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) 581-7109
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.

I am accepting graduate students for the fall of 2015. Additionally, we are currently accepting applications for a limited number of RA positions for Fall 2014; please contact Alex Crenshaw ( and Jasara Hogan ( if you are interested in applying to be an RA in the lab.

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

Assistant Professor (Clinical), Clinical Psychology
Office: 1320B BEHS
Phone: (801) 587-7222
RA opportunities for Summer/Fall 2013:

Observational Assessment of Couples' Communication. This project involves watching couples' video-recorded discussions and coding partners' communication during the interactions. Requirements for RAs:

-Able to commit to 6 hours/week
-GPA 3.0 or higher

No previous research experience or fluency in Spanish is required, but please mention if you are a bilingual (English/Spanish) speaker. To apply or obtain additional information please email me your CV (resume) at .

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

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 disordFOR ASPIRING GRADUATE STUDENTS:
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; final determinations will be made during the fall 2014 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.

**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,

jonathan butner, Ph.D. | webpage

Associate 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.

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 is considering taking a new graduate student to start in Fall 2013. Please email her if you have questions about working in the VPSC lab or about the CNS program.

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!

Matthew Euler, Ph.D. | webpage

Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology
Office: 1320a BEHS
Phone: (801) 581-6977
Graduate: 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 3.5 GPA or higher are encouraged to check back after fall break.

frances j. friedrich, Ph.D. | webpage

Associate Professor, Cognition and Neural Science | CNS
Office: 1006 BEHS
Phone: (801) 581-5068
I am accepting students. Here is a brief statement of what we are doing -- let me know if you need any additional information. Research areas focus on attention in general and cognitive control mechanisms more specifically. Current studies involve computerized data collection of response times in experiments in which participants must switch rapidly among several relatively simple tasks. Experience with the e-prime program will be a benefit but is not required.

michael himle, Ph.D. | webpage

Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology
Office: 1330 BEHS
Phone: (801) 581-7529
I am interested in taking a new graduate student in the Fall 2013 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 is highly desirable (but not necessary).The University of Utah Clinical Psychology program is committed to the scientist-practitioner 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 2015. However students with strong backgrounds and interests in the area of ethnic/cultural diversity are in great demand within the field of psychology, and our program places a high value on training clinical scientists with diverse backgrounds and interests. Faculty are sometimes able to accept such students even in years when we are not otherwise recruiting.

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. I am interested in bringing a new graduate student into my lab for the 2015-2016 matriculation year.

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. Depending on individual interests and experience, volunteers may be involved in recruiting participants, assisting with interviews, transcribing audio files, data entry, and data coding. If you are interested in being a part of our research team, please email me ( and tell us a bit about yourself. Including a copy of your transcript and academic/employment references would also be helpful.We are always looking for research assistants to work on projects relating to: Social and moral development; Self and identity development; Parent-child interactions; Peer interactions; Group identity and discrimination.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.

jeanine stefanucci, Ph.D. | webpage

Assistant Professor, Cognition and Neural Science | CNS, Health Psychology
Office: 1031 BEHS
Phone: (801) 585-7895
I may accept a graduate student for the fall of 2014. Please email me if you have questions about our application process.

donald s. strassberg, Ph.D. | webpage

ABPP, Professor, Clinical Psychology
Office: 1327 BEHS
Phone: (801) 581-7559
We are an APA-approved Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology. We attempt to select students with research interests that match those of one or more of our faculty. The students whom I advise tend to have research and clinical interests in the general area of human sexuality. Research done by these students in recent years has focused on such topics as the Development of Sexual Orientation, the Effects of Exposure to Sexually Explicit Material, the Use of Plethysmography in the Assessment of Sexual Arousal, Medical Treatment for Premature Ejaculation, the Impact of Viagra on the User and His Partner, and Predictors of Treatment Success for Sex Offenders.For students working with me, our program is well suited for those looking to earn a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and who wish to focus their research training on issues associated with sexuality and/or psychological assessment. While our Clinical program allows for significant flexibility in emphasis along the Scientist-Practitioner continuum, all of our students are expected to develop high levels of competency as both researchers and clinicians. As with all APA-approved clinical programs, ours is quite competitive. We receive applications from many more qualified students than we can admit to our program. But, if you have a good GPA, good GRE scores, and good letters of recommendation, I strongly encourage you to apply. We look particularly favorably upon those applicants who, in addition to the qualifications I've already mentioned, also have had at least some research and applied (i.e., clinical) experiences, the more the better.

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

Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology
Office: 1301-B BEHS
Phone: (801) 585-0796
I will be recruiting a new graduate student for Fall 2014. I will be looking for students who are interested in neuropsychological research on normal and abnormal aging, and on identifying early preclinical markers of cognitive decline among older adults. 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 a currently ongoing longitudinal project. Representative publications from these lines of research in our lab include Kraybill, Thorgusen, & Suchy (2012) 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 stydying 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.

jason watson, Ph.D. | webpage

Associate Professor, Cognition and Neural Science | CNS
Office: 1034 BEHS
Phone: (801) 581-5040
I am interested in admitting new graduate students for the 2011-2012 academic year, with applications due this Fall, 2010. Graduate students who work with me in my lab typically have interests related to executive attention (see my research interests above). Prior research experience with strong letters of recommendation is desired, though not strictly required. I encourage prospective students to contact me via email ( and to visit my Cognitive Science Lab webpage for additional information about lab personnel and current research projects. In addition, I am always interested in working with dedicated and thoughtful undergraduate students who are looking to gain valuable research experience on attention, memory, and aging.