Prospective Students


We are currently fully staffed for summer 2021 and the 2021-2022 academic year. We will likely be hiring again next Spring in March/April. If interested in a research assistant position, please send us a formal cover letter, resume, and an unofficial transcript then. 

Research assistants who work during the academic year are able to earn 2-3 credit hours for 80-120 hours of lab work during the semester (approximately 6 or 10 hours/week). Tasks include conducting interviews with participants, data entry and checking, transcribing, and other administrative tasks. Research assistants receive ample training in the computer programs and the protocols used in the lab. Students who work on the project for multiple semesters have the opportunity to take on higher level responsibilities (such as coding data, scheduling participants, and writing a distinguished majors thesis), and are able to apply for paid positions. Part time, paid positions are also available for the summer and entail the same responsibilities as during the academic school year.

You must be a UVA student to be eligible for a Research Assistant position. We give preference to Psychology majors with a GPA greater than a 3.0, to those with experience, and to those who can commit to the lab for more than one semester.

Thanks for your interest! We look forward to hearing from you!

Jennifer & Audrey


At this point, I will NOT be taking students next year for Fall 2021 entry, but I would encourage you to apply to other faculty in the department that fit your research interests. I’m sorry that I won’t be able to talk to you personally before you apply to the program. Because of the number of inquiries I typically receive from potential applicants, if I took the time to respond to each one, I would not be able to give my current graduate students the time and attention they need. It’s an unfortunate situation, and I’m sorry for the impersonality of it. Rest assured that the graduate school experience is far more personal and interactive once you arrive here (or even once you get to the interview phase of the application process). UVa has a small, personalized, and hands-on program for our graduate students and we work hard not to let anything impinge on it. 

In the meantime, you can review our laboratory's current research and those of others in the department to be sure that you think the University of Virginia is a good fit with your interests. For more information specific to the graduate program in Clinical Psychology, please visit the department website. Thank you for your interest and for considering the graduate program at UVa.

Joe Allen