Prospective Students


Prospective Graduate Students,

At this point, I am likely to be taking students next year and I would encourage you to apply. I’m sorry that I won’t be able to talk to you personally before you apply. 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 mean time, you can find reprints of articles from our lab and more information about our research on our website. Thank you for your interest and for considering the graduate program at UVa.

-Joe Allen

Prospective Undergraduate Research Assistants,

Research assistants who work during the academic year are able to earn 3 credit hours for 120 hours of lab work per semester (approximately 10 hours/week). Tasks include conducting interviews with participants, data entry and checking, transcribing, and other administrative tasks. Research assistants receive amply training in the computer programs and the protocol for conducting interviews with participants. 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 in your second, third, or fourth year to be eligible for a research assistant position. We give preference to psychology majors with a GPA greater than 3.0, to those who have experience working with SPSS, and to those who can commit to the lab for more than one semester. If you are interested in a position, please contact one of our project coordinators.

We have finished hiring for Summer 2015. We will most likely be hiring new research assistants for the Spring 2016 semester. Feel free to email our project coordinators at in early October for potential openings for Spring 2016.

Thank you for your interest! We look forward to hearing from you.

-Lauren & Leah