Research comprises the core of our work in the Department of Psychology. At Rochester, psychology research covers four main areas:

  • Developmental psychopathology
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Adolescence
  • Motivation

But our research often crosses disciplines and connects domains, and we maintain strong ties with biological and social disciplines across the University, including Mt. Hope Family Center, the Medical Center, the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and the Warner School of Education. As a result, our work is characterized by collaboration with faculty, researchers, and colleagues on campus and in the community. Undergraduate students also play active roles in departmental research, from research assistants to research study participants.

Locally and globally, our researchers are making discoveries that help lead to an improved understanding of how the world works in an effort to make the world ever better.

Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

Faculty and graduate students of the department are frequently in search of individuals with an interest in social sciences research. These positions vary with regard to requirements, duties, and compensation.

Positions are posted on:

Students are welcome to reach out to faculty or their graduate students directly to learn more about research assistant opportunities in their labs. Check out our faculty research interests webpage to see what we are researching!

Many positions are volunteer positions, and offer an excellent opportunity to participate in the field of psychology first-hand. They also offer valuable experience for those continuing their careers in a research field. Complementing these research themes, the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences offers training and research in cognition and perception and their underlying neural mechanisms.