Research Labs

The Psychology Department houses a number of research labs, each with its own specific program of psychology research. Becoming a research assistant as an undergraduate or graduate student is an excellent way of building skills essential in the field while working hands-on with the faculty who run these labs.

Some of our labs are listed below, along with their specific research areas. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student interested in any of these areas and want to inquire about research assistant opportunities, please contact the director of the lab or visit the lab website (if provided) for additional information.

  • Adolescent Decision Making and Legal Competencies Lab
    • Director: Dr. Tina Zottoli
    • Areas: capacities of youth in the criminal justice system; immaturities in adolescent decision making, particularly in the context of plea bargaining
  • Chemical Senses & Hedonics Lab
    • Director: Dr. Debra A. Zellner
    • Areas: food craving and liking, context effects on hedonic ratings
  • Clinical and Community Studies Lab
    • Director: Dr. Milton Fuentes
    • Areas: racism & multiculturalism, mentoring, peace, para-social contact, school-gang based awareness, Latino Psychology
  • Cyberloafing and Technology at Work Lab
    • Director: Dr. Kevin Askew
    • Areas: the interaction between technology and human behavior (e.g., employee productivity and satisfaction) at work; causes and consequences of personal computer use at work
  • Infant and Child Research Lab
    • Director: Dr. Laura Lakusta
    • Areas: infant cognitive development, child language development, adults' representations of events
  • Information Processing Lab
    • Director: Dr. Yoav Arieh
    • Areas: selective attention, sensory integration/multisensory processes, auditory perception
  • Parent-Infant Interaction Lab
    • Director: Dr. Peter Vietze
    • Areas: parent-child interaction, parenting style, infant assessment issues, and infants with developmental disabilities, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, cognitive delay and behavior problems
  • School Assessment and Intervention Laboratory (SAIL)
    • Director: Dr. Sally Grapin
    • Areas: school-based assessment and intervention practices, multi-tiered systems of support, social justice issues in school psychology
  • Speech Communication Lab
    • Director: Dr. Jennifer Pardo
  • The Talking Lab
    • Directors: Dr. Jason Dickinson and Dr. Nicole Lytle
    • Areas: children's memory, eyewitness testimony, forensic psychology
  • Trauma & Resilience Lab
    • Director: Dr. Sarah Lowe
    • Areas: mental health outcomes in the aftermath of traumatic and stressful life events; risk factors for posttraumatic stress and other psychiatric symptoms