Family Lab

Student Research Assistant Opportunities

As space becomes available, The Family Lab seeks to add motivated and dedicated students to join our research team. Students have the opportunity to assist in a variety of research-related tasks, ranging from data collection, subject recruitment, coding of behavioral observations of families, literature searches, article summaries, assisting with IRB documents and other manuscripts, and data entry, among other things. Assignment to specific tasks varies depending on students’ specific interests, goals, and capabilities, as well as current project needs.

Working as a research assistant at the Family Lab is an excellent way to gain hands-on experience with psychological research pertaining to couples, families, and children. You will learn a great deal about these topics, and gain skills that will be valuable for those planning to continue on in graduate school. Highly motivated and successful students often are given opportunities to participate in presenting findings from the projects at regional and national conferences and co-authoring manuscripts.

As a research assistant, you will be expected to maintain whatever commitment you make to the lab (in terms of time and responsibilities) throughout the semester. Your commitment to the lab should be viewed as equally important to your class work. I expect research assistants to be mature, conscientious, and dependable. You will be expected to attend a weekly lab meeting to discuss ongoing research. You may also meet with me individually or in small groups to obtain guidance regarding particular tasks.

Training for the various tasks, especially for data collection and coding, requires a significant amount of time for both students and myself, and so in order to maximize your opportunities to apply these skills, I prefer students to make a minimum 3-quarter commitment. This is intended to give students enough time to become familiar with the process of research, and to be able to achieve a degree of independence in their work. Typically students work a minimum of 3-5 hours a week to ensure they will have enough time to dedicate to learning the tasks associated with the projects.

If you think you might be interested in working with the Family Lab, complete the RA application (doc) and email it back to me at Because I want to give as much attention to my research assistants as possible, I am only able to take on a limited number of students. Thanks, and I look forward to working with you!