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Research Labs

This page shows research openings for students and the research interests of the faculty in the Department of Psychology.

Department of Psychology: 
Student Research Opportunities | Faculty Research Interests


Student Research Opportunities

A "yes" under openings for students means that the faculty member will consider allowing you to work in his/her lab. Please contact that individual faculty member to discuss further.

Department of Psychology

Faculty Name Lab Name Openings For Students
Undergraduate Graduate
Krisstal Clayton    Applied Planning and Performance Lab   Yes Yes
Pitt Derryberry Research of Ethical and Social Topics (REST) Lab Yes Yes
Lisa C. Duffin The Academic Quality (TAQ) Lab Yes Yes
Rick Grieve Clinical/Applied Research (CAR) Group Yes Yes
Sally Kuhlenschmidt Abilities Research Group No Yes
Elizabeth Jones Emotional Issues of Children and Youth Research Group Yes Yes
Carl Myers Behavior Assessment Lab Yes Yes
Tony Paquin   Yes Yes
Jenni Redifer Attention and Memory Lab Yes Yes
Steve Wininger Motivation Lab Yes Yes
Qin Zhao Metacognition Lab Yes Yes




Faculty Research Interests

Pitt Derryberry
My research interests pertain to socio-cognitive development during adolescence and the college years with specific emphases on the development of moral judgment and self-understanding.
Lab: Research of Ethical and Social Topics (REST) Lab

Lisa C. Duffin
My research interest spans the factors that impact academic quality at many different levels (i.e., program-level, group-level, and individual-level) and in many different contexts (i.e., university, K-12 schools, lab).
Lab: The Academic Quality (TAQ) Lab

Rick Grieve
My research interests lie in the area of eating disorders, and right now I am investigating men's eating disorders, especially muscle dysmorphia. I am also interested in sport fan behaviors. I have a number of studies going in both areas through the Clinical/Applied Research (CAR) Group. 
Lab: Clinical/Applied Research (CAR) Group

Sally Kuhlenschmidt
My research interests lie in assessing, developing, and sustaining abilities and using abilities to cope with adversity. I focus on two primary settings: 1. the aged and caregivers of the aged and 2. university faculty.  A primary theme in both is achieving effective communication of needs and interventions. In the gerontology setting graduate students are working on mindfulness in the aged. In the university setting my focus is on identifying, classifying, and assessing faculty development practices in higher education institutions. I am considering a project on addressing mental health stigma using graphics.
Lab: Abilities Research Group

Elizabeth Jones
My research focuses on emotional issues experienced by children and adolescents. One area of investigation is the assessment of depression, the relative effectiveness of existing measures in assessing depression and anxiety, and the relationship between anxiety and depression in youth. Another area of investigation is nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) in youth. Areas of investigation within the area of NSSI include the relationship between nonsuicidal self-injury and other high risk behaviors, teacher knowledge and perceptions, peer perceptions, influence of the internet/social media, and emotional correlates of self-injury.
Lab: Emotional Issues of Children and Youth Research Group

Carl Myers
The focus of the research lab is on various behavioral assessment methods at the preschool age level.
Lab: Emotional Issues of Children and Youth Research Group

Tony Paquin
My research interests are: 1. The impact of culture on workplace behavior (e.g., productivity/organizational effectiveness, leadership, and incivility) in traditional and nontraditional organizations. 2. Psychometric issues in the translation and design of cross-cultural instruments. 3. Rater agreement in the context of performance appraisal.

Jenni Redifer
My research examines cognitive factors related to student learning and achievement. I am interested in how working memory capacity (the limited attentional resources we have available during effortful tasks) influences problem-solving and retrieval of information from long-term memory. Part of this work investigates methods for teaching effective strategies to individuals with low working memory capacity (i.e., fewer attentional resources).
Lab: Attention and Memory Lab

Steve Wininger
The majority of my research interests are in motivation, specifically in teaching people to self-regulate. My research spans three different contexts: exercise, learning, and sport. The three central outcome variables are exercise adherence, self-regulated learners, and peak sport performance. 
Lab: Motivation Lab

Qin Zhao
My research interests include metacognition, self-judgment, and self-regulation. Currently, the metacognition lab is examining how cognitive, motivational, and social factors influence metacognitive judgment of performance.
Lab: Metacognition Lab



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