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Research Labs

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

Cerebral Lateralization Laboratory

  • Director: Dr. Ruth Propper
  • Areas: memory, effects of hand preference on behavior/cognition, sleep, emotion, and spatial cognition

Chemical Senses & Hedonics Lab

Clinical and Community Studies Lab

  • Director: Dr. Milton Fuentes
  • Areas: racism and multiculturalism, mentoring, peace, para-social contact, school-gang based awareness, Latino psychology

Cognition & Neurocognitive Disorders Research Lab

  • Director: Dr. Joshua Sandry
  • Areas: attention, working memory, long-term memory, cognitive impairment in multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury

Cognitive and Language Development Lab

  • Director: Dr. Laura Lakusta
  • Areas: infant cognitive development, child language development, adults’ representations of events

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

Forensic Mental Health and Correctional Psychology Lab

  • Director: Dr. Chris King
  • Areas: forensic mental health, including mental health law, and correctional psychology

Information Processing Lab

  • Director: Dr. Yoav Arieh
  • Areas: selective attention, sensory integration/multisensory processes, auditory perception

Leadership, Emotions, and Personality Lab (LEAP)

  • Director: Dr. Daniel Simonet
  • Areas: role of emotions, personality (normal and abnormal), and human relationships in predicting work performance, conflict, negotiation and empowerment

Leadership Development in College Students Lab

  • Directors: Dr. Valerie Sessa and Dr. Jennifer Bragger
  • Areas: longitudinal assessment of leadership development in college students from freshman to senior year, as well as the impact post-college

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

Perceiving People Lab

  • Director: Dr. John Paul Wilson
  • Areas: social perception; stereotyping and prejudice; the impact on face perception on criminal justice outcomes

Research for Effective Child Anxiety Prevention (RECAP)

  • Director: Dr. Jeremy Fox
  • Areas: child and adolescent anxiety, temperament and emotion regulation, school mental health

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

Sentence Comprehension Lab

Speech Communication Lab

Spatial Development Lab

  • Director: Dr. Jennifer Yang
  • Areas: wayfinding, visual search, perspective taking, and other spatial cognition phenomena in adults, children, and people with intellectual/developmental disabilities

The Talking Lab

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