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Before Joining BMED

At the BMED Lab, we have a strong culture of camaraderie and care. Before you come join the BMED team, we want to ensure that you are aware of our zero tolerance policy:

We have a zero tolerance for those who:
1.      Knowingly disobey Rice University policies and bylaws.
2.      Knowingly disobey IRB rules and procedures.
3.      Knowingly disobey lab grant sponsored policies.
4.      Discriminate or disrespect specific groups of individuals based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or socioeconomic background.
5.      Knowingly disrespect or hurt individual lab members.
6.      Fight with, threaten or attempt injury to another employee or volunteer in the lab.
7.      Falsify lab records or reports.
8.      Interfere with another employee’s efforts to meet work standards.
9.      Knowingly violate sanitary or safety rules.
10.     Disclose confidential information.

 Unlike biologically-oriented labs, I am aware that some labs in psychology function virtually most of the time (e.g. post-docs and graduate students working from home and coffee shops).  Both empirical data and my anecdotal observations have convinced me that there is substantial value for trainees to be in the lab/office during the work week.  Accordingly, similar to requirements for staff members and almost every other scientific discipline, I require graduate students and post-docs to be in the lab or their office during the 40 hour work week when they are not in class and/or doing field work. Short-term exceptions are made for medical reasons; however, if you do not want to be present at work during the 40 hour work week, I strongly encourage you to find training and funding elsewhere because you will not be happy in this environment.

A note for prospective Graduate Students: We train students for independent careers as psychological scientists. Similar to Ph.D. programs in public health, we train students to work with patient and non-patient populations; however, we do not offer training in psychotherapy. Ph.D. students in Dr. Fagundes’ laboratory are primarily trained to pursue careers as professors in university and medical school settings. Graduates may also qualify for work as applied behavioral scientists in both industry and government. Although Dr. Fagundes often has post-docs from clinical psychology Ph.D. programs in his laboratory, the graduate program at Rice is not suited for those who want to be a licensed psychotherapist/psychologists.

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