Research Opportunities In Psychology by kqxarzawuiwpx


         Research is an intergral part of the Psychological Sciences, and a major requirement of
students attending graduate school. Experience as an undergraduate research assistant helps
to prepare for the rigors of performing research as a graduate student, as well as helping to
determine a topic of research for future research. Participation as a research assistant is often a
key determinant in the selection process of graduate and professional school admissions.
         Beyond graduate school, the ability to understand research designs and statisitical
procedures is an important trait for any employment opportunity. In every field, employees are
faced with decisions based on research. Be it scientific research, market research, or quality
control research, all forms of research face the same basic concerns of samplig bias, error, and
variability. The familiarity with basic research and statistical concerns that a research assistant
gains is an invaluable aid when making informed decisions based upon data. This can be a
decided advantage when in competition on the job market.
         The psychology department at the University at Buffalo offers a number of opportunities
for formal research training. Many professors and graduate students in the department are
looking for undergraduates to help with data gathering, data entry, and other research activities.
Research experiences ranges across many areas in the general areas of clinical psychology,
social psychology, behavioral neuroscience, and cognitive psychology. Here at UB, we have
specialized research facilities for the study of language comprehension, auditory and speech
perception, memory, infant behavior, social interaction, small group processes, behavior
therapy, human psychophysiology and biofeedback, neurochemical and electrophysiological
investigation into the physiological bases of behavior, and survey research.

Opportunities for Research
PSY 498 – Undergraduate research assistant
PSY 498 is a research assistant program of scholarships. Undergraduates apply to the
labs of individual faculty members. Specific course requirements and duties depend on
the agreement of individual undergraduates and their faculty sponsors. Research
assistants in PSY 498 are usually more involved in experimental setup and design of
specific research projects. PSY 498 is given a letter grade and the credits can fulfill
departmental requirements for graduation (1-8 credit hrs.)

PSY 497 – Honors Program
The psychology department’s honors program is open to a limited number of seniors and/or
junions with a GPA of 3.0 both overall and in psychology. The year long program involves
the development and execution of an original research project under faculty supervision.
During the fall sememster, honors students meet as a group to examine advanced

Revised 07/2008
methodological issues and to discuss their research in a seminar format (PSY 497). This
program is particularly valuable for students who pan to pursue graduate study in
psychology or related disciplines. Students’ transcripts indicate graduation with honors, high
honors, highest honors in psychology. Each spring, the student with the most outstanding
honors thesis is recognized with the departments’ Feldman-Cohen Award for Distinguished
Honors Achievement. Prior or concurrent completion of PSY 450 Advanced Research
Methods is a requirement for participation. Prior research experience (PSY 498) and prior or
concurrent completion of PSY 405 Data Analysis Techniques are recommended. Students
interested in the Honors Program should obtain a detailed program decription in 283 Park
Hall during their junior year.

Undergraduate Research Convocation

The department hosts the Undergraduate Research Convocation in the spring semester.
This is a department wide, mini-conference where honors students and RA’s have an
opportunity to present research projects on which they have been working. This is a unique
opportunity for undergraduate majors to gain experience giving professional talks to other
researchers of psychology.

ADHD Research – Summer Treatment Program
        Contact: William E. Pelham, Ph.D.
        Office: 318 Diefendorf (South Campus)
        Phone: 829-2244
        Application & Information:
The Summer Treatment Program (STP), an intensive summer day treatment program for
children with Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related disorders, has been in
existence since 1980, under the direction of William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D. The STP has been
developed as a clinical research program that offers state-of-the-art treatment to children with
ADHD and the related disorders, Oppositional/Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and
concurrent learning disabilities. Interested students can earn up to 12 credit hours or a $2000
stipend in the program over the summer. Those interested in applying are encouraged to visit
the website for detailed information on the dates and hours of employment.

Revised 07/2008
Adult Developmental Study
        Contact: Kenneth Leonard, Ph.D.
        Office: Research Institute of Addictions
        Phone: 887 2509
We are seeking undergraduate volunteers to work on the Adult Development Study. This study
is a 9 year longitudinal study of married couples that examines how husband and wife alcohol
use and social and personality factors influence the couples’ marital relationship, relationship
violence, and emotional functioning. Requirements include 3.0 GPA and an interest
psychological research. For further details and an application form, contact Dr. Ken Leonard.

Asperger’s and Autism Spectrum Disorders
       Contact: Dr. Christopher Lopata
       Office: 409 Baldy Hall
       Phone: 645 2484
Faculty and doctoral students in the Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology
Department at UB, in conjunction with Summit Educational Services, are looking for
undergraduate research assistants. Duties include working on several on-going projects an
may entail data entry, videotape coding, photocopying, recruiting control subjects, protocol
administration and scoring, etc. Looking for students who: have a 3.0 or higher GPA, are highly
motivated and capable of working independently, can provide a resume and names of three
references and are willing to commit a minimum of 10 hours per week for the equivalent of a
semester. If interested, contact Dr. Christopher Lopata.

Behavioral Medicine Lab
        Contact: Leonard H. Epstein, Ph.D.
        Office: G 56 Farber Hall (South Campus)
        Phone: 829-3400

        Contact: Colleen Kilanowski

Web Page:
This research is engaged in basic and applied research in health psychology. Basic and clinical
research on obesity, Type II diabetes and asthma are being planned. Current research include:
treatment of obese children; the influence of television on eating and exercise; modifying the
television watching environment; motivating children to be more active; and habituation and
food intake in children. For more detailed information on the different research please visit the
above website.

Comparative Bioacoustics Laboratory
        Contact: Dr. Micheal Dent
        Office: B76 Park Hall

Revised 07/2008
        Phone: (716) 645-0266
        Web Page:
Dr. Dent’s laboratory investigates the perception of complex acoustic stimuli in birds and small
mammals using both behavioral and physiological techniques. These stimuli include speech
sounds, binaural stimuli, and stimuli that produce auditory illusions. Demonstrations of auditory
illusions in animals are extremely important for understanding auditory functioning in realistic
environments in both normal and hearing-impaired populations. I am interested in determining
whether birds exhibit certain illusions and what the underlying neural correlates are to these
illusions – that is, where the disconnect occurs between the presented stimulus and the
perceived stimulus. For more information please visit the above web page.

The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo
        Asthma Lab
        Contact: Dr. Beatrice Wood and Dr. Bruce Miller
        E-mail: (Wood)
        Phone: (716) 878-7645
Seeking undergraduate psychology majors to assist them at their Asthma Lab at Children's
Hospital. Looking for individuals who are interested in family process and psychophysiology.
Students must be available to work for credit for about a year for 10 hours a week. Research
assistants will have the opportunity to assist a laboratory study investigating the emotional and
physiological responses of children when exposed to emotionally challenging stimuli both alone
and with their families. Responsibilities will vary based on education and experience and may
include rating videotapes of family interactions for observed behaviors, assisting with the
collection of physiological data, administering questionnaires and attending lab meetings in
which relevant readings are discussed.

Pediatric Rehabilitation
         Contact: Dr. Louise Ferretti
         Phone: 878-7440 (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday)
Research opportunity in Pediatric Rehabilitation at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Seeking a
research assistant with an interest in rehabilitation of children following acquired brain injury.
Children receive intensive rehabilitative care through participation in physical therapy,
occupational therapy, and speech/language therapy under the coordinated care of a pediatric
specialist. This research placement will provide the student with a unique overview of
rehabilitative medical care. Required activities may include review of medical records, letter
writing and mailing of documents to families and schools, and telephone interviews with patients
and their families. The student will be expected to devote a specified amount of time per week
to these activities (minimum 8hrs per week). The student will be provided with directed readings
on topics of relevance to the research project, and will be invited to discuss the readings with
Dr. Ferretti in weekly meetings. In addition the student may attend morning rounds with
rehabilitation physician and medical residents, observing patients engaged in therapeutic
activities, and the opportunity to attend case conferences. The student must have a genuine
interest in children. Upper level psychology students, pre-med students, or Master’s level
students in related fields would be the most appropriate candidates, although other students
with other qualifications who demonstrate a strong interest in this work will be considered as
well. The goal would be for the student’s contribution to result in a formal presentation of
research findings at a professional meeting, and/or co-authorship with Dr. Ferretti of a published

Revised 07/2008
article. The research will take place at Children’s Hospital and the student must be available on
Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. For further details, please contact Dr. Ferretti.

Center for Children and Families

        Contact: Brian Wymbs
        Office: 318 Diefendorf Hall (South Campus)
        Phone: (716) 829-2244 ext.20
        Web page:

This research opportunity offers students the unique opportunity to 1) learn about current
treatment methodologies for school-age children with disruptive behavior problems and 2) help
implement treatments with children across school and university clinic settings. All students
interested in this opportunity will take part in hands-on clinical/research projects with school age
children throughout the semester with Center for Children and Families. Opportunities include
serving as teacher-aides in classrooms, observing and coding behavior of children in school
settings, and helping to facilitate social and sports skills training groups after school for children
with behavioral problems. Students interested should have a car or a very reliable ride.

Parent Strategy Programs for Parents of Children with ADHD
       Contact: Anil Chacko or Greg Fabiano
       E-mail: or
Research assistants collect and manage data, work with children and their parents, and attend
a weekly lab meeting. RAs will also gain experience working with children with ADHD by helping
to conduct social skills training groups and supervising children and their siblings during the
parenting classes. RAs must also be available to work Saturdays. If you would like more
information on the program contact Anil or Greg.

NIAA Project
        Contact: Elizabeth Gnagy
Research assistants will work on a federally funded project studying the development of alcohol
and drug use and abuse in adolescents with ADHD. The position involves data entry,
verification, and summary. Interested applicants can contact Elizabeth.

The Infrant and Child Development Study (ICDS)
Looking for Student Volunteers at UB’s Research Institute on Addictions
The Infant and Child Development Study (ICDS) is a large-scale, longitudinal study being
conducted at RIA, a UB research center and a national leader in the study of alcohol and
substance abuse issues. The ICDS examines the effects of parental alcoholism and associated
psychopathology on child development and parent-child relationships. The study is funded by
the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse and is in its twelfth year. Two hundred
and thirty families began the study when their child was 12 months old and were assessed every
year up to entry into kindergarten and then again in 4th and 6th grade. The study utilizes
questionnaires, parent-child play interactions, observational assessments, teacher assessments,
peer reports, and cognitive testing to develop a picture of child and family functioning. We are

Revised 07/2008
currently collecting 4th and 6th grade data and are looking for student volunteers to help us with
videotaping, parent interviews, child assessments, and coding videotaped parent-child
interactions. Visits occur mainly in the early evenings and possibly some Saturdays as well.
Students must commit to two semesters of volunteering for 10 hours a week beginning in the
fall. In addition to gaining valuable research experience, Psychology majors can receive credit
for PSY 498 (Undergraduate Research) each semester. We are looking for motivated,
responsible, and hard-working students with a commitment to research.
      Contact: Dr. Ellen Edwards or Dr. Rina Eiden,
        The Research Institute on Addictions is located at 1021 Main Street, so reliable
transportation is a must. Interested students should Dr. Ellen Edwards,
or Dr. Rina Eiden, for an application.

Close Relationships Lab
         Contact: Dr. Sandra Murray
         Office: 364 Park Hall
         Phone: 645-3650 ext.344
         Web Page:
The research being conducted in this laboratory examines motivated cognition in the context of
close relationships. We are interested in how individuals reach and then sustain a sense of
conviction in the belief that a partner is the “right” person and can be counted on to be caring
and responsive across time and situations. Our work suggests that a sense of conviction require
the absence of significant nagging doubts or uncertainties. Unfortunately, though, reasons to
doubt one’s partner surface in even the most satisfying relationships. After all, people
transgress in their relationships no matter how well intentioned they are. Conflicts are also
virtually guaranteed because so few individuals marry partners who are compatible on even
basic personality dimensions. For most individuals, the continual challenge in maintaining the
well-being of their relationships may be to prevent serious doubts from arising and then
undermining a sense of conviction. Need help running subjects in experimental sessions, data
entry, and library research. Must be reliable and organized, a psychology major, have a GPA of
3.0 or better, a flexible schedule, and be able to dedicate 10 to 12 hours a week to the project.

The Child and Adolescent Relationships Laboratory
        Contact: Julie Bowker, Ph.D.
        Office: 224 Park Hall
        Phone: 645-3650 ext. 224

Is accepting new undergraduate research assistants for the 2007-2008 academic school year. The
research program of this new laboratory (located in 303, 304, and 305 Park Hall) is aimed at
investigating and understanding the ways in which children’s close relationships, particularly
their friendships, contribute to emotional and social development and well-being during late
childhood and early adolescence. Undergraduate research assistants will be involved in data

Revised 07/2008
collection and data entry, the transcriptions of video-taped interviews with children and their best
friends, and observational coding.
Undergraduate research assistants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and will be required to
commit to the laboratory for one year. Students will receive 3 credits of PSY 498 for their
laboratory work each semester, and will be required to complete approximately 10 hours of lab
work each week.
If interested, applications are available in the box on Dr. Bowker’s office door, 224 Park Hall.
Please direct any questions to Dr. Bowker via email,

Depression Research and Treatment Program
        Contact: John R. Roberts, Ph.D.
        Office: 168 Park Hall
        Phone: (716) 645-0184
        Web Page:
The DRT Program is currently investigating a number of issues related to the nature and course
of depressive disorders. We are particularly interested in processes associated with the
remission of episodes of depression, as well as the longer term course including relapse and
recurrence after treatment completion. Among other variables, we study the role of stressful life
events, depressive rumination and cognitive vulnerability. Some of our more recent studies have
explored “rapid sudden gains” during the course of treatment, how cognitive style moderates the
impact of rumination on depression, and how interpersonal style contributes to the generation of
stressful life events during the course of clinical depression. At a more basic level, we are
interested in questions related to the structure of mood disorders, such as whether they exist on
a continuum with normal functioning or if they are qualitatively distinct, and have begun a series
of taxometric and factor analytic studies to address these questions.

Division of Developmental and Behavioral Neurosciences;
Department of Neurology
        Contact: David W. Shucard, Ph.D.
        Office: 100 High Street Buffalo General Hospital
        Phone: 859-1404

Overall research interest is in the cognitive and behavioral neurosciences and the relationships
between behavioral and biological variables, with an emphasis on the neurophysiology of the
brain as the dependent measure: study of the neurophysiology associated with cognitive
processes, such as working memory and attention; information processing; intellectual abilities;
learning disorders; intellectual/cognitive development; language development; psychological
disorders; drug effects; and immunological reactions. This research focuses on the study of the
nervous systems of both animals and humans. Electrophysiological, behavioral,
neuropsychological, immunological, biochemical, and neuroimaging techniques are involved in
this work. Some of the research involves the development of new techniques and paradigms in
cognitive/behavioral neuroscience and applying these to clinical problems. Current clinical

Revised 07/2008
projects address cognitive disturbances in Multiple Sclerosis and Systemic Lupus

EEG Lab at Research Institute of Addictions
        Contact: Rebecca J. Houston, Ph.D.
        Office: 1021 Main St.
        Phone: (716) 887-2566
        Web Page:
The EEG lab at the Research Institute of Addictions is seeking highly motivated students
interested in research on the biological substrates of impulsive, aggressive, and addictive
behaviors. Working in the lab would include: Procedures for collection of EEG and event
related potential data, administration and scoring of neuropsychological measures of frontal
brain function, administration of structured of structured interviews and questionnaires with
participants, day-to-day maintenance of ongoing study and data materials, opportunities to
discuss current research in these areas as well as new research ideas. Check the RIA website
for more information on Dr. Houston’s research.

Graduate School of Education
        Contact: Dr. Julie Sarama or Dr. Douglas Clements
        Office: 576 or 572 Baldy Hall
        Phone: 645-2455 ext. 1124 (Dr. Clements), 1152 (Dr. Sarama)
        E-mail: or
        Web Page:
Two faculty members in the Graduate School of Education have received a Dept. of Education
grant to study the immediate and longitudinal effects of preschool curricula. They wish to invite
interested students to gain research experience conducting direct student assessments, coding
assessments, conducting parent interviews, and so forth. Training is provided. Pay is provided
via an hourly rate. Number of hours is negotiable.

Neuropsychology Research
        Contact: Ralph H. Benedict, Ph.D.
        Office: Buffalo General Hospital
        Phone: 859-1403

Dr. Benedict is a clinical neuropsychologist and associate professor, with appointments in
Neurology, Psychiatry and Psychology. There are ongoing projects in the developmental of new
neuropsychological tests, cognitive disorders in dementia, and neuropsychological changes in
multiple sclerosis. Honor students or those interested in graduate work in neuropsychology are
encouraged to apply. Duties include data collection, data analysis, data entry, and test
administration. For more detailed information on various researches please visit the above web

Revised 07/2008
Neural and Cognitive Plasticity Lab
         Contact: Dr. Eduardo Mercado III
         Office: 350 Park Hall
         Phone: 645-3650 ext. 350
         Web Page:
The Neural and Cognitive Plasticity Laboratory is dedicated to understanding how experience
guides perception and thought. Currently, we are exploring how experience with complex
sounds changes the way that brains process those sounds. Have you ever wondered what is
happening inside your head when you are learning to sing a song, or when you recognize a
song that you have heard before? Have you considered whether similar things are happening in
a whale's head when it is singing? Through experimental and computational studies, we are
attempting to provide answers to these kinds of questions. Knowing how learning and other
experiences affect representations of sensory events can potentially enable us to beneficially
adjust how brains process these events, thereby improving both perceptual and conceptual
abilities. Visit the web page for additional information on his research and projects.

Project Cope
        Contact: Dr Amy Hequembourg
        Office: 1021 Main St.
        Phone: 887-3343

Project Cope, seeks to examine gender and sexual identity differences in substance use and
victimization. Four hundred gay men, lesbians, bisexual men, and bisexual women are being
recruited to participate in a survey that assesses their alcohol and drug use, social networks and
social supports, coming-out experiences, and experiences of violence. The goal is to better
understand the risk and the protective factors associated with substance use and victimization
among sexual minorities. Interns are being recruited to work on the project for credit and/or
experience, and will be asked to participate in a number of project-related tasks including
telephone screening and scheduling, administrative tasks (e.g., copying, collating, mailing), and/
or transcribing audio-taped interviews. Interns must provide reliable transportation to RIA and
they must be available weekdays from 9am-5pm. A minimum commitment of 10 hours per
week is required.

Psycholinguistics Laboratory
       Contact: Dr. Gail Mauner
       Office: 368B Park Hall
       Lab: 376-378, 363 Park Hall
       Phone: 645-3650, ext. 377
       Web Page:
The research in this lab focuses on the mental representations and processing mechanisms
involved in the comprehension of sentences and discourses. It is supported by a grant from
NIMH. For more information please visit the above web page.

Revised 07/2008
Psychological Assessment Laboratory
        Contact: Dr. Leonard J. Simms
        Office: 218 Park Hall
        Phone: 645-3650, Ext. 218
        Web Page:
The Psychological Assessment Laboratory conducts research broadly relevant to measurement
of and theory related to personality and psychopathology. More specifically, we are interested in
applied and basic psychological assessment, dimensional models of personality and
psychopathology, item response theory applications to personality measurement, and
computerized adaptive testing. Undergraduate RAs in the lab will run study sessions, help with
data cleaning and organization, collect research materials, attend and participate in weekly lab
meetings, and generally learn about research methods in clinical psychology, and RAs will be
expected to complete assigned readings and contribute to lab discussion of topics. For more
information please go to the above web page.

Psychophysiology Laboratory
         Contact: Larry Hawk, Ph.D. or Sara Spencer
         Office: 231 Park Hall
         Phone: 645-3650 ext. 231
         E-mail: or
         Web Page:
The lab does research on psychophysiology, health psychology (smoking behavior), and
emotion. The position would entail running participants through research protocols,
calling/scheduling participants, data entry, reading of relevant research articles, and basic
clerical work. There are several projects in various stages of competition. One upcoming focus
is a clinical smoking cessation study. This study was recently funded by the National Cancer
Institute and will be conducted at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The major goals of the study
are to test a learning/motivational /motivational model of how to enhance quitting with behavioral
counseling and drug treatment. In addition, there are ongoing human and animal projects on
the basic attentional and motivational effects of nicotine, and there are plans to add a genetics
piece to one of those projects. The expected time commitment would be at least 10 hours per
week and attendance at weekly lab meetings. A GPA of 3.0 and good interpersonal skills are
also required. If you’re interested contact Sarah Spencer to request application materials and
for more information.

Research Institute on Addictions
        Office: 1021 Main Street,
        Buffalo, NY 14203-1016
        Phone: 716-887-2566
        Web Page:
 Research includes topics related to a variety of issues, including the following: the etiology,
prevention, and treatment of addictions; the role of alcohol and other drugs in violence needs of
special populations, including minorities, women, and youth; family functioning and its
relationship to alcohol and substance use; the assessment and treatment of persons arrested

Revised 07/2008
for driving while intoxicated; and the social, medical, psychological, and neurophysical aspects
of addictions gambling

Social Development Laboratory
         Contact: Dr. Jamie M. Ostrov
         Office: 214 Park Hall
         Phone: 645-3650, ext. 214
         Web Page:
In this lab the focus is on the study of young children’s social development with a particular
focus on gender, aggression, and prosocial behavior. Research assistants will be able to learn
valuable observational, interview, and general research skills. Research assistants will also
learn how to code, enter and analyze data and will participate in weekly team meetings and will
discuss and present recent research. Prefer students with overall GPA of 3.3, experience
working around with young children, and two semester commitment. Completion of Psych
Inquiry and Psych Stats with A- or higher is preferred. Contact Dr. Ostrov with any questions.

Social Self Laboratory
        Contact: Dr. Shira Gabriel
        Office: 343 Park Hall
        Phone: 645-3650 ext.343
        Web Page:
Research examines the social nature of the self. For example, we study how the media affects
our feelings about ourselves, how our friends affect our self-concept, and how minority groups
memberships affects the self. Looking for motivated, friendly, hardworking, and responsible
undergraduates who will be able to attend weekly lab meetings and be motivated in many
aspects of the research process (e.g. running participants, working with data). For more
information and application please e-mail Dr. Gabriel.

Social Stereotyping and Prejudice Laboratory
        Contact: Dr. Gretchen Sechrist
        Office: 351 Park Hall
        Phone: 645-3650 ext. 351
        Web Page:
Her research interests are in the general domains of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination,
and their applications in everyday life. She has conducted research on stereotype development,
change and use, the role of group norms and social influence in prejudice, and the impact of
stereotyping and prejudice on individuals. She also has examined issues of prejudice from the
target's perspective, focusing on perceptions of gender discrimination, determinants and
consequences of denying discrimination, and the academic achievement of minority group
members. There are two primary ongoing projects:
    1) One set of studies examines the influence of consensus information (one’s perceptions
        of the beliefs of others) on stereotypes and stereotype change. We have found that

Revised 07/2008
        consensus information has an important influence on inter-group beliefs, such that
        beliefs perceived to be shared with other people are more resistant to change attempts,
        more likely to influence behavior, and more cognitively accessible. We are now
        examining the factors that may influence the use of consensus information. These
        factors include ingroup identity, ingroup cohesiveness, and outgroup familiarity.
    2) A second project examines the factors that influence women’s tendency to perceive that
        they or others have personally been a target of discrimination, as well as consequences
        of reporting or failing to report discrimination. We have found that need for control, sel-
        esteem, optimism, and public-reporting conditions influence women’s perceptions and
        reporting of discrimination. Some of the consequences we have investigated include the
        influence on mood, self esteem, future perceptions of discrimination, ability, future
        performances, etc.
Research assistants will help in designing the stimulus materials and procedures, recruiting
participants, running the actual experiments, being confederates in studies, conducting literature
searches, and data entry. Research assistants take an active role in the research conducted.
Please contact Dr. Gretchen Sechrist for more information.

Speech Research Laboratory
       Contact: Dr. James R. Sawusch
       Office: 360 Park Hall
       Lab: 390 Park Hall
       Phone: (716) 645-0238
       Web Page:
Research in the laboratory is focused on the basic perceptual processes that humans use to
recognize the sounds of language and map them onto the words of their language. The
research includes measurements of acoustic qualities of speech sounds, perceptual
experiments with human listeners, and computer simulation modeling of human perception.


Dr. Craig R. Colder
        Office: 235 Park Hall
        Phone: 645-3650 ext. 218
        Web Page:
This research identifies the multiple levels of influence that contribute to the development of
adolescent substance use. These levels include individual differences within children, family
influences and community factors. Several laboratory studies are planned to measure
physiological reactivity, information processing, and impulsivity and to examine how these
individual differences in the laboratory influence the initiation and escalation of substance use.
Also interested in differentiating the pathways to adolescent substance use versus abuse.

Dr. Mark B. Kristal
        Office: B71 Park Hall
        Phone: (716) 645-0262

Revised 07/2008
       Web Page:
Physiological bases of motivated behavior (especially reproduction and ingestion) neural and
endocrine bases of maternal behavior in mammals; functions of the hypothalamus; opioid
systems and maternal behavior, parturition and antinociception.

Dr. Brett W. Pelham
        Office: 356 Park Hall
        Phone: 645-3650 ext. 356
        Web Page:
The research is focus primarily on the interplay between social beliefs and social interaction.
This research emphasizes the roles of affect, self-investment, and social interaction in self-
concept development and change, including moderators of people’s preferences for self-
enhancing versus self-verifying self-relevant feedback, positive aspects of the specific self-views
of depressed persons and the role of culture in self-concept development self concept change.
Applying basic psychophysical principles of lower order judgment to the understanding of higher
order social judgments, including the false consensus effect, the illusory correlation, preference
reversals, the anchor-and-adjust heuristic, the numerosity heuristic, and the overconfidence

Dr. Joel O. Raynor
        Office: 322 Park Hall
        Phone: 645-3650 ext.322
        Web Page:
Joel Raynor has been involved in teaching, research and theory construction on topics related
to “motivational psychology”, (personality, motivation and achievement, addictive/compulsive
behaviors, including alcoholism, gambling and eating). He is now engaged in research and
teaching in sport and exercise psychology.

Dr. Jennifer P. Read
       Office: 224 Park Hall
       Phone: 645-3650, Ext. 224
       Web Page:
Dr. Read is interested in the etiology of and intervention for problematic alcohol use. Recent
work has been in two areas: (1) psychosocial determinants of young adult alcohol misuse, and
(2) comorbid alcohol use and posttraumatic stress disorders (PTSD).

RESEARCH LAB: Addictions Research Lab (ARL).
The ARL is currently conducting several laboratory-based and questionnaire studies that seek
to understand causes of heavy alcohol and other drug use among college students. Current
studies include examinations of the relationship between alcohol cues, mood, beliefs about
alcohol, and drinking behavior in college students. We are also examining associations between
trauma, PTSD, and alcohol and other drug use (including tobacco). Laboratory studies use both
self-report and psychophysiological measurement of mood and alcohol cue reactivity. In
addition, one of the studies involves in-lab alcohol administration.

Revised 07/2008
This is a very active research lab which currently consists of 6 undergraduate research
assistants, and 3 graduate students. Laboratory meetings are held weekly. Didactic
presentations in the area of alcohol and addiction are presented monthly.

JOB DESCRIPTION: RAs will be responsible for participant recruitment, telephone screening
and scheduling of research participants, and assisting with laboratory and questionnaire data
collection. This includes the administration of some semi-structured interviews, as well as some
alcohol administration. The RAs will also be responsible for data entry and verification.

REQUIREMENTS: Undergraduate RAs must be motivated, reliable, and have excellent
organizational skills. Prior experience working in research with college student populations, and
familiarity with basic data collection and tracking procedures are preferred. Individuals who
would be available for a multiple semester commitment are also preferred. RAs must be able to
interact with research participants appropriately, including attention to confidentiality issues.
RAs must also be able to follow research protocols, and to be able to make independent
decisions regarding research tasks, scheduling, and data management.

Time commitment is expected to be approximately 8 hours/week. Work can be volunteer or for
academic credit.

Dr. J. David Smith
       Office: 346 Park Hall
       Phone: 645-3650, ext. 385
       Web Page:
The lab conducts research in three areas of cognitive psychology. Animal cognition,
categorization (interested in how people learn and use categories, specifically interested in the
representations that underlie humans’ categories, and whether these are more often prototype
based or exemplar based) and music cognition (perceptual, cognitive and aesthetic response to
music). Help needed with running subjects and some data entry.

Dr. Alexis Thompson
       Research Institute on Addictions
       Behavioral Neuroscience Research
       Phone: 887-2243
       Web Page:
Research focuses on neural adaptations in a particular part of the brain (mesolimbic, cortical
dopamine pathways) following repeated exposure to psychostimulants, alcohol, and acute and
chronic stressors, and the importance of these changes in sustaining compulsive drug seeking

Revised 07/2008

To top