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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
11/13/2017Spring 2018Clinical, NeuroscienceYNArielle Baskin-Sommers, Ph.D., Mechanisms of Disinhibition Disinhibition is central to many conceptualizations of psychopathology (e.g., substance abuse, psychopathy, antisocial personality, disorder) and can be expressed in different ways from impulsivity to criminality to decision-making deficits. Although many syndromes of disinhibition display similar behaviors (e.g., impulsivity, aggression, antisocial behavior, substance use), the cognitive-affective deficits associated with each are relatively distinct. Research in the MoD Lab utilizes interdisciplinary theoretical principles and methods (e.g., electrophysiology, self-report) to distinguish the deficits associated with these seemingly similar syndromes in order to improve identification and treatment options for these individuals. Some of our current projects look at social information processing in aggressive individuals, attention in psychopaths, and reward processing in individuals with a substance use disorder. Will vary depending on agreed upon commitment. The range of duties includes: data entry, running behavioral sessions with community participants, running psychophysiology sessions with community participants, phone screens, clinical interviews, etc. 6-12 hours, agreed upon at the
4/11/2017Summer 2017 + Fall 2017Social 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
January 2017Spring 2017 - Spring 2020Clinical and CommunityYes, volunteer available as wellNoProfessor Joy Kaufman (PI), Department of Psychiatry, Division of Prevention and Community ResearchUsing an implementation science frame, our research team evaluates community-based interventions with the goal of determining the factors 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 health projects that focus on cancer control, hypertension, and obesity prevention and 2) for a National evaluation of interventions to reduce domestic violence related homicide. Students will be trained in qualitative data analytic techniques, 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 analysis procedures and will apply them to focus group and interview transcripts. Students will be trained to code and analyze data using NVivo software. Students may also be asked to conduct literature reviews or to create written summaries of findings and if desired can be involved in the development of manuscripts. 8-10 hours per week. Scheduling is flexibile.
9/20/17Fall 2018, Spring 2018SocialYes (Volunteer options available as well)NoKathleen Oltman, PI: Dr. John Dovidio, Intergroup Relations LabWe are currently seeking RAs for a qualitative coding and analysis project in the Intergroup Relations Lab.
This project examines bias in undergraduate admissions on a nationally representative sample of admissions officers. RAs will be asked to read and assess emails written by college admissions officers across America. RAs will use a pre-determined coding scheme to look for subtle bias found in the difference in language used in responding to prospective students from different gender and race backgrounds. You will read the emails and use your judgement to assess them for negative and positive language, as well as simple grammar and parts of speech.
RA's will qualitatively code the email responses according to a standard set of instructions. This qualitative coding will be done primarily through "Google Sheets" so familiarity with and understanding of Google-based systems is required. RAs will be expected to practice the coding scheme (identifiying positive and negative words, identifying first- and second-person pronouns) and demonstrate proficiency in the qualitative coding system before receiving access to experimental materials. RAs may work wherever they would like, and at their own pace, but it is our hope that RAs will be able to commit to completing 80-100 email codes per week.

- RAs will be responsible for maintaining their Responsible Conduct of Research Certification with the Yale Institutional Review Board (certification takes 1-2 hours in an online course available from the Yale IRB website).
5-10 hours, negotiable1 preferred, negotiablePlease contact as soon as possible.
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
7/26/16Fall 2017 - Spring 2018Cognitive / NeuroscienceYesNoMarvin 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)
4/5/17Fall 2017, Spring 2018Neuroscience & ClinicalYesNoDenis 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.
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7/25/16Fall 2017 and beyondClinical, Developmental, NeuroscienceYesNoDr. 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.10 hours/week2Send a CV/resume, paragraph on previous research experience (if any) and interest in the position, class year, major, and GPA to
4/5/17Spring 17- Fall 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) Lancet Psychiatry 3(3):243–250.
Gueorguieva R, et al (2017) Lancet Psychiatry 366: 1–8.
Chekroud AM, et al. (2017) JAMA Psychiatry 2017; 6511.
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 competitive salaries. Former students have gone on to roles at Facebook, Med school, and a PhD at Oxford.
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.
7/22/2016Fall 2017, Spring 2018DevelopmentalYesNoPI: 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.
2/17/172017-2019Developmental, Social, SleepPossiblyYesMonica 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, and attend weekly lab meetings. You will be asked to attend home visits with the principal investigator or a member of the research team. You 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/week1 year (with potential to extend)
4/6/17Summer 2017, Fall 2017, and beyondSocial and PersonalityYes during the semester (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 quickly 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
4/6/17Spring 2017-Spring 2018Social PsychologyNoNoRoseanna Sommers (Faculty advisor: Tom Tyler)I am looking for students who are interested in the intersection of psychology and law. This position will be particularly enriching for undergraduates who plan to attend law school or pursue an advanced degree in psychology or public policy. No research experience is necessary. You will learn by doing!You will have the opportunity to participate fully in all stages of research: conducting literature searches, planning experiments, designing study stimuli and materials, recruiting research participants, administering study materials, analyzing data, and discussing results. If you wish, you will also have the opportunity to read legal texts and cases. This is a volunteer position; you can decide what activities you would like to pursue, and we can tailor the experience to your interests.Flexiblen/aEmail Please include a short paragraph describing (1) any classes you have taken related to psychology, law, or policy, if any; (2) any prior experience with research, if any; and (3) your year and major (if you have one).
4/8/17Fall 17 -Spring 18ClinicalNoNoSeth Axelrod, Dept of Psychiatry, YIELDLearn about problems of chronic emotional dysregulation and patterns of dangerous impulsive urges and behaivor including suicide, non-suicidal self-injury, and substance use disorders in a Day Hospital setting. Our studies relate to Borderline Personality Disorder and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Ideal for students intending to pursue clinical psychology or related fields.1-2 students will work on Dialectical Behavior Therapy Quality Imnprovement research including facilitating data collection by interacting with patients and clinicians, data checking, and performing preliminary statistical analyses. Students will attend clinically rich weekly team meetings. Students may also help with literature reviews and manuscript preparation.10 hours/ Please include a paragraph explaining your interest and any prior clinical and/or research related experience.
4/9/17Fall 2017, Spring 2018, and beyondSocial, Neuroscience, CognitiveYesNoDr. Molly Crockett, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Crockett Lab Blaise Pascal described human beings as “the glory and scum of the universe”. Each of us carries blueprints for an astonishing range of social behaviors, from the heroic to the atrocious. The Crockett Lab seeks to understand this paradox by investigating the psychological and neural mechanisms of social learning and decision-making. Current research questions include: What makes us behave morally when no one is watching? Why does moral outrage feel so good? What do we think of liars? How do we decide whether to trust someone? Our approach integrates social psychology, behavioral economics, neuroscience and philosophy. We use a range of methods including behavioral experiments, computational modeling, brain imaging, and pharmacology. Research assistants are full members of the lab and will be included in all aspects of our research, from literature review and experimental design, to study implementation (including participant recruitment and testing), to data analysis and presentation. ~10 hours per week, flexible1 required (2 preferred)Email Dr Crockett ( and include a CV and a brief paragraph explaining your interest in the lab and any previous research experience
4/11/17Summer 2017 (if interested), Fall 2017, Spring 2018ClinicalYes (Volunteer options available as well)NoLab: Affect Regulation & Cognition (ARC) Lab
PI: Jutta Joormann
Graduate Student Supervisors: Michael Vanderlind, Elizabeth Lewis, and Ema Tanovic
Broadly speaking, the ARC lab examines risk factors for the development and maintenance of depression and anxiety disorders. Using a wide array of methods (e.g., eye-tracking, psychophysiology, EEG, fMRI), there is a particular focus on the emotional experiences within these disorders as well as the cognitive processing of emotional material. A total of 5 RAs are needed. 1-3 RA's are being recruited to help with projects focused on understanding why individuals with depression report diminished levels of positive emotion, 1 RA is being recruited to help with projects focused on when and why some people are unable to tolerate uncertainty and how this relates to clinical anxiety, and 1 RA is being recruited to assist with projects examining the similarities and differences of worry and rumination, two perseverative styles of thought that have different impacts on emotional experiences. Duties would include assisting with semi-structured phone interviews to assess history of psychopathology and eligibility for current projects, helping run participants through study protocols that involve the collection of self-report, behahvioral, eye-tracking, and (neuro)physiology data, general recruitment duties (e.g., flyering, managing lab e-mail accounts), and assisting with literature searches10 hours per week (including a 1.5-hour lab meeting)2 (Fall 2017, Spring 2018),,
4/11/17Fall 2017 - plusNeuroscienceYesNoDr. Steve Chang, Assistant Professor of Psychology and NeuroscienceHow does the human brain make social decisions impacting others? Students will use novel neuroeconomics tasks designed to understand the neural mechanisms of self and other processing using fMRI in humans. Students will work closely with graduate students to design studies, collect data, and analyze data. ( are expected to be a motivated and engaged member of the lab who care about their research and spend time in the lab to learn and conduct research. Students will help design studies, collect behavioral and neural data, and analyze data with a graduate student mentor.10 hours/week1
4/11/17Fall 2017 - Spring 2018Developmental/CognitiveYYesLab: Cognition & Development Lab Researcher: Richard Ahl (PhD Student) PI: Dr. Frank KeilHow do children of different ages reason about the “inside parts” of animals and complex 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 causal systems, such as animals and machines.I am seeking diligent, motivated, and detail-oriented research assistants who will help contribute to our projects. RAs will have the opportunity to help design, implement, analyze, and interpret new research studies. RAs will gain first-hand experience with many stages of the research process. Much of our work will involve collecting data with children; previous experience with children is not required, but a willingness to learn is a must! 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.   RAs will work 5-10 hours per week (flexible). 1; two is
4/12/17Spring 2017 + Fall 2017CognitiveYesYesYale Perception & Cognition Laboratory: (Professor Brian Scholl)We 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 attention and awareness, subjective time dilation, vision and art, and how seeing and thinking interact.

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Spring 2017Fall 2017 - BeyondSocial 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!
Summer 2017Summer 2017, Fall 2017, and beyondClinical, NeuroscienceYesNoHedy Kober, Clinical & Affective Neuroscience Lab (Psychology, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Cog Sci)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; and a CV.
4/12/17Fall 2017 & onwardsCognitive & DevelopmentalYes (Volunteer options available as well)NoRosie Aboody, Computation, Cognition & Development Lab (PI: Julian Jara-Ettinger)In general, projects in the lab use computational and behavioral methods to explore how we figure out what other people are thinking from observing their actions (an ability commonly known as Theory of Mind). I am looking for one or two exceptionally motivated undergraduate students to get involved with a line of studies exploring how children learn from others. For example, how do children decide when someone is just lucky, and when they are actually knowledgeable? Experience with children (either formal, like working in a school, or informal, like babysitting younger siblings) is required. Undergraduates will be involved in all aspects of the research, from piloting studies, to data collection, to being shown how to analyze data. Undergraduates are encouraged and supported in developing their own areas of interest/honors thesis study ideas. You will learn how to collect, record, and analyze data. Students will have the opportunity to earn authorship on publications, dependent upon their contribution to the project. Our research will usually be conducted on weekends. While you will only be working about 6-8 hrs/week, you will need to have flexible weekend availablility (it's hard to know in advance which days our lab will be allotted to do research at the Peabody). You will probably work 2 weekend days a month, plus you will schedule and run your own participants in-lab. You will also meet with me and my other research assistants every 2 weeks, to discuss project statuses, read & discuss papers, and develop your own research ideas! (btw, let us know if you have a car!) :) 6-8 hours2Rosie Aboody: Please attach a resume, and write 1-2 paragraphs explaining why you would like to join the lab, and what experience you have with children. Please also include an unofficial transcript, your major(s)/minor(s) if delcared, and a tentative fall schedule (that is, if you are working or taking classes, please make a schedule with unavailable times blocked out).
4/13/17Mid-August 2017 & onwardSocial, Cognitive Yes (Volunteer options available as well)NoBrian Earp, Experimental Philosophy and Automaticity in Cognition, Motivation, and Evaluation labs (directed by Profs Joshua Knobe and John Bargh, respectively)We are looking for a research assistant to help with a cluster of studies looking at moral disagreement, belief in free will, intellectual humility, and the concept and nature of true love. Knowledge with online survey software (like Qualtrics) as well as experience performing basic statistical analyses is a plus. The research assistant will help with designing studies and materials, searching the literature, collecting data, and analyzing results. Independent (supervised) projects in these areas, e.g., for senior thesis research, are encouraged. Contact for more information.
Spring 2017Fall 2017 & onwardClinicalYesYesBJ Casey, Director of the Fundamentals of the Adoelscent Brain (FAB) LabWe are looking for research assistants to help with the national landmark Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) study to track brain development and health in 10,000 children through adolescence (see At Yale, we are enrolling and following 600 families. Experience working with children and teens (either formal or informal) is required. These positions offer experience in recruiting, screening and testing participants. The researcjh will provide opportunities to gain experience in imaging, biospecimen collection, and in neurocognitve and clinical assessments. Contact: for more information.8-10 hours2contact and provide a resume or CV and a few sentences on why you would like to work on this study.
4/19/17Summer 2017, 2017DevelopmentalFallThe Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy
PI: Chin Reyes, Ph.D.
The Zigler Center in Child Development & Social Policy under the Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine brings together a diverse group of researchers and practitioners in an effort to improve the well-being of children and families by bringing objective child development research into the policy and public arenas. Our team is seeking to hire research assistants who will work across several projects. These include (1) a federally-funded evaluation of a science program targeting English language learners in PK-Grade 1; (2) an evaluation of an innovative Social and Emotional Learning curriculum that involves the use of therapy dogs and themes of humane treatment and animal behavior; and (3) the training and certification of assessors in the use of an observational measure of mental health climate in preschool classrooms.Processing and organizing data from schools and teachers implementing curriculum interventions, conducting phone interviews, compiling literature reviews of various topics related to child development, and preparing training materials for classroom observers.5-10 hours (flexible)
4/26/17Fall 2017, Spring 2018Social and ClinicalPossiblyYJohn Pachankis, Associate Professor, Yale School of Public Health, The Esteem ProgramOur lab explores the relationship between stigma and health for marginalized populations. We listen to people’s stories about their lives and try to understand the consequences of stigma on their health. We focus primarily on sexual minority populations who are at elevated risk for a number of health issues including depression, anxiety, suicidality, and HIV risk. We are working to develop LGB affirmative mental health treatments to reduce the impact on stigma on sexual minorities’ lives.Research assistant will assist in clinical trial study execution and intervention delivery, including subject recruitment, subject assessments, data cleaning, data analysis, data presentation (visual and text), and preparation of results. Assistant will also consult on research design for future proposals. Assistant will gain experience investigating social determinants of mental and physical health. Assistant will work closely with the principal investigator to execute all data protocols.8-10 hours; ability to come into NYC preferred1 (longer commitment preferred)
5/8/17Summer & Fall 2017Clinical NeuroscienceYesNoDr. Naomi Driesen, Yale Dept. of Psychiatry and National Center for PTSDOur lab studies working memory impairments in schizophrenia and other disorders with psychotic features using fMRI techniques. Our current studies involve administration of ketamine to healthy control subjects to create impairments in working memory similar to those seen in schizophrenia and related disorders. By inducing these impairments in a controlled setting, we can study these symptoms to understand the neurochemical and genetic underpinnings of these symptoms in individuals with schizophrenia. Available to rising sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduates. Must be motivated, punctual, professional, and able to work independently and in a team. Previous research experience preferred but not required. Undergraduates with an interest in psychiatry, clinical psychology, psychopharmacology, or clinical neuroscience are encouraged to apply.Undergraduate research assistants will be exposed to all aspects of the research process, from recruiting and screening participants, to data collection, to management and analysis of collected data. RAs will learn about a number of neuropsychological scales and tests, and will be trained to score these tests in healthy subject populations. RAs will also have the opportunity to learn how to administer these tests, and will be able to practice administering tests on other lab members and receive feedback. RAs will also aid in subject recruitment by posting flyers and completing phone screens of potential participants. RAs will have the opportunity to see neuropsychological tests administered to a research participant, and will also be able to observe ketamine administration during an fMRI scan. Highly motivated RAs may see their responsibilities expanded.6-9hr/week, Flexible1Email CV to Megan Rowland, Invlude availability, preferred work location (West Haven VA or CT Mental Health Center), and brief explanation of why you'd like to work with us.
5/14/2017Fall 2017 - BeyondSocial 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) Does a domain-general dislike of pattern deviancy underlie individuals' prejudice and stigmatization. Can dislike of deviancy even in simple geomtric shapes (one triangle slightly out of line in a row of triangles) predict prejudice and stigmatization? 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!
6/8/17Summer 2017 - BeyondClinical, NeuroscienceYesNDr. James McPartland, Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology (PI). The McPartland Lab, Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of MedicineThe McPartland Lab investigates autism spectrum disorder from a clinical neuroscience perspective. Our lab is part of the Yale Autism Program and the Developmental Disabilities Clinic at the Yale Child Study Center. We are seeking highly motivated Yale undergraduate students looking to gain research experience in both clinical psychology and developmental neuroscence. Our research focuses on using EEG and eye-tracking techniques, along with behavorial measures and clinical assessments to better understand the social difficulties associated with autism specrtrum disorder in both children and adults. The McPartland lab has multiple ongoing research projects in which interested students will have the opportunity to learn about and become involved in. ( will learn about several aspects of the research process; stimulus creation, literature reviews, data collection and analysis. They will will receive training in several aspects of electrophysiological brain research including experimental design; programming experimental paradigms; analyzing and extracting EEG and ERP data. They will also gain further experience with data management and clinical assessments by helping score and file measures. They will have the oppportunity to observe cases in the autism clinic and help with child supervision during parent feedback sessions. Students can work towards an independent research project, but are required to be involved with our work in the lab for 1 year prior to undertaking a thesis involving original data collection.8-10 hours per
6/28/2017Fall 2017 and beyondNeuroscienceYesNoProfessor Alex Kwan, Department of PsychiatryThe Kwan lab is a systems neuroscience lab in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. Research in the lab uses a variety of techniques particularly cellular-resolution in vivo imaging and behavioral paradigms to understand the role of frontal cortex in cognitive behaviors and in mouse models of neuropsychiatric diseases. We are specifically looking for students interested in how neural circuits are impaired in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and schizophrenia (SZ). Tasks include analyzing in vivo imaging data from pharmacological and genetic models of AD and SZ, performing brain histology, immunohistochemistry, and training mice. Over time, the project can be extended depending on the student’s commitment and interests. No background is necessary, all training will be provided. Many trainees in the past three years have completed honors theses in the lab, and gone on to MD programs or won competitive fellowships.Analyzing in vivo imaging data from pharmacological and genetic models of AD and SZ, performing brain histology, immunohistochemistry, training mice and other duties as necessary to develop the project. No background is necessary, all training will be provided.10 hours per week1 (2 preferred)Email citing this advert on the psychology website
7/20/2017Fall 2017 and BeyondClinical, child psychology/psychiatryYesNoDavid Saunders, MD, PhD (PI: Hedy Kober), Clinical & Affective Neuroscience Lab (Psychology, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Cog Sci), Child Study Center Are you interested in mindfulness and/or meditation practice? Do you enjoy working with children? Do you ever wonder how meditation could impact attention regulation? If so, we are seeking an undergraduate to join the lab to help study mindfulness practices in child and adolescent populations.

Broadly speaking, the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Lab (PI: Hedy Kober, studies the regulation of craving from behavioral, clinical, psychophysiological, and functional neuroimaging (fMRI) perspectives. Additionally (and relatedly), the lab has a longstanding interest in mindfulness-based interventions, both within and outside the context of craving/addiction. At present, Drs. Saunders and Kober are running two mindfulness-related projects: a pilot study of a mindfulness-based ADHD treatment for children and a meta-analysis of mindfulness-based interventions in children and adolescents.

Previous research not required. This position is ideal for bright, engaged and interested students from all fields of study.
Research assistants are full members of the CAN lab. You will be included in all aspects of the mindfulness-related projects, with the potential to participate in others. Responsibilities may include interacting with participants (children with ADHD) and their parents in all phases of the clinical trial (recruitment, screening, intervention, follow-up), literature searches, assisting with data management, potentially data analysis and/or data presentation.
10 hours per week (or more) -- 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 relevant fields; - Year, Major, GPA; and a CV.
8/3/2017Anytime!Behavioral neuroscience, Neurobiology YesNoLi Yan McCurdy (graduate student), in Michael Nitabach's lab (Sterling Hall of Medicine)We're interested in understanding what goes on in the fruit-fly's brain during learning. We've known for decades that flies can be classically conditioned (think Pavlov's dogs) to associate odors with punishment, but it's less clear exactly HOW they learn it. We know that mammalian brains learn by performing the same computations that machines use (i.e. machine-learning algorithms), but it's hard to figure out how neurons calculate things, because mammalian brains are big and complicated. On the other hand, fruit-flies have a much simpler nervous system (100k neurons in flies vs 100b neurons in humans), and we have cool genetic tools that let us manipulate and visualize activity in really precise subsets of neurons. So we think flies are a great animal to use to understand how neurons implement computations that generate behavior, which is a really fundamental question in neuroscience. Research assistants will perform behavioral experiments on fruit-flies. They will learn basic fly husbandry, genetics and maintenance, basic wet lab skills (e.g. pipetting), and run sophisticated optogenetic behavioral experiments, in which light is used to artificially activate specific neurons during learning odor-punishment associations, to investigate the role of different neurons during learning. ***Previous experience NOT required. The research project is a great introduction to wet-lab research, where basic wet-lab skills will be taught, whilst performing sophisticated behavioral experiments. Strong emphasis placed on mentoring, so you'll be in good hands!>=8 hours per week, very
8/16/172017-2018 Academic YearDevelopmentalYNoThe Yale Infant Cognition Center PI: Dr. Karen Wynn Researchers: Various
Our research broadly focuses on social cognition in infancy. We are running a number of studies with infants & toddlers ranging from 3-59 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
Interns will work closely with lab researchers on new and ongoing studies, participating fully in all aspects of the research process. Interns will become familiar with experimental methods used in infant studies, and will immediately become involved in recruiting and testing participants, designing and setting up studies, and coding and analyzing results. They will also attend a weekly lab meeting where we discuss the theoretical motivation for our studies, experimental data, and relevant research findings from other labs.8-10 hrs/wk we work with your schedule1 required, 2 preferredContact the lab manager Clarise Ballesteros at
8/17/17Fall 2017 and beyondDevelopmentalYes (Volunteer options available as well) (run by postdoc Mark Sheskin and professor Frank Keil, both from the Yale Cognition and Development Lab)We are running a wide range of developmental studies with children ages 5-12 around the world, via video chat. This is a new approach to doing developmental studies, and we are excited about it for several reasons, including the ability to recruit from a more diverse population than just around New Haven (including internationally). For more information, please see TheChildLab.comResearch assistants can get involved with designing and running specific projects (including, but not limited to, investigating children's developing understanding of science), as well as with developing the online platform in general. Interest or previous experience with any of the following are plusses, but not required: working with children, creating videos in iMovie, organizing social media campaigns, and speaking multiple languages fluently. Most importantly, this may be a good fit for you if you are eager to collaborate on building something new. Attendance at a weekly lab meeting (Cognition and Development Lab) is encouraged, and developing an independent project is possible.5-10 hours per week (flexible)
8/19/17Fall 2017/ Spring 2018SocialY (volunteer options are also available)NBud Lambert (Faculty Advisor: John Bargh) - Automaticity in Cognition, Motivation, and Evaluation LabWhat does it feel like to think? To know something? Or to not know something? I am currently seeking assistance with projects on the subjective side of cognition and perception. These projects will explore the experience of cognition and its influence on judgment and behavior.Research assistants will be involved in most aspects of the research project. Primary duties will be in recruitment and interaction with participants; however, there will be opportunities to engage with theory, research design and development, and data analysis.5 - 10 hours (flexible)
8/20/17Fall 2017 and beyondDevelopmental; CognitiveYYAaron Chuey, Emmanuel Trouche (Faculty: Frank Keil); Cognition and Development Lab
Are you interested in studying our understanding of how things work and how such understandings change as we grow up? The Cognition and Development Lab is looking for a research assistant for next Fall and Winter to assist in one or more studies about children’s and adults’ cognitions concerning mechanisms in biology and various everyday devices. If you are interested in causality, intuitive theories, science education, or cognitive development, this position might interest you. We are seeking 3 part-time paid research assistants for the upcoming academic year. Research assistants will primarily assist in subject recruitment and data acquisition, but with potential to also be involved in stimulus design, data analysis, and general lab tasks. RA's will primarily be working with children ages 5-10, so experience and comfortability with children is a big plus. A car, while not required, is also a plus. Please email with your resume/CV, research experience, and 1 or 2 professional or academic references.
Research assistants will be involved primarily in data collection, but with potential to engage in other aspects of the research process as well (stimulus development, data analysis, etc.). Potential RA's will primarily work with children ages 5-10 at local museums and preschools, and comfortability/experience with children is a must. (Research Assistants will receive extensive training before formal interactions with child participants)5-10 hours (flexible)1 (2 upon satisfactory performance)
08/21/2017Fall and Spring 2017Neursocience of Pain , Pleasure and AddictionYNPaul Geha, MD; Department of Psychiatry and the John B. Pierce Lab.Pain and Pleasure LabWe are studying the neurophysiology of pain, pleasure and addiciton and their interrelation. We study hedonic perception of food in patients suffering from chronic pain using behavioral tests and functional brain imaging. Pain and pleasure have extensive neuroanatomical, neurphysiological and neurochemical overlap. We probe these domains by exposuring to painful and pleasurable stimuli.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.8-10 hours (flexible)no
8/25/17Fall 2017, Spring 2018Developmental and CognitiveY (and volunteer)NProfessor Julian Jara-Ettinger (PI), Computation and Cognitive Development LabOur lab runs a range of studies with children, mainly between the ages of 3 and 6, and adults. Our studies focus on how both children and adults understand abstract social concepts, including thoughts, beliefs, desires, and fairness. We aim to understand how and when these concepts develop over the course of development, and how they are applied by adults. For past studies conducted by Julian Jara-Ettinger visit assistants will work closely with graduate students and the lab manager. RA’s will be involved in all aspects of research including data collection, participant recruitment, study design and data coding and analysis. RA’s will collect data at museums (including the Peabody), preschools and in lab. Some weekend availability is strongly preferred, as is experience or comfort with children. There will be an opportunity for RA’s to attend lab meetings (Every other Monday 1pm-2:30pm).
8-10 hours per week (flexible)1 required, 2 preferredcontact the lab manager at
8/30/17Fall 2017 and beyondNeuroscience, Clinical YNLab: Holmes Lab PI: Dr. Avram Holmes Researchers: Various graduate studentsThe Holmes Lab is focused on discovering the fundamental organization of large-scale human brain networks and the establishment of psychiatric risk. Our studies typically involve working with large, open access datasets and fMRI/behavioral data collected on-site from healthy and clinical populations. More information can be found at: http://www.holmeslab.yale.eduUndergraduate research assistants will work directly with graduate students in the Holmes Lab. RA's can expect to gain experience in: recruitment, running, and payment of human subjects in fMRI/behavioral studies, stimulus and paradigm development, and data maintenance and analysis. Prior experience with programming and behavioral data collection is a plus, but not required. 10 hours per week. Scheduling is flexible.1 required, 2 preferredIf interested, please email your CV and a brief paragraph describing your reasons for applying to the lab manager, David Gruskin (
8/31/17Fall 2017 and beyondNeuroscience, developmental, clinicalYNDr. Michael Crowley LabOur work focuses on the broad area of child and adolescent self-regulation. We study a range of topics related to self-regulation including anxiety, avoidance, risk aversion, ostracism/social exclusion, risk-taking/ substance use risk, reward processing, mindfulness and self-compassion.Training will be provided on state-of-the-art EEG data collection techniques. Opportunities are available for undergraduate research projects. Research assistants can be expected to run patients and trials, review literature, and other tasks.8 hours per week. (Flexible)1To apply, contact: Dr. Michael Crowley
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9/6/2017Fall 2017 and beyondNeuroeconomics and Clinical NeuroscienceY (and volunteer)NDr. Helen Pushkarskaya, Levy Decision Neuroscience Lab and OCD Research ClinicWe focus on individual differences in judgment and decision making in both healthy and clinical populations. The most recent group of projects investigates (1) abnormal patterns in reward processing and uncertainty attitudes in Obsessive Compulsive and Hoarding disorders, and (2) social choices in individuals with hypomanic temperament. Our research combines data from clinical interviews, behavioral and neuroimaging experiments, and large-scale surveys.Training will be provided on fMRI, eye-tracking, and behavioral data collection and analyses. Opportunities are available for undegraduate research projects. Research assistants will work directly with patients and healthy participants; work on data analysis, record keeping, and manuscript preparation. Specifically looking for at least one person with programing experience. 8-10 hours (flexible)1 required, 2 preferredTo apply, contact Dr. Helen Pushkarskaya,
9/7/2017Fall 2017 and beyondClinicalY (and volunteer) NMolly Crossman (PI: Alan E. Kazdin, PhD), Yale Innovative Interactions LabOur 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. For more information please see iilab.yale.eduRecruiting, consenting, and running subjects, data entry and management, behavioral coding, literature reviews, and related lab tasks. Opportunities are available to learn behavioral coding schemes and to participate in manuscript preparation. 8-10