University of Vermont

Sexual Health Research Clinic (SHRC)

Training

Undergraduate

SHRC offers training to 5 -10 UVM undergraduate students per semester. Students learn to collect psychophysiological data, learn about research ethics, and receive specific training to run research protocols for our active studies. Students that prove themselves as leaders in the laboratory are given opportunities to collaborate on data analyses and preparation of conference presentations and manuscripts. Seldom, students who exceed expectations and show a marked independence and maturity are given the opportunity to design and conduct their own independent project. Students who decide to run independent projects need to submit research grants to support their research, prepare IRB proposals, collect data, analyze data and prepare manuscripts based on their projects. Once the manuscript is completed, students are allowed to submit their work to a scientific conference.

Students are required to attend 2hr weekly laboratory meetings. During the meetings we discuss and review journal articles, provide feedback to fellow lab members preparing studies or manuscripts, and perform statistical analyses on data collected by students in the laboratory. Students are required to commit to a minimum of 10hr per week for two consecutive semesters and can join either as work-study students or as independent study students. If you are interested in working in our laboratory please send your CV and a statement on your research interests to Dr. Alessandra Rellini (arellini@uvm.edu).

 Examples of past students’ projects:

 

Camuso, J., & Rellini, A. H. (2009). Differences in sexual fantasies and their relationship with sexual arousal in adult women with a history of childhood sexual abuse. Poster presented at the meeting of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, Florence, Italy.

Dundon, C. M., & Rellini, A. H. (2009). Predictors of satisfaction with sexual desire in a sample of menopausal women. Paper presented at the meeting of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, Florence, Italy.

Dundon, C., Tonani S, Santamaria, V., Nappi, R. E., & Rellini, A. H. (2009). Depression and anxiety in the sexual difficulties of women with functional hypothalamic amenorrhea. Poster presented at the meeting of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, Florence, Italy.

Dundon, C. (2009). The influence of dopamine and norepinephrine on the sexual arousal responses of women in love. Poster presented at the UVM student conference.

Elinson, S., & Rellini, A. H. (2009). Pre-existing affect and physiological sexual responses in women with a history of childhood sexual abuse. Poster presented at the meeting of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, Florence, Italy.

Elinson, S. (2009). Interoceptive awareness and responses to anxiety mood induction. Poster presented at the UVM student conference.

Islam, S., Elinson, S., & Rellini, A. H. (2009). The interaction of pre-existing affect and mood induction on mental sexual arousal in women. Poster presented at the meeting of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, Florence, Italy.

Roberts, S. P., & Rellini, A. H. (2009). Sexual Self-Schemas, Family Support, and Sexual Problems in Adult Female Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. Paper presented at the meeting of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, Florence, Italy. Winner of Best Essay Prize.

   

Internship

 

Volunteer research internship positions are available for undergraduate students or students who have recently completed their BA or BS. These opportunities are based on individual basis and require evidence of prior research experience. Students with specific research ideas that are a good match for the current work conducted in the laboratory are considered a better match for Internship positions. Formal summer internships can be completed as part of McNair Scholar Program or HeLix summer program. Inquiries about informal internships are welcomed. Please contact Dr. Alessandra Rellini (arellini@uvm.edu) and specify in your email your experience and the type of experience you would like during your internship. Please also include your CV and a list of pertinent courses and grades.

 

Graduate Students

Students who have completed their BA or BS and are interested in pursuing a degree in Clinical Psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Rellini are encouraged to read some of the articles that describe the studies conducted at SHRC (Publications). We value first and foremost a good fit between the graduate student and the mentor, thus please pay close attention to the type of work conducted in this laboratory. If you feel this is a good fit for your research interests, please send an email to Dr. Alessandra Rellini (arellini@uvm.edu) to introduce yourself and make an argument on how your past research experience and your future research interests fit with the topics studied at SHRC. Please also include your CV, a sample of your academic writing, and a list of courses and grades. Feel free to browse the UVM Clinical Program to gain a greater understanding of the training opportunities we provide to graduate students and the application process.

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