Chatham University

Graduate Psychology Assistantships

Our competitive Graduate Psychology Assistantships are available to full-time graduate students in the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP), Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD), and Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP) programs.


Success Coach Graduate Assistantships

Chatham's graduate programs in Counseling Psychology offer multiple Success Coach Graduate Assistantships (SCGAs) each year. SCGAs are able to:

  • develop ongoing relationships with undergraduate students and effect real change in their lives
  • gain significant experience through training, observing, and working with students

Funding Overview

SCGAs receive 12 credits of tuition remission (6 credits each for fall and spring terms) and a $6,000 annual stipend in return for working 15 hours per week from mid-July through May to help a Success Coach support undergraduate students in their transition to college. SCGAs must be enrolled full-time (a minimum of 9 credits) at the university.

Success Coaches are Student Affairs staff members who interact with undergraduate students in one-on-one sessions and over phone/email to make sure that they have the resources needed to succeed at Chatham, and to troubleshoot issues that might prevent their successful transition to and ability to stay in college. SCs and students work together for four semesters.

Position Description and Responsibilities

The role of the SCGA is to support the SC in monitoring the academic and personal success of each student they work with. This may include:

  • Monitoring academic progress, account balances, and class attendance
  • Creating and maintaining regular communication with students, including reminders about important deadlines, helpful resources, and personal opportunities (e.g., campus events, activities, internship opportunities).
  • Helping SC design and facilitate personal development plans and goal setting for each student each semester
  • Serving as a Teaching Assistant (TA) for the SDE 101 course through assisting with content delivery, classroom activities, class preparation, grading and feedback
  • Attending and participating in regular training sessions

Some responsibilities may shift as the SCGA gains experience. For example, during the first semester, SCGAs will sit in on one-on-one meetings between SC and students. In semesters 2-4, SCGA may meet one-on-one with students. (Graduate students will not work one-on-one with students who are determined to be high-risk by the Success Coach). SCGAs will be supervised by the Success Coach, and are required to make a two-year commitment to the position.

How to Apply

To be considered for an assistantship, you must complete both the program application and the graduate assistantship application. You will be notified if you are selected to participate in the interview process for the SCGA position. 

PsyD applicants - deadline for assistantship consideration: February 1, 2019

MS Counseling Psychology applicants - deadline for assistantship consideration: March 15, 2019

Program applications received after March 15 will be considered for any remaining funding availabilities. 

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Coordinator, Psychology of Gender Research

This position will serve as an administrative coordinator for the Psychology of Gender Research Team, which consists of graduate psychology faculty and student-volunteer research assistants. The research team conducts a number of research studies that are dedicated to better understanding the implications of gender in mental health and well-being of individuals and communities. Tasks may include participant recruitment, research design, data collection and analysis, and data presentation. The position may also help with fundraising efforts (grant writing) to develop continued gender and social research on campus and its application to the community. (sponsor: Dr. Anthony Isacco)

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Graduate Teaching & Research Fellowship (2 positions)

Teaching and Research Assistants will assist faculty in the Doctor of Psychology, Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, and Master of Arts in Psychology programs. Responsibilities include teaching, research activities, and administrative tasks. Specifically, students will assist with course preparation/maintenance; assist professors during class time; provide students with feedback outside class time; and conduct literature reviews. (sponsor: Dr. Jill Cyranowski)

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Research Assistant, Pennsylvania Center for Women & Politics

This assistant will help support The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics in its data collection and research activities. With direction and supervision, this individual will assist in data collection and analysis, writing, and research related to women in politics and public policy in Pennsylvania. (sponsor: Dr. Jennie Sweet-Cushman)

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Teaching Assistant (2 positions)

Teaching Assistants will assist faculty in the Doctor of Psychology, Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, and Master of Arts in Psychology programs. Specific responsibilities include: assisting with course preparation/maintenance, assisting professors during class time, and providing students with feedback outside class time. (sponsor: Dr. Jill Cyranowski)

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Teaching Assistant (multiple positions)

These teaching assistants will work closely with the faculty to help administer the introductory courses for undergraduate students. Some TAs will be assigned to assist with General Psychology, while others will assist with introductory Statistics courses. Duties frequently include lecture assistance, class prep, grading, tutoring, and exam review. (Dr. Mary Jo Loughran)

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Teaching Fellow (2 positions - open to third year PsyD students)

This position will co-teach a master's psychology course with a faulty member. Responsibilities include co-developing a syllabus for the course that is consistent with program expectations; provide partial instruction in the classroom, including lecture and supervision of activities and role-plays in class; evaluation of student performance on assignments and activities; assistance in assigning final grades. (sponsor: Dr. Jill Cyranowski)

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More information on assistantship requirements, key deadlines, and application information can be found here.