Volunteer as a Research Assistant

About Our Work

The Emotion Regulation Lab is foremost a neurophysiology lab, meaning that we use physiology (electroencephalography, heart rate variability, skin conductance, and hormonal assays) as a tool to answer questions about emotion regulation and interventions designed to ease symptoms of stress and anxiety.  These data allow us to examine physiological processes associated with stress and anxiety and how they may impact individuals and populations in different ways.

Past experience with physiology is not a requirement for working in our lab, but successful applicants will have an interest in physiology and should be able to describe how studying physiological processes will help advance their careers.

Available Positions

Our lab is staffed by volunteer research assistants with diverse backgrounds: some are PhD and masters’ students, others have just completed their undergraduate degrees, and some are still in college.


To Apply

If you are interested in becoming a research assistant, please send an email to emotionregulationlab@gmail.com with a copy of your CV/resume and a brief outline of your research interests. Please highlight relevant experience in your covering e-mail.

Required knowledge and skills

We welcome applications from students of all levels of education, from undergraduate freshmen to post-doctoral students, who have a passion for and an interest in emotion regulation, biophysiology, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, mobile mental health, and developmental psychopathology.

Students who have had coursework in research methods, statistics, and psychology, and/or who have previously worked in research labs, are preferred candidates. Knowledge of SPSS is extremely helpful.

Research requires painstaking attention to detail, reliability, consistency, concentration, and a love of learning. A research project is truly made or broken by the quality of the research assistants – if they miss meetings, are sloppy, or do not follow research protocols, the quality of the science is severely compromised. Dr. Dennis will only work with students who take this responsibility very seriously.


Research assistants will have the opportunity to participate in many aspects of research, ranging from literature searches and the day-to-day tasks of keeping a lab going to running experimental sessions with participants and learning to conduct electrophysiological recording sessions, to generating data by coding observations of parent-child interactions, to analyzing data using SPSS and other data analysis software, to scientific writing, such as helping with grant and research manuscript preparation. Since we have many projects moving forward simultaneously, research assistants will be able to focus on a project of choice. However, since a lab is a team effort, everyone will help out with all projects.

We ask that students interested in working in the lab be willing to make at least a one-year commitment at about 12 hours a week. We have lab meetings on Wednesdays at 3 pm which all RAs must be able to attend on a regular basis.


A research assistantship provides invaluable exposure to the research process and to current psychological theory. Dr. Dennis encourages students to actively collaborate with her in the lab on honors theses, masters theses, doctoral dissertations, and postdoctoral research projects. She will provide mentorship and aid to help students reach their educational and professional goals.