Psychology Laboratories

Academic Writing Made Fun - website

Each year in June for the past 3 years, the lab has had a writing retreat at Cindy Berg's home. Collaborators from across the country fly in (e.g., Drs. Deborah Wiebe and Debbie Palmer) for the 3-day event. Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates are organized in teams around specific writing projects. The writing retreats allow the lab to work on multiple writing projects at various phases of completion (full drafts, partial drafts, ideas in progress). Our on-call statistician, Dr. Jon Butner assists with numerous state of the art statistical projects such as mediational HLM, latent class analysis, and SEM. Evenings find us trying some gourmet cooking or taking a hike in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. Each year the lab sends out multiple papers completed or started at the writing retreat (last year we submitted one paper during the retreat). The retreat provides a high paced, intellectually stimulating, and exciting alternative to the typical lonely and solitary writing experience.

Applied Basic Cognition Lab - website

Our lab supports students pursuing the Human Factors Certificate, senior thesis projects, and those who are interested in gaining research lab experience.

DIADIC Study - website

Dynamic Vision Group - website

Our mission is to investigate Vision Sciences from a Dynamical Systems perspective. We are a multi-area group combining mathematics, rigorous experimentation, and advanced systems based data analytic approaches to come to understand the vision system.

Fred Rhodewalt Social Psychology Winter Conference - website

Park City, Utah // January 7-9, 2016
The conference combines some very pleasurable skiing with quality talks. The typical day includes skiing or other recreation from morning until 4:00 p.m. followed by talks from 4:30 to 7:30. After the talks people usually continue their discussions by breaking into small groups for dinner and an evening of socializing. We hope to limit the conference to around 20-30 participants, of whom no more than nine would present summaries of their recent research. The program will be limited to one session each evening consisting of three talks in the three hour program. There will be three sessions. Each talk will last 30 minutes followed by up to fifteen minutes for questions and discussion. There will also be plenty of additional time to discuss the details of one's research in private with other researchers. The Yarrow, Double Tree by Hilton the site of the conference, will provide a conference room with tables and chairs, blackboard, podium, LCD projector, overhead projector, and projection screen. Times & DatesPlease consider attending the Social Psychology Winter Conference scheduled for the dates of January 7th to the 9th, 2016 at Park City, Utah (arrive Wednesday the 6th, meetings from Thursday the 7th to Saturday the 9th, depart on Sunday the 10th). The purpose of this announcement is to describe the conference and to solicit your participation. The conference provides a casual and relaxed setting for the exchange of ideas among researchers on a broad range of social psychological topics. Attached are copies of programs from previous years to provide you with a sense of the breadth of the topics. This format has worked very well and we hope to continue the spirit of the earlier conferences. Thus it is our desire to attract participants from all areas of social psychology rather than feature one specialized field.

Jon's Dynamical Systems Lab - website

Our research integrates systems concepts with quantitative innovations (statistical and methodological). Systems theory is essentially the study of change or how multiple components interact to form behavior that cannot be seen in its parts, but can be studied through its patterns in time. Systems theory is inherently interdisciplinary, sharing a language with mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry and more. Thus it has its own jargon. Additionally, many of the advanced approaches that fit a systems logic are designed in fields where a widget can be studied hundreds of thousands of times. Though we sometimes collect data in this manner, it is definitely not the norm for psychology. So we are actively exploring new directions that are both systems approaches and functional within psychological confines.

Life-Span Development and Adaptation Lab - website

In the Life-Span Development Laboratory we examine how individuals across the life span together with close relationship partners adapt to their daily environments through joint cognitive, interpersonal, and emotional processes. We have found that individuals cope with daily problems frequently together, and that collaborative coping can facilitate cognitive performance, mood, and adherence to health regimens. We use a variety of methodological techniques including surveys, interviews, daily diaries, coding of interpersonal processes, and physiological measurements via both cross-sectional and longitudinal designs.

National Center for Veterans Studies - website

The mission of the National Center for Veterans Studies is to engage in research, education, outreach, and advocacy to improve the lives of veterans, and better position these skilled, experienced and well-trained veterans for continued service that further advances American values, prosperity, and security. The NCVS is currently engaged in several studies focused on military and veteran mental health issues, including two large, military-funded clinical trials testing the effectiveness of brief interventions designed to reduce suicide attempts among active duty Soldiers. NCVS projects also aim to better understand the cognitive, affective, and behavioral processes that underlie suicide risk and trauma among military personnel, with the intent to identify protective factors that reduce suicide risk.

Ongoing Research Studies - website

The studies described below represent a collaboration between two faculty members in the psychology department: Dr. David Huebner and Dr. Tim Smith. Please contact Larissa McGarrity at huebner.lab@psych.utah.

Psychology Secure Portal Tutorials - website

These tutorials cover the basics of using some of the features of the Psychology Secure Portal.

READY - website

Regulating Adherence for Diabetes in Young Adulthood

Risk to Resilience Lab - website

Risk to Resilience Lab
Our research focuses on the family processes that contribute to the development of/for protection against psychopathology. Dr. Kerig has long-standing interests in understanding and ameliorating the effects of interparental conflict, family violence, maltreatment, and parent-child discord. We are interested in the ways in which risk factors affect relationships among families members, such as in the study of parent-child boundary dissolution, as well as implications of these family processes for youths' own intimate relationships, such as in the study of dating violence. Studies going on in our lab at present focus on understanding the relationship between trauma and juvenile delinquency; investigating risk and protective processes for maltreated children; and studying the intersections among family dynamics, personality, and dating relationships in adolescence and emerging adulthood. We also have an abiding interest in the study of resilience--uncovering the protective factors that allow children to overcome the risks associated with family stress and trauma will help us to design intervention and prevention programs that are developmentally sensitive and effective in real-world settings.

Social Development Lab - website

The Social Development Lab is jointly supervised by Drs. Monisha Pasupathi and Cecilia Wainryb. At our lab, we study how children, adolescents, and adults of various ages make sense of their own and others' moral transgressions, interpersonal conflicts, and other self-relevant experiences. We are interested in the developmental effects of both everyday events and conflicts - for example when friends disagree about what game to play - and more large-scale, societal events and conflicts - for example, when individuals are involved in violent political happenings of their country. We are also interested in understanding how close others, in particular parents, siblings, and friends, either support or hinder individuals' attempts to make sense of and integrate social and self-relevant experiences within their sense of self. We employ both developmental (e.g., narratives, structured interviews, and observations) and experimental designs, with an emphasis on quantitative approaches.

Spatial Cognition and Navigation Project - website

Spatial Transformations Experiment - website

Use of Spatial Transformations and Reference Frames is an experiment being conducted in the Visual Perception and Spatial Cognition laboratory at the University of Utah.

Statistical consulting - website

Welcome to the statistical consulting page. This page has information about scheduled and walk-in consultations, on-line statistical resources, and frequently asked questions. Please let us know if you were hoping to find something that wasn't available on this page, and we'll do our best to add it or to help you find another source for that information. The Psychology Department's statistical consulting program is intended for graduate students, post doctoral fellows, and faculty in the Psychology Department. We are not generally able to provide consultation for students and faculty from outside of the department; however, those decisions are made on a case by case basis Undergraduate students, please note that the Psychology Department's statistical consulting service cannot be used to get help with course work or to provide tutoring. Statistical tutoring can be arranged through the ASUU Tutoring Center ( The Marriott Library also offers assistance getting started with different statistics programs (Stata, SPSS, SAS). Their statistics graduate TA is available in Marriott Library 2110S on Monday 9 - 11:30 am, Tuesday 8:30 am - 11:30 am, Thursday noon - 4 pm, Friday 8:30 - 11:30 am, or by appointment (email:

Systems 'n Coffee - website

Systems 'n Coffee is a bimonthly reading group committed to interdisciplinary research using Dynamical Systems Theory. The group is designed to welcome new and more experienced folks alike based on the premise that the best way to learn and understand systems theory is through shared insight. The result of the 2014-2015 year was the One Cup-L project. Feel free to see what we learned and utilize the code we generated!! To join, send Brian Baucom an email to join the list serve.

Type 1 Diabetes ADAPT Project - website

The goal of the project is to understand how children and adolescents with Type 1 diabetes and their mothers manage diabetes. Adolescence is a problematic time for managing diabetes as the child may be trying to assert her independence, which may lead parents to be less involved in diabetes management. The study explores whether age differences in parental involvement in diabetes management relate to the child's autonomy development, and are reflected in the interdependence of mothers and adolescents in coping with the stressors related to diabetes. This project is funded by the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). A 5-year longitudinal study was completed in 2010 and data analyses are continuing.

University of Utah HFES Student Chapter - website

Human Factors & Ergonomics Society Student Chapter of the University of Utah
The University of Utah Student Chapter of HFES is a group of students interested in human factors and ergonomics who organize to coordinate events and activities for the benefit of the students, the community, and HFES. For more information, please contact the University of Utah HFES Student Chapter President via email ( To receive news about our group, please fill out this form:

Visual Perception and Spatial Cognition Lab - website