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Research Overview

The Department of Psychology at Syracuse University conducts research in four distinct areas:

  • Clinical Health Psychology - research on the etiology and treatment of addictive disorders; health promotion and coping interventions; bio-psychosocial factors in relation to health; and coping with chronic illness.
  • School Psychology - assessment and intervention research to improve the learning, behavioral, and mental health outcomes among children and adolescents with and without disabilities, emphasizing behavioral, cognitive, and neuroscience perspectives.
  • Cognitive Science - through the use of rigorous methods such as computational modeling and fMRI, and driven by a strong theoretical foundation, research focuses on clarifying the fundamental mechanisms that underlie cognitive processing.
  • Social Psychology - lab and community-based research on the causes, consequences, and remediation of social challenges; social psychophysiological research; and research on close relationships and health.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Department of Psychology offers many opportunities for undergraduate students to gain first-hand experience in research. Research experience is a great way to apply classroom teachings to real-world settings, build your resume/cv and determine if graduate school is the right fit for you.

Psychology Research Fair
At the beginning of each fall semester, a research fair is hosted by the Department of Psychology. Much like a college fair, lab representatives are available to answer any and all questions undergraduate students may have about becoming a research assistant in the lab of their interest.  

The following labs are accepting research assistants for the Fall 2018 and/or Spring 2019 semester(s): 

Poster Session
At the conclusion of every spring semester, undergraduate researchers are invited to present their research projects at the annual Department of Psychology Poster Session.

Poster Session is an opportunity for undergraduate researchers to share their hard work in the areas of clinical, cognitive, social and school psychology. At the conclusion of Poster Session, presenters receive feedback from experienced researchers.

A call for poster submissions is published to the Psychology Listserv in February of the Spring semester. 

Research for Credit

Any undergraduate student interested in earning course credit for research in psychology must obtain a Department of Psychology faculty member sponsor to oversee these activities in conjunction with non-SU employees. A teaching or graduate assistant cannot serve as a sponsor.

It is the student’s responsibility to identify a faculty member who is willing to serve in this capacity. Faculty sponsors are responsible for:

  • Assisting the student in determining learning objectives, goals, activities and tasks of the research experience
  • Providing guidance during the research experience;
  • Using assignments and evaluations to arrive at a final grade for the student’s experience.

Registration for research credit must take place in the same academic term as the experience. Registration for course credit cannot be done retroactively for activities performed without faculty oversight. There is a minimum of 45 total hours of work required per credit. Research experience extended over two terms (but not two summer sessions) must be registered as two separate research experiences.

In each case, a faculty sponsor must sign a Research Experience Contract agreeing to supervise the work and specify the criteria upon which the undergraduate student will be graded.

Research Experience Contracts are available through the Department of Psychology Student Support Office located in room 420 Huntington Hall.