Doing research with a faculty member may be one of the best ways to further your education — alongside an expert. Not only will you get more experience, but you can also get paid to do it! As this is one of the most accessible, important areas of our department, we strongly encourage every student to participate. Our faculty members are enthusiastic to get students involved in their current work. If you want to know how you can get involved with research, chat with a faculty member or contact the department.
- Assessing preferences for typical children and children diagnosed with a developmental disability.
- Investigating motivation (i.e., motivating operations).
- Communication (i.e., verbal behavior) for children with autism.
- College students' academic motivation.
- Assessing differences in impulsivity in an animal model of risk taking.
- The impact of dopamine agonists on learning and response acquisition.
- Reducing student food waste on college campuses.
- Factors contributing to the efficacy of skill acquisition in canines.
- Behavioral factors contributing to speed of adoption in shelter dogs.
- The impact of study abroad on personality, attitudes and values.
- How experiences with diversity impact prejudice and intergroup relations.
- Racism and racial discrimination and mental health outcomes.
- Minority mental health.
- Racial/ethnic identity development, and mental health and academic achievement.
- Overparenting and college student well-being.
- College students' attitudes and knowledge surrounding disabilities.
- The impact of addictions.
- The study of individual and group experiences.
- How environmental variables affect behavior.
- Behavioral pediatrics.
- Routine problems of childhood and adolescence that have potentially negative consequences, including enuresis (bed-wetting), temper tantrums and childhood anxiety.
- Helping parents and teachers solve problems involving disruptive behavior problems (including ADHD) and learning.
- Beliefs about child psychology myths and promoting skepticism of pseudoscience in psychology.
- Adult age differences in memory function and confidence.
- Early math intervention and the development of early numeracy skills.
Student-faculty research has allowed me to apply the skills I have learned in university classes in a practical manner. This has furthered my knowledge about both performing and analyzing research, which has better prepared me for graduate-level work.