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Date PostedTerm(s)Area (Neuroscience, Cognitive, Developmental, Social, and/or Clinical)Course Credit Option Y/NPay option Y/NResearcher and LabDescriptionDutiesAverage weekly commitmentsMinimum Required SemestersContact
Spring 2017Spring 2017 - Social CognitionYesNoThe Automaticity in Cognition, Motivation, and Emotion Lab - Professor John Bargh (PI: Anton Gollwitzer and John Bargh)There are two projects which we are currently working on. (1) Do lay people exist who can accurately judge the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors of other people? In other words, do ‘super psychologists’ exist in the general population? What cognitive, social, and personality constructs relate to having such an ability? Specific tasks will include reviewing literature, designing experiments, collecting data, editing papers. (2) Can we build algorithms that determine innocence or guilt in criminal court cases? A number of factors have been identified relating to false convictions, false confessions, eye-witness identification, etc. We plan to quantify such factors in innovative ways allowing us to investigate how these factors interact, in turn, leading to wrongful convictions. All are welcome to apply! anton.gollwitzer@yale.eduSpecific tasks will include reviewing literature, locating and collecting data, statistical analysis. Students may enroll for research experience, a senior project, volunteer, and/or depending on the level of contribution be included as an author on possible papers10 hours per week. Scheduling is flexible.1Simply contact me!
1/9/2017Spring 2017 +Social Y (volunteer options as well)NoBrian Bink (PI: Professor Margaret Clark). Yale Relationships Science LaboratoryAre you interested in understanding relationships and what can be done to improve them? Do you want to learn about the ins-and-outs of research, including creating, running, and analyzing studies? And, do you want to work on research that has the potential to improve relationships, increase life-satisfaction, and improve one’s well-being? If these questions excite you, than I encourage you to apply for one of our open research assistant positions at the Clark Relationship Science Laboratory at Yale University for Spring 2017. This opportunity is available to volunteers and students requiring course credit, and requires a minimum of 8 hours per week. Working with participants, recruiting participants, analyzing data, literature searches, discussing theories and ideas, planning and preparations for future studiesMinimum of 8 hours per week1 requiredContact with a resume and references if interested
January 2017Spring 2017 - Cliical/ComunityYes, colunteer available as wellNoProfessor Joy Kaufman (PI), DIvision of Prevention and Community Research
Using an implementation science frame, our research team evaluates community-based interventions with the goal of determining the factos that lead to successful implementation of evidenced-based or promising practices and understanding the effecteveness of these interventions in improving the health and safety of community residents. We are seeking two undergraduate research assistants to assist with qualitative coding 1) for a variety of public healoth projects that focus on cancer control, hypertension, and obesity prevention and 2) for a National evaluation of interventions to precent domestic violence related lethality. Students will be trained in qualitative daya analytic techniques and in addition, will be exposed to theories and methods for community-based research, and will learn strategies to report research findings to community providers and community members. Please email if interested.
Undergraduate assistants will be trained in qualitative data coding procedures and will apply them to focus group and interview transcripts. Stdents will be trained to code data using NVivo software. Students may also be asked to conduct literature reviews or to create written summaries of findings.8-10 hours per week. Scheduling is flexibile.
12/21/16Spring 2017SocialYesNoErica Boothby, PhD student, Prof. Margaret Clark (Relationship Lab), Prof. John Bargh (Automaticity in Cognition, Motivation, and EvaluationWe are interested in many broad questions about social life and the social biases to which we are susceptible. How does sharing an experience with another person change our perceptions and judgments of what we’re experiencing? How much time do people spend observing and wondering about other people, and are we blind to how much other people tend to watch and think about us? To what extent do people think about one another when they’re apart? Are people aware of the impact they have on others? We are additionally exploring how people think about strangers (vs. people they know) and when people assume others are similar to themselves and when people assume others are different.We are looking for motivated and diligent students who wish to participate fully in all aspects of psychological research – planning experiments, preparing experimental materials, recruiting and running participants, analyzing data, and discussing ideas. As an undergraduate in the lab, you will acquire both a practical and theoretical understanding of experimental procedures through hands-on research experience. Prior research experience is a bonus but not required.8-10 hours/week1
12/21/16Spring 2017ClinicalYesNoDr. Arielle Baskin-SommersThe MoD Lab is looking for intelligent and motivated undergraduate research assistants. Research in the MoD Lab utilizes interdisciplinary theoretical principles and methods (e.g., electrophysiology, neuroimaging, self-report) to distinguish cognitive-affective deficits associated with disinhibited traits, behaviors, and syndromes (e.g., impulsivity, externalizing, substance abuse, aggression, antisocial personality disorder, psychopathy, etc.).Research assistants in the MoDLab can learn how to work with data, conduct phone screens, diagnostic interviewing, psychophysiological research (EEG), behavioral studies, and complete research in accordance with human subjects protections. Research assistants will also be exposed to discussions about the design of new experiments that evaluate cognitive-affective processes implicated in disinhibited behavior.5-10 hours/
12/6/16Spring 2017Social and PersonalityYes (Volunteer options available as well)NoLucy Armentano, Aleena Hay, Prof. Margaret Clark (PI) of the Clark Relationships LabDo you want to better understand how close relationships work? Or find out more about how people convey emotions to one another, both in words and through body language? We are interested in questions such as: Is what you say more important than what you show when expressing emotion? Is the strength of your relationship with your partner related to how you express emotion? Our lab seeks a few motivated research assistants to continue running an ongoing study examining the communication of emotions in romantic relationships. We’re bringing real couples into the lab to see how they interact, in real time. Research assistants can start as soon as available (December 2016 or January 2017) getting trained, learning the ethical guidelines and being approved to run participants, and, then, actually running participants. Previous research experience is preferred, although not necessary. The Clark Lab members are committed to making this a truly educational experience for those broadly interested in research.Research assistants will be able to take part in all aspects of research, from recruitment through data analysis. This will involve scheduling participants, running experimental sessions with couples in the lab, emotion coding, data management, and theoretical discussions, among other things. (Note: We don’t expect applicants to already know how to do these things – they will be trained by our research team.)8-10 hours with flexible scheduling1 required (2 preferred)Contact Lucy Armentano ( as soon as possible for more information or to express interest
10/5/16Fall 2016, Spring 2017NeuroscienceYes, in Spring 2017NoDr. Christine Lattin, Yale Positron Emission Tomography (PET) CenterOur research seeks to understand how neuroendocrine systems help animals cope with environmental stressors, using positron emission tomography (PET) imaging to quantify brain receptors in wild birds and relating these measures to the development of different behaviors in captivity. We are seeking an undergraduate volunteer to assist with behavioral studies. Depending on interest and time availability, the student could also attend weekly PET lab meetings and assist with PET imaging and image analysis. The time commitment will be ~5 hrs/week, starting immediately. Prior research experience is not necessary, but enthusiasm and motivation are a must. Work on this project will result in co-authorship on a peer-reviewed publication, and could include development of an independent research project in Spring 2017.5 hours/
9/15/16Fall 2016, Spring 2017SocialYes (Volunteer options available as well)NoKathleen Oltman, PI: Dr. John Dovidio, Intergroup Relations LabWant to learn about why people discriminate against certain groups? Do you have an interest in applying research to the real world? The Intergroup Relations lab explores prejudice and discrimination; in this project we explore individual factors that contribute to prejudice against minority groups in society. Specifically, we ask how do aspects of our personal identity (being a straight, white, woman from a low income background) impact our perceptions of groups in society? Am I more or less likely to be prejudiced depending on my identities? What can people and organizations do to maintain individual identities, while reducing discrimination and hate?Research assistants will contribute to all stages of the research process from recruitment, to data collection, to managing and analyzing data. Additionally, research assistants will engage in discussion of current projects and results, and may help with manuscript preparation and futher research design (if necessary/desired).5-10 hours, negotiable
1 preferred, negotiable
Please contact as soon as possible, we are hoping to begin work by the end of September!
9/7/16Fall 2016, Spring 2017NeuroscienceYes (Volunteer options available as well)NoLauren Patrick (graduate student), Avram Holmes (PI)We are seeking motivated undergraduates who are looking to gain experience in clinical and cognitive neuroscience. Our research is focused on discovering the fundamental organization of large-scale human brain networks and the establishment of biological markers of psychiatric illness risk. Current projects are examining the psychological, environmental, and biological mechanisms that link phenotypic characteristics within a population and the behavioral and neural basis of reward based goal attainment.There is opportunity for participation at every phase of the research process, including study design, data collection, processing, analysis, and presentation. Interested and motivated students may learn neuroimaging techniques, including the collection, preprocessing, and analysis of fMRI data.8-10 hours per week
1 required, 2 preferred
9/1/16Fall 2016 and/or Spring 2017ClinicalYesNoGraduate Researcher: Ava Casados, PI: Alan Kazdin, PhDWe are seeking students who are interested in children's mental health. We aim to understand why so many children suffering from mental health problems do not receive care, and how to reduce this treatment gap. Studies investigate parents' understanding of mental health, mental illness stigma, and cultural factors that may influence treatment seeking. This is a very hands-on opportunity to engage in research at all levels, from literature review and design concept, to data collection and analysis. Students with interests in clinical, social, or developmental psychology, as well as public health, are particularly encouraged. Students who are interested may also have the option to join in other projects at the Yale Parenting Center and Yale Innovative Interactions Lab. Experience with Qualtrics preferred but not required.Duties can include assisting with literature review, recruiting and running participants, conducting online surveys, data entry and management, transcribing interviews, moderating focus groups, and helping to develop design stimuli and scales.8-10 hours per week, with options to split time across other
8/29/16Fall 2016/ Spring 2017/ Summer 2017Neuroscience, AddictionYes (Volunteer options available as well)NoStephanie Yarnell and Dana Small (co-PIs), John B. Pierce LaboratoryThe Small Lab located at the John B. Pierce Building is seeking highly motivated Yale undergraduate students looking to gain research experience in the interface of brain and behavior. The lab uses neurophysiological measures, genetics, and neuroimaging techniques to study the role of food and feeding behaviors on the brain, as well as alcohol and food addiction. Our lab has multiple ongoing studies evaluating trends in obesity, novel food- environment stimuli (such as the effect of artificial sweeteners on the brain), flavor-nutrient condition, and neuroimaging of addiction. The later study looking at a novel neuroactive compound on alcohol intake and impulsivity in alcoholics is currently actively seeking research assistance. This project is in conjunction with the Yale Alcohol Studies Center and has potential for multiple followup studies, if student is interested in further research opportunities.Research assistants will have opportunities to be a part of all stages of the project including recruitment, data collection (behavioral sessions and fMRI), managing and analyzing data, and weekly discussions of the project and steps moving forward. Previous research experience is preferred but not required. We are happy to train bright aspiring researchers with no experience. This position is ideal for students with interests in medicine, neuroimaging, neurophysiology, addiction, or neuroscience. 8-10hrs/wk, flexibile scheduling. Can be expanded to more time if desired.Research assistants are encouraged to make a 2-semester commitment to the lab. Can be extended if student wishesInterested students should send a CV/resume, paragraph on previous research experience (if any) and interest in the position, class year, major, and GPA (if second year or above) to
8/25/16Fall 2016/Spring 2017DevelopmentalYes (Volunteer options available as well)NoKaren Wynn (PI), Infant Cognition CenterOur research broadly focuses on social cognition in infancy. We are running a number of studies with infants & toddlers ranging from 3-36 months. These studies are largely focused on discovering what infants think about various aspects of the social world. Some of the topics we look at include examining infants' preferences for characters based on their social behavior or group membership and infants' reasoning about the natural world. More information about our research can be found at Assistants at the Infant Cognition Center will work closely with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on new and ongoing studies, participating fully in all aspects of the research process. Research assistants become familiar with experimental methods used in infant studies and will be involved in recruiting and testing participants, study design and setup, and can learn about coding/analysis of results. RAs also attend a weekly lab meeting where we discuss the theoretical motivation for our studies, experimental data, and relevant research findings from other labs. They will also be helping out with the day-to-day running of the lab, including calling parents to either give them information about our lab or schedule them for appointments, and babysitting older siblings if they come along for the baby's session.6-10hrs/week
1 required, 2 preferred
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8/6/16Fall 2016Social and PersonalityYes (Volunteer options available as well)NoNicholas Santascoy, Intergroup Relations Lab (PI: Jack Dovidio) How do Liberals think about poverty and income inequality? What or whom do they blame? Liberals are thought to mainly blame society, but they do hold poor people themselves partially responsible. How do liberals integrate this dual approach to assigning responsibility? And what are the implications for social policy? These are some of the questions I am answering by interviewing liberal, middle-class citizens on their thoughts about poverty. FYI: This research is qualitative, not quantitative; little to no statistical analyses will be performed. I would love to get some help on transcribing and coding the interviews from someone who can contribute 10 hours a week. You will learn a lot from doing this, and we will discuss what we are discovering at a weekly meeting, so we both will learn even more! If you get sufficiently involved in the conceptual part and the writeup, you would of course be an author on the paper. 10 hours/week, flexible
8/3/16Fall 2016, Spring 2017DevelopmentalYes (Volunteer options available as well)NoAshley Jordan, Infant Cognition Center (PI: Karen Wynn) & Social Cognitive Development Lab (PI: Yarrow Dunham)Seeking highly motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic students to gain experience as research assistants in developmental psychology. Ongoing projects assess how category membership, familiarity, and similarity are weighed in infants' and children’s reasoning about social groups. Ideal candidates will be well organized, have experience working with infants and/or young children, and be comfortable communicating with parents and community members in-person and over the phone.Research Assistants will work on various aspects of the research, including the following: literature searches, stimuli creation (e.g., audio/video editing, Photoshop, Keynote animation), participant recruitment, study design, data management, and data collection in the lab and at museums. Students will also meet weekly with lab members to gain a better understanding of ongoing projects and contribute their own insights.6-10 hours/week, flexible
1 required, 2 preferred
8/1/2016Fall 2016, Spring 2017Developmental, NeuroscienceYes (Volunteer options available as well)NoHelena Rutherford, PhD, Yale Child Study CenterWe are looking for enthusiastic, reliable, and motivated volunteers to engage in experimental research with families during pregnancy and the postpartum period. We want to understand how men and women transition into their parenting role, and how this may be affected by psychopathology (including depression, anxiety, and addiction). Responsibilities may include the collection and analysis of EEG, hormonal (oxytocin, cortisol) and behavioral (observational coding, decision making, accuracy and reaction times) measures. Students may also help with recruitment, literature reviews, and manuscript preparation.8-10 hours with flexible
8/1/2016Fall 2016, Spring 2017Cognitive, Neuroscience, Decision MakingYes (Volunteer options available as well)NoIfat Levy, Decision Neuroscience Lab (PI)Take part in behavioral and Neuroimaging studies of decision making and valuation in healthy subjects and patients with PTSD. Our studies combine behavioral techniques from experimental economics and conditioning paradigms with structural and functional MRI and physiological measures.Students can contribute to study design and execution, as well as data analysis and literature survey, depending on their interests and capabilities. Participation in lab meetings is strongly encouraged. ~ 10 hourse a week2
7/27/16Fall 2016, Spring 2017ClinicalYesNoLydecker/Grilo, Program for Obesity, Weight, and Eating ResearchTreatment studies for eating disorders and obesity; Projects on parents and children, bariatric surgery, weight stigmaDuties vary, but involve admin tasks related to large clinical trials treating eating disorders and excess weight in bariatric patients and adults, as well as an individual and/or group research project.8-10 hours with flexible
7/27/2016Fall 2016, Spring 2017Social, CognitiveYes (Volunteer options available as well)NoAlexander Noyes, Social Cognitive Development LabColloborating with me on executing a meta-analysis on essentialism and its relationship to prejudice. We will be working one on one on carrying this out and move towards a publication. Keywords: Social categories, prejudice, racism, sexism, essentialism, causal beliefs, intuitive theories. Literature review, reading articles, learning and carrying out statistical analysis (We will learn this together, statistical background will be helpful though). Flexible scheduling. We will try to meet every week (or more or less as needed), but otherwise project can be fairly independent.
7/26/16Fall 2016, Spring 2017CognitiveYesNoMarvin Chun, Professor, Visual Cognitive Neuroscience LabThe student will be involved in cognitive neuroscience research using fMRI and computational modeling.The student should have superb analytic and programming skills. Experience with R, Matlab, Python, and/or machine learning techniques would be a plus, but not necessary for consideration. Most of the work will involve analyzing data, although we may also seek assistance in developing and running experiments. In the past, advanced students have published refereed journal papers from the lab ( hours/week (flexible)
7/26/16Fall 2016, Spring 2017ClinicalYesNoJoan Monin, Assistant Professor, Yale School of Public Health, Social Gerontology and Health LaboratoryWe welcome students who are interested in emotions, relationship processes, and health in older adults. Studies involve interview and experimental protocols, cardiovascular physiology monitoring (blood pressure and heart rate), and coding facial expression. Research assistants must be responsible and organized. Prior experience working with older adults with physical disabilities is appreciated but not required.Research assistants are needed to help recruit, schedule, and conduct interviews with older adult participants. We also need help running an experiment using audio-visual and physiological monitoring equipment. Students also have the opportunity to learn more about data analysis, coding facial expressions, and guidance investigating their own research questions related to this work.8-10 hours/week (flexible)
7/26/16Fall 2016, Spring 2017DevelopmentalYesNoFrank Keil, Professor of Psychology, Cognition and Deveopment LabSeeking undergraduate research assistants to continue ongoing projects and pursue new ventures in investigating the development of causal reasoning, critical thinking, and metacognition. Please review the information on our website ( for description of research focus.Responsibilities include research support at all levels; i.e., development of new materials, recruitment of participants, running of studies, and analysis of data. Other responsibilities as assigned. Participation in weekly lab meetings is strongly encouraged.5-10 hours per week (flexible)
7/26/16Fall 2016, Spring 2017NeuroscienceYesNoDenis Sukhodolsky, Associate Professor, Megan Tudor, Postdoctoral fellow, The Sukhodolsky Lab, Child Study Center, Yale School of MedicineThe Sukhodolsky lab conduct research on the efficacy and biomarkers of behavioral interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disorders including autism, Tourette Syndrome and disruptive behavior disorders. The long-term goals of this research are to identify the neural mechanisms of behavioral interventions with established efficacy, such as habit reversal training for tics and cognitive-behavioral therapy for irritability, and to develop new, neuroscience-based treatments for children who do not respond to existing treatments.Become familiar with and participate in activities related to a study that uses electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine brain mechanisms of response to cognitive-behavior therapy in children and adolescents. Administering and scoring psychological assessments and entering data from paper-and-pencil forms into the electronic database. Opportunities will be available to observe clinical assessments of children participating in studies of behavioral therapy for aggression and anxiety. The students will learn about conduct of clinical research with pediatric populations.6 to 10 hours per week.1send CV or resume to
7/26/16Fall 2016, Spring 2017ClinicalYesNoDrs. Wendy Silverman, Eli Lebowitz, & Carla Marin, Yale Child Study Center, Program for Anxiety Disorders, Yale Child Study CenterThe Program for Anxiety disorders is seeking talented, highly motivated undergraduates (sophomores and beyond) to participate in research training opportunities at the Yale Child Study Center. Under the direction of Dr. Wendy Silverman, the Anxiety & Mood Disorders Program focuses on developing and evaluating treatments as well as examining factors relevant to the development and maintenance of anxiety and its disorders in children and adolescents. Training will be provided on the day‐to‐day operations of a childhood anxiety disorders specialty research clinic. Students will learn about anxiety treatment research through direct participation.Responsibilities may include administering questionnaires to children and adolescents; assisting in the collection of saliva and blood samples to test oxytocin levels; entering and analyzing data; observing anxiety evaluations by expert clinicians; learning about novel approaches to assessing avoidance and anxiety. Other opportunities may include attending research and clinical meetings with Program for Anxiety faculty and clinicians and attending lectures on childhood psychopathology and related topics.10 hours per week. Scheduling is flexible.2send a copy of your CV or resume:
7/26/16Fall 2016, Spring 2017NeuroscienceYesNoGregg Castellucci (Graduate Student in Neurobiology and Linguistics, Advisor: David McCormick) McCormick Lab ( are looking for motivated undergraduate students who are interested in performing supervised, independent research on the neuroscience of animal communication. This project specifically examines the development of the mouse courtship song behavior, and how the production of this song is modulated through genetic mutation of genes implicated in human speech and language disorders.Students will be primarily responsible for recording and analyzing mouse vocalizations. Additional responsibilities will vary based on the interest of the student, and - for example - could include: 1) designing behavioral paradigms using vocalizations as stimuli, 2) performing calcium imaging experiments examining auditory responses to vocalizations, 3) exploring the neurophysiology of the mouse vocal apparatus, and 4) running human subjects in a speech perception study.10 hours per week.
7/26/16Fall 2016, Spring 2017SocialYesNoDr. Marianne LaFrance (Professor), April Bailey & Natalie Wittlin (Graduate Students); Gender LabFor students interested in gaining hands-on research experience, several opportunities are available this term in Gender Lab. We are interested in exploring a number of ways in which gender impacts and is impacted by a number of social psychological processes such as the following: assessing attitudes toward gender non-conforming people (bisexuals, transsexuals, non-binary identified individuals as well as those whose expression is gender a typical) and exploring individual differences in and consequences of holding an androcentric (male-centered) world view. Interest in the intersection of psychology and gender.There are a wide variety of opportunities, depending on your combination of interest, experience, skills, availability, and the lab’s needs. Possible contributions include: recruiting participants, coding of video data, internet collection and analysis of attitude data, literature search and other to-be- determined research activities10 hours per week. Scheduling is flexible.1email and provide a paragraph describing your interest in joining the lab and any relevant experience.
7/26/16Fall 2016, Spring 2017NeuroscienceYesNoAnthony van den Pol, Professor of Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, van den Pol labOptogenetics is used to selectively activate or inactivate specific circuits in the brain using a combination of light or laser stimulation with selective expression of optogenetic genes in neuronal pathways. For instance, optogenetic activation of neurons that synthesize melanin concentrating hormone (MCH) increases sleep, whereas stimulation of neighboring hypocretin neurons enhances cognitive arousal and alertness. The student will be involved in behavioral analysis of rodents during optogenetic stimulation or inhibition using a variety of behavioral tests.Students will study the behavioral responses of mice in which selected circuits are activated (or depressed) by optogenetic stimulation. Behaviors may include social interaction, fear responses, feeding, learning, motor coordination, aggression, sleep, and cognitive arousal. Behavior is examined with a variety of tests, including video analysis, bar pressing, timing, beam breaks, etc. Student may also be involved in generation of hardware and software suitable for enhancing quantitation of mouse behavior in response to optogenetic stimulation.10 hours per week. Scheduling is flexible.Prefer student with potential long term interest in the
7/26/16Fall 2016, Spring 2017NeuroscienceYesNoLi Yan McCurdy, Graduate student. Michael Nitabach, Professor of Cellular & Molecular Physiology.The Nitabach labThe Nitabach lab is broadly interested in understanding how neural circuits generate complex behaviors in the fruit-fly (Drosophila melanogaster) and worm (C elegans). We use a combination of genetic, neurophysiological, behavioral, and computational tools to probe these circuits. This project in particular is focused on understanding how fruit-flies learn associations between cues and punishment, and then use that information to make decisions. If you’re interested in understanding how dopamine influences learning and behavior, and are excited about getting some wet-lab experience, we’d love to have you as part of our team!We’ve spent the past couple of months setting up a sophisticated behavioral rig, and can’t wait for a motivated undergraduate to start running some behavioral experiments on it! Depending on the student’s commitment and interest, he/she is welcome to become more involved with other components of the project/lab. We are committed to ensuring that you get the most out of this research experience.10 hours per week. Scheduling is
7/26/16Fall 2016, Spring 2017ClinicalNoNoMichael Bronstein (PhD Student; Dr. Tyrone D. Cannon, P.I.)research projects focusing on cognitive factors related to inflexible beliefs. All applicants must have prior experience conducting research. This research experience can be in any scientific field. Successful applicants are expected to be reliable, conscientious, and capable of interacting with study participants in a professional manner. Applications from interested students with programming acumen will be given priority; if you have such skill, please announce this prominently in your application. Seeking dedicated undergraduate students to assist in the design, implementation, and analysis of research projects focusing on cognitive factors related to inflexible beliefs. Assisting with these endeavors may include opportunities to hone important research skills such as data processing and statistics, programming, scientific writing, literature search, and the efficient application of research methods. Exact details of the position are flexible and may be tailored somewhat to your personal goals.At least 5 hours per week, potentially including a weekly meeting. Commitment to the position for at least 2 semesters is preferred, though not required.2contact Michael Bronstein at michael.bronstein[at] Please enclose a concise paragraph summarizing any relevant prior coursework or research experience along with the reasons for your interest in the aforementioned position. Please also include your major, class year, and overall GPA.
7/26/16Fall 2016, Spring 2017Social and PersonalityYes (Volunteer options available as well)NoLucy Armentano, Aleena Hay, Prof. Margaret Clark (PI) of the Clark Relationships LabDo you want to better understand how close relationships work? Or find out more about how people convey emotions to one another, both in words and through body language? We are interested in questions such as: Is what you say more important than what you show when expressing emotion? Is the strength of your relationship with your partner related to how you express emotion? Our lab seeks a few motivated research assistants to continue running an ongoing study examining the communication of emotions in romantic relationships. We’re bringing real couples into the lab to see how they interact, in real time. Research assistants can start as soon as the end of August getting trained, learning the ethical guidelines and being approved to run participants, and, then, actually running participants. Previous research experience is preferred, although not necessary. The Clark Lab members are committed to making this a truly educational experience for those broadly interested in research.Research assistants will be able to take part in all aspects of research, from recruitment through data analysis. This will involve scheduling participants, running experimental sessions with couples in the lab, emotion coding, data management, and theoretical discussions, among other things. (Note: We don’t expect applicants to already know how to do these things – they will be trained by our research team.)8-10 hours with flexible scheduling1 required (2 preferred)Contact Lucy Armentano ( as soon as possible for more information or to express interest
7/26/16Summer, Fall 2016, Spring 2017NeuroscienceNot currently, but potentially Spring 2017YesAlan Anticevic, Anticevic LabWe are looking for undergraduate students to gain experience in our lab starting as soon as they are able. We wouldn’t be able to do for course credit this semester just because we are more so looking for a temporary student employee at the moment. They will be supporting our current research efforts which they can learn more about on our lab website here: They preferably should have an interest in human neuroimaging.Students will be able to support current research efforts by helping with recruitment, performing testing on healthy controls and patients with Psychosis and OCD. Students will be able to attend MRI scans, lab meetings. Help with data entry and scoring neuro testing. Students will have potential to work in the lab as they progress in schooling.~10 hours a week2
7/26/2016Fall 2016, Spring 2017Decision MakingYes (Volunteer options available as well)NoHelen Pushkarskaya, Neuriscience Decision LabStudents who are interested in interdisciplinary research on decision making under uncertainty will work directly with participants as well as becoming an integral part of the Decision Neuroscience Lab and the Yale OCD Research Clinic. Students will acquire both a practical and theoretical understanding of how to conduct multi and inter disciplinary experimental procedures through hands-on research experience. ~ 10 hours a week2
7/25/16Fall 2016 + Spring 2017CognitiveYesNoBrian Scholl (Yale Perception & Cognition Lab)We currently have openings for Yale undergraduates, to help study the nature of seeing and thinking in the Perception and Cognition Laboratory ( run by Professor Brian Scholl. Our RA collaborators gain experience in all aspects of our laboratory; in particular, most RAs help us design, run, and analyze our various experiments exploring the nature of visual perception, attention, and cognition. Specific topics include phenomena such as inattentional blindness, subjective time dilation, vision and art, and how perception and cognition interact.For details, check out: hoursNegotiableSee
7/25/16Fall 2016 + Spring 2017DevelopmentalYesNoResearcher: Julia Marshall; PI: Paul Bloom [Mind and Development Lab]I am currently looking for 2-3 RAs who are interested in developmental moral psychology and are eager to learn about the inner working of a developmental psychology lab. RAs would get the opportunity to attend lab meetings, learn about our ongoing developmental studies, help facilitate data collection in the lab and at local preschools and museums, and also aid in scheduling families. Excellent RAs would get the opportunity to work on a new project in our lab that examines whether 3 and 4 years have a strong desire to punish wrongdoers and whether children have a spontaneous desire to re-establish order in chaos. As mentioned in the description, RAs would be excepted to help schedule families, run children in the lab, attend museum sites to collect data, etc. For more information, contact Julia at julia.marshall@yale.edu10 hours
Negotiable -- two semesters preferred
Contact as soon as possible. We're looking to get projects started by mid-September
7/25/16Fall and/or Spring 2016 ClinicalYesNoResearcher: Molly Crossman, PI: Alan Kazdin, PhD (Innovative Interactions Lab) Our lab is dedicated to learning more about how individuals of all ages interact with animals and robots to improve their own wellbeing and cope with the challenges of daily life. This is a hands-on research opportunity, and students will be involved in recruiting and running participants in studies involving dogs and robots. Students will work directly with children (ages 2-13), parents, adult participants, dogs, and dog handlers. Students may also be involved in conducting literature reviews, conducting online studies, and data entry and management. This is an excellent experience for students interested in clinical psychology, children and families, human-animal interaction, and research. Requirements include an interest in children and clinical child psychology and ability to work with animals (students who have allergies to animal dander or saliva or who are afraid of dogs are not a good fit). For more information visit our website at Recruiting and running child and adult subjects, assisting in sanitation of the lab, data entry and management, behavioral coding of participant sessions, background research, conducting online studies, scheduling and coordinating participant sessions. 8-10 hours per week, primarily in the afternoons/evenings. Students should be available at least one Saturday per month to run subjects.
7/25/16Fall 2016, Spring 2017ClinicalYesNoDr. Dylan Gee, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Yale Clinical Affective Neuroscience & Development LabThe Yale Clinical Affective Neuroscience & Development Lab is seeking highly motivated Yale undergraduate students looking to gain research experience in clinical psychology and developmental neuroscience. The lab uses behavioral, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging techniques to study the development of anxiety and stress-related disorders across childhood and adolescence. We are especially interested in typical and atypical trajectories of brain development related to emotional behavior, the effects of early-life adversity, and translating knowledge from basic science to optimize clinical treatments.Research assistants will have the opportunity to contribute to many stages of the research process including recruitment, phone screening for clinical participants, data collection (with children, adolescents, parents, and adult participants), preparing participants for the MRI scan, managing and analyzing data, development of experiment-related materials, and discussion of current projects and results at our regular lab meetings. Previous research experience is preferred but not required. This position is ideal for students with interests in clinical child & adolescent psychology and neuroscience.5-10 hours/week (flexible)2Send a CV/resume, paragraph on previous research experience (if any) and interest in the position, class year, major, and GPA to
7/24/2016Fall 2016 and/or Spring 2017Basic Research, NeuroscienceYesNoAlex Kwan (Psychiatry, Neuroscience)The Kwan lab is a systems neuroscience lab in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. Research in the lab focuses on the role of prefrontal cortex in cognitive behaviors and how neural circuits are impaired in mouse models of neuropsychiatric diseases. Our lab specializes in using optical methods including in vivo cellular-resolution microscopy and optogenetics to record and control neural activity. Visit the lab website for more details ( are looking for undergraduate students to help on a couple of projects in the lab. Tasks include analyzing neurophysiological data, performing brain histology, and training mice. Over time, we expect the project to expand and become more independent, depending on the student’s commitment and interests. In the past two years, a number of lab members have completed honors theses (2), gone on to MD programs (3) or won competitive fellowships (2). No prior laboratory experience is expected, although you must be motivated and responsible.10 hr2
07/22/16Fall of 2016 and/or Spring of 2017Clinical, NeuroscienceYesNoHedy Kober, Clinical & Affective Neuroscience Lab (Psychology, Psychiatry)How strong is your craving for chocolate? Can you stop yourself from reaching for it when the craving is strong? What are the neural mechanisms that underlie our ability to regulate our craving? The ability to control our craving (and our emotions more generally) is central to mental and physical health, and is particularly critical for those with substance use disorders (AKA ‘addictions’) and binge eating. The work in our lab includes behavioral, clinical, psychophysiological, and functional neuroimaging (fMRI) studies of alcohol drinkers, cigarette smokers, cocaine users, binge eaters, and healthy adults as they regulate craving for food, alcohol, cigarettes, and cocaine, using a variety of strategies. We also investigate how people change following treatment for addictions – do they get better at managing their craving? We investigate both cognitive-behavioral treatments as well as mindfulness-based treatments that include training in meditation.
For more info on our research and some recent press:
There are a wide variety of opportunities, depending on a combination of interest, experience, skills, availability, and the lab’s needs. These include: recruiting and screening participants, collection and analysis of behavioral data, collection and analysis of psychophysiology data, collection and analysis of fMRI data – including running scans, programming tasks for behavioral and fMRI tasks, and other fun and educational things. 10 Please include a short paragraph describing yourself, your interests, why you want to work in the lab, what you could contribute. Be sure to also include the following information: - Previous research and/or clinical experience (if any); - Previous coursework in psychology, neuroscience, biology, computer science, or philosophy; - Year, Major, GPA
7/22/16Fall 2016 - Spring 2017ClinicalYesNoMary O'Brien, Yale Psychology Department ClinicDr. O’Brien is recruiting for several research assistants to assist with transcribing videotaped interaction of families with a family member at high risk for developing bipolar disorder and with data entry. This work is in collaboration with Dr. David Miklowitz of UCLA.Research assistants will be responsible for transcribing videotaped interactions on an independent basis for approximately 4 hours per week. RAs will assist with data entry. RAs with a proven level of commitment and attention to detail may be taught the coding system, which involves assigning specific labels for different behaviors or interaction styles that are visible in the videotapes.4 hours minimum2No prior experience with psychology research is necessary. However, all applicants are expected to be responsible and skilled in time management and autonomous work.For more information, contact the Clinic Coordinator, Julia Salinger, at Please include a copy of your CV and a brief summary of why you are interested in the position.
7/22/16Fall-16 Spring 17ClinicalYesYesAdam Chekroud (Graduate Student), Human Neuroscience Lab (PI: Prof. Gregory McCarthy)Description: Computational approaches to psychiatric illness are attracting growing interest. One line of research concerns the development and application of statistical approaches to psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. We have a number of diagnosis and treatment projects available across Depression, PTSD, and Schizophrenia, along with broader (epidemiological) studies of substance abuse and mental health. We are looking for students with a strong interest in technology and computational research that want to improve the way we analyze and treat mental illness. Our lab has strong ties to Yale-New Haven Hospital, as well as industry/entrepreneurial activities (e.g. our startup company). Specific tasks may include reviewing literature, manipulation of big data (thousands to hundreds of thousands of observations), programming clinical tools that can be distributed at a global scale, and statistical modeling.

Chekroud AM, et al. (2016) Cross-trial prediction of treatment outcome in depression: a machine learning approach. The Lancet Psychiatry 3(3):243–250.

Chekroud, AM, Gueorguieva, R., Krystal, J., & McCarthy, G. (under revision). Re-evaluating the efficacy and predictability of antidepressant treatments: a symptom clustering approach.
Requirements: For analytic projects, experience of R and/or Python is required. Majors in statistics, biological, or computer sciences are preferred. Students who wish to work on statistical diagnosis or treatment selection should have a good statistical grounding (e.g. regression, dimension reduction, clustering) and familiarity with R. For those looking to get involved in developing clinical tools and distributing them at scale, experience of Ruby, JavaScript or Python is required. We also have pure web-dev projects for which students would use HTML/CSS/JS (A lot of rails, HAML, SASS, & jQuery, some CoffeeScript)

Commitment: At least one semester, although hours are flexible. This will not be an introductory or low-involvement research experience, although highly motivated students are encouraged to apply even if they do not yet have the technical requirements (but wish to learn).

Compensation: Students may enroll for research experience, a senior project, or volunteer. Our startup also has funding to hire students full time after graduation, to be based in NYC, with competive salaries.
Flexible1Interested? Contact Please include a short paragraph explaining your interest in the position as well as a description of prior research experience (if any). Please also include your year, major, GPA, and any technical skills.
7/22/16Fall 2016 - Spring 2017ClinicalyesyesResearcher: Dr. BJ Casey, Professor of Psychology, Lab: The Yale Fundamentals of the Adolescent Brain (FAB) Lab, Department of PsychologyThe Yale Fundamentals of the Adolescent Brain (FAB) Lab is seeking highly motivated Yale undergraduate students looking to gain research experience in behavioral and brain science. The lab uses behavioral, psychophysiological, genetic and neuroimaging techniques to study the development of self control and how it goes awry in substance abuse and psychiatric disorders. We are especially interested in self control during adolescence when these disorders emerge or peak in prevalence.Students will have the opportunity to contribute to many stages of the research process including recruitment, phone screening for participants, data collection (with children, adolescents, parents, and adult participants), preparing participants for the MRI scan, collecting biospecimens, managing and analyzing data, programming tasks, development of experiment-related materials, and discussion of current projects and results at our regular lab meetings. 8-10 hours2Contact Dr. BJ Casey ( and include a brief paragraph explaining your interest and any prior research experience
7/22/2016Fall 2016, Spring 2016DevelopmentalYesNoPI: Dr. Yarrow Dunham, Researchers: VariousThe Social Cognitive Development Lab is looking for highly motivated Yale undergraduates who are interested in helping us uncover how children and adults perceive the world around them and, more specifically, how they think and reason about social groups and intergroup experiences.

If interested, descriptions of graduate student and post-doctoral research interests can be found at
Research assistants will be directly involved in preparation of experiments, facilitation of experiments (within the lab and during school and museum visits) and data collection. RAs may support ongoing projects in the lab or be assigned to a specific study, depending on need. RAs are encouraged to attend weekly lab meetings (Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30 AM) and work at least one weekend museum shift per month. RAs should be comfortable interacting with young children ages 3-12 as well as parents in person and over the phone.6-10 hours per week (flexible). Weekend hours available. 2 preferredTo learn more or apply for a position, please contact the lab manager, Helena Wippick, at .

If you are interested in a specific grad student or post-doc’s work, please indicate that in your email.
7/22/16Fall 2016, Spring 2017Developmental; CognitiveYesNoResearcher: Richard Ahl (PhD Student). PI: Professor Frank Keil How do children of different ages reason about the “inside parts” of animals and artifacts? What expectations do children hold about such features, which are crucial to functioning but hidden from sight? With Dr. Frank Keil, Professor of Psychology, I explore how children and adults mentally represent the “insides” of complex systems, such as animals and machines. Please see for more information. We are seeking diligent, motivated, and detail-oriented research assistants who will help contribute to our projects. RAs will have the opportunity to help implement and interpret new research studies. RAs will gain first-hand experience with many stages of the research process. Much of your work as a RA will involve collecting data with children. Previous experience with children is helpful but not required; a willingness to learn is a must! RAs must be able to learn how to interact with children and parents within the context of a research study. Certain opportunities (for instance, helping to design new studies) may become available to exceptional RAs after their first semester in the lab. Hours: RAs will work 5-10 hours per week (flexible). Attendance at weekly lab meetings (time TBD) is encouraged but not required. Because much of our data collection takes place at children’s museums, RAs must work at least one weekend data collection shift per month. 1; 2 preferredTo apply or to learn more, please email , preferably before the end of shopping period. In your email, please include class year, GPA, relevant classes (e.g., psych classes) and your grades in those classes, work or research experience (if any) and experience working with children (if any).
7/22/16Fall 2016, Spring 2017Decision Making, SocialYesNoResearcher: Allie Wang, PhD student; PI: Gal ZaubermanMany among us take selfies on a daily basis, and we know little about how it changes our perception and behaviors without our awareness. Starting from the basic question of: "How does taking selfies change our hedonic experiences?", my project with Professor Gal Zauberman at the School of Management explores the effect of taking selfies on enjoyable experiences and self concepts.We seek motivated research assistants who are happy to interact with and reach out to people in field settings or in laboratory experiments. Since our project took off only recently, there are opportunities to be involved in the full process of planning, designing and conducting research, as well as seeing it come to fruition and helping with the development to the next stage. 8 hours/weekminimum 1
7/22/16Fall 2016, Spring 2017Social Cognitive, Decision MakingYesNoResearcher: Allie Wang, PhD student; PI: John BarghHow does being hungry affect our perception and evaluation of non-food items and offers? The hunger projects explores the consequences of physical hunger over many unexpected matters, such as merchandise evaluation, attraction to business and everyday services, as well as unethical behaviors.We seek motivated and detail-oriented research assistants who are enthusiastic about gaining exprience in laboratory experiments. There are opportunities to be involved in the conducting, developing, summarising, analyzing and reporting research results, as well as developing the project to the next stage. 8 hours/weekminimum 1
7/22/16Fall 2016, Spring 2017Basic Research, NeuroscienceYesNoResearcher: Stephanie Groman (ARS); Jane Taylor LabWe are studying the neural and behavioral mechanism that contibute to the development of addiction by combining sophisticated behavioral measurements with computational and biochemical analysis.Our assistants in this project will be participating in ex-vivo experiments, collecting behavioral data and maintaing records files. Develpment of their experimental ideas is encouraged.10 hours/weekminimum 1 semestercontact:
7/22/16Fall 2016 or Spring 2017Clinical, Health Services ResearchYesNoJack Tsai, Ph.D., Yale Psychiatry Department and VA Connecticut Healthcare SystemWe conduct research in three main areas of research: 1) health services for disadvantaged populations, including homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals; 2) trauma-related phenomenon including posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, posttraumatic growth, and resilience; and 3) using big data to examine trends in health insurance, service use, and other constructs of interest. Much of our work involves the U.S. veteran population.Participant recruitment, interview and data collection, literature reviews, data analysis and writing.8-10 hrs/weekMinimum 1 semesterContact:
1/26/17Spring 2017Developmental, NeuroscienceYes (Volunteer options available as well)NoMichael Crowley, PhD, Yale Child Study CenterWe are looking for bright, conscientious, motivated, volunteers to engage in social and developmental cognitive neuroscience research. Currently we are conducting a study on the neural and psychological correlates of self-compassion as they relate to adolescent depression risk. We employ interactive experimental paradigms with concurrent EEG and peripheral physiology measures. We are looking for two highly motivated students to join the lab and build their expertise in developmental neuroscience.Responsibilities may include the collection and analysis of EEG, ECG and behavioral (decision making, accuracy and reaction times) measures. Students may also help with recruitment, literature reviews, and manuscript preparation.8-10 hours with flexible schedulingMinimum 1
2/17/17Spring, Summer, Fall 2017Developmental, Social, SleepPossiblyNoMonica Ordway, PhD, APRN, Yale School of NursingWe are conducting a descriptive study involving recruitment of caregivers and their 12-24 month old children to examine the relationships among stress, sleep, and health in children living with socioeconomic adversity. We collect sleep data using actigraphy as well as biomarkers from hair and saliva. As part of your experience, you will be mentored, work independently/as a group on projects/tasks, attend weekly lab meetings, and participate in department/laboratory colloquia and seminars. You will be asked to attend home visits with the principle investigator or a member of the research team to assist in verifying data collected by the parent is completeyou must enjoy interacting with young children and their families. Such work requires multi-tasking, patience, creativity, respect, sensitivity, and the ability to “think on your toes!”5-10 hours flexible1; 2
3/27/17Fall 2017 - Spring 2018Behavioral neuroscienceNoYesStephanie Groman, PhD, Yale School of Medicine Department of PsychiatryWe are conducting studies aimed at identifying the neural and behavioral mechanisms of drug addiction. Our studies utilize advance neuroimaging and viral approaches to parse apart the biological processes that are risk factors for addiction from those that are a consequence of the disorder. Our work is heavily focused on developing translationally analogous behavioral tasks in rodents to provide results that can be directly translated to humans. We are looking for several highly motivated, enthusiastic individuals to assist with collecting behavioral data, conducting molecular assays (including immunohistochemistry, western blot, and monoamine quantification), assisting with neuroimaging studies and data analysis. Although previous laboratory experience is preferred, it is not necessary. 40 hrs/week
1 year (with potential to extend)