Undergraduate Research Opportunities Psychology Faculty and Affiliated Faculty

(Last updated 2/15/2021)


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Alibali, Martha; Cognitive Development and Communication Lab

Research Foci: Mathematical Cognition & Gesture
Size of Lab: Varies. 5-6 undergrad researchers is typical
Lab website: https://alibali.psych.wisc.edu
Contact: mwalibali@wisc.edu

Auger, Anthony; Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Research Lab

Research Foci: Neuroendocrinology and Behavior: hormonal and environmental impact on steroid receptor regulated brain development, sex differences, and social behavior.
Contact: Anthony Auger, apauger@wisc.edu
Lab website: http://psych.wisc.edu/auger/index.html

Austerweil, Joseph; Austerweil Lab

Research Foci: Human and Machine Learning; Categorization; Reasoning, Judgment & Decision Making. 
Contact: Joe Austerweil, austerweil@wisc.edu 
Lab website: http://alab.psych.wisc.edu/ 

Berridge, Craig; Neural Bases of Behavior Lab

Research Foci: Behavioral/Systems Neuroscience.  Actions of neurotransmitters and ADHD-related drugs on cognition and neural. 
Contact: Craig Berridge, berridge@wisc.edu
Lab website: http://psych.wisc.edu/berridge/home.html

Brauer, Markus; Brauer Lab Group

Research Foci: Group processes, prejudice, sustainability, social interventions Contact: Markus Brauer, markus.brauer@wisc.edu
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Application: http://psych.wisc.edu/Brauer/BrauerLab/index.php/join-us/prospective-  research-assistants/
Lab website: http://psych.wisc.edu/Brauer/BrauerLab/

Curtin, John; Addiction Research Center

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 GPA: 3.5 (slightly flexible depending on interest and commitment)
Contact: John Curtin, jjcurtin@wisc.edu
Lab website: https://arc.psych.wisc.edu

Davidson, Richard; The Center for Healthy Minds

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 GPA: 3.0 (firm) Some lab supervisors may require higher GPAs.

Location: The Center for Healthy Minds (625 West Washington Avenue), The Waisman Center, and Brogden Psychology Building.
Lab website: https://centerhealthyminds.org/
Contact: Brittany Thomson, Brittany.thomson@wisc.edu

How to Apply: https://centerhealthyminds.org/about/employment

Devine, Patricia; Prejudice and Intergroup Relations Lab

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
Lab website: https://devinelab.psych.wisc.edu
Contact: Nicole Huth: nhuth2@wisc.edu

How to Apply: https://devinelab.psych.wisc.edu/join-our-lab/


Lab Name: Stereotyping and Bias Research Lab
Description: The Cox Stereotyping and Bias Research (SABR) Lab’s work all serves the ultimate goal of understanding and reducing the injustice, human suffering, and disparities that arise from stereotyping, bias, and prejudice. A key theme throughout our work is understanding how stereotyping and biases are perpetuated via neural, cognitive, and cultural processes.   We leverage advances in basic knowledge about stereotype perpetuation to develop, test, and refine evidence-based interventions to reduce bias.
Contact: william.cox@wisc.edu

Gernsbacher, Morton Ann; Gernsbacher Lab

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).
Lab website: http://www.gernsbacherlab.org/
Contact: Noelle Smith,  gernsbacherlab@psych.wisc.edu

Goldsmith, Hill; Wisconsin Twin Research Lab

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
Lab website: https://goldsmithtwins.waisman.wisc.edu
Contact: Nicole Schmidt, wisconsintwins@waisman.wisc.edu
How to Apply: https://goldsmithtwins.waisman.wisc.edu/join-the-lab/

Gooding, Diane; PATHS Lab

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)
Lab website: https://psych.wisc.edu/gooding/pathslab/
How to Apply: Contact Professor Gooding, dgooding@wisc.edu

Green, C. Shawn; Learning and Transfer Lab

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).
Lab website: https://greenlab.psych.wisc.edu/
Contact: Jocelyn Parong: jparong@wisc.edu

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

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.
Lab website: https://lilab.waisman.wisc.edu
Contact: Sharon Wang, childstudy@waisman.wisc.edu

How to Applyhttps://lilab.waisman.wisc.edu/students/#undergraduate-research-assistants

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

Research Foci: Our lab investigates the nature of linguistic knowledge, how it is acquired and used, and its brain bases.
Minimum GPA: 3.5

Lab website: http://lcnl.wisc.edu/
Contact: Dana, dekrauss@wisc.edu

How to Apply: http://lcnl.wisc.edu/undergraduate-participation/

Marler, Catherine; The Marler Lab

Research Foci: Our research centers around bi-directional interactions between endocrinology, animal behavior and the social environment.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: Some biology coursework
Lab website: https://marlerlab.psych.wisc.edu/
Contact: Professor Marlercamarler@wisc.edu
How to Apply: https://marlerlab.psych.wisc.edu/join-us/

Niedenthal, Paula; Neidenthal Emotions Lab

Research Foci: Our lab studies the perception, social function, and cultural shapers of human emotion expression.
Contact: Professor Niedenthal, niedenthal@wisc.edu 

Lab website: https://www.niedenthalemotionslab.com
How to Apply: https://www.niedenthalemotionslab.com/join_lab

Pollak, Seth; Child Emotion Lab

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. 
Lab website: https://childemotion.waisman.wisc.edu/
Contact: Anna Bechner, ambechner@wisc.edu
How to Apply: https://childemotion.waisman.wisc.edu/for-students/

Postle, Brad; Postlab

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)
Lab website: https://postlab.psych.wisc.edu/
How to Apply: Contact Jacqueline Fulvio, jacqueline.fulvio@wisc.edu

Rogers, Tim; Knowledge and Concepts Lab

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 
Lab website: http://concepts.psych.wisc.edu/
How to Apply: Contact Professor Tim Rogers, ttrogers@wisc.edu

Ryff, Carol; Institute on Aging & MIDUS

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 
Lab websites: http://www.aging.wisc.edu/ and  http://www.midus.wisc.edu/
How to Apply: Contact Professor Carol Ryff, cryff@wisc.edu

Saffran, Jenny; Infant Learning Lab

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
Lab website: https://infantlearning.waisman.wisc.edu/
How to Apply: https://infantlearning.waisman.wisc.edu/for-students/
Contact: Send resume, unofficial student record, and a brief letter of interest to the lab manager at babies@waisman.wisc.edu

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

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)
Lab website: https://littlelisteners.waisman.wisc.edu/
How to Apply: https://littlelisteners.waisman.wisc.edu/for-students/
Contact: Send resume and unofficial student record to Kristine Millard, kristine.millard@wisc.edu

Schloss, Karen; Schloss Visual Reasoning Lab

Research Foci: Our main line of research investigates how colors influence the way people think, feel, and behave. We are especially interested in how colors can communicate abstract information, and how using color to signal that information can make the world easier to navigate and more enjoyable to experience. We have previously focused on color aesthetics and data visualization, but we are beginning to explore how colors can help people navigate rich 3D environments by using virtual reality. We also have a secondary line of research on perceptual organization and visual illusions. Studies in that line investigate how contextual elements influence the perceived shape and motion of other elements in a configuration.
Lab website: https://schlosslab.discovery.wisc.edu/
How to Apply: Contact Lab manager: Maddy Parker, schloss@discovery.wisc.edu

Shutts, Kristin; Social Kids Lab

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
Lab website: https://socialkids.waisman.wisc.edu/
How to Apply: https://socialkids.waisman.wisc.edu/students/
Contact: Maddy Henkel, mhenkel2@wisc.edu

Ward, Emily; Visual Cognition Lab

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.
Lab website: https://emilyward.org/wordpress/
How to Apply: Contact Professor Emily Ward, ejward@wisc.edu 


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Stir, Stav; School of Business

Website: Stav Atir: https://stavatir.com/
Research Foci: When do people think they know more than they do? Why do students hate the most effective learning strategies? How much can you learn from a causal conversation with a stranger? I tackle these and other questions in my research on how people think about their own knowledge and learning.
LocationWisconsin School of Business (Grainger Hall)
How to Apply: Email Prof. Stav Atir at stav.atir@wisc.edu

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

Costanzo, Erin; Psychiatry; Psychosocial Oncology Lab

Research Foci: Our research focuses on the role of psychological factors in the health and well-being of adult cancer patients. Investigations focus on psychological, biological, and behavioral factors that affect recovery from cancer treatment.
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Contact: Erin Costanzo, ecostanzo@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/
Contact: Bilge Mutlu, bilge@cs.wisc.edu

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