Student Research Opportunities in Psychology and Neuroscience

Below you will find a listing of all available research opportunities in Psychology and Neuroscience. Please use the contact information listed in each posting for further information regarding the research opportunities.


Stacy Ryan

Justice-Involved Youth and Caregiver Concerns about Consenting to Substance Use Treatment Research

Assisting the graduate student and PI with subject recruitment, enrollment, and data collection via questionnaires and interview. Participants will be recruited from juvenile probation. This project has an opening for two paid undergraduate positions.

Course Credit: NA
Semesters Available: Fall/Spring/Full Summer
Required Pre-requisites: NA
Start Date: September 5th
Contact: Stacy_Ryan@baylor.edu

 

iParent: A Continuing Care Program for Caregivers to Facilitate Post-Treatment Outcomes among Substance Using Teens

Assisting the graduate student and PI with the development of a smartphone application and then subject recruitment, enrollment, and data collection in a followup study to examine the smartphone application. Smartphone application development will require brief mini studies that involve study design and subject recruitment, enrollment, and data collection.

Course Credit: NA
Semesters Available: Fall/Spring/Full Summer
Required Pre-requisites: two years of course work in psychology as a major
Start Date: Anytime
Contact Information: Stacy_Ryan@baylor.edu

Adolescent Mobile Phone Use Patterns and Preferences for Technology in Substance Use Treatment

Assisting the graduate student and PI with subject recruitment, enrollment, and data collection via questionnaires and telephone interviews. Participant recruitment will take place in the Waco and Hillsboro areas.

Course Credit: NA
Semesters Available: Fall/Spring/Full Summer
Required Pre-requisites: two years of course work in psychology as a major
Start Date: Anytime
Contact Information: Stacy_Ryan@baylor.edu


Sara Dolan

Psychology

My research is focused on neuropsychological function in persons with substance abuse and other impulse-control disorders. A second area of research involves work with Veterans, and that work would be in the context of the VA-CERP internship through the Pre-Health program.

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Begin Date: ongoing
Contact Information: Sara_Dolan@baylor.edu


 

JoAnn Tsang

Social psychology, psychology of religion, positive psychology

Religion and prejudice; religion and moral foundations; gratitude, forgiveness. Students serve as experimenters for in-lab studies on positive psychology, and gain experience constructing online experiments.

Recommended Pre-requisites: I am most impressed with students who have earned As in several psychology courses, especially Psychology Statistics.
Course Credit Offered:
Begin Date: ongoing
Contact Information: JoAnn_Tsang@Baylor.edu


Annie Ginty

Behavioral Medicine

How does the brain link psychological experiences, such as stress, with cognitive, biological, and behavioral changes that matter for health? This question is at the heart of Dr. Ginty’s research program which integrates neuroimaging, psychophysiological, neuroendocrine, and epidemiological methods. Her particular focus is on the neurobiology of peripheral nervous system and cardiovascular responses to stress and their relationship with unhealthy behaviors and future disease.

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Begin Date: ongoing
Contact Information: Annie_Ginty@baylor.edu


Joaquin Lugo

Research Area: Neuroscience, Behavioral Science

Developmental epilepsy, the relationship between epilepsy and autism, Fragile X Syndrome, and how seizures impact bone development

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Begin Date: ongoing
Contact Information: Joaquin_Lugo@baylor.edu


Karenna Malavanti

Psychology

Dr. Malavanti’s primary interest is in applied cognition and human memory. Dr. Malavanti has two broad areas of research, legal psychology (i.e., efficacy of juror instructions and expert testimony, eyewitness memory in bilinguals, optimal line-up procedures) and applying cognitive psychology to education (i.e., increasing retention of course material, optimal study strategies).

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Begin Date: ongoing
Contact Information: Karenna_Malavanti@baylor.edu


Melanie Sekeres

Psychology & Physiology

My research uses a combination of human and animal memory models to understand how memories are formed and stored in the brain (memory consolidation).

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Begin Date: ongoing
Contact Information: Melanie_Sekeres@baylor.edu


Wade Rowatt

Psychology

Dr. Rowatt studies personality traits like humility, the relationship between dimensions of religiousness and prejudice, and deception.

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Begin Date: ongoing
Contact Information: Wade_Rowatt@baylor.edu


Michael Scullin

Sleep, Neuroscience, Cognition, Memory, Psychology

Dr. Scullin’s research investigates how sleep physiology impacts memory, education, health, and aging.

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Begin Date: ongoing
Contact Information: Michael_Scullin@baylor.edu