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Academic Writing Made Fun

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

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


Dynamic Vision Group

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

Park City, Utah // January 5 - 7, 2017

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.

Jon's Dynamical Systems Lab

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

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

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

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.


Regulating Adherence for Diabetes in Young Adulthood

Relationship Decisions Lab

Our lab examines how people make decisions about romantic relationships. For example, what sort of factors do people take into consideration when they try to decide whether to pursue a potential date, invest in a new relationship, or break up with a romantic partner? If you are interested in getting involved in the lab, please email Dr. Samantha Joel at

Research Network

We seek to develop a research network that investigates the attention, learning, memory, problem-solving, and decision-making strategies that are promoted by growing up under stressful childhood conditions, focusing on skills and abilities that can benefit at-risk youth.

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

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

Spatial Transformations Experiment

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

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

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

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 Usability Lab

The University of Utah Usability Lab (U3LAB) is focused on improving the user experience (UX) of websites, software, applications, consumer products, and medical devices. If your product has an interface, the U3LAB can help you evaluate its effectiveness.

Visual Perception And Spatial Cognition Lab

Last Updated: 11/23/16