable, and able to consistently adhere to a schedule.
  • Ability to work independently and make decisions without direct input from a supervisor
  • Ability to make people feel comfortable in the lab setting using a professional, mature, and friendly demeanor.
  • Effective written and oral communication, human relations, and listening skills.
  • Ability to follow research methodology and protocol.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and supervise multiple undergraduate students, including making a lab schedule, delegating tasks, and coordinating responsibilities.
  • Experience with clinical samples and/or symptoms of psychiatric disorders.
  • Experience with the Microsoft Office suite, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Ability to make tables and organize complex datasets.
  • Undergraduate coursework in statistical analysis and some experience with statistical analysis software (e.g., SPSS, R)
  • Experience in programming (e.g., MATLAB) as well as experience with MRI data collection and analysis (e.g., FSL, Freesurfer).
February 2019 Featured Manuscript

Featured Published Manuscript of the Month:      February, 2019

Chosen and summarized by: Jacob Dye – University of Newcastle, Australia

Latzman, R. D., Patrick, C. J., Freeman, H. D., Schapiro, S. J., & Hopkins, W. D. (2017). Etiology of Triarchic Psychopathy Dimensions in Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Clinical Psychological Science, 5(2), 341–354.

Corresponding Author:  Robert D. Latzman ([email protected]), Department of Psychology, Georgia State University

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January 2019 Featured Manuscript

Featured Published Manuscript of the Month:   January, 2019

Chosen and summarized by:                                       Ashlee A. Moore

Waller, R., Hyde, L.W., Klump, K.L., & Burt, S.A. (2018). Parenting is an environmental predictor of callous-unemotional traits and aggression: A monozygotic twin differences study. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 57(12), 955-963.

Corresponding Author:  S. Alexandra Burt ([email protected]), Michigan State University

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November 2018 Featured Manuscript


Featured Published Manuscript of the Month:                November 2018


Chosen and summarized by:                            Megan Kopkin, MA (The University of Alabama)


Anderson, J. R., Walsh, Z., & Kosson, D. S. (2018). Psychopathy, self-identified race/ethnicity, and nonviolent recidivism: A longitudinal study. Law and Human Behavior. doi:10.1037/lhb0000302


Corresponding Author:  John R. Anderson ([email protected]) Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine

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October 2018 Featured Manuscript


Featured Published Manuscript of the Month: October, 2018


Chosen and summarized by: Leah Efferson, University of Alabama


Preston, O. C., Anestis, J. C., Watts, A. L., & Lilienfeld, S. O. (2018). Psychopathic Traits' Differential Relations With Aggression Forms: Considering the Roles of Gender and Gender Role Adherence. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 37(8), 628-658.



Corresponding Author:  Olivia C. Preston ([email protected]), University of Southern Mississippi

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Assistant Professor position in Developmental Psychology, University of Alabama

The College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama (UA) announces an opening for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Center for the Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems (“the Center”). This position will be academically housed within the Department of Psychology. 


Under the auspices of the Alabama Life Research Institute, the Center is a state-of-the-art research, training, and service facility that brings together investigators from diverse disciplines who share an interest in developmental psychopathology. The primary mission of the Center is to develop translational clinical science that addresses the prevention, remediation, and management of behavioral, emotional, and neurodevelopmental conditions from early childhood through adulthood. Consistent with this mission, the Center has four strategic objectives: (1) facilitate transdisciplinary, collaborative, and cutting edge research related to mental and physical health and well-being; (2) provide a venue for the translation and dissemination of evidence-based approaches to community and school providers; (3) facilitate grant-funded research on intervention and prevention programming; and (4) provide opportunities for student training via direct research engagement, clinical and consultative services, and secondary data analysis. 


We seek a developmental psychologist with an active research program who has the promise of securing external funding to support translational research. The ideal candidate will have expertise in brain imaging, EEG, and/or eye-tracking, as such methodologies are critical to cutting edge work that bridges basic science and clinical practice. A focus on translational neuroscience and experimental therapeutics is sought. Expertise in behavior problem prevention or intervention and longitudinal research design is also preferred. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about collaborating with researchers from other disciplines and working in multi-disciplinary teams. The doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology is preferred, but candidates with degrees in other releated fields (e.g., Experimental, Clinical, School Psychology) will be conidered. 

As an Assistant Professor in the Center, the succfessful candidate will have an active research lab that involves both undergraduate and graduate students. He or she will be expected to serve as primary advisor to students in the Psychology Department’s doctoral program as well. Faculty in the Center have a reduced teaching load, because of the research focus. However, as an Assistant Professor, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels is expected. 


The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, AL, home of the CrimsonTide football team as well as the historic Bama Theatre, the Paul R. Jones Museum, the Tuscaloosa Ampitheater, the Tuscaloosa Farmer’s Market, and nearby Kentuck Festival of the Arts and Moundville Archeological Park. The University of Alabama is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Minority and women candidates are especially encouraged to apply. 


To apply, candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. With the exception of letters of recommendation, all materials should be submitted online 

at Letters of recommendation should be mailed directly to Dr. Susan White, Professor and Director of the Center for the Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems, The University of Alabama, Box 870348, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0348. Email: [email protected] 


For more information, please visit: 



Center for the Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems: 

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Clinical Research Coordinator Position

Clinical Research Coordinator


A Research Coordinator position is currently available in Dr. Kent Kiehl’s laboratory at The Mind Research Network in Albuquerque, New Mexico.This position is based in Madison, Wisconsin, with forensic locations in Fond du Lac, Fox Lake, and Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The CRC will also remotely supervise research activities at the NM sites.


The Research Coordinator will oversee research activities that support a NIH-funded clinical trial designed to evaluate the neural changes associated with mindfulness and relapse prevention treatment for alcohol use disorder among incarcerated criminal offenders. Will be responsible for:

1) Recruiting and scheduling participants and tracking protocol progress, 2) Conducting clinical and neuropsychological assessments, 3) Working effectively with treatment providers to coordinate the treatment and research protocols, 4) Analyzing data to assure data integrity, quality control and protocol compliance, 5) Assisting with IRB and NIH reports, 6) Using statistical software to analyze data quantitatively and qualitatively, 7) Assisting in the preparation of conference presentations, manuscripts, and grant proposals.  

Parts of the work will be conducted in corrections facilities.  



Bachelor's degree and at least 2 years of relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been attained. Candidates with a M.A or Ph.D. are encouraged to apply.  


Must have demonstrated knowledge of psychological, socio-behavioral and/or neurobehavioral research principles, practices and protocols as well as knowledgeof the principles, methods, and procedures of basic medical and/or clinical research. Must have the ability to understand and follow basic scientific research protocols and procedures. Experience with clinical trials preferred but not required.


Requires strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work independently and as a part of a team.Must have the ability to maintain confidentiality as well as the ability to learn department-specific computer systems as needed.  Must have a high degree of professionalism, strong organizational and time-management skills.  Demonstrated ability in managing a wide variety of tasks simultaneously while meeting multiple deadlines is required.


Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a background check.


Experience with clinical assessments and statistical methods/software is preferred.   


To apply, visit # 2018.163.M)


The Mind Research Network is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and brain injury.

Headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, MRN consists of an interdisciplinary association of scientists located at universities, national laboratories and research centers around the world and is focused on imaging technology and its emergence as an integral element of neuroscience investigation.

With an extended community of academicians, researchers, graduate students and technicians, the MRN is uniquely positioned with its national infrastructure to link the brightest minds in neuroscience with some of the most cutting-edge neuroimaging capabilities in the world today.


Equal Opportunity Employer

The Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute Family of Companies is an Equal Opportunity employer–M/F/Veteran/Disability.  We are committed to the hiring, advancement and fair treatment of all individuals, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regarding to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected status as designated by federal, state or local law.  All applicants and employees are further protected from discrimination based on inquiring about, disclosing or discussing the compensation of other applicants or employees. For additional information about your rights as an applicant, click here.

For assistance with our application process, including reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities to participate in the application process, please send an email to [email protected]or call 505-348-940

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