Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

2013 University of Glasgow
MSc Research Methods of Psychological Science with Distinction
Dissertation project: Determining the functional distinction between semantic N400 and fN400 familiarity effects
Supervisor: Dr. Kerry Kilborn

2010 Endicott College
BS Psychology
Dissertation project: The effect of self-efficacy on academic writing performance
Supervisor: Dr. Nathalie Saltikoff

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2013 – present
Brain imaging study of sleep effects on cognitive performance and brain activity in response to food cues
Functional MRI research analyzing effects of sleep duration on BOLD signal response to food cues

  • Preprocess and analyze 3-Tesla functional MRI data using SPM8 and Matlab
  • Accomplish motion artifact correction through use of ART toolbox
  • Apply non-parametric statistical theory to analysis

2013 – present
Study of Novel Approaches of Prevention (SNAP)
Behavioral weight gain prevention research in emerging adults

  • Lead annual participant assessments, which includes administering a battery of study measures (e.g. blood pressure readings, and Paffenbarger physical activity questionnaire)
  • Organize and maintain participant scheduling and materials
  • Problem solve with other staff to ensure study validity and reliability are retained

2012 – 2013
Determining the functional distinction between semantic N400 and fN400 familiarity effects
Masters level research identifying a functional difference between the two EEG components, N400 and fN400, associated with recognition memory processes.

  • Conduct behavioral testing and collect EEG data using E-Prime and NetStation
  • Perform data cleaning, preprocessing, and analysis with Matlab
  • Apply statistical methods to assess study validity and reliability

2009 – 2010
The effect of self-efficacy on academic writing performance
Undergraduate level research exploring the relationship between self-efficacy and writing performance in undergraduate students.

  • Synthesised and organized literature; wrote review
  • Coordinated and implemented data collection
  • Recruited study subjects; administered and evaluated study surveys (demographic and Writing Self-Efficacy Scale)

2009 (Sept – Dec)
Evaluation of a remote monitoring system in people with mental illness and medical co-morbidity
Research Assistant Intern, Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center
Dartmouth Medical School, Concord, NH, USA

  • Developed and maintained Excel spreadsheets used identify and organize eligible study participants
  • Conducted subject interviews and administered battery assessments and evaluations (Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale and Scale for Assessment of Negative Symptoms)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2013 – present
Research AssistantWarren Alpert Medical School
Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

  • Independently complete and schedule participant assessments
  • Collaborate with team members to maintain studies and develop new theories to investigate
  • Apply theoretical and statistical concepts to effectively analyze functional MRI data

2007 – present
Professional Tutor, Writing Center
Endicott College, Beverly, MA, USA

  • Guided students in developing strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Cultivated students’ ability to create professional and meaningful content during one-on-one tutoring sessions
  • Extensive experience with APA, NLM, CSE, and MLA citation methods

2012 – 2013
Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Psychology
University of Glasgow

  • Assisted first year psychology students with introductory lab work
  • Explained key introductory concepts such as working memory and visual attention
  • Organized and recorded essay and lab reports hand-ins

2010 – 2012
Activities Assistant, Memory Care Unit
Essex Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Beverly, MA, USA

  • Directed, managed, and ran recreation activities for 55 residents
  • Managed daily tasks of identifying, recognizing, and understanding behaviors and symptoms of various memory disorders, including Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Interacted regularly with adults and elders with cognitive and behavioral impairments while maintaining unit activities

2009 (September – December)
Research Assistant Intern, Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center
Dartmouth Medical School, Concord, NH, USA

  • Organized recruitment  for 100-client pilot study
  • Administered battery assessments and evaluations related to study content, including Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale and Scale for Assessment of Negative Symptoms
  • Developed and managed a referral Excel sheet for entire study, and conducted interviews

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2014, 11-17 July
Implicit recognition memory differences in event-related potential (ERP) components in young and older adults.
Connell S, Williams S, Kilborn K
Alzheimer’s Association International Conference
Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

2012, 13-15 April
The ground beneath our feet: Institutional design and writing center professionalization.
DiSarro, D., Williams, S., Richard, J., Peterson, L., & Fournier, E.
Northeast Writing Centers Association Conference
St. John’s University, Queens, NY, USA

2010, 10-11 April
“I’m a really terrible writer”: A look at how students’ self-efficacy affects writing self-image.
Williams, S.
Northeast Writing Centers Association Conference
Boston University, Boston, MA, USA

SHORT COURSES

2013 Stanford University Online Course
SciWrite: Writing in the Sciences
23 September – 22 November

2013 Erasmus Intensive Program
Quantitative Approaches to Psychological Processes: Modeling, Testing, Fitting
13-24 March, Oulanka, Finland

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