Why the SDL?

The SDL is an excellent place to be a research assistant because our undergraduates and volunteers are directly involved with all aspect of our research, including running children and adolescents in studies. This means that you get to to be directly involved in the clinical research process in a very hands-on environment. Research assistants are also encouraged to pursue their own projects by collaborating with graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the lab. Previous undergraduate research assistants have taken on coding projects, designed and carried out original studies, and presented research in university as well as professional conferences. You will also gain valuable skills and experience that will prepare you for graduate school or whatever your next career steps might be. 

For most of the studies in the SDL, we rely on undergraduate research assistants to help us with all research-related processes. Research assistants help administer tasks and questionnaires to participants, organize, enter, and check data, recruit study participants, and process psychophysiological and neuroimaging data. Most of our participants attend school, so we typically run studies in the late afternoon/early evenings on weekdays (2-7 pm) and as needed on Saturday afternoons.  Saturday availability is strongly preferred. Experience with both PCs and Macs is a bonus, as is proficiency in Excel. We also prefer that our research assistants have experience working with children and adolescents and have taken relevant courses such as Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Psychological Statistics, or Fundamentals of Psychological Research. You may receive class credit for working at the SDL.


If you're interested in joining the SD Lab as a volunteer research assistant, please contact us at sdlab@fas.harvard.edu