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Research Opportunities

There are many research projects ongoing in our department, many of which involve undergraduate psychology students in a variety of roles. Students typically get involved in research in their 3rd or 4th year, but it’s possible to do it earlier. This page contains the listings of psychology professors who are currently accepting applications for research assistant positions. These are great opportunities to learn, make connections, and sharpen your research skills. Research in psychology is very diverse and we hope you find an exciting match with your interests.

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PSY102/202 students seeking to participate in research studies for course credit should access our SONA site as described on the PSY 102 and PSY 202 course syllabus.  Please feel free to consider participating in the any of our other research studies.

Research Labs

Over 30 labs housed in our state-of-the-art Psychology Research and Training Centre (PRTC). 
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Volunteering in a professor’s lab is often the first step toward gaining research experience for those who want to pursue that route. Students usually get an idea of who they might want to work with based on a course that they take, so you should plan on taking a few psychology courses to experience a range of research areas. You can also get a feel for our faculty members’ interests by reviewing their brief research descriptions, and by clicking on their individual links to learn more about their current projects and any possible volunteer opportunities.

See below to view available volunteer positions. Be sure to follow the instructions for applying. If a position offers monetary compensation, it will be indicated. Also, note that not all faculty members advertise positions on this site, so it may be helpful to contact potential supervisors directly.

Government of Ontario Work-Study

Ryerson maintains a list of ORS RA positions available to undergraduates on a competitive basis. Please inform yourself about the eligibility requirements, application process, etc. on that site.

Other Funded Positions

Additional paid RA positions may be available to undergraduates through other funded programs or grants held by faculty members. For availability of paid positions, please contact potential faculty supervisors directly.

The Borderline and Personality Disorder and Emotion Processing lab (BEP lab) is seeking new volunteer research assistants to aid in conducting two studies examining emotion processes in individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder. Our experiments involve meeting with participants who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and co-occurring disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, eating disorders), orienting them to laboratory tasks and procedures, and monitoring participant's physiologically (e.g., heart rate) while they undergo emotion inductions. Research assistants will learn about taking and analyzing physiological measurement, research methodology and design, borderline personality disorder, self-harm, suicide, and intense emotion. They will also gain experience in interacting with clinical populations with emotional disturbances which will be valuable for those hoping to pursue careers in mental healthcare or psychological research.

Undergraduates who are in their third year or above, or individuals who have completed undergraduate studies, and can also commit to 8 hours per week for at least 6 months are encouraged to apply. Note that prior research experience as a research assistant in a psychological laboratory is mandatory for this position, and those without research experience will not be considered.

  To apply, please send a CV, current (unofficial) transcript, and cover letter detailing your experience, and availability to:

Skye Fitzpatrick

The CHILD—Cognition, Health, Infancy, Learning, and Development— Lab welcomes undergraduate volunteers from a variety of disciplines including Psychology, Early Childhood Education, Nursing, Image Arts, and Engineering; students from other disciplines with interest in child development are also encouraged to contact us. We are presently exploring attention, infant problem-solving skills, perceptual-motor memory, vision-touch learning, and social-cognitive dynamics of parent-infant interaction; some of our emerging health topics include FASD, neuromotor dysfunction, and impact of stress on infant cognition. Volunteers will receive training and supervision from both the lab director and from graduate students and can build their own flexible volunteer work plan. Come and find out what’s on the minds of infants!

 To apply, please contact the CHILD Lab Director:

Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau
Department of Psychology
Ryerson University
416-979-5000 x6191

The Child Self-Regulation Lab at Ryerson University is currently seeking a new student volunteer research assistant for our ongoing Integra Mindfulness Martial Arts (MMA) research project.

Our experiments involve evaluating the effects of MMA on the executive functions of youth with learning disabilities and ADHD.  We do this in part by collecting EEG data from preadolescent youth while they perform computer tasks.  Research assistants will benefit from learning about the processes involved with EEG data collection and processing.  Undergraduates in their third or fourth year of studies who can commit to a minimum of one weekend testing day per week can apply.  Previous experience is not necessary but considered and asset and training will be provided. If you have applied in the past, please feel free to resubmit your application or send us an email. We are looking to fill 2-3 positions.

 To apply, please submit a CV and transcript to

With age, elderly people commonly experience decline in cognitive functioning. The Cognitive Aging Lab conducts research on age-related changes in cognitive functions and the intervention or training programs to overcome age-related declines. We are currently looking for 2-3 part-time volunteer Research Assistants (RAs). They are expected to work in the Cognitive Aging Lab for 8-15 hours per week and attend the weekly lab meetings. They will be involved in participant recruitment, scheduling, testing, data collection, scoring, and data entry. They may also have opportunity to contribute to literature review, data analysis, and research presentation. The RAs should feel comfortable working with elderly people. The positions will be a good fit for students in such programs as psychology, nursing, and social work and particularly for those who are planning to pursue graduate study in similar areas. For more information on the Cognitive Aging Lab, please visit:

 To apply, please contact the Lab Director:

Dr. Lixia Yang 
Department of Psychology 
Ryerson University 
416-979-5000 x6522

The Early Childhood Cognition (ECC) Lab ( studies how infants and young children understand the world and the people around them. We are currently seeking undergraduate volunteers who are highly motivated, have a strong interest in gaining research experience, and enjoy working with young children. A time commitment of 6-10 hours per week is required. Preference will be given to students willing to commit at least 2 consecutive semesters.

 If you are interested in joining our lab as a volunteer research assistant please send your application to Dr. Lili Ma ( along with your CV and an unofficial copy of your transcripts.

Dr. Lili Ma
Department of Psychology
Ryerson University
416-979-5000 ext.2694

The HIV Prevention Lab is recruiting volunteer research assistants who are available to start in the Winter 2017 semester. We conduct research on how to prevent HIV transmission among groups that are at a higher risk for acquiring HIV. We also conduct research on how to promote quality of life among people living with HIV.

The HIV Prevention Lab provides research opportunities for undergraduate students in psychology, social work, and related disciplines. Volunteer research assistants can be current or former students from any university as long as they are able to commit to 10 hours per week in the lab for 6 months.

Currently, we are recruiting research assistants to work specifically on the Positive Sleep Study and the Engage Study. However, volunteers will also work on various other research tasks such as literature searches and recruitment for our other studies.

We are especially interested in applicants who have previous experience working with people in a research or clinical setting and applicants who have experience working with people living with HIV.

We typically accept volunteers with a GPA of B+ or better. If you are interested in gaining valuable research experience and mentorship in preparation for graduate school, please complete the Volunteer Application and email it to the HIV Prevention Lab Manager along with an unofficial copy of your transcript(s).

This project is part of an ongoing 5-year research program examining the intersection of motivation and cognition across the adult lifespan. The RA will be involved in day-to-day operations of the project, including preparation of study materials; maintenance and organization of study records; participant screening, scheduling, and testing; data management and cleaning; and assistance with data analysis and interpretation. 

  This position is a paid opportunity offered by the Work Study Research Assistant Program

  For full position details and to apply, click here

The Media and Social Development Lab is currently seeking a volunteer research assistant (RA) to help run a study from Spring to Fall 2017, with the possibility of starting at the beginning of April 2017. The study involves investigating the potential pro-social consequences of cooperative videogame play. The volunteer RA will primarily be involved in data collection, but future opportunities might include data analyses for this study, depending on the RA’s interests. The expected time commitment for this project is from now until the end of Fall 2017.

We are looking for a motivated RA who can commit a minimum of 8 hours a week and be able to work independently. A flexible schedule is preferred, including potential evening and weekend hours. Previous experience is not necessary, but considered an asset, particularly experience with working with participants.

 To apply, please submit a cover letter with an updated CV and a copy of your unofficial transcript to:

Nicole Charewicz


Male volunteers are needed, to be available in some combination of Mondays/Wednesdays at 11am-12pm, Friday mornings until 1 pm, and/or Thursdays at 5-6 pm. It would be approx. 1-2 hours per week of work. 

 To apply, please contact the Lab Director:

Dr. David Day
Department of Psychology
Ryerson University
416-979-5000, x 7104

Dr. Tae Hart, Director of the Psychosocial Medicine Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University, is seeking a 50% time (20 hours per week) Research Coordinator to begin in August 2017 for a one year position. This is an excellent opportunity for those who have demonstrated research experience (particularly in public health research, health psychology or clinical psychology) and who want to gain more extensive research skills and exposure working with health psychology populations in preparation for attending graduate school or medical school.

The Research Coordinator will have several project management responsibilities including data downloads and transfers, managing project finances, patient assessments, assisting with manuscript and grant writing, managing multiple REB protocols at several institutions, as well as other required administrative tasks. This position requires extremely good organization skills and a high comfort level with electronic databases and storage (including data encryption). Excellent problem solving skills are required. Travel between Ryerson University and Mount Sinai Hospital and/or Princess Margaret Hospital is required and frequent.

REQUIREMENTS: BA/BSc in Psychology or a related discipline. Prior research experience in health psychology or other clinically-related research, especially demonstrated experience with electronic databases, REB submissions, and using SPSS. Excellent interpersonal skills, writing, and attention to detail is required.

 To Apply: Interested applicants should send an email, unofficial transcript, and current C.V. to Dr. Hart’s research coordinator, Mekhala Gunaratne at: Qualified applicants will be contacted upon review of materials.

How do humans form impressions of others based on their appearance? If you are interested in this and related questions, and are curious about research in psychology, volunteer to work in the Seeing Human Lab! [see for more information] This opportunity is ideal for undergraduates considering a career in psychology or social science research, or those looking to learn more about research in psychology. Receive experience with research design, behavioural and neural data collection, and statistical analysis, while exploring questions about how cognitive and emotional factors (e.g., motivation, prejudice, stereotypes) influence perceptions of others and play out in behaviour (e.g., dating, voting, hiring). 

We are looking for individuals who can commit at least 8 hours a week for at least one year. No experience necessary.

 For consideration, submit the application located at

The SHiFT Lab is seeking volunteer research assistants (RAs) to contribute to two separate lab studies. The first project seeks to understand the experiences of recreational users of sexual enhancement medication (e.g., Viagra), and the experiences of their partners. The second project is focused on the experiences of women who use pornography. Both studies are feminist, critical, and qualitative in nature; participants take part in a one-on-one, semi-structured interview and dominant themes are extracted using Discourse Analysis.

Successful candidates will learn about participant recruitment, qualitative research methodology and design, critical psychology, and critical sexuality and gender theory. Main duties will initially include helping with recruitment and transcribing digitally-recorded interviews, with the opportunity to receive training in and contribute to qualitative interviewing and data analysis.

We are seeking highly motivated, self-directed, detail oriented, and interpersonally professional RAs who can commit to 8-10 hours per week for at least 6-8 months. Undergraduates who are in their third year or above, or individuals who have completed undergraduate studies, are encouraged to apply. Prior experience as an RA in a social studies lab, as well as knowledge of – or interest in – critical, feminist psychology and methodologies is preferred. 

 To apply, please send an updated CV, current (unofficial) transcript, and cover letter detailing your experience and availability to our Research Coordinator:  

Usra Leedham


The SHiFT Lab is also seeking new volunteer research assistants to aid in conducting a community-based participatory action study exploring non-binary gender identities. This study involves meeting with participants who self-identify as “non-binary” for two one-on-one semi-structured interviews. Research assistants will learn about participant recruitment, qualitative research methodology and design, critical psychology, and contemporary gender theory. Main administrative duties include managing participant recruitment and transcribing digitally-recorded interviews.

Undergraduates who are in their third year or above, or individuals who have completed undergraduate studies, and can also commit to 8-10 hours per week for at least 3-6 months are encouraged to apply. Note that prior experience as a research assistant in a social studies laboratory, as well as knowledge of LGBTQ identities and terminology is preferred.

 To apply, please send a CV, current (unofficial) transcript, and cover letter detailing your experience, and availability to:

Alex Vasilovsky


The SHiFT Lab is seeking a new volunteer research assistant to aid with a qualitative study on women’s sexual experiences. The main administrative duty will consist of transcribing digitally-recorded interviews. Research assistants will also learn about participant recruitment, qualitative research design and methodology, and critical psychology.

Undergraduates who are in their third year or above, or individuals who have completed undergraduate studies, and can also commit to 8-10 hours per week for at least 3 months are encouraged to apply. Note that prior experience as a research assistant is preferred.

 To apply, please send a CV, current (unofficial) transcript, and cover letter detailing your experience, and availability to:

Emily Thomas

The Sleep and Depression Laboratory is seeking volunteers to help with two separate studies. Both involve volunteers who are highly organized, interpersonally comfortable with interacting with individuals who may have depression or other disorders, self-directed, and motivated.  One study is a prospective trial that is evaluating cognitive vulnerability factors for relapse from remitted insomnia.  Volunteers would be involved with data entry as well as the potential for in-person structured clinical interviews with study participants, as well as leading participants through study-related procedures.  

The second study is run by doctoral student Angela Lachowski, who requires a highly motivated, self-directed, and organized volunteer who can coordinate a study that is investigating the relationships between sleep, nutritional choices, stress, hunger and satiety.  This volunteer must be flexible with their time and able to be on campus more than one day per week, though a full day at a time is not required (I.e., meeting with participants for an hour at a time, performing general study-related tasks).

 If interested, please submit a current CV, brief cover letter, and unofficial transcript to Olya at  We welcome applicants who are currently completing their undergraduate degree or who have already graduated.

The SMART lab provides a unique interdisciplinary environment for exploring basic and applied research in music and emotional speech. We are currently looking for volunteers to engage in several lines of research. The first line involves basic research into the cognitive neuroscience of music and emotional speech. The second line involves applied research in hearing science, and the third line involves the use and development of novel technologies and interventions to support human communication and well-being. For more information on these projects and others, please visit our lab website:

 To apply, please contact the Lab Director:

Dr. Frank Russo
Department of Psychology
Ryerson University
416-979-5000, x. 2647

The mission of the Stress and Healthy Aging Research (StAR) laboratory is to elucidate predictors of cognitive aging and to assess prevention programs that may enhance and/or maintain cognitive function in late life. The StAR lab is currently running a pilot study that examines the effects of mindfulness practice on cognitive function in older adults. The study includes three testing sessions (pre- post and 3-month follow-up) that entail neuropsychological testing and completion of psychological questionnaires.

We are searching for volunteer RAs to help run this study and other studies that will develop over the next year (i.e. Assessing the biopsychosocial determinants of cognitive function and Honors Thesis projects). Duties will include recruitment, contacting participants, testing (with proper training), and entering data. Although hours of work will vary from week to week, a time commitment of 10 hours per week is required.

 To apply, please submit a cover letter with an updated CV and a copy of your unofficial transcript to:

Dr. Alexandra J. Fiocco
Department of Psychology
Ryerson University