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Research Assistant

Undergraduates at the University of North Dakota can gain valuable experience working in a psychology laboratory. It is a great way to learn first-hand about research in the behavioral sciences and it can help you decide whether the pursuit of a Ph.D. in psychology fits your interests and aptitude. Enrolling as a research assistant in a psychology laboratory is a great opportunity for you to build your resume and gain useful research experience that will make you a more competitive applicant for graduate study.

Research assistants can sign up for Psyc 294 (Individual Research) or 494 (Advanced Individual Research). Psychology 294 is intended to provide an introductory experience as an assistant in a research laboratory, while Psychology 494 is for advanced students who have completed Psyc 303 (Research Methods). In each case you generally are expected to work in the laboratory for 3 hours a week for each enrolled sermester credit

Undergraduate research assistants working with us are generally involved with projects in the Psychophysiology and Health Laboratory but some advanced students are given the opportunity to assist on projects in the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research. Usually you will work directly with one graduate student and typically on one study. You will likely develop skills in some or all of the following areas: (a) conducting literature searches, (b) screening potential participants, (c) conducting some testing and experimental procedures, (d) data entry and database management, (e) data analysis, and (f) some parts of manuscript preparation.

We are looking for students who are interested and able to commit to working at least two semesters (preferably fall and spring). If you are reliable, responsible, careful and conscientious in your work, and wanting to develop your ability to understand and conduct behavioral science we encourage you to contact us via email at Research opportunities in other psychology laboratories at UND are described on the undergraduate part of the department's site.

Prospective Graduate Students

Graduate students working in the Psychophysiology and Health Laboratory and the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research almost always begin via acceptance into one of the graduate programs in the Department of Psychology at UND -- usually the clinical program. Information about applying for graduate study in clinical psychology at UND can be found on the clinical program's part of the department's website.

Member of our team have interests in health psychology, behavioral medicine, and/or prevention science. Research activities include community prevention projects targeting health disparities and/or health promotion activities in children and in adults. These activities include substance use prevention (e.g., tobacco, alcohol), cardiovascular risk reduction (e.g., obesity prevention), prenatal enhanced wellness care, and wellness activities pertient to healthy physical activity and nutrition. More traditional health psychology activities include assessment and treatment effectiveness studies with pain disorders and sexual functioning. These activities and interventions are grounded in behavioral and cognitive-behavioral theory.

If you have questions about the clinical psychology program at UND and are interested in being part of the work that we are doing in the Psychophysiology and Health Laboratory and the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research please feel contact Dr. Jeffrey Holm.

Research Partners

We have a long history of collaborating with several researchers and many community stakeholders on a variety of health-related laboratory and community-based projects.

If you are researching similar areas in health psychology, health promotion, and/or prevention science and interested in establishing a collaborative relationship please email Dr. Jeffrey Holm.

If you are located in a community setting and interested in discussing possible collaborative projects in your community in either of the two following areas please email Dr. Jeffrey Holm:

  • identifying and assessing community health disparities and/or treatment needs
  • implementing and/or evaluating prevention programs, particularly in tobacco use, alcohol use, drug use, obesity prevention, stress management and reduction, or worksite health promotion and wellness.

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