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JOINING THE KAPER LAB

FOR PROSPECTIVE LAB MEMBERS & KAP PRACTITIONERS

We are always looking for highly motivated, talented, and intellectually-driven people to join our lab! All inquires are welcomed from undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students as well as from post-doctoral fellows, clinicians, and psychotherapists (whether licensed or in-training). Please note that most of our research positions are unpaid and operate remotely, while individuals seeking professional clinical work are typically employed under Riverwoods Behavioral Health: an APA-accredited private practice run by Dr. Henrie-Barrus. Riverwoods Behavioral Health currently staffs more than seven people, provides services in mental health counseling, including ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP), and is equipped with medical overhead for medication prescribing and administration practices. Numerous training opportunties exist for current/rising professionals interested in KAP. If you want to learn more about clinical research and ketamine, lead an independent research project, are in need of practicum training, or want to pursue professional work, we encourage you to apply! 

PROVIDING EQUITABLE OPPORTUNITY

At the KAPER Lab, we strive to provide scientific, educational, and practicum opportunities for each member of our team, including those from marginalized and historically disadvantaged backgrounds. In particular, we are committed to ensuring that our field represents the values, perspectives, and experiences of a wide range of individuals; and welcome applicants from all walks of life. 

 
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VISITING RESEARCHERS (VR)

GRADUATE STUDENTS (MASTERS/DOCTORAL) & POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWS

To be eligible as a visiting researcher (VR), you must have gained entrance into a graduate or post-graduate program at an institution of higher education, either in the United States or abroad (internationally).

Visiting researchers are invited to do research at the KAPER Lab for a minimum of 5 months and a maximum of 24 months. We encourage all individuals interested in joining as a VR to complete an application, detailing your interest(s) in the lab, whether you plan to run an independent project or join one, and any previous research experience that you may have. Once completed, email your application to anya.ragnhildstveit@utah.edu and title the subject line: "KAPER Lab - VR Application". Also be sure to include your current resume/CV. Applications are typically processed in 1-2 weeks.

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RESEARCH ASSISTANTS (RA)

UNDERGRADUATE & POST-BACCALAUREATE STUDENTS

To be eligible as a research assistant (RA), you must be a degree-seeking undergraduate or a post-baccalaureate student at an institution of higher education, either in the United States or abroad (internationally). We require a 2-semester commitment (one of those semesters may include the summer) from students, as it takes a lot of effort to train RAs in various research methods. 

Prospective individuals should complete an application, detailing your interest(s) in the lab, whether you plan to run an independent project or join one, and any previous research experience that you may have. Once completed, email your application to anya.ragnhildstveit@utah.edu and title the subject line: "KAPER Lab - RA Application". Also be sure to include your current resume/CV. Applications are typically processed in 1-2 weeks.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why become a research assistant?


Being an RA provides students with hands-on experience in various research methods, techniques, and topics. This applied learning and real-world experience helps prepare students for graduate school, specifically careers in research, clinical psychology, social work, and medicine. It is also a great opportunity to build relationships with staff, recieve personal mentorship, and gain research productivity. For highly motivated students, there are opportunities for co-authorship on publications.




What can you expect from working in the KAPER Lab?


You can expect to learn more about the science and practice of ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP). This involves observing patients undergo KAP, participating in weekly lab meetings, reading published literature online, finding validated outcome measures (i.e., surveys), recruiting participants, coordinating study-related activities, creating databases, collecting managing, and analyzing data, writing reports, and more. In essence, you will learn how the research process unfolds from beginning to end.




What are the requirements to be a research assistant?


To be eligible for an RA position, students must:

  • Be a degree-seeking undergraduate or a post-baccalaureate (graduated) student.
  • Commit to at least 5 hours per week for 2 semesters (one of those semesters may include the summer), including a weekly lab meeting.
  • Be genuinely interested in LEARNING, not just ‘resume building’.




Can research assistants run their own independent projects?


Yes, highly motivated students may carve out their own research project, serving as first-author for conference posters and publications. These students are responsible for the execution of their study including: developing a research hypothesis; creating a study protocol and related material; applying for grant funding (if needed); submitting to the IRB; recruiting participants; collecting, managing and analyzing data; and writing end-of-analyses reports, abstracts, and papers. Dr. Henrie-Barrus will serve as Principal Investigator (PI) for all independent projects, which is sponsored by the University of Utah. The KAPER Lab will provide students direction throughout this process and may even assign other RAs in the lab to assist. *We encourage all University of Utah students that are participating in the KAPER Lab to apply to the UROP program.




Can research assistants recieve university credit?


Yes, RAs may receive credit towards their graduation requirements by working in the KAPER Lab. If you are a student at the University of Utah, you can register for any of the following courses to receive credit:

  • PSY 4800: Research Experience (1-3 credits/semester)
  • PSY 4890: CSBS Internship (1-6 credits/semester)
  • PSY 4951: Special Projects (1-3 credits/ semester)
For students outside of the University of Utah, be sure to check with your academic advisor.




Is previous research required to be a research assistant?


While previous research is beneficial, it is NOT required. Our team will diligently train RAs in all research-related activities. The intent is to provide learning opportunities for new-comers and experienced students alike.





 
 
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KAP TRAINING FOR PSYCHOTHERAPISTS

Dr. Henrie-Barrus provides onsite didactic and experiential training in both trance and transformative methods of IV ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP). She is currently developing a network of KAP practitioners to further treatment accessibility at local and national levels. For licensed therapists, social workers, and/or clinical psychologists who are interested in receiving training, please contact Dr. Henrie-Barrus directly at ptbarrus@gmail.com to receive more info.

 

*Please note that all training is completed at Riverwoods Behavioral Health in Provo, Utah; and KAP practitioners are expected to participate in ongoing research projects.

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