Undergraduate Research Opportunities Psychology Faculty and Affiliated Faculty

(Last updated 5/26/2020)


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Alibali, Martha; Cognitive Development and Communication Lab

Lab website: https://alibali.psych.wisc.edu 
Research Foci: We conduct research at the interface of developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, and mathematics education.
How to Apply: Research assistant applications are available on the Cognitive Development and Communication Lab website (link above).

Auger, Anthony; Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Research Lab

Lab website: https://anthonyauger.weebly.com/ 
Research Foci: Our research is directed at how steroid receptors and the social environment interact to influence brain development and subsequently behavior in a normal or abnormal manner.
How to Apply: Contact Anthony Auger at apauger@wisc.edu

Austerweil, Joseph; Austerweil Lab

Lab website: http://alab.psych.wisc.edu/
Research foci: Our research program investigates how people make decisions, reason, learn, and encode knowledge. 
How to Apply: Contact Professor Joe Austerweil at austerweil@wisc.edu

Berridge, Craig; Neural Bases of Behavior Lab

Lab website: https://psych.wisc.edu/berridge/
Research foci: Our research focuses on the neurobiology of stress, arousal and cognitive enhancers used in the treatment of ADHD.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: GPA: 3.2
How to apply: Contact Professor Craig Berridge at berridge@wisc.edu

Brauer, Markus; Brauer Lab Group

Lab website: http://psych.wisc.edu/Brauer/BrauerLab/
Research foci: Research in my laboratory focuses on group and inter-group processes. 
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: GPA: 3.2; Psychology 202; enrolled or completed Psychology 225; sophomore standing
How to Apply:  http://psych.wisc.edu/Brauer/BrauerLab/index.php/join-us/prospective- research-assistants/

Curtin, John; Addiction Research Center

Lab website: https://arc.psych.wisc.edu
Research foci: Our program of research focuses broadly on psychological and neural mechanisms that are involved in risk, prevention, and intervention for patients with alcohol and other drug (AOD) use disorders. 
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants:  3.5 GPA (slightly flexible depending on interest and commitment)
How to Apply: https://arc.psych.wisc.edu/joining/

Davidson, Richard; The Center for Healthy Minds

Lab website: https://centerhealthyminds.org/
Research foci: We study the neural bases of emotion and anxiety and mood disorders; neural, biological and behavioral mechanisms of well-being; interventions to promote well-being; and mindfulness-based interventions. 
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants:  GPA of 3.0 or higher 
Location: The Center for Healthy Minds (625 West Washington Avenue), The Waisman Center, and Brogden Psychology Building.
How to Apply: https://centerhealthyminds.org/about/employment

Devine, Patricia; Prejudice and Intergroup Relations Lab

Lab website: https://devinelab.psych.wisc.edu
Research foci: We are interested in how people manage the intrapersonal and interpersonal challenges associated with prejudice in our contemporary society. 
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants:  Psychology 202; enrolled or completed Psychology 225
How to Apply: https://devinelab.psych.wisc.edu/join-our-lab/

Gernsbacher, Morton Ann; Gernsbacher Lab

Lab website: http://www.gernsbacherlab.org/
Research foci: We research cognitive neuroscience of human communication and attention. We’re also interested in atypical communication and cognition, as well as electronically mediated communication (including electronic interaction for online learning and education).
How to Apply: Contact gernsbacherlab@psych.wisc.edu

Goldsmith, Hill; Wisconsin Twin Research Lab

Lab website: https://goldsmithtwins.waisman.wisc.edu
Research foci
: We study the nature and sources of emotional individuality, and risk for anxiety and behavioral challenges of early development.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: No specific requirement,  but average GPA of research assistants is over 3.5
Location: Waisman Center
How to Apply: https://goldsmithtwins.waisman.wisc.edu/join-the-lab/

Gooding, Diane; PATHS Lab

Lab website: https://psych.wisc.edu/gooding/pathslab/
Research foci: Our primary research focus is on schizophrenia and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: 3.2 GPA, Psychology 405 (Abnormal Psych ) and 225 (can be taking it concurrently)
How to Apply: Contact Professor Gooding at: dgooding@wisc.edu

Green, C. Shawn; Learning and Transfer Lab

Lab website: https://greenlab.psych.wisc.edu/
Research foci: Our research interests focus on human learning – particularly in the perceptual and cognitive domains.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: minimum GPA of 3.0 (although flexible depending on interest, courses taken, etc)
How to Apply: https://greenlab.psych.wisc.edu/prospective-lab-members/#prospective-undergraduate-researchers

Harackiewicz, Judith; Goal Setting and Intrinsic Motivation Lab

Research foci: We are interested in human motivation, specifically intrinsic motivation, interest, and achievement motivation.
How to Apply: Contact Professor Judy Harackiewicz, jmharack@wisc.edu

Li, James; Social and Behavioral Development Lab

Lab website: https://lilab.waisman.wisc.edu
Research foci:
We investigate genetic and environmental factors that contribute to individual differences in the development of child ADHD and other externalizing disorders (i.e., oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder). 
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: Minimum GPA of 3.5, at least sophomore standing
How to Applyhttps://lilab.waisman.wisc.edu/students/#undergraduate-research-assistants

MacDonald, Maryellen & Mark Seidenberg; Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

Lab website: http://lcnl.wisc.edu/
Research foci: Our lab investigates the nature of linguistic knowledge, how it is acquired and used, and its brain bases.
How to Apply: http://lcnl.wisc.edu/undergraduate-participation/

Marler, Catherine; The Marler Lab

Lab website: https://marlerlab.psych.wisc.edu/
Research foci: Our research centers around bi-directional interactions between endocrinology, animal behavior and the social environment.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: 3.0 (flexible) and some biology coursework
How to Apply: https://marlerlab.psych.wisc.edu/join-us/

Niedenthal, Paula; Neidenthal Emotions Lab

Lab website: https://www.niedenthalemotionslab.com
Research foci: Our lab studies the perception, social function, and cultural shapers of human emotion expression.
How to Apply: https://www.niedenthalemotionslab.com/join_lab

Pollak, Seth; Child Emotion Lab

Lab website: https://childemotion.waisman.wisc.edu/
Research foci:
Our research focuses on the influences of social risk factors on children’s brain and behavioral development, with particular focus on emotions, learning, and children’s health.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: 3.5 GPA or higher recommended; coursework in Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, and/or Behavioral Neuroscience is recommended.  
How to Apply: https://childemotion.waisman.wisc.edu/for-students/

Postle, Brad; Postlab

Lab website: https://postlab.psych.wisc.edu/
Research foci: Our interests in human memory and cognition encompass the cognitive and neural bases of working memory, attention, control, and consciousness.
Locations: Brogden Psychology Building and Wisconsin Psychiatric Institute for and Clinic (6001 Research Park Boulevard)
How to Apply: Contact Jacqueline Fulvio, jacqueline.fulvio@wisc.edu

Rogers, Tim; Knowledge and Concepts Lab

Lab website: http://concepts.psych.wisc.edu/
Research foci: We are interested in understanding human semantic memory; that is, our knowledge about the meanings of words, objects, and events.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: 3.5 GPA or higher, a course in Cognitive Psychology 
How to Apply: Contact Professor Tim Rogers, ttrogers@wisc.edu

Ryff, Carol; Institute on Aging & MIDUS

Websites: http://www.aging.wisc.edu/ and  http://www.midus.wisc.edu/
Research foci:
Our research is strongly multidisciplinary and focuses on how various aspects of psychological well-being are contoured by broad social structural influences such as age, gender, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and culture as well as how psychological well-being is linked with biological factors (e.g., neuroendocrine regulation, inflammatory processes, cardiovascular risk)
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: sophomore or junior standing preferred 
How to Apply: Contact Professor Carol Ryff, cryff@wisc.edu

Saffran, Jenny; Infant Learning Lab

Lab website: https://infantlearning.waisman.wisc.edu/
Research foci: We study how infants and young children do such things asL learn language, learn the meanings of words, find the patterns in language and track the properties of speech.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: Minimum GPA: 3.0 (with exceptions), some coursework in psychology and/or communication sciences preferred
How to Apply: https://infantlearning.waisman.wisc.edu/for-students/

Saffran, Jenny, Susan Ellis Weismer (Affiliate) & Jan Edwards (Affiliate); Little Listeners Project

Lab website: https://littlelisteners.waisman.wisc.edu/
Research foci:
The goal of the Little Listeners Project is to better understand why some children with ASD have a difficult time learning language, and what we might be able to do to help.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: Minimum GPA: 3.0 (with exceptions)
How to Apply: https://littlelisteners.waisman.wisc.edu/for-students/

Schloss, Karen; Schloss Visual Reasoning Lab

Lab website: https://schlosslab.discovery.wisc.edu/
Research foci: Our lab aims to understand how people use visual reasoning for visual communication.  We study how people form associations between visual features (e.g., color, shape) and concepts, and how they use those associations to interpret meanings of visual features in information visualizations (e.g., graphs, maps, diagrams, signs). Our lab also investigates how to increase engagement in science through immersive experiences in scientific visualizations using virtual reality.
How to Apply: Contact schloss@discovery.wisc.edu

Shutts, Kristin; Social Kids Lab

Lab website: https://socialkids.waisman.wisc.edu/
Research foci: We study social cognitive development, with a particular interest in the development of social categories and intergroup bias in infancy and early childhood.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: No minimum, above 3.0 preferred
Location: Waisman Center, 1500 Highland Avenue
How to Apply: https://socialkids.waisman.wisc.edu/students/

Ward, Emily; Visual Cognition Lab

Lab website: https://emilyward.org/wordpress/
Research foci: The Visual Cognition Lab is broadly interested in the scope and limits of visual perception, with an emphasis on how perception interacts with consciousness and other cognitive processes.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: None –we’re interested in getting a balance of students with different skills/backgrounds/experience in the lab. Students should have some basic familiarity with cognitive science and/or with research methods in psychology and should be comfortable working with computers.
How to Apply: Contact Professor Emily Ward ejward@wisc.edu 


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Bolt, Daniel; Educational Psychology

Profile: https://edpsych.education.wisc.edu/staff/bolt-daniel/
Research Foci:
My interests are in the theory and application of psychometric methods in education and psychology.
How to Apply: Contact Professor Daniel Bolt, dmbolt@wisc.edu

Dilworth-Bart, Janean; Human Development and Family Studies

Profile: https://sohe.wisc.edu/staff/janean-dilworth-bart-2/
Research foci: My scholarship revolves around how early developmental contexts help or hinder children’s development into competent, productive members of society.
Location: Waisman Center
How to Apply: Contact Professor Janean Dilworth-Bart, jedilworth@wisc.edu

Herringa, Ryan; Psychiatry

Profile: https://www.psychiatry.wisc.edu/staff/herringa-ryan/
Lab website: BRAVE Research Center: https://brave.psychiatry.wisc.edu/
Research foci: Using neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry, we are exploring brain-body mechanisms of vulnerability and resilience to childhood trauma. 
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: 3.0 GPA
Location: WisPIC
How to Apply: https://brave.psychiatry.wisc.edu/join-the-lab/ or contact braveyouthlab@psychiatry.wisc.edu

Johnson, Sterling; Medicine

Profile: https://www.medicine.wisc.edu/people-search/people/staff/449
Website: Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP) Study website: https://wrap.wisc.edu/
Website: Wisconsin Alzheimers Disease Research Center: http://brainmap.wisc.edu/
Research foci: Dr. Johnson is a clinical neuropsychologist with research interests in brain function in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. 
Location: Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Clinical Science Center (J5/1M) – MC2420. 600 Highland Ave. Madison, WI, 53792
How to Apply: Contact Professor Sterling Johnson (scj@medicine.wisc.edu), or Amy Hawley: 265-2201

Kalin, Ned; Psychiatry

Profile: https://www.psychiatry.wisc.edu/staff/kalin-ned/
Website: https://kalinlab.psychiatry.wisc.edu/
Research foci: The Kalin Lab combines molecular, preclinical animal models, and human functional imaging studies to understand the neurobiological mechanisms underlying anxiety and mood disorders.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: No requirement, but averages above 3.5, sophomore standing
Location: WisPIC building, 6001 Research Park Boulevard
How to Apply: Contact Patrick Roseboom, PhD at e-mail: roseboom@wisc.edu

Kalish, Charles; Educational Psychology

Lab website: The Study of Children’s Thinking: https://web.education.wisc.edu/cwkalish/soct/
Research foci: Our lab focuses on child development, specifically how children use what they’ve seen in the past to make predictions about the future and how children generalize from a sample to a broader population.
Location: Educational Sciences/ Various sites- Madison Children’s Museum, Daycares, Afterschool Programs
How to Apply: https://web.education.wisc.edu/cwkalish/?page_id=53

Kirkorian, Heather; Human Development and Family Studies

Profile: https://sohe.wisc.edu/staff/heather-kirkorian/ 
Website: Cognitive Development and Media Lab: https://sites.google.com/site/kirkorianlab/home
Research foci: My research interests lie at the intersection of cognitive development, media effects, and family studies. 
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: None specified. Preference will be given to students who have taken and done well in courses on early childhood development and/or research methods
Location: 2208 Nancy Nicholas Hall (Human Ecology building)
How to Apply: https://sites.google.com/site/kirkorianlab/get-involved

Koenigs, Michael; Psychiatry

Profile: https://www.psychiatry.wisc.edu/staff/koenigs-michael/
Website: Koenigs Lab: http://koenigslab.psychiatry.wisc.edu/
Research foci: The goal of our research is to identify and characterize the psychological and neurobiological mechanisms underlying deficits in human emotion, decision-making, and social behavior.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: 3.2 GPA
Location: WisPIC, Psychology, and/or prison
How to Apply: Contact Professor Michael Koenigs, mrkoenigs@wisc.edu

Litovsky, Ruth; Communication Sciences and Disorders

Profile: https://csd.wisc.edu/staff/litovsky-ruth/
Website: Binaural Hearing & Speech Lab: https://bhsl.waisman.wisc.edu
Research foci:
In the Litovsky lab, we study binaural hearing in persons who have normal hearing and in persons who are deaf and use cochlear implants (CIs). We are interested in whether CI users can benefit from having two (bilateral) CIs and whether, for children, having bilateral CIs at a young age offers unique advantages.
Location: UW Waisman Center
How to Apply: Contact Shelly Godar, godar@waisman.wisc.edu

Lutfi, Robert; Communication Sciences and Disorders

Profile: https://csd.wisc.edu/staff/lutfi-bob
Auditory Behavioral Research Lab
Research foci: Dr. Lutfi’s research focuses on human auditory perception. He is particularly interested in how one’s ability to detect and recognize complex sounds is affected by both lawful and random variation in sound, as occurs in nature. 
How to Apply: Contact Professor Robert Lutfi, Lutfi@waisman.wisc.edu

Matthews, Percival; Educational Psychology

Profile: https://edpsych.education.wisc.edu/staff/matthews-percival/
Website: Math Education Learning and Development (MELD)Lab: https://web.education.wisc.edu/pmatthews/
Website: Longitudinal Analysis of Mathematical Brain Development and Abilities (LAMBDA) Project: http://website.education.wisc.edu/lambda/ 
Research foci: We study mathematical cognition with two overarching primary goals: 1) to understand some basic underpinnings of human cognition, and 2) to find ways to leverage this understanding into effective pedagogical techniques that can be used to impact the life chances of everyday people.
Location: Educational Sciences/ Various sites
How to Apply: Contact Professor Percival Matthews, pmatthews@wisc.edu

Mutlu, Bilge; Computer Science

Profile: http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~bilge/
Website: Wisconsin Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory: http://hci.cs.wisc.edu
Research foci: My research program builds human-centered methods and principles for designing robotic technologies that help people communicate, work, and pursue personal goals and draws on a transdisciplinary design research process that combines aspects of design, computer science, and social and cognitive sciences.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants:  3.2
Location: Computer Sciences Department (across Johnson Street from Psychology Department)
How to Apply: http://hci.cs.wisc.edu/join-us/

Piper, Megan; Medicine

Profile: https://www.medicine.wisc.edu/people-search/people/staff/227
Website: Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention: https://ctri.wisc.edu/
Research foci: Dr. Piper’s NIH-funded research focuses on understanding and treating tobacco dependence, with an additional interest in different populations of smokers who have more difficulty quitting, such as women and smokers with mental illness. Her research includes helping smokers quit as well as understanding dependence on novel tobacco products such as electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).
Location: 1930 Monroe St.
How to Apply: Contact Professor Megan Piper, mep@ctri.wisc.edu; 608-265-5472