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RA Positions in Faculty Labs

In addition to teaching and other duties, most tenure-line faculty in the Psychology Department have active research labs focused on specific topics within psychology (e.g.  Romantic Relationships, Stress, Autism) in which they are continuously collecting data, analyzing it, and preparing it for publication. Being a Research Assistant (RA) in a faculty member’s research lab is one of the best ways to get research and applied experience while in school – not to mention, it looks great on your resume and on your applications to graduate school! 

Although working as an RA in a research lab is a time intensive and demanding role that requires a high degree of responsibility and professionalism, it can be a great way to get a strong letter of recommendation or job reference from a faculty member too while also working in a team, learning more about research methods and building skills that can be applied to a variety of different careers. Often, you can also get Psych 499 credit (which counts as a psychology elective) in exchange for your work in a faculty member's lab. 

Faculty Name Research Area(s) Job Information How To Apply
Dr. Daniel Berry Social Psychology | Neuroscience | 

Opening Date: August 2019

Start Date: Summer or Fall 2019

Position Details: 2-5 Research Assistants

Our current research is focused on how practicing mindfulness can lead to more wholesome social relationships with others, particularly by promoting empathy and kindness. Research assistants are given opportunity to conduct 2 to 4 research projects a semester, and are offered a variety of tasks to choose from. Students can serve as experimenters, record and manipulate psychophysiological data, code and analyze data, conduct literature searches for meta-analysis, and even design and lead their own studies.

Requirements: This lab does not have requirements for grades, previous courses taken, or year in school. Students, however, should be motivated, dependable, professional, and detail-oriented. In addition, research assistants must be available to meet every other week on Thursdays during U-hour for lab meetings. Our first lab meeting will be on 8/28/2019.

Go to Dr. Berry's Faculty Site, click on the "People" tab. Scroll down to section titled "Join Us" and follow the link to our application page.

Please note that to complete the application you must have a resume or CV. It is best to prepare this prior to starting the application.

Dr. Sara Bufferd Clinical Psychology | Child Psychology | Developmental Psychopathology | 

Opening Date: Spring & Summer 2020

Openings: Ongoing

Position Details: Describe study procedures to participants; conduct informed consent; data checking/entry/cleaning; code videos of children's emotions and behavior and parent-child interactions; assist with lab visits with children and their parents; other tasks as needed.

Requirements: Availability 10 hours/week; some morning, midday, and late afternoon times for at least one year; some weekends/holidays; Lab meetings Tuesdays 11am for Fall 2019. Interest in child psychology; Ability to work well independently and in groups; Detail-oriented; responsible.

Go to Dr. Bufferd's Faculty Site and click on the "Students" tab.

Complete the lab application and email it to Dr. Bufferd at sbufferd@csusm.edu 

Dr. Nancy Caine Comparative Psychology |

Opening Date: Fall 2019

Openings: Ongoing

Position Details: 2-3 Research Assistants.

Research assistants participate in: development of research ideas; preparation of stimuli; data collection in both the lab and field; coding videos; data analysis and interpretation.

Requirements: RAs will have completed all lower division course work and PSYC 360 with grades of B or better. Willingness to work outside in hot or cold weather is essential. RAs must be reliable, detail-oriented, and self-motivated, and must have a real interest in the study of animal behavior from an evolutionary perspective.

Interested students should begin with a face-to-face conversation with Dr. Caine to determine if there is potential for a good match between the student and the goals and activities of the Caine lab.

Students should email Dr. Caine to set up an appointment, or visit her in office hours (no appointment necessary for office hour visits).

Dr. Dustin Calvillo Cognitive Psychology |

Apply by: December 1, 2019

Start Date: Spring 2020

Position Details: Research assistants assist in developing research ideas; creating stimuli; collecting data in the laboratory; coding, entering, and analyzing data; and preparing abstracts and manuscripts.

Requirements: Minimum requirements include completion of PSYC 220 (Statistics), 230 (Research methods), and 362 (Cognitive processes) with a minimum grade of a B; minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (3.5 GPA or higher is preferred); commitment to work in the lab for two consecutive semesters; and interest in cognitive psychology.

Interested students should email Dr. Calvillo to request an application.
Dr. Nate Carnes Social Psychology | Political Psychology | Evolutionary Psychology |

Openings: Ongoing

Start Date: Spring 2019

Position Details: Student researchers work as collaborators in the scientific process. You will engage in guided readings, attend lab meetings, formulate research questions and the study materials to test those questions, analyze data, and write up findings (especially if you are proactive and hard-working). Research assistants also act as experimenters conducting behavioral economic games, coders for qualitative data, and more depending on your skillset.

Requirements: Interest in morality or statistics. Available for 10 hours per week. GPA of 3.0 or better. Completion or current enrollment in PSYC 220 and 230 with a grade of B or better.

Email Dr. Carnes with your CV.

We will have a face-to-face meeting to discuss your academic background, career aspirations, and why you want to work in the Moral Economics and Dynamics Lab.

Dr. Kimberly D'Anna-Hernandez Behavioral Psychology | Neuroscience |

Openings: No current openings

Position Details: Research Assistants 

Behavioral Neuroscience - animal husbandry, perform behavioral experiments with mouse models, score and analyze behavior.

Requirements: Availability 10 hours/week; commitment for at least one year; Interest in perinatal mental health and health disparities; Ability to work well independently and in groups; Detail-oriented; responsible.

Go to Dr. D'Anna-Hernandez's Faculty Site and click on the "Research" tab. Complete the lab application and email it to Dr. D'Anna-Hernandez at kdanna@csusm.edu 
Dr. Kimberly D'Anna-Hernandez Cultural Biopsychology |

Openings: No current openings

Start Date: Immediately

Position Details: Research Assistants; Spanish-Speaking

Cultural Psychobiology - conduct informed consent; maintain accurate database of participant information and data; data checking/entry/cleaning; assist with lab visits with pregnant mothers, infants and preschool-aged children; code videos, give out surveys, enter and maintain data; Spanish-speaking needed.

Requirements: Availability 10 hours/week; commitment for at least one year; Interest in perinatal mental health and health disparities; Ability to work well independently and in groups; Detail-oriented; responsible.

Go to Dr. D'Anna-Hernandez's Faculty Site and click on the "Research" tab.

Complete the lab application and email it to Dr. D'Anna-Hernandez at kdanna@csusm.edu 

Dr. Haylee DeLuca Bishop Developmental Psychology |

Opening Date: Spring and Summer 2020

Openings: Ongoing

Position Details: 1-2 Research Assistants

Research assistants are given the opportunity to help develop and conduct research projects. This includes conducting literature reviews, engaging in guided readings, developing research questions and identifying ways to test hypotheses, recruiting participants, cleaning and analyzing data, writing up results, attending lab meetings, and other tasks as needed.

Requirements: An interest in developmental psychology, availability to work for 10 hours per week, a commitment for at least two semesters, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Go to Dr. DeLuca's Faculty Site and click on "CRAYA Lab" tab.

Complete the application and email it to Dr. DeLuca Bishop at hdelucab@csusm.edu 

Dr. Maureen Fitzpatrick Developmental Psychology |

Openings: No current openings

No openings for Spring 2020
Dr. Elisa Grant-Vallone Organizational Psychology |

Openings: No current openings

No openings for Spring 2020
Dr. Gerardo M. Gonzalez Clinical Psychology |

Opening Date: August 2019

Openings: Ongoing

Position Details: 1-2 Research Assistants

Learn animation application skills (content, scene creation, testing, evaluation, data collection, data analyses, write-up results)

Requirements: Students must be able to meet for a one-hour weekly lab meeting and commitment to a minimum of 5 hours per week.

Email Dr. Gonzalez
Dr. Sharon Hamill Developmental Psychology |

 Openings: No current openings

Position Details: Train to become a mentor in the Youth Resiliency Project. This project requires that we work in local middle schools and high schools with youth who have experienced trauma and toxic stress. Students will assist with the development of materials, program evaluation activities, presenting data at conferences and writing manuscripts.

Requirements: Students must be able to meet for a one-hour weekly lab meeting and commitment to a minimum of 5 hours per week.

No openings for Spring 2020
Dr. Sasha Kimel Social Psychology |  Cultural Psychology |

 Openings: No - we are full at the moment. Please stay posted for Fall 2020 openings!

Position Details: Research assistants in the lab are often given the opportunity to help conduct several different research projects a semester and also tend to be involved in a variety of different tasks. RAs are often involved in participant recruitment, running experiments, providing feedback on study designs, coding and analyzing data, graphic design and/or design editing, conducting literature searches, and assisting with the writing of IRB and grant applications. Advanced students also sometimes design their own studies.

Requirements: You do not need to have previous research experience! Rather, it is critical that you are self-motivated, have high attention to detail, are responsible and have timely email communication. It is also critical that you are able to participate for Psych 499 credit at 10 hours a week. Strong preference will be given to RAs who are able to commit to working in the lab for at least a year.... A background in computer programming is a plus!

 

 To apply, please visit www.kimellab.com and follow the directions on how to complete the application process
Dr. Janice Phung Developmental Psychology |

Opening Date: August 2019

Openings: Ongoing

Position Details: 1-2 Research Assistants

Learn animation application skills (content, scene creation, testing, evaluation, data collection, data analysis, write-up results)

Requirements: Students must be able to meet for a one-hour weekly lab meeting and commitment to a minimum of 5 hours per week.

 Go to Dr. Phung's Faculty Site and click on the "Students" tab to read more about the position and to access the Online Application Form.

Email Dr. Phung for inquiries jphung@csusm.edu 

Dr. Kim Pulvers Clinical Psychology  | Health |

Opening Date: Spring 2020

Position Details: Recruit, screen, and schedule participants; Administer interview-based surveys and collect health measures; Use electronic databases; Prepare study material.

Requirements: Successful candidates will have strong organizational skills, rigorous attention to detail, strong critical thinking/problem solving skills, strong interpersonal skills, and fast responsivity to email communication.

Minimum requirements include the ability to commit at least ten hours per week and two semesters and completion of Research Methods. Preferred requirements include minimum GPA of 3.0, relevant work or research experience, and interest in tobacco and cannabis research

Email Dr. Pulvers to inquire about openings for Spring 2020.
Dr. Wesley Schultz Social Psychology |  Openings: Contact Dr. Schultz to inquire about openings  Email Dr. Schultz to inquire
Dr. Keith Trujillo Psychopharmacology | Behavioral Neuroscience |

Openings: Ongoing

Position Details: Student researchers spend time reviewing the background scientific literature that provides the foundation for research in the laboratory, as well as procedures used in the lab. In addition, they contribute to ongoing studies, participate in the development of research ideas, perform supervised experiments, analyze and interpret data, and present at conferences.

Requirements: Completion of PSYC 360 (Biopsychology) and commitment to work in the lab for two consecutive semesters. Must be reliable, detail-oriented, and self-motivated, and have strong desire to work with rodent animal models to better understand the brain and behavior. Some requirements may be waived for highly motivated students. Preference for students interested in pursuing graduate study in behavioral neuroscience or related areas.

Email Dr. Trujillo with a resume/CV, and a 1 page statement of introduction, including personal background, academic background, and future career interests.
Dr. Kimberly Vanderbilt Developmental Psychology | Social Psychology | 

Opening Date: Summer 2019 & Fall 2019

Position Details: Travel to off-campus children's museum to interview children in our studies, and interact with families.

Requirements: Experience working/interacting with children, availability from 10a-12p, at least 1 day a week, Mon-Sat.

Go to Dr. Vanderbilt's Faculty Site, go to the "rockstar lab" tab, download and complete the application at the bottom of the page. OR email kvanderbilt@csusm.edu 
Dr. Anna Woodcock Social Psychology | 

Opening Date: Fall 2019 & Spring 2020

Position Details: Research assistants help conduct longitudinal and experimental research projects. This includes conducting literature reviews, data entry, participant contact management, creating and testing online surveys, hypotheses, recruiting participants, cleaning and analyzing data, creating figures, and attending lab meetings.

Requirements: Ability to work 10 hours per week and a commitment for a least two semesters. Applicants with the following qualities will be given the highest consideration: interest/match between student goals and goals of the research lab, professionalism (e.g., communication skills, responsibility, timeliness), motivation and openness to learning and feedback, curiosity, and a demonstrated commitment to the lab.

Interested students should email Dr. Anna Woodcock Applied Social Psychology Lab.
Dr. Aleksandria Perez Grabow Clinical Psychology | Counseling Psychology | 

Openings: Ongoing

Position Details: Participant recruitment and enrollment, data management (e.g., data entry, data cleaning through Excel/SPSS, monitoring electronic data collection), collecting data from children, adolescents, and adults, coding responses, literature searches, participation in lab meetings, and presenting on research conducted.

Requirements: Ability to work 10 hours per week and a commitment for a least two semesters. Applicants with the following qualities will be given the highest consideration: interest/match between student goals and goals of the research lab, professionalism (e.g., communication skills, responsibility, timeliness), motivation and openness to learning and feedback, curiosity, and a demonstrated commitment to the lab.

Interested students can download and complete the application on Dr. Grabow's Faulty Site. Please email the completed application to agrabow@csusm.edu 
Dr. Carrick Williams Visual Cognition | 

Openings: Spring 2020 & Fall 2020

Position Details: Develop research ideas; Run experiments in visual cognition, including informed consent procedures and debriefing participants; processing and analyzing data; participation in laboratory meetings.

Requirements: 3.0 GPA minimum and previously passed PSYC 362 with a B or better. Ability to work 10 hours per week. Motivated and interested in cognitive psychology. Committed to work in the lab for at least 2 semesters.

Email Dr. Williams to request an application.