Psychology Academic Resource Laboratory (PARL)

The Psychology Academic Resource Laboratory (PARL) is a resource for all undergraduate students in psychology and the social sciences. The purpose of the PARL is to provide academic support for enhancing quantitative, computing, writing, biological, and research methodology skills that are essential to psychology. The PARL also offers a variety of specialized computer programs and tutorials on statistics, research methods, psychometrics, and the biological bases of behavior. Psychology graduate students staff the lab, which will be available during the semester on a drop-in basis (hours are posted below).  Graduate assistants also provide limited individual attention for academic consultation. Finally, we plan to schedule workshops, symposia, and videos presented by faculty, staff, and graduate students throughout the year. The presentations might include writing APA style papers, graduate/professional schools information, career options in psychology, the Internet, and research topics in psychology. Check with Soheyla Mohseni (phone: 760-750-4102) for further information about PARL.  

Can't make it to PARL? Check out our Statistics Help page.

Hours & Location: Spring 2014

PARL is located in SBSB 1206




11:00AM - 1:00PM & 4:00PM - 6:00PM


10:00AM - 1:00PM & 1:00PM - 5:00PM




10:00AM - 1:00PM & 1:00PM - 5:00PM


2:00PM - 4:00PM

Students seeking help with a particular assignment should bring the course syllabus and/or the assignment requirements with them to PARL.

Spring 2014 PARL Workshops:

SBSB 1206

A summarization of summaries: What to look for when summarizing empirical articles - Tuesday, February 25th, 12:00 - 1:00pm

This workshop is designed to help students pull the important information from empirical articles, including: the purpose, the type of study being conducted, what to look for in the results (even if you don't understand the stats), the take-home message, etc.  Students are encouraged to bring some empirical articles they are interested in summarizing.

How to Write an APA Paper - Tuesday, March 4th, 3:00 - 4:00pm

This workshop will focus on the Abstract, Intro, Method, Results, and Discussion sections of an APA paper.  In addition, the workshop will emphasize how to report statistics within the results section.

Results 101: How to interpret your SPSS output and write-up your results - Thursday, March 6th, 12:00 - 1:00pm

This workshop will help students identify and interpret the critical information from an SPSS output, and will provide guidance on how to write a results sections.

Graduate Student Staff:

Jessica Wombolt
Mike McCreary

Faculty Staff and Contact Information:

Dr. Heike Mahler

Applying for a PARL Staff Position:

Each year the department hires graduate students to work in PARL. This position allows for hired graduate students from CSUSM's Psychology Graduate Program to work in PARL a specified number of hours per week.  Preference is given to second year students with strong skills in methods, statistics, and APA-style writing. Right now the position is just for fall, but a successful candidate may be rehired in spring.  For more information about the PARL position, please click here.

To check availability of PARL staff positions, please contact Soheyla Mohseni (phone: 760-750-4102).