Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Idia Thurston

Faculty Mentor's Department: Psychology

Telephone/Email Address:; (901) 678-4690; lab website:

Project Description: The CHANGE lab aims to decrease health disparities in HIV and obesity while increasing global empowerment among children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. Our approach is guided by Community Based Participatory Research principles with goals to engage community partners to reach and serve diverse populations who have been traditionally underrepresented in research and treatment, including racial and ethnic minorities, sexual minorities, women, immigrants, and those with limited access to resources and mental health services. We also develop culturally-adapted interventions that are sustainable and promote healthier lifestyles, increase safer sexual practicies, and decrease risk behaviors in youth and families.

Requirements for Student Applicants: Two semester commitment, interest in psychology, strong team player.

Application or Interview Process: Complete application form - located HERE and email Dr. Thurston.

Starting Date: Flexible

Method of Compensation: Volunteer or academic credit


Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Arthur Graesser

Faculty Mentor's Department:  Psychology and the Institute for Intelligent Systems

Email Address:

Project Description: AutoTutor for adult literacy is a new and innovative Intelligent Tutoring System that aids struggling adult readers on their quest to literacy. We are looking for motivated undergraduate students to assist with experiments, data collection, and data analyses. Students will have opportunities to gain research experience for graduate school and earn authorship on scholarly papers. Dr. Graesser has an esteemed reputation in the cognitive psychology community and a track record of mentoring students who have gone on to successful careers in and out of psychology.

Requirements for Student Applicants: Any of the following interests:  Cognitive Psychology, Artificial Intelligence, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Memory and Learning, Education.

Application or Interview Process:  Email Dr. Lippert (Dr. Graesser's postdoctoral student) at  to schedule an interview.

Starting Date:  Immediately

Method of Compensation: Volunteer or academic credit. Potential for stipend if student completes task well.



Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Kathryn Howell

Faculty Mentor's Department: Psychology

Email Address:

Project Description: The Resilience Emerging Amidst Childhood Hardships (REACH) Lab examines pathways to risk and resilience among children who have been exposed to potentially traumatic experiences, such as child abuse, family violence, and parental loss. Using a community-based participatory research model, Dr. Howell and the REACH lab have developed partnerships with local Memphis organizations serving children and families who have experienced victimization. The REACH lab has many active research projects that examine the use of child-based and parenting interventions to assist victimized youth, as well as projects that study how different types of protective factors buffer youth from the negative consequences associated with adversity. As a student in the lab, you will learn how to conduct literature searches, develop skills involved in both qualitative and quantitative research, gain experience administering clinicial quantitative and qualitative interviews with children/adolescents and adults, and assist in the development of research posters and/or manuscripts.

Requirements for Student Applicants: Interested students should first complete the REACH lab application located at the following web address: Prospective students will be contacted once the application is reviewed for further follow-up questions and to set-up an interview.

Application or Interview Process: Students will meet first with a graduate student to assess their interest and potential fit within the lab. If the graduate student deems the student a good match for the lab, they will be referred to DR. Howell for a follow-up interview. 

Starting Date:  As needed.

Method of Compensation: Students complete one semester as a volunteer in the lab. If the lab is a good fit and the student wishes to continue, they may take the lab for academic credit the following semester.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stephanie Huette

Faculty Mentor's Department:  Psychology

Contact Information: (901)678-3677,,

Project Description: The Language and Behavior lab (LaBlab) seeks to understand the principles and mechanisms of cognitive processes that underlie meaning in language as well as their implications for behavior. We also investigate the role of behavior and the environment on learning and real-time processing of language. Our research uses eye-tracking and motion-tracking technologies to track behavior in real-time, as well as neural network models of information processing and learning. We have anywhere from 6-10 projects going on at any given time, and more information and up to date research areas can be found on our website:

Requirements for Student Applicants: Psychology, Philosophy, and Computer Science majors are all encouraged to apply, though all majors may be considered. There are no minimum qualifications but students must demonstrate excellence in at least one area: academics, extracurricular activities, job experience, interpersonal skills, and/or computer programming and data analysis. All applicants must apply and interview for positions in the lab, and number of positions are limited.

Starting Date: Ongoing

Method of Compensation:  Volunteer, academic credit, or stipend.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Berman

Faculty Mentor's Department: Psychology

Telephone Number and/or E-mail: 901.755-2311;

Project Description: Dr. Berman's Psychotherapy Research Laboratory focuses on two fundamental questions about psychotherapy: (a) How well does psychotherapy work? and (b) Why does psychotherapy work?  In addition, the lab is involved in projects evaluating other psychological and social processes. Psychology honors students may apply to participate in laboratory activities and would be eligible for course credit.

Requirements for Student Applicants: Qualified honors students who have satisfactorily completed PSYC 3010 (Research and Statistics I) and PSYC 3020 (Research and Statistics II) may also apply to complete an honors thesis under the direction of Dr. Berman as part of PSYC 4504 (Directed Research) and PSYC 4996 (Honors Senior Thesis) sequence.

Starting Date:  Immediately

Method of Compensation: Eligible for course credit through PSYC 4503 (Special Problems in Psychology)

Faculty Mentor(s): James P. Whelan, PhD & Andrew W. Meyers, PhD

Faculty Mentor's Department: Psychology

Telephone Number and/or E-mail Address: 901.678.3491 and 901.678.7867;

Project Description: T.I.G.E.R., founded in 1998, is a nonprofit organization housed within the Psychology Department and Psychological Services Center at The University of Memphis. The Institute was founded after three years of gambling related research, and shortly after receiving requests from individuals and families seeking services to help with gambling related problems. Our mission is threefold: 1) to conduct basic and applied research on gambling and problem gambling behavior, 2) to provide quality low cost services to Mid-Southerners who experience gambling-related problems, and 3) to provide education to individuals, community organizations, and business and industry about problem gambling. We presently have a number of projects that are in progress. For example: the effects of alcohol on gambling, gambling influence on testosterone, family structure and function on the gambling behavior of African-American adolescents, and treatment of co-occurring gambling and alcohol problems.

Requirements for Student Applicants: Students interested in being involved on an ongoing basis and are willing to commit a minimum of 5 hours per week to lab projects.

Starting Date: anytime.

Method of Compensation: Volunteer or academic credit.