These will be updated twice a year–Mid-Fall and Mid-Spring– or as new opportunities become available.

The research opportunities described here are provided by faculty and graduate students who are currently seeking undergraduate research assistants. You are also encouraged to talk with your course instructors and teaching assistants about research projects they are conducting as well as visit faculty members’ individual web pages. Once you have identified laboratories of interest, contact the person listed in the Contact Info column to find out about the availability of research assistant positions as well as the specific laboratory’s application procedures. You are encouraged to do this as early as possible, as some laboratories have a limited number of available positions and fill them before the semester begins.

Behavior Analysis

Project Title Project Description Research Assistant Duties Contact Person & Info Requirements Course Credits? Willing to Supervise a Senior Thesis?

UF Learning and Behavior Clinic

Our lab conducts behavior analytic research across a variety of topics and populations. Areas of research include: behavioral economics, learning arrangements of children with autism, behavioral pediatrics, movement (tic) disorders, and problem behavior of children with developmental disabilities. We have multiple research sites on and off campus. Research assistants may complete a variety of tasks from participant recruitment, running participants through tasks, data entry, data analysis, helping with literature reviews, etc. Tracy Argueta  tracyargueta@ufl.edu Successful completion of or current enrollment in EAB 3002 or EAB 3764. 0-3 credits available, depending on number of hours worked. Thesis supervision is available to motivated students who have been hard working and have participated in the lab for several semesters.

Behavioral Health & Technology Research Clinic
Updated 3/7/20

Our lab conducts a wide variety of basic, translational, and applied research mostly concerning pro-health behaviors. We use cutting-edge technology to develop novel interventions that promote healthy diet, physical activity, smoking cessation, and medication/treatment adherence.

Research assistants may complete a variety of tasks from participant recruitment, running participants through tasks, data entry, data analysis, helping with literature reviews, etc. Andrea Villegas
andreavillegas@ufl.edu; Molly Barlow mabarlow@ufl.edu
Successful completion of or current enrollment in EAB 3002 or EAB 3764. 0-3 credits available, depending on number of hours worked. Thesis supervision is available to motivated students who have been hard working and have participated in the lab for several semesters.

Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience

 

Project Title Project Description Research Assistant Duties Contact Person & Info Requirements Course Credits? Willing to Supervise a Senior Thesis?
Biological Psychology
03/2020
This research opportunity is for someone with interests in biological or medical aspects of psychology. Research assistant responsibilities include: assisting with data collection, processing and managing endocine and genetic data. General laboratory maintenance, conducting literature reviews, preparing data for presentations and publications, and participation in lab meetings. For an application please e-mail kerteslab@psych.ufl.edu
Principal Investigator: Dr. Darlene Kertes
Preferred qualifications: Basic knowledge of biology and/or chemistry, including some laboratory coursework or relevant experience. Highly responsible. 1-3 credits/ 3-9 hours per week or more either for credit or volunteer for two or more semesters. Summer credits are also possible. Senior theses are a possibility and are discussed on a case-by-case basis with students working in the lab.
Spatial Cognitive and Navigational Neuroscience Laboratory
Updated 3/2020
The SCANN Lab uses behavioral and neuroimaging methods to interrogate all aspects of spatial navigation in humans. We explore the way navigation behavior varies among individuals, is dependent on format, and changes over the lifespan. Research assistant duties vary depending on the student and project, including: data entry, data coding, data analysis, stimuli and experimental design, pilot testing, running participants on behavioral and/or fMRI experiments, reading and summarizing background literature, presenting findings, writing manuscripts. For questions or more information, contact Steven Weisberg via email stevenweisberg@ufl.edu Please also consult our lab website at https://scannlab.psych.ufl.edu. Priority will be given to applicants who are earlier in their career and who have experience or skills with programming, virtual environment design, data analysis, and statistics. Note: None of those skills are required, and preference will be given to students who desire (and can demonstrate their desire) to learn those skills. To apply, fill out an application, here: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dhXXmVDmG0BfgGh Credit will be given for PSY 4911 (0-3 credits) commensurate with time spent on projects. Lab members who join before their graduating year are eligible for senior theses, which are otherwise decided on a case-by-case basis.

ology

 

Project Title Project Description Research Assistant Duties Contact Person & Info Requirements Course Credits? Willing to Supervise a Senior Thesis?

Wellness, Equity, Love, Liberation, and Sexuality (WELLS) Healing and Research Collective

WELLS is a new healing and research collective at UF that explores how to promote wellness, particularly among ethnic minority, queer, trans* and/or gender-expansive people and communities. Members of WELLS will: honor counseling psychology’s social justice values, use the clinical skills of counseling psychology to promote wellness, and work across disciplines to advance the WELLS research agenda with scientific rigor. With critical consciousness of both the pain/oppression and the joy/liberatory actions that shape the experiences of these communities, our collective will (1) develop and/or assess interventions designed to promote equity and liberation; (2) explore constructs related to love, sex, and sexuality; and (3) otherwise build upon the counseling psychology identity, skills, and values to promote liberation for those who experience oppression. We heavily rely on qualitative and mixed methods approaches within critical-ideological and Black feminist paradigms. Training on these methods, as well as in healing justice, will be offered to members of the collective. Research assistants are expected to devote at least 6 hours a week to the lab. Generally, responsibilities include attending weekly lab meetings; engaging in ongoing self-reflection; conducting literature searches; recruiting participants; coding, entering and managing data; translating research; and other duties as necessary. Opportunities to contribute to publications and facilitate healing justice interventions may become available. Our current projects focus on healing from racial trauma, exploring services offered to queer students of color in counseling settings, and critical consciousness development processes. Please email your C.V. and a statement of interest, including a brief positionality statement, to Garrett Ross garrett.ross@ufl.edu Although we are currently full, materials will be reviewed as new projects begin. Faculty supervisor: Della V. Mosley A minimum commitment of 6-hours per week is required. Applicants should be culturally mindful, self-reflective, responsible, motivated and detail-oriented. Scholars and activists at all levels, from all disciplines, who are interested in being a part of the collective for more than 2 consecutive semesters are encouraged to apply. Previous research, clinical, and/or activism/advocacy experience is a plus. Volunteering and/or working for credit are options. Senior theses will be considered on a case-by-case basis for students who have been a part of the collective for two semesters or more.

Life Satisfaction and Excellence Lab

Updated 3/2020

Our lab is geared towards students interested in graduate school in counseling psychology and/or industrial/organizational psychology. We develop and conduct studies that examine factors related to achieving one’s important goals and enhancing one’s life satisfaction. We use the online Excellence University system to set and achieve our goals. Our team aims to create, enhance, and maintain communities of effective and satisfied individuals. Our lab values community and strives to create a space where like-minded peers can connect (both with each other and to the greater field of psychology) through teamwork, leadership, and social support effort Lab members must attend weekly general body lab meetings. Other duties include: literature reviews, generating research ideas, meeting in small groups to work on lab studies, and participating in fundraising activities. Please email your CV, statement of interest,unoficial transcript to Justin Nelson at nelson.justin@ufl.edu@ufl.edu nelson.justin@ufl.edu@ufl.edu Searching for dedicated, achievement-oriented psychology majors with an interest in counseling and/or industrial/organizational psychology graduate school. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be willing to make a minimum of 2-semester commitment (generally 3 or more semesters) to the lab. Must be motivated, innovative, goal-oriented, a team player, and display high levels of personal initiative. Your first semester you will volunteer. during your second semester, effective performers may either continue as volunteers or elect to receive 1-3 credits. Though not guaranteed, senior theses are a possibility.

Dr. Tucker’s Undergraduate Research in Psychology of Health Disparities (PCO 4911)
Updated 10/11/18

Students in this course participate in interactive and experiential instruction and training regarding various aspects of conducting community-based and community-participatory health disparity research focusing on (a) developing and testing culturally sensitive, evidence-based health promotion interventions targeting overweight/obesity and related health conditions and diseases in racial/ethnic minority and low-income communities and (b) patient-centered, culturally sensitive health care delivery in clinical settings. Students learn about various aspects of conducting community-based and community participatory health disparities research through interactive and experiential activities that occur in large groups, small groups, and one-on-one pairings. Although limited hands-on research opportunities are available to students during their first semester, students who are invited to remain in the course after the first semester have opportunities to apply what they learn during the first semester in the course. To request an application, email bmedras@gmail.com We are looking for dedicated, hardworking individuals who have an excellent academic record. Applicants who complete the (required) written application may be invited to an interview (which includes a writing sample). Students must register for 1 credit of PCO 4911 during their first semester in the course. Students who demonstrate a high level of commitment and excellence during their first semester will be invited to continue on the team during subsequent semesters. Students must be available on Wednesdays during 11th period (6:15 – 7:05 pm). Completion of Introduction to Health Psychology and/or a research methods course is preferred, but not required.

Students must register for 1 credit of PCO 4911 for their first semester. Students who are invited to remain on the team after their first semester will be required to register for 2 credits of PCO 4911 during their second and third semesters and 1 credit each semester thereafter. Senior thesis opportunities are considered on a case-by-case basis for outstanding students who have been in the course for at least three semesters

 Developmental Psychology

Project Title Project Description Research Assistant Duties Contact Person & Info Requirements Course Credits? Willing to Supervise a Senior Thesis?

Life Story Lab
Updated 3/2020

Our research examines how people use memory of their life’s events to maintain self-continuity, create social bonds, and direct their future. This includes research on empathy, intimacy, and story-telling in daily life. Studies focus on differences between young, middle-aged and older people. Recent work also includes research on death-related memories and memorializing. Research assistant’s learn through attending weekly lab meetings. Responsibilities in our highly collegial lab may include recruiting participants from the community; conducting life story interviews with young, middle-aged and older adults individually or in small groups; conducting literature searches; transcribing interviews; creating posters to disseminate research results, disseminating research on the web, and other stages of the research process.

Dr. Susan Bluck

Email: bluck@ufl.edu

Website: http://www.lifestorylab.wordpress.com

http://lifestorylab.psych.ufl.edu

Anyone can apply. We prefer applicants with previous research experience, or who have taken research methods and statistics, particularly sophomores or juniors. Applicants should be interested in personal memory, life stories and/or aging or end-of-life issues. N/A Qualified research assistants have opportunities to do independent research, present at poster research days, or otherwise engage in mentored independent research or the University Scholars Program. Dr. Bluck works closely with such students.
Social-Cognitive and Affective Development Lab
Updated 3/2020
The research in our lab focuses on how and why attention and memory for social and emotional information changes with age. We use a multi-methods approach that combines convergent measures, including self-report, behavior observation, eye tracking, hormonal markers, and functional neuroimaging techniques. Research assistants are involved in all phases of ongoing research projects. They will be trained in design and set-up of experiments and data collection. They will also contribute to data processing, data analysis as well as graphing and interpretation of results. There will be weekly lab meetings for presentation of data and discussion of lab-organizational and research-related topics.

Please fill out the lab application on our website (https://ebnerlab.psych.ufl.edu/)under Students -> Join us -> and click complete application at the bottom of the page. Email the filled out application and your CV/resume to psy-ebnerlab@psych.ufl.edu. http://www.psych.ufl.edu/ebnerlab/ (for Application Material) Email: psy-ebnerlab@psych.ufl.edu.

Please cc Dr.Ebner on the email: natalie.ebner@ufl.edu

Preference will be given to applicants who sign up for at least 9 hours per week for two or more semesters. Summer credits are possible. Students can sign up for 0-3 credits and non-students can fill out a volunteer form. Preference will be given to applicants who sign up for at least 6-9 hours per week (2-3 credits or volunteer) for two or more semesters. Summer credits are possible. Supervision of senior theses are a possibility for qualified research assistants who have been engaged in the lab for at least 1-2 semesters.
Adolescent Social Development Lab
Updated 11/11/19
Dr. Graber’s Adolescent Social Development Lab focuses on development in childhood and adolescence that can lead to positive and negative psychosocial and behavioral outcomes. Currently, the lab is evaluating a health education program in rural southern Florida counties. Research Assistants will be needed to help with data checking, data collection, data coding and data entry. Research Assistants will also have the opportunity to work on other activities or projects in the future. Email: ametz@ufl.edu

Dr. Graber is the faculty lab director.

Availability at least 6 hours a week. Potentially be available to help with data entry and checking during the summer semester. Students may sign up for credit or perform duties on a a volunteer basis for a 6 hour minimum. Opportunities are available to students who begin working in the lab prior to senior year.
International Research on Stress in Africa
UPDated 3/2020
Responsibilities may include: preparation of data collection materials, processing saliva or hair samples for endocrine assessment, processing or managing questionnaire, video, or biomarker data, conducting literature reviews, preparing data for presentations. Responsibilities may include: preparation of data collection materials, processing saliva or hair samples for endocrine assessment, processing or managing questionnaire, video, or biomarker data, conducting literature reviews, preparing data for presentations. For an application please e-mail kerteslab@psych.ufl.edu.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Darlene Kertes.

Preferred qualifications: Highly responsible, punctual and self-motivated. Good attention to detail. 1-3 credits/ 6-9 hours per week or more either for credit or volunteer for two or more semesters. Summer credits are also possible. Senior theses are a possibility and are discussed on a case-by-case basis with students working in the lab.
Language and Cognitive Development Lab
Updated 3/2020
Our research examines the relation between language and cognition in young children. Current studies are examining word learning, and the links between theory of mind, executive functioning, and language. Research assistant’s responsibilities include testing children at local preschools, data coding, literature searches and other aspects of research.

Please complete the qualtric survey:

https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5omXORPl1ryWWtn
PI: Dr. Jeffrey Farrar

Email: farrar@ufl.edu

RAs should have completed DEP3053 and have available at least one 3-hour morning time block available for testing, 8:00 AM-11:30 AM, per week.Students who are fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, or Spanish and can translate spoken language to written English are also needed You can sign up for PSY 4911 (0-3 credits). Qualified research assistants may be able to conduct a senior thesis–these decisions are made on an individual basis.
Bilingual RA’s Needed for A Study of Stress and Health
Updated 3/2020
We are currently conducting a study overseas related to peri-natal and early childhood health and development. We are seeking RA’s with proficiency in either French or Swahili. Responsibilities include: managing behavioral data with mothers and infants  (Swahili) or translating medical records (French) pertaining to maternal and child health. The RA will also help prepare  data collection materials, and may help manage  either behavioral or biological data, depending on the student’s interests in either psychology or medicine. For an application please e-mail: kerteslab@psych.ufl.edu

Principal Investigator: Dr. Darlene Kertes.

Preferred qualifications: At least moderate proficiency in either French or Swahili. Good attention to detail, motivated, and responsible. 1-3 credits/ 3-9 hours per week or more either for credit or volunteer for two or more semesters. Summer credits are also possible.

Senior theses are a possibility and are discussed on a case-by-case basis with students working in the lab.

Social Psychology

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Project Title Project Description Research Assistant Duties Contact Person & Info Requirements Course Credits? Willing to Supervise a Senior Thesis?
Threat Management
Updated 03/2020
We examine how people respond to information that threatens desired beliefs about themselves, their abilities, health, relationships, future, and important others. I am particularly interested in optimism, bracing for bad news, and information avoidance. Running research participants, entering data. Dr. James Shepperd
(352) 273-2165
shepperd@ufl.eduFor an application, go to http://people.clas.ufl.edu/shepperd/. Look under research (above the picture).
1) Must have done well (B+ or better) in social psychology; 2) 2 semesters minimum; 3) No outside job that takes more than 8 hours a week
; 4) must be at least a sophomore.
1-3 credits Rare and only for students who have worked in my lab at least a year and have demonstrated excellent writing skills.
Attitudes and Social Cognition Lab
UpDated 3/2020
We are generally interested in how people form and change the attitudes they have. Our lab is particularly interested in automatic or implicit attitudes and how those types of attitudes influence behavior. We are also interested in how researchers measure different construct Duties include testing studies, entering data, running participants, and possibly learning to program studies in javascript and qualtrics. All research assistants are also expected to attend bi-weekly lab meetings. Lab Manager: Jessica Campbell Email: jesscamp616@ufl.edu Faculty advisor: Dr. Kate Ratliff Prospective assistants should have a general interest in social psychology and research. Further, applicants should also be motivated, responsible, and able to work both in groups and independently. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is strongly preferred. 0-3 credits; Research assistants that enroll for credit hours are expected to commit at least 3 hours a week for each credit taken. A senior thesis may be possible.
Politics and Implicit Attitudes
Updated 10/19
Recently, we have been focused on the role of gender in politics, leadership, and the tension between home and career roles. Further, our lab has ongoing interests in implicit attitudes in terms of their structure, measurement, and predictive validity. At minimum, duties include pre-testing materials and studies, a,/a>nd running participants. All research assistants are expected to attend lab meetings (generally 2 out of every 3 weeks). Lab Manager: Victoria Colvin Email: vcolvin@ufl.edu

Faculty advisor: Dr. Colin Smith

Must have taken Introduction to Social Psychology in addition to Research Methods. Personal reliability is strongly important. 0-2 credits. A senior thesis may be possible.
Web Lab Updated 3/2020 In the Web Lab we study (a) close relationships (e.g., sexual and romantic relationships), (b) sexual behavior, (c) sexual health (e.g., condom use, STI testing), (d) personality traits, and (e) judgment and decision making under threat and uncertainty (e.g., people’s understanding of severe weather events). Research duties are variable and include activities such as interacting with human participants as experimenters, attending a weekly lab meeting, and reading articles. Research assistants may also take the opportunity to learn how to program studies in Qualtrics and design items for a survey. Lab Manager:Val Wongsomboon Email: V.Wongsomboon@ufl.edu; Faculty advisor: Dr. Greg Webster Applicants should have research interests in social, personality, or evolutionary psychology; or an interest in behavioral economic or judgment and decision making; and an overall interest in scientific research. Applicants should be responsible, punctual, dependable, motivated, and conscientious. A GPA of 3.0 or greater is required. 0-3 credits; if you plan to volunteer, please be prepared to maintain 6 hours of availability a week. Some weeks may require the full 6 hours and some may require less. A senior thesis may be possible.
Florida Social Cognition & Emotion Lab
Updated 3/2020
Our research explores the cognitive antecedents and social consequences of thinking and emotion, with a special focus on understanding when and why emotions contribute to destructive social behaviors. We are currently studying boredom, interest, and thinking (and why it’s so hard for so many of us). Responsibilities include: literature searches, running participants in research protocols, data coding, data entry and management, recruitment, pre-testing materials & studies, survey programming, and manuscript/poster preparation. Attendance at weekly lab meetings is expected. PI: Dr. Erin Westgate erinwestgate@ufl.edu To apply, complete the application at: https://www.erinwestgate.com/join-the-lab.html. Positions are competitive – we generally take students with a strong academic record (e.g., GPA > 3.5), but no previous research experience is necessary. All RAs (including volunteers) are expected to commit to at least 6 hours a week. 0-3 credits; depending on hours worked. A senior thesis is possible for students who have committed to long-term positions in the lab.

Other Departments: Clinical and Health Psychology

Project Title Project Description Research Assistant Duties Contact Person & Info Requirements Course Credits? Willing to Supervise a Senior Thesis?
Pediatric Behavioral Health Lab Projects focus on psychosocial aspects of pediatric chronic illnesses including how health behaviors, adherence to treatment regimens, and the child-caregiver relationship impact adjustment and morbidity. Current projects predominantly focus on youth diagnosed with asthma and their families. Examples include developing and evaluating family-based interventions for youth diagnosed with asthma that may improve weight status, disease management, and asthma control. Recruiting participants in pulmonary clinic, attending study assessment and treatment meetings for projects, assisting with preparation of assessment and treatment materials, and data entry. Andrew McConville, Lab Coordinator andrew270@phhp.ufl.edu
Faculty advisor: Dr. David Fedele
Students must be willing to make at least a three semester commitment. Summer availability is preferred but not required. Please email Andrew McConville if interested. Applicants will be sent an application and an in-person interview may be scheduled. Applicants should be highly motivated, dependable, and responsible students who are able to communicate effectively with undergraduate and graduate student colleagues, children, parents, and medical professionals, as well as work well with others in medical settings. High attention to detail is a must. Students must be able to think critically, participate in lab discussions, work independently, and conduct themselves professionally. Course credit will be discussed on an individual basis for qualified research assistants who have been engaged in the lab and demonstrate a strong commitment to research. Senior theses will be discussed on an individual basis for qualified research assistants who have been engaged in the lab for at least a year and demonstrate a strong commitment to research.
Parent Training – Feeding (PT-F) in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder The aim of this study is to determine the effects of a parent training program targeting feeding problems in young children with autism.Other projects with young children diagnosed with autism will also soon be conducted. Research assistants will assist with recruitment efforts, the assessment of young children, and assist with the treatment sessions. Other roles will be with the data collection and entry and manuscript preparation. Please contact Cynthia Johnson, PhD (352 273-6734);
johnsoncr@phhp.ufl.edu
Research assistants are expected to be punctual, professional, and comfortable with young children. Can be discussed and considered on an individual basis This may be discussed and will be considered if RA has been working on the research for 2 semesters.
Knee Surgery and Memory/Thinking Changes in Older Adults NIH funded study looking at memory and thinking changes in older adults having total knee replacement surgery. Assisting with cognitive test data entry and scoring, and participant recruitment. There may be an opportunity to assist with brain image measurement. Depending on performance and grades, there is a possibility for an independent or honors based research project.

Donna Weber, Research Laboratory Coordinator (DHWeber@phhp.ufl.edu).

Faculty advisor: Dr. Catherine Price

Applicants should be motivated, dependable, and responsible students who are able to communicate effectively with undergraduate and graduate student colleagues, and medical professionals, as well as work well with others in medical settings. High attention to detail is a must. Students must be able to think critically, participate in lab discussions, work independently, and conduct themselves professionally. 2 credits or volunteer (8 hours per week) for a minimum of two semesters. Students may be able to conduct a senior thesis related to ongoing lab projects or an existing dataset. More than a 2 semester commitment is required to be considered for a senior thesis.
Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at the UF Fixel Center for Neurological Diseases/Bowers Lab Our research focuses on the neuropsychology of cognition and emotion, with specific emphasis on the role of limbic, basal ganglia, and cortical systems in mediating different aspects of emotional behavior. Current research focuses on psychophysiological and electrophysiological signatures of apathy and depression, emotion regulation and executive function, and the interactive effects of cognitive training and novel therapies (e.g. near-infrared stimulation, mindfulness) on mood and cognition. We use a variety of tools (startle, ERP, pupillometry, computational modeling) to facilitate hypothesis-driven research, and we collaborate with imaging experts. January 2019: We are recruiting research assistants for 2 new projects using Near-Infrared Stimulation (NIR) as an intervention for improving cognitive performance in 1) Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients; “Revitalizing Cognitive and Motor Symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease” and 2) healthy older adults; “A Pilot Intervention with Near Infrared Stimulation: Revitalizing Cognition in Older Adults”. Research assistants are expected to devote at least 6 hours per week to the lab. Generally, responsibilities include attending weekly lab meetings, assisting with preparation of assessment materials, maintaining datasets, recruiting and scheduling study participants, and administering experimental interventions to study participants. 2 credits or volunteer (8 hours per week) for a minimum of two semesters. Please email Brittany Rohl brohl@ufl.edu if interested. Applicants will be sent an application and an in-person interview may be scheduled. Applicants should be highly motivated, dependable, responsible students who are able to communicate effectively with undergraduate and graduate collaborators and medical professionals, as well as work well with others in medical settings. Attention to detail is a must. A 2-semester commitment is required. Summer availability is preferred. 0-3 credits depending on number of hours worked Yes, discussed on an individual basis for qualified research assistants who have been engaged in the lab for at least a year and demonstrate a strong commitment to research. Applicants should be motivated, dependable, and responsible students who are able to communicate effectively with undergraduate and graduate student colleagues, and medical professionals, as well as work well with others in medical settings. High attention to detail is a must. Students must be able to think critically, participate in lab discussions, work independently, and conduct themselves professionally. 2 credits or volunteer (8 hours per week) for a minimum of two semesters. Students may be able to conduct a senior thesis related to ongoing lab projects or an existing dataset. More than a 2 semester commitment is required to be considered for a senior thesis.
Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory Our lab has multiple research opportunities:
A Department of Defense funded study to dissociate mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans using functional MRI techniques.
A VA pilot study that involves attentional rehabilitation in Veterans who have suffered from moderate to severe traumatic brain injury.
A behavioral and cognitive study of memory and movement in Parkinson’s disease.
Assist with participant recruitment (e.g., post fliers, talk about study to interested groups, etc.); data scoring & input; administrative support (photocopies, filing, etc.) for studies; highly motivated and skilled research assistants may administer neurocognitive tests to participants; attend and participate
in lab meetings; other duties as necessary.
Send resume to Dr. William Perlstein wmp@phhp.ufl.edu and please CC Zachary Houck jzhouck@phhp.ufl.edu Ideal candidates are highly motivated, conscientious, reliable, and achievement oriented. We prefer applicants who can make at least a two semester commitment, and have graduate school aspirations. Students must be able to think critically, be professional,
and eager/willing to help in recruiting effort.
Ideal candidates are highly motivated, conscientious, reliable, and achievement oriented. We prefer applicants who can make at least a two semester commitment, and have graduate school aspirations. Students must be able to think critically, be professional, and eager/willing to help in recruiting effort. Opportunities for a senior honors thesis are available for responsible, highly motivated students who demonstrate a commitment to research.
Child-Parent Communication and Mood Project (CHOMP) Pediatric Psychology Lab The main goal of the lab is working to understand the relationship between pediatric child health, behavior, and psychosocial functioning. The primary focus of current research is the prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity and types 2 diabetes. The current study seeks to investigate the relationship between acute stress and parent-child engagement in a population of overweight mothers and preschool age children. As part of this project, video recordings of mothers and children interacting in a free-play setting were obtained. In order to measure “engagement” between moms and their children, recordings need to be coding for behavioral observations. RAs interested in working on this project would have the unique research experience opportunity to work in a team to code video data. To request an application, email the supervising graduate student, Rachel Gonzalez, at rgonzaezlouis@ufl.edu RAs are expected to be able to commit 6-8 hours a week and be available during the Spring 2020 and Summer C 2020 semesters, with the potential opportunity to continue working in the lab past summer for those who may be interested. Work hours are flexible. Applications are open to undergraduate students from all majors and grade levels. Volunteering and/or working for credit are options. Senior thesis opportunities are considered on a case-by-case basis for outstanding students who have been involved in the lab for several semesters.

Other Departments: Business/Educational Psychology

Project Title Project Description Research Assistant Duties Contact Person & Info Requirements Course Credits? Willing to Supervise a Senior Thesis?
Dr. Joyce Bono’s Leadership Lab We’re studying interpersonal influence behaviors—verbal and nonverbal techniques people use to try to influence each other in social interactions. Specifically, we’re interested in what makes certain approaches more successful than others, and how people learn these techniques. Participants will record a brief mock interview video in which they attempt to influence a company to select them for a leadership development program. Right now, we are looking for someone interested in helping code recordings and rate mock interview videos. In this summer and fall, we will have a follow-up study that would involve literature review, lab sessions, and data analysis etc. Many of our tasks could be done remotely, so if you could not work on site, but are interested in participating in research, feel free to contact us! Min-Hsuan Tu: min-hsuan.tu@warrington.ufl.edu Undergraduate psychology students interested in volunteering as research assistants for 3+ hours per week. If you’re interested in social or industrial/organizational psychology or laboratory research, this project will be a good fit for you. No prior research experience is necessary; we’ll teach you what you need to know. N/A N/A
Cognition and Reading Lab This research investigates the role of working memory in complex cognitive tasks and/or the relationship between discourse comprehension and representation. Research assistants will gain experience in several areas, including but not limited to: brainstorming topics, literature searches, stimuli generation, helping to collect data, and instruction in writing up experimental results. For an application please refer to: http://education.ufl.edu/therriault-lab/sample-page/undergraduate-research-assistant-application/”. Send completed applications to Dr. David Therriault
Email: therriault@coe.ufl.edu
A two semester commitment is required. Cognitive Psychology (EXP 3604) is preferred but not required. There will also be a weekly one-hour lab meeting. Research assistants MUST be punctual, mature, and professional as you may need to interact with research participants. Interests in cognition and/or education are desirable. Must work well with others as coding may involve working with a partner. Students must be willing to work 6-8 hours per week and work at a consistent time each week. Would prefer students to work two consecutive semesters.

Students may be able to develop a thesis project related to the study topic but would first have to show a commitment to the lab. Keep in mind that 2-3 semesters of work is required to complete a thesis.