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POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR: Taking Pictures of People's Brains

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Michelle is a PostDoctoral Scholar working for the VA hospital. She works with veterans on a daily basis studying and giving treatment to patients. Michelle has a PhD and studies brain images.

School: Stanford University
Job Title: PostDoctoral Scholar
Employer: Veterans Affairs

Job Summary: Psychologists, All Other

Job Description

Psychologists study mental processes and human behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people (and in some cases animals) relate to one another and the environment.

On-the-Job Training

Minimal.

Certification Requirement
Practicing psychology or using the title of “psychologist” requires licensure or certification.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$40,000 - $110,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Flexible, Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Patience, Problem solving skills, People skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

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m='13450'>of</span> <span m='13550'>things.</span> <span m='14820'>One</span> <span m='14990'>of</span> <span m='15090'>which</span> <span m='15590'>is</span> <span m='15990'>collecting</span> <span m='17340'>neurocognitive</span> <span m='18170'>data,</span> <span m='18570'>which</span> <span m='18900'>is</span> <span m='19180'>just</span> <span m='19540'>data</span> <span m='19885'>that</span> <span m='20230'>looks</span> <span m='20630'>at</span> <span m='21000'>how</span> <span m='21180'>different</span> <span m='21510'>people's</span> <span m='22150'>brain</span> <span m='22830'>function</span> <span m='23300'>is.</span> <span m='23930'>And</span> <span m='24340'>I</span> <span m='24740'>do</span> <span m='24860'>that</span> <span m='25080'>both</span> <span m='25330'>with</span> <span m='25570'>paper</span> <span m='25900'>and</span> <span m='26010'>pencil</span> <span m='26300'>tests,</span> <span m='27300'>as</span> <span m='27520'>well</span> <span m='27880'>as</span> <span m='28300'>with</span> <span m='28690'>neuroimaging</span> <span m='29350'>techniques.</span> <span m='30050'>So</span> <span m='30230'>taking</span> <span m='30620'>pictures</span> <span m='31210'>of</span> <span m='31320'>people's</span> <span m='31690'>brains</span> <span m='32100'>to</span> <span m='32200'>look</span> <span m='32400'>at</span> <span m='32600'>the</span> <span m='32790'>different</span> <span m='33080'>brain</span> <span m='33280'>structures,</span> <span m='34520'>as</span> <span m='34750'>well</span> <span m='35110'>as</span> <span m='35730'>functional</span> <span m='36220'>pictures,</span> <span m='37660'>to</span> <span m='37730'>see</span> <span m='38310'>what</span> <span m='38600'>areas</span> <span m='38950'>of</span> <span m='39020'>the</span> <span m='39150'>brain</span> <span m='39390'>are</span> <span m='39460'>working</span> <span m='39920'>when</span> <span m='40090'>people</span> <span m='40380'>are</span> <span m='40460'>doing</span> <span m='40740'>certain</span> <span m='41050'>tasks.</span> </p><p><span m='42090'>I've</span> <span m='42260'>been</span> <span m='42500'>in</span> <span m='42640'>school</span> <span m='43050'>for</span> <span m='43350'>a</span> <span m='43510'>really</span> <span m='43740'>long</span> <span m='44010'>time.</span> <span m='45200'>So</span> <span m='45350'>I</span> <span m='45510'>went</span> <span m='46600'>and</span> <span m='46790'>got</span> <span m='47110'>a</span> <span m='47160'>Bachelor's</span> <span m='47680'>degree</span> <span m='47990'>first</span> <span m='48380'>in</span> <span m='48630'>Cognitive</span> <span m='49080'>Science.</span> <span m='50170'>Then</span> <span m='50510'>I</span> <span m='50580'>got</span> <span m='50740'>a</span> <span m='50800'>Master's</span> <span m='51480'>degree</span> <span m='52110'>in</span> <span m='52560'>Clinical</span> <span m='52980'>Psychology,</span> <span m='54280'>before</span> <span m='54660'>going</span> <span m='54990'>on</span> 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m='69720'>stipend</span> <span m='70410'>which</span> <span m='70840'>is</span> <span m='70980'>equivalent</span> <span m='71610'>to</span> <span m='72050'>the</span> <span m='72160'>clinical</span> <span m='72640'>work</span> <span m='72910'>that</span> <span m='73050'>you</span> <span m='73180'>do</span> <span m='73750'>when</span> <span m='74090'>you</span> <span m='74270'>see</span> <span m='74680'>a</span> <span m='74730'>variety</span> <span m='75210'>of</span> <span m='75280'>different</span> <span m='75810'>patients--</span> <span m='76470'>either</span> <span m='76750'>providing</span> <span m='77250'>treatment</span> <span m='77820'>or</span> <span m='78130'>assessment.</span> </p><p><span m='79200'>Something</span> <span m='79610'>that</span> <span m='79760'>I</span> <span m='79810'>wish</span> <span m='80170'>I</span> <span m='80240'>knew</span> <span m='80550'>before</span> <span m='80930'>I started</span> <span m='81330'>my career,</span> <span m='83880'>I</span> <span m='84280'>wish</span> <span m='84690'>I</span> <span m='84880'>knew</span> <span m='85690'>how</span> <span m='87110'>stressful</span> <span m='87650'>things</span> <span m='87910'>would</span> <span m='88040'>be</span> <span m='88250'>at</span> <span m='88470'>times.</span> <span m='90195'>It</span> <span m='90660'>is</span> <span m='90950'>really</span> <span m='91220'>hard</span> <span m='91810'>to</span> <span m='92150'>be</span> <span m='93560'>the</span> <span m='93710'>person</span> <span m='94360'>that</span> <span m='95910'>people</span> <span m='96310'>rely</span> <span m='96720'>on</span> <span m='97050'>for</span> <span m='97240'>treatment.</span> <span m='98370'>And</span> <span m='99290'>I</span> <span m='99500'>also</span> <span m='99720'>wish</span> <span m='99900'>I</span> <span m='99960'>knew</span> <span m='100140'>how</span> <span m='100260'>hard</span> <span m='100460'>it</span> <span m='100540'>was</span> <span m='100820'>to work</span> <span 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