Faculty Mentor: Xiangen Hu

Faculty Mentor's Department: Psychology

Telephone/Email Address: 901-678-5736 /

Project Description: This program of research focuses on exercise and learning. Research assistants will help develop materials and collect data in a series of experiments. In addition to exercise, we are investigating how content presentation affects statistics learning, as well as the role of various individual differences measures (ADHD, math anxiety, etc.).

Qualifications:  Statistics knowledge and graphic design skills (e.g., Photoshop) are a plus, but not required.

Application or Interview Process: Applicants should contact Dr. Brent Morgan ( for an interview. 

Starting Date: Research assistants can begin immediately.

Method of Compensation: Volunteer



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 practices, 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. 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 clinical quantitative and qualitative interviews with children/adolescents and adults, and assist in the development of research posters and/or manuscripts.

Requirements for Student Applicants: We prefer students who are psychology majors or who have interest and experience working with children and adolescents. Students should be in good academic standing. Applicants who have experience working with SPSS, Qualtrics, and transcription are especially encouraged to apply, though such experiences are not a requirement.

Application or Interview Process: Please complete the REACH lab application located at the following web address:

Starting Date: Flexible

Hours per week: minimum of 10 and maximum of 20

Method of Compensation: Volunteer, academic credit, or stipend (funds permitting)


Name of the Faculty Mentor: Meghan McDevitt-Murphy, PhD 

Department: Psychology 

Contact Information:  (901) 678-2891 – 

Project Description: The student will assist Dr. McDevitt-Murphy's lab (The Trauma and Coping Research Group, or TCRG). The TCRG lab has multiple projects going on, the primary one being Project BRAVE, a federally funded study of military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This student will have the opportunity to assist with participant recruitment and data collection/entry on Project BRAVE. The student will also be involved with other ongoing studies of psychological trauma, and with data analysis and manuscript development. The student will be working side by side with graduate students in our clinical psychology PhD program as well as our Master of Science in General Psychology program, and will have the opportunity to obtain guidance about navigating the graduate school process in psychology. Student will attend lab meetings where didactic material is presented. 

Requirements for Student Applicants – Student must be a psychology major who has taken courses in abnormal psychology (PSYC 3102), research design, and statistics (both PSYC 3010 & 3020 preferred). Familiarity or experience with military culture would be a plus

Application or Interview Process – cover letter, unofficial transcript, and resume (including references) should be sent to Dr. McDevitt-Murphy. Promising candidates will be interviewed. 

Hours per week the student will work – approximately 15 hours per week, some weekends expected. Start Date – January 2018

Method of Compesation: Volunteer 




Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Berman

Faculty Mentor's Department: Psychology

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

Project Description: Assist in Psychotherapy Research Lab on projects examining processes involved in psychotherapy and related psychological treatments.

Requirements for Student Applicants: Must be a psychology major.

Starting Date: Open

Application or Interview Process: interview and unofficial transcript 

Hours per week: 10 hours

Method of Compesation: Volunteer 


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.


Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stephanie Huette

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. Arthur Graesser

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. Andrew Tawfik

Department: Instruction and Curriculum Leadership

Contact Information:

Project Description:The Instructional Design & Technology (IDT) Studio is a lab that is interested in the design, development, and evaluation of educational technologies. The Studio partners with schools and organizations within the community and helps them apply edtech in meaningful ways. This position would include data analysis, working directly with users, and possible multimedia development. In terms of scholarship, the students would be included on conference presentations and journal publications.

Requirements for Student Applicants: Multimedia development (e.g – familiarity with tools such as Adobe, iMovie, etc)

Application or Interview Process: Students should submit a brief letter of interest; Face to face interview

Hours per week the student will work: 20/week

Starting Date: Immediately

Method of Compensation: Volunteer