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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

BeFed Lab

  • Director: Dr. Shannon O’Connor
  • Areas: environmental and genetic risk for eating disorders; the impact of food insecurity on disordered eating behavior

Cerebral Lateralization Laboratory

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

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

Cognition, Decision Making and Behavior Lab

    • Director: Dr. Michael Bixter
    • Areas: decision making; cognition; delay of gratification; group behavior; aging

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

Evidence-Based Practices & Interventions in Communities Lab (EPIC)

  • Director: Dr. Carrie Masia Warner
  • Areas: youth mental health services; evidence-based interventions in school and pediatric medical settings; anxiety and mood disorders

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

Job Attitudes and Perceptions Lab

  • Directors: Dr. Valerie Sessa and Catrina Notari
  • Areas: comparative meta-analyses of job embeddedness, job identity, perceived organizational support, and commitment, and other studies meant to help differentiate work-related constructs

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

Lead Lab

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

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

Youth Mental Health Service Lab

  • Director: Dr. Jazmin Reyes-Portillo
  • Areas: mental health disparities among racial and ethnic minority youth suffering from depression, anxiety, and suicidality; the role of technology in youth mental health and how technology can be used to reduce mental health disparities