I have a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and have worked in psychology-related
research for about 12 years. Although I was clinically trained, my career
has always been very much focused in research (in the Depts. of Psychology
and Psychiatry at Stanford). I have excellent skills in research design, ss
statistical analysis, use of SPSS, database design/management, writing for
professional publication, and psycholological/neuropsychological assessment.
I have loved my work in research, but I am tired of the medical model and
ready to move on to a more challenging research position. I have been
studying positions in usability or user-interface/human factors in high-tech
settings, and I am left a bit confused about the type of jobs I should be
looking for. Do I need to take a very entry-level job (e.g., usability
assistant) or should I be looking for another type of job title? Also, what
sorts of further education would you who are more experienced in the field
recommend? I have taught myself HTML as a starting point. Any advice that
you might offer would be greatly appreciated! I am very anxious to find a
new career pursuit that will intellectually challenge me and allow me to use
my psychology knowledge and skills in a new way (i.e., non-medical, non-deficit
models of human personality/cognition/etc).
Thank you in advance for any suggestions you might offer!
Michelle Kalehzan, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry
Stanford University School of Medicine