Research opportunities with faculty

Research Experience is highly recommended if you are considering graduate school. It is also a great way to earn upper division credit, gain valuable experience and earn a letter(s) of recommendation. The Psychology Advising Center recommends a minimum of two semesters of research experience for a Master's degree and a minimum of 4 semesters for a PhD. If you are interested in research, use the links below to investigate which professor, research area, or current research topic most interests you by clicking on the link to a professor's homepage. To get involved, simply send the professor(s) a short email expressing your interest to work as a research assistant in a lab or visit the professor in person. If you need any additional assistance, please visit the PAC office, BEHS 507, or call 801-585-9095.

Brian Baucom, Ph.D. | webpage

Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology
Office: 701 BEHS
Phone: (801) 581-8496
Our research group is currently conducting a number of interdisciplinary projects on many different aspects of couple interaction. These projects include studies of couple therapies and relationship education programs in the United States, Germany, and Australia, a study of couple based therapy for married couples where one spouse has been diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa, a study of the links between family violence and couple interaction, and a study of couple interaction during daily life.

Another major focus of our research group is the development of computational tools and statistical models for studying couple interaction. Most current projects involve collaboration with colleagues from a number of disciplines such as electrical engineering and biostatistics. As a result, our research group is active in a number of areas outside of clinical psychology including speech signal processing, affective computing, computational linguistics, and statistical modeling for multiply nested designs. These aspects of the lab make it an excellent fit for students with backgrounds both within and outside of clinical psychology, students with interests in couple interaction, couple therapy, and behavior & emotion, and creative thinkers who are excited about interdisciplinary collaboration.

While I am not currently accepting applications for new graduate students, our lab is accepting applications for one paid RA position that will begin in Fall, 2016 as well as a limited number of volunteer RA positions that would begin immediately; please contact Dr. Baucom ( if you are interested in applying for the paid RA position and Alex Crenshaw (, Jasara Hogan (, and Karena Leo ( if you are interested in applying for a volunteer RA position in the lab.

Katherine J.W. Baucom, Ph.D. | webpage

Assistant Professor (Clinical), Clinical Psychology
Office: 1320B BEHS
Phone: (801) 587-7222
RA opportunities:
I may be accepting a few RAs for the 2016-2017 academic year (beginning Fall 2016), but will not take new RAs prior to then. The main project will involve watching couples' 8-minute video-recorded discussions about diabetes and rating their communication. Course credit is available for interested U students. There may be other opportunities in addition to this project.

If you meet the requirements below and are interested please email your CV (resume) and a copy of your unofficial transcripts to me: .

Requirements for RAs:
-Particular interest in relationships and health
-Able to commit 5 hours/week (4 hours in lab + 1 hour lab meeting) for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017
-GPA 3.0 or higher

***I do not serve as a primary mentor to graduate students.***

Cynthia Berg, Ph.D. | webpage

Professor, Developmental Psychology, Health Psychology
Office: 622 BEHS
Phone: (801) 581-8239
We are looking for students who are excellent workers as well as independent and able to take direction well. We are particularly interested in applicants who are majoring in psychology or a health-related field (at least in their sophmore year) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. We do require at least 3 hours of work per week, and prefer 6, so only those students who are able to commit to that time should inquire. We will provide all the necessary training so no previous research experience is required, although any students who have had experience should not be discouraged from applying. Interested students should have some degree of computer experience (i.e., familiar with the internet and Microsoft Word and have access to email). Interested parties with special skills (e.g., bilingual with excellent communication skills in English and Spanish, data entry experience) are particularly encouraged to apply. Cindy Berg's Lab is looking for research assistants. If you are interested fill out the application. Download Application

Kimberly Bowen, Ph.D. | webpage

Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Social Psychology, Health Psychology
I am currently looking for two responsible, committed undergraduate students at the Asia Campus to work in my lab as research assistants. The experience is great graduate school preparation and to learn more about the scientific process. Looking for assistants who can volunteer approximately 4-5 hours a week. Ideally, research assistants will have taken Research Methods, Intro to Psych, or Intro to Social Psych. In Spring 2016, we will be conducting two pilot studies (one experimental, one online) in preparation of larger scale projects. Assistants will help with consenting participants, running study visits, and data entry.

Craig J. Bryan, Ph.D. | webpage

Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology
Office: 710 BEHS
Phone: (801) 587-7978
There are ample research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to volunteer in the National Center for Veterans Studies on a number of Dr. Bryan's research studies. NCVS projects focus primarily on military mental health issues, particularly suicide risk and combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder.

Decisions about which clinical faculty members will be prioritized for student recruitment will not be finalized until the fall semester. As such, it is possible that I will be recruiting graduate students to enroll during the 2015-2016 academic year. Because I have recruited students consistently during the past two years, I am relatively lower on the priority list for recruitment relative to other faculty members in the clinical area. Final determinations regarding recruitment will be made during the fall 2015 semester, and are influenced in part by the availability of grant funding in the NCVS.

Due to large (and growing) volume of applications received each year for graduate enrollment, I am unable to acccommodate requests to meet personally with aspiring students for campus visits.

Before emailing me to ask what my research focuses on or what I'm looking for in a student, please review the projects currently underway in the National Center for Veterans Studies: I do not use any hard cutoff scores when reviewing applications, but the average applicant has an undergraduate GPA above 3.7 and scores above the 60th-70th percentile on GREs. I also carefully review personal statements and previous experience to determine applicants' research interests and career goals are consistent with my work in the National Center for Veterans Studies. Personal statements are given considerable weight in the selections process.

**Qualified individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, to include military personnel and veterans, are especially encouraged to apply.**

Approximately 50% of graduate and undergraduate students in my lab are military personnel or veterans.

We are accepting applications for undergraduate research assistants during the 2014-2015 academic year. Interested students should send a resume and a 1-2 page personal statement to my Research Lab Manager: AnnaBelle Bryan,

jorie butler, Ph.D. | webpage

Postdoctoral / Adjunct Professor, Developmental Psychology, Health Psychology
Phone: (801) 582-1565
Students interested in research experience in applied settings at University of Utah School of Medicine or Salt Lake City Department of Veterans Health Affairs Medical Center should contact me via email.

jonathan butner, Ph.D. | webpage

Professor, Social Psychology
Office: 714 BEHS
Phone: (801) 581-3206
I am currently looking for graduate students and a post doc interested in the quantitative aspects of dynamical systems theory. I work closely with several interdisciplinary teams to examine complex behavior and am currently working to have both cutting edge and approachable methods for doing systems analyses.

Jacqueline M. Chen, Ph.D. | webpage

Assistant Professor, Social Psychology
Office: 811 BEHS
Dr. Chen will be accepting applications for graduate students in Fall 2016.

Undergraduate students who are interested in gaining research experience in the SCIP Lab are encouraged to email Dr. Chen with a brief cover letter and resume.

Elisabeth Conradt, Ph.D. | webpage

Assistant Professor, Developmental Psychology, Health Psychology
Office: 602 BEHS
Phone: (801) 585-2315
I am currently recruiting graduate students to work with me starting in the Fall of 2017. Students have the opportunity to learn more about the fields of behavioral epigenetics and psychobiology with the goal of carving their own research niche in these areas. We will also be collecting data with pregnant women living in poverty and, ultimately, their newborns. Students will learn about how chronic and episodic life stress experienced by the mother while pregnant may shape infant physiological susceptibilities to their early environment. Students will learn about epigenetic and physiological methods with pregnant women and with infants.

Students also have the opportunity to publish on existing data sets that include a sample of 1,388 children with prenatal substance exposure, many of whom have also experienced significant stressful events in their early lives.

Are you an undergraduate interested in joining the lab? If so review our newsletter and fill out an application which can be found at

sarah creem-Regehr, Ph.D. | webpage

Professor, Cognition and Neural Science | CNS
Office: 1003 BEHS
Phone: (801) 581-5045
The Visual Perception and Spatial Cognition (VPSC) laboratory has many opportunities for undergraduate research assistants to participate in all aspects of our research. Our research is fun and interactive, involving tasks measuring space perception and spatial cognition in real and virtual environments. It is a great experience to add to graduate school applications as well! If interested, please email Dr. Creem-Regehr at and see our lab web page

Dr. Creem-Regehr will be considering graduate student applicants to start in Fall 2016. Please email her with your interests.

sheila crowell, Ph.D. | webpage

Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology
Office: 1323 BEHS
Students under my training will enjoy a wide range of opportunities and will be well prepared as both scientific researchers and clinicians. My research is conducted with highly complicated individuals, many of whom are facing their most difficult life challenges. Thus, clinical skills are developed in every interaction and scientific endeavors have meaningful implications for prevention and treatment. Self-injury and borderline personality disorder affect individuals from all backgrounds, although the burden is most often borne by those with few available resources for treatment. Students who are interested in examining issues of diversity, disempowerment, and oppression will find the Department of Psychology to be an engaging environment for this line of research. Those students who are eager to pursue research-oriented academic careers will fit particularly well in the Department of Psychology and the University of Utah. The department houses several state-of-the-art psychophysiological laboratories and the University has fMRI facilities and a top genetics department. I offer didactic training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a highly effective intervention for reducing self-injury and risk for suicide. I received my DBT training directly from Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., the treatment developer. Salt Lake City is a metropolitan hub of the West with access to abundant outdoor recreation activities, an ideal setting to balance intellectual and personal development.

lisa diamond, Ph.D. | webpage

Professor, Developmental Psychology, Health Psychology
Office: 623 BEHS
Phone: (801) 585-7491
I am currently seeking motivated undergraduate students to assist with my current research project investigating the health implications of sexual activity among heterosexual and nonheterosexual women. Contact me directly for more information!

Trafton Drew, Ph.D. | webpage

Assistant Professor, Cognition and Neural Science | CNS
Office: 1003 BEHS
Phone: (801) 585-2882
I am currently seeking motivated graduate and undergraduate students to assist with a variety of current research projects which involve studying:
1). The role of visual attention in diagnostic radiology.
2). The electrophysiological underpinnings of visual attention and working memory.
3.) The interactions between searching through memory and searching through visual space.

Contact me directly for more information!
Graduate students would ideally have some experience with EEG, eye-tracking, or working closely with MDs / medical professionals. Some programming experience (Matlab-Psychtoolbox, ERPLAB, EEGLAB, Presentation, PsychoPy...E-Prime) is a definite plus.

Matthew Euler, Ph.D. | webpage

Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology
Office: 1320a BEHS
Phone: (801) 581-6977
Graduate: I am seeking to recruit a graduate student for admission in Fall 2016. Students who are apt to have the best fit with the lab are those seeking a career in clinical neuropsychology, and who also have a strong interest in electrophysiology and neural mechanisms of cognition. Some prior experience with electrophysiological research, neuroimaging, and/or programming is highly valued and encouraged, but not essential. Students who join the lab will have many opportunities to contribute to the projects described above, and to develop their own novel directions that are consistent with the general laboratory focus.

Undergraduate: We do not have any undergraduate research opportunities at this time. Interested students who are enrolled in the Honors college or have a 3.75 GPA or higher are encouraged to check back after fall break.

michael himle, Ph.D. | webpage

Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology
Office: 1330 BEHS
Phone: (801) 581-7529
I am interested in taking a new graduate student in the Fall 2015 application cycle. Graduate students who work in my lab typically come in with interests in one of the areas described above. Prior research experience and a basic working knowledge of cognitive-behavioral theory will make candidates more competitive.The University of Utah Clinical Psychology program is committed to the clinical science model and strives to provide well-rounded, balanced training in research and empirically-informed clinical practice. Consistent with this model, I make it a priority that graduate students who work in my lab will not only learn to conduct high-quality research, but will also learn how to deliver cognitive-behavioral treatment for disorders in which CBT is indicated. Students who have significant interests in both conducting research and translating that research into evidence-based practice will fit best with my lab. In addition, students in my lab typically have a strong research focus and are actively engaged in numerous research projects beyond the program requirements of a thesis and dissertation. Students in my lab will have many opportunities to present and publish research.In addition, I am always looking for undergraduate students who are interested in gaining research experience in one of the aforementioned (or related areas).

david M. huebner, Ph.D. | webpage

Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology
Office: 1331 BEHS
Phone: (801) 587-9886
I am excited to work with PhD students who have research interests in the broad areas of sexual orientation, HIV-prevention, and how discrimination (of any kind) impacts physical and mental health. The University of Utah has an extremely unique Psychology Department, in that we are one of the few places in the country with multiple faculty members who have ongoing programs of research in the area of sexuality and sexual orientation (myself, Dr. Strassberg, and Dr. Diamond). As a result, we have many, many exciting projects for students to be involved in.

Our Clinical Psychology PhD program requires that students obtain substantial training in both research and clinical intervention. Students who work with me must have a strong desire to participate in research activities, and generally plan to have research comprise at least some portion of their careers following graduate school.

I am interested in working with students of all genders, sexual orientations, and ethnicities. Sometimes diverse students, particularly LGBT students, wonder what it is like to live in Salt Lake City. Although it is true that the State of Utah is conservative politically, Salt Lake City is much more diverse and politically liberal than the rest of the state. Salt Lake City residents have elected Democratic mayors continuously since the 1970’s. Additionally, it is home to a large and politically active LGBT community, complete with social and political organizations, bars, clubs, and a Pride festival that sees thousands of visitors each year. The State of Utah now ranks 14th highest (of all 50) in the per capita number of households with same-sex couples.

I am *not* planning on accepting a PhD student to begin in the Fall of 2016.

Ansuk Jeong, Ph.D. | webpage

Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Social Psychology, Health Psychology
Office: MCB5056 BEHS
These are what will start in January 2016. The details will be provided in the near future.
1. Self-concept and well-being of people with chronic illness: A multisite study
- Three major hospitals in South Korea will participate in this study. The department of neurology and the department of family medicine will be the sites of recruitement. A quantitiative survey will be conducted.
2. North Korean defectors in South Korea: How do they make it?
- There are a few "superkids" among North Korean defectors in South Korea, where they face unexpected discrimination. A qualitative study will be conducted to examine the protective and resilient factors for their adjustment in S.Korea.

Samantha Joel, Ph.D. | webpage

Assistant Professor, Social Psychology
Office: 811b BEHS
I am currently accepting applications for graduate students. I also have research opportunities for undergraduate students. Please contact me at if you are interested in joining the lab!

patricia k. kerig, Ph.D. | webpage

Professor, Clinical Psychology
Office: 1306 BEHS
Phone: (801) 585-5752
I maintain an active lab group and involve students in all phases and aspects of my research. Undergraduates wishing to join our lab are welcome to complete an application, available on our lab webpage (see link above).

For aspiring graduate students wishing to apply to our clinical program under my mentorship, please note that I am on sabbatical during the 2015-2016 year. Although I will review applications to the graduate program, my travel schedule will make it difficult for me to respond to requests for contact or information outside of our regular interview process.

monisha pasupathi, Ph.D. | webpage

Professor, Developmental Psychology
Office: 634 BEHS
Phone: (801) 585-9175
We are currently seeking volunteer research assistants to help with all of our projects. For credit only, 2-3 credits, 6-9 hours per week. Students interested in ultimately doing a senior thesis are especially encouraged to apply. Email Professor Monisha Pasupathi ( with: GPA in psychology, past coursework, research and career interests long-term. You'll get a response from the faculty member (Wainryb or Pasupathi) or graduate student whose projects have the best fit with your interests.

david sanbonmatsu, Ph.D. | webpage

Professor, Social Psychology
Office: 702 BEHS
Phone: (801) 581-8505
I will be recruiting a student to begin graduate study in the fall of 2017.

jeanine stefanucci, Ph.D. | webpage

Associate Professor, Cognition and Neural Science | CNS, Health Psychology
Office: 1031 BEHS
Phone: (801) 585-7895
I am considering taking a new graduate student for the fall of 2017. Please email me your credentials if interested.

If you are interested in joining my lab as an undergraduate research assistant, please email me before the start of the fall 2016/spring 2017 semester to see if we have openings.

donald s. strassberg, Ph.D. | webpage

ABPP, Professor, Clinical Psychology
Office: 1327 BEHS
Phone: (801) 581-7559
Unfortunately, I am no longer accepting new graduate students.

david strayer, Ph.D. | webpage

Professor, Cognition and Neural Science | CNS
Office: 1002 BEHS
Phone: (801) 581-5037
We regularly have undergraduate research assistant volunteer positions available at the beginning of Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. Contact my graduate students (James Coleman and Jonna Turrill) for more information.

My Applied Cognition Laboratory will accept 1 or 2 graduate students to start in Fall 2014 (apply Fall 2013). Feel free to contact me or my graduate students (James Coleman and Jonna Turrill) if you have questions.

yana suchy, Ph.D. | webpage

Professor, Clinical Psychology
Office: 1301-B BEHS
Phone: (801) 585-0796
I will be recruiting a new graduate student for Fall 2016. I will be looking for students who are interested in neuropsychological research on normal and abnormal aging, and on identifying (a) early preclinical markers of cognitive decline among older adults and (b) markers that signal risk of executive lapses in daily life, as they relate to the ConVExA model (described above). This line of research may include examination of older adults' early changes in executive functioning, emotion regulation, or complex motor programming/motor learning. Additionally, in collaboration with Dr. Paula Williams, we are also interested in examining personality changes that signal incipient cognitive decline in old age. These questions would all be examined within the framework of the currently ongoing longitudinal project, as well as the currently ongoing cognitive intervention project. Students in my laboratory are motivated to generate publications, and are generally well-published by the time they leave graduate school. Representative publications from these lines of research in our lab include Kraybill, Thorgusen, & Suchy (2012), Franchow & Suchy (2015), Euler, Niermeyer, & Suchy (2015), and Suchy, Kraybill, & Franchow (2011). Within this general framework, I encourage students to identify their own niche and to develop their own line of programmatic research.

Competitive applicants will demonstrate a strong research interest in studying neurocognitive markers of preclinical/subclinical cognitive change, and will have some experience working with older adults. Experience with administration of neuropsychological tests is also valued and strongly encouraged. With respect to neurocognitive domains of interest, applicants should have some conceptual understanding of the construct of executive functioning, as it relates to either motor learning/motor programming, or to emotion regulation.

Although my lab is currently full, I do consider admitting new volunteers on an ongoing basis. If you are interested in the line of research described above, and you are a highly motivated to learn about and contribute to all aspects of research (e.g., recruitment of participants, data collection, data entry), feel free to contact myself of one of my graduate students. We generally admit new volunteers for one semester on a trial basis. Following the trial period, we often require a one year commitment and the ability to contribute at least 5 hours a week to the lab activities. Hours are highly flexible.

cecilia wainryb, Ph.D. | webpage

Professor, Developmental Psychology
Office: 601 BEHS
Phone: (801) 581-8929
We are currently seeking volunteer research assistants to help with projects relating to: social and moral development; self and identity development; parent-child interactions; peer interactions; group identity and discrimination. Depending on individual interests and experience, volunteers may be involved in recruiting participants, assisting with interviews, transcribing audio files, entering and coding data. If you are interested in being a part of our research team, please email me ( ) and tell me a bit about yourself. Including a copy of your transcript and academic/employment references would also be helpful.Students interested in doing a senior thesis are especially encouraged to apply. Email me with: GPA in psychology, past coursework, research and career interests long-term.