Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunities

Below is a list of faculty, graduate students, and others, who are currently looking for research assistants (RAs). If you are interested in one of these opportunities, carefully read over our step-by-step research experience process. Please use the contact information below to get involved.

Faculty/Grad Student
Research Interest
Contact Information

Riccio /Jasnow

Projects involve the study of memory acquisition, storage, and expression.  (Note: The projects involve using rats and mice as models for memory.)

Jordan Adkins jadkin26@kent.edu


Research projects involve characterizing neurophysiological processes underlying fear, anxiety, and social stress behaviors (Note: This lab uses a mouse model.)

Maeson Latsko 


Sohini Dutta 

sdutta1@kent.edu Samantha Ortiz



Child-health psychology. Current Projects are focused on obesity and weight management in children and adolescents. (e.g., influence of stress on adolescent health, role of parent and family influences on pediatric obesity, health disparities in low-income youth, late adolescent weight gain)  (Note: 3.3 minimum GPA; 6 hrs/wk and two-semester commitment required; preference given to psych majors who have taken Quant 1 and Research Methods)

Libby Ruzicka




Projects with rats: 1) Studies examining adult learning and memory impairments caused by exposure to drugs, such as nicotine, during adolescence. 2) Studies examining the neural, behavioral, and cognitive systems responsible for complex behavior. Minimum requirements: 3.0 GPA in the previous academic year and commitment to approximately 10 hours of lab time per week.

Megan Miller



Jessica Sharp



 How people monitor and control their learning and memory.  (Note: 3.0 minimum GPA; must intend to go to grad school)

 Rachel Hall



How do people stick to health-related goals, such as diet and exercise? How can adherence to health behaviors be improved?

 John Updegraff



Conscious and unconscious factors that affect health behavior, judgment, and decision-making. (Note: GPA and other factors will be considered when reviewing applications, but all are encouraged to apply.)

John Updegraff



Research on emotions, stress, and relationships.
(Note: 3.0 minimum GPA; 6-9 hrs/week and two-semester commitment required)

Karin Coifman



Self-regulation and physical activity choices.
(Note: 3.0 minimum GPA; minimum 6 hour/week commitment; must intend to go to grad school)

Scout McCully smccull5@kent.edu


Opportunities are available for a number of projects being conducted in collaboration with Akron Children’s Hospital.  Help is also needed with several current projects examining physical and mental health outcomes in a variety of populations including college undergraduates, individuals experiencing recent and past trauma, as well as individuals seeking addiction treatment.

Main Lab



Research Interests: Our research group focuses on the use of the MMPI-2-RF. Some of our current projects are related to the use of the MMPI-2-RF in outpatient clinic samples, chronic pain clinics, bariatric surgery clinics, and police departments. Most undergraduate research assistants begin as volunteers before progressing further in the research group. We also provide opportunities for motivated students to collaborate on research projects – which could lead to conference presentations. We have a formal application process that allows interested undergraduate students the opportunity to learn more about our research group experience before making any firm commitments.

Jessica Tylicki



Health Psychology: projects in the areas of cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, etc.

David Ede



Research projects span a wide array of phenomena regarding the effects of misinformation on the development of false memories. Projects research assistants may work on include investigating the effects of corrections in news stories, lying on the development of false memories, falsely describing a face on lineup identification, and juror's perception of witness uncertainty.

Rachel DeFranco rdefranc@kent.edu


Current projects involve anxiety, and racial and ethnic identity in Black adolescents. We are looking for undergraduate research assistants to perform general duties in the lab, as well as four undergraduates to facilitate groups for Black adolescent girls. Preference for those who want to work with Black adolescent girls. Must have some knowledge of mobile technology. Work takes place in urban inner-city communities. Valid driver’s license preferred but not necessary. (Note: minimum 3.0 GPA)

Delilah Ellzey



Depression, rumination, stress, and sleep in both adult and adolescent populations. (Note: 3 hrs/week and two-semester commitment required)

Jennifer Cooks



How children and adults learn about fractions and make simple numeric decisions. (Note: 3.0 minimum GPA; minimum of 6.0 hours/week commitment; must have reliable transportation to travel to local elementary schools)



This project involves investigation of mother-child interactions, maternal behaviors, child cognitive and behavioral functioning, and the social environment in a sample of Latina, adolescent mothers.

(Note: The lab is currently seeking applicants who would code maternal and child behaviors during video-recorded mother-child interactions. Applicants should have a minimum of 3.0 GPA.)

Aimee Hammer



Projects involve the study of implicit memory and learning, and attention control. (Note: minimum 3.2 GPA and 6-9/wk commitment.)

Christopher Was



Our research focuses on how people pursue exercise goals in the context of romantic relationships. As a research assistant, you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience. We require a 2-semester, 10 hours/week commitment. You must be available evenings and weekends to run participants. (Note: Must have minimum 3.2 GPA. Owning a car and willingness to drive to participants’ homes is not required but will be considered an advantage.)

Judith Gere



Projects related to how higher and lower skill readers learn from text.

Dr. Jill Folk


van Dulmen

The van Dulmen lab conducts research on romantic relationships throughout the lifespan. The current research project involves coding videotaped romantic couple interactions for 5-6 hours a week. Research assistants will also help with miscellaneous lab tasks for the remaining 4-5 hours a week. Sophomores and juniors interested in romantic relationships, dating violence, and/or alcohol use are encouraged to apply. Positions are competitive and students are asked to make, at a minimum, a two semester commitment. Opportunities to be involved in conference presentations/honor theses may be available as well.  Please email Lauren Greathouse (lgreath5@kent.edu) for an application.

Lauren Greathouse lgreath5@kent.edu


Help is needed on various exciting projects in neuropsychology! Our lab focuses on the brain-body relationship, and investigates research questions such as: Can exercise improve cognitive function in individuals with certain medical conditions? How is a person’s sleep related to his or her thinking ability? To get involved in researching these questions and more, email for an application! (Minimum 3.5 GPA)

Kim Chapman kchapm15@kent.edu


Social/health psychology. Projects involve how people think about and respond to risk information for disease, especially genetic risk information. Projects may also involve understanding why people do and do not engage in health behaviors.

Jennifer Taber jtaber1@kent.edu


Projects involve the study of meditation, stress reduction, and emotion regulation in psychopathology and chronic disease management. (Note: Minimum 3.0 GPA)        

Laura Kiken lkiken@kent.edu



Research on emotion and parent-child relationships (Minimum 3.4 GPA)


Logan Kochendorfer



Psychopathology and Emotion Regulation Laboratory (PERL). We are currently seeking research assistants to be involved in a project examining various thought processes underlying anxiety/depression and their impact on motivation. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be able to commit at least 6 hours per week for the Spring 2017 semester.

Luke Heggeness lheggene@kent.edu

Godwin - Dept. Educational Psychology

The Child Development Lab studies how children learn (in the lab and in classrooms). Ongoing projects include the development of attention and executive function. We investigate how these factors influence children’s engagement and learning. Other projects include how learning environments and instructional materials can be optimized to promote attention. We also study how children’s language development influences their ability to reason about categories.  

Karrie Godwin



**Listed below is NOT a Research Assistant position, but rather a paid student worker position: 

The behavioral neuroscience laboratories within the Psychological Sciences department need undergraduate caretakers for the rats and mice used within their experiments! These are paid positions for approximately 20 hours/week and require some weekend and holiday work. Caretakers will be responsible for changing and cleaning cages, feeding and watering the animals, as well as careful monitoring of animal health and well-being. Routine cleaning and sanitization of the workspace is also required. Prior experience handling small animals is preferred. Qualified individuals should be reliable working independently as well as being comfortable communicating routinely with others part of a group. The ability to lift 50lbs is necessary. Opportunities to learn more about, engage more with and expand upon the basic caretaking of the animals is available to suitably motivated individuals! These caretaking positions are popular and competitive; only a few slots on average each semester are available and preference is given to the most qualified applicants. Please contact Laure Farnbauch, Manager of Laboratory Animal Resources in the Department of Psychological Sciences at lfarnbau@kent.edu if interested in applying. 

**Last Updated October, 2016