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How to Successfully Set Up and Manage a Lab

When: Wednesday - 8/12/2015
2:00-3:30 PM

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How to successfully set up and manage a lab

Facilitator: Noni Gaylord-Harden, PhD

Are you nervous about being in charge of your own research lab? If so, you are not alone. Most faculty members enter their first position with almost no training or understanding of the responsibilities of managing a research lab. As scholars, we spend years developing our creative and/or analytical skills to obtain an academic job, but running a research lab requires the development of a different set of skills, including strong leadership and management skills. Our ability to effectively manage a research lab plays a critical role in our scholarly productivity by helping us produce the “tangibles” needed for tenure and promotion. This workshop introduces participants to their responsibilities as the leader of a research lab, and outlines the skills and competencies needed to effectively manage multiple projects and people.


At the end of this workshop, participants will better understand how to:

  • Manage your start-up funds and purchase equipment
  • Select competent and motivated lab team members
  • Build and sustain a cohesive and productive lab team and foster an effective working environment
  • Delegate responsibilities without losing control of your research projects

About the Facilitator:

Noni Gaylord-Harden is an Associate Professor and Director of the Parents and Children Coping Together (PACCT) Research Lab in the Department of Psychology at Loyola University Chicago. Her research interests focus on stress, coping, and psychosocial functioning in African American youth and families in high-risk contexts. Her recent work, funded by the National Institutes of Health, examines the impact of community violence exposure on the psychosocial functioning of youth of color, the coping strategies that youth use to manage violence exposure, and the family factors that encourage more adaptive coping strategies.

In collaboration with her research team, she manages multiple research projects, has published several research articles and presented numerous scientific conference presentations on these topics. Noni and her husband have learned to successfully manage a dual-academic career family and are parents to two extremely energetic “mini academics” (ages 3 and 7). Noni loves reading and is an avid runner.


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