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Undergraduate research opportunities

Interested in gaining research experience to prepare for graduate school? We are looking for hard-working, energetic, detail-oriented undergraduates to join our research team.

Our undergraduate research assistants take part in nearly all aspects of our research. They help recruit participants, collect data, and prepare data for analyses. Advanced undergraduate research assistants may also design their own research projects, run analyses, and prepare their results for presentation at scientific conferences.

Course credit is available (PSY 492). PSY 492 is available for 1, 2, or 3 credit hours. First semester undergraduate research assistants take PSY 492 for 3 credit hours (approx. 10 hours of work per week). Volunteer (i.e., non-credit) positions are available after research assistants have completed one semester of 492.

If you have worked at least one semester in our lab, you also would be eligible to complete a senior research project (PSY 494) or honors thesis (PSY 498/499), provided that you have met all other qualifications.

Want to join us? Complete an online application here:

Undergraduate RA application


Information for PhD applicants

What type of applicant is the best fit for our lab?

Applicants whose are interested developmental psychopathology and peer relationships would be a good match. While most successful applicants will have research goals directly in line with the current focus of the lab, it also is possible that an applicant will have a research interest that compliments our existing work and may even take it in a new direction. Generally speaking, successful applicants are excited about research careers in which they can contribute to basic and applied clinical science. 

How can I find out more about the University of Maine?

University of Maine Clinical Psychology Program

University of Maine Graduate School

How can I find out more about applying to clinical psychology graduate programs?

Applicants to doctoral programs in clinical psychology tend to have excellent academic records, good GRE scores, research experience, and a palpable enthusiasm for their future research goals. Check out these resources for more information on the process and programs available:

CUDCP Guide to Clinical Psychology Graduate School

Likelihood of Successfully Obtaining an APA-Accredited Predoctoral Internship, by Accredited Doctoral Program

How Difficult Is It to Gain Admission Into Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programs?

There also are a series of extremely helpful narratives from Mitchell Prinstein and his graduate students at the University of Chapel Hill. Download “Mitch’s Uncensored Grad School Advice” (Mitchell Prinstein), “Before You Apply” (Casey Calhoun), and “Tips on Applying to Graduate School” (Sophie Choukas-Bradley).

Mitch’s Uncensored Grad School Advice

Before You Apply

Tips on Applying to Graduate School