Students may enroll in PSYC 2999 or PSYC 4999 for research credit and some faculty may accept volunteers. Below is the list of our faculty members and their areas of research specialization. Please directly contact the professor whose research you are interested in.
Current research employs techniques such as tracking participant's eye movements as
they search for a visual target or try to detect visual changes in a display. Dr.
Beck is also interested in people's beliefs about how their visual system works and
how the inaccuracy of these beliefs influences perception.
Students interested in working in Dr. Beck's laboratory should send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, call 578-7214, or stop by 209 Audubon Hall.
Click here to view Dr. Beck's faculty biography page.
Current research involves studies to investigate psychological factors that may promote
long-term adherence with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension
Students will be required to perform library work, data collection, and data coding and input. Specific duties vary with each research project.
For further information, contact Dr. Brantley in the Behavioral Medicine Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, call 763-2629, or email BrantlPJ@pbrc.edu.
Click here to view Dr. Brantley's faculty biography page.
Current research has particular interests in the high rates of substance use disorders
among those with pathological anxiety and ways to improve empirically supported treatments
of those disorders.
Student responsibilities could include involvement in psychophysiological data collection (e.g., skin conductance, heart rate), serving as a confederate in anxiety induction protocols, collection of ecological momentary assessment of drug use in the natural environment, participant recruitment, data entry, and literature searches and library work. Preferences will be given to Psychology majors, students with serious interests in research and attending graduate school, and those with a GPA 3.2 or higher.
Students interested in anxiety and/or substance use research experience should contact Dr. Buckner at email@example.com
Click here to view Dr. Buckner's faculty biography page. Alternatively, click here to view the Anxiety and Addictive Behaviors Clinic (AABC) webpage.
Students may be involved in a number of activities including patient recruitment, administering neuropsychological tests and measures, and clinical data entry.
Dr. Cherry is conducting research on memory processes in older adults. Current research
projects involve interdisciplinary studies of healthy aging in the oldest old. Students
will be responsible for library research, stimulus development, testing participants,
data scoring and analysis.
For more information, contact Dr. Cherry in room 219 Audubon Hall, 578-4099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to view Dr. Cherry's faculty biography page.
Current projects are aimed at better understanding symptoms in individuals with schizophrenia
and those at risk for developing psychotic-spectrum disorders.
Students can serve a number of duties, including data-coding, computerized analysis of patients' behavior, literature searches and assisting with data-collection.
Responsible students interested in severe mental illness are encouraged to contact Dr. Cohen at email@example.com for further information.
Click here to view Dr. Cohen's faculty biography page. Click here to view the Severe Psychopathy Research Laboratory (SPRL) webpage.
She is presently interested in identifying how mood and beliefs about smoking affect
ongoing smoking, smoking cessation and relapse.
Student responsibilities include interviewing subjects, data scoring, data entry, and library work.
Interested students should contact Dr. Copeland in room 224 Audubon Hall, call 578-4117, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to view Dr. Copeland's faculty biography page. Click here to view Dr. Copeland's Alcohol Study webpage.
Current research interests focus on the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders
in children, adolescents, and young adults.
Student responsibilities could include data entry, literature searches and library work, and assisting with data collection. Preferences will be given to Psychology majors, students with serious interests in research and attending graduate school, and those with a GPA 3.5 or higher.
Interested individuals should send a brief statement of interest and a large 1-page resume to email@example.com or 578-1500, for more information.
Click here to view Dr. Davis's faculty biography page. Click here to view the Psychological Services for Youth Clinic (PSYC) webpage.
One current line of research includes an investigation of how people perform in the
presence of sounds that are irrelevant to the main task.
For more information, contact Dr. Elliott in room 228 Audubon Hall, 578-7460, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to view Dr. Elliott's faculty biography page.
Current research projects focus on how the various factors within the child and his or her social context can lead him or her to act in ways that hurt others (e.g., aggression and violence) or that violates important societal norms (e.g., school rules, laws). This research is used to improve how youth with behavior problems are diagnosed and treated. It is also used to influence public policy for how youth are best treated by the justice system. Projects involve children as young as age 3 through young adulthood. The research would be particularly beneficial for students who are interested in pursuing graduate work in developmental, clinical, or forensic psychology.
Students interested in working in Dr. Frick's laboratory should send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Click here to view Dr. Frick’s laboratory page.
Current research involves the investigation of factors that influence recognition
memory (did I experience that?), source memory (from which of the two or more sources
did a memory originate?), and prospective memory (remembering to fulfill delayed intentions).
Duties will vary depending on the particular project and the student's motivation, but will usually include developing stimuli, conducting experiments, scoring data, entering data into computers, etc.
For further information, contact Dr. Hicks in room 208 Audubon Hall, 578-4109, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to view Dr. Hicks's faculty biography page.
Dr. Mary Lou Kelley’s research is focused on the treatment of children with ADHD as
well measurement development. Specifically, Dr. Kelley studies how parent involvement
can improve children’s academic success, homework completion, and classroom behavior.
Additionally, Dr. Kelley is interested in developing and evaluating parenting techniques
that appeal to impoverished parents. Interested students will be involved with data
collection and data entry.
Students with a serious interest in doing research and attending graduate school as well as a 3.3 GPA should contact Dr. Kelley in room 227 Audubon Hall, 578-4113, or email email@example.com.
Click here to view Dr. Kelley's faculty biography page.
He is particularly interested in factors that affect how people remember eyewitness
situations and other autobiographical events. His current research examines 1) eyewitness
suggestibility, 2) meta cognition (e.g., how is memory controlled?), and 3) the effect
of technology on the cognitive performance of medical personnel. His work also involves
applying the results of basic research on cognition to legal, educational, and medical
Depending on the project, undergraduates can be involved in developing materials, conducting lab and field experiments, scoring data, and library research.
Interested students should contact Dr. Lane in room 214 Audubon Hall, 578-4098, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to view Dr. Lane's faculty biography page. Click here to view the Office of Applied Cognition (OAC) webpage.
She is interested in factors (e.g. age of acquisition, working memory capacity, amount
and type of exposure) that determine the mastery of the structural aspects of language.
Research projects include investigating language mastery in elementary school- aged
children, in native speaking adults under different learning and testing conditions,
and in second language learners.
Students with interest in linguistics, cognitive processing, and second language learning (especially if you are fluent in two or more languages) are encouraged to contact Dr. McDonald in room 223A Audubon Hall, 578-4116, or email email@example.com.
Click here to view Dr. McDonald's faculty biography page.
His work focuses on preschool and elementary aged children. His research examines
ways of identifying effective treatments, varying treatment options, and ways to assure
that interventions are implemented.
For more information, see Dr. Noell in room 233 Audubon Hall, 578-4119, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to view Dr. Noell's faculty biography page.
Dr. Papesh conducts research on several aspects of recognition memory, using standard behavioral methods, mouse-tracking, eye-tracking, and real-time pupil measurements. Current research projects include investigations into memory for faces, source memory (e.g., remembering from where you learned something), the role of eye movements in learning, and the processes by which faces are matched to photograph IDs. Students will be responsible for running studies, developing stimuli, and entering data. Additional opportunities will be available based on the student’s level of interest.
Interested students should contact Dr. Papesh via email, at email@example.com.
Dr. Staiano is currently leading a physical activity trial for overweight adolescent
girls that uses active video games (on Kinect for Xbox) to encourage physical activity.
She is also directing pediatric weight loss programs in local schools and pediatric
Students may perform participant recruitment, data entry, literature searches and library work, and other activities related to specific studies. Students will have the opportunity to observe clinical assessments, data collection, and interventions.
For more information, contact Dr. Staiano in the Pediatric Obesity and Health Behavior Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Call 225-763-2729 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to visit Dr. Staiano’s lab’s website.