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Research Opportunities

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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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Participate in a study

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.


See a full listing of our 30+ labs housed in the state-of-the-art Psychology Research & Training Centre (PRTC)

Volunteer RA Positions

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.

Paid RA Positions

NEW Part-Time Research Coordinator Position August 2018: Click here for more details.

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.

Research Assistant Positions

The Biopsychosocial Development Laboratory is seeking volunteers to assist with an upcoming longitudinal study involving mothers and babies. This opportunity may involve recruiting families, conducting research visits (e.g., administering questionnaires, collecting physiological measures), inputting and coding participant data, and other administrative tasks. We welcome detail-oriented, conscientious, and personable applicants. We are looking for applicants who can provide a minimum one-day per week commitment. Please direct applications (including an updated CV) to the graduate student coordinating this study: Brittany Jamieson

The Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Processing Lab is conducting studies on emotion regulation, self-injury and physiological processes.

We are looking for volunteer research assistants for 2018-2019. Volunteers will have the opportunity of conducting experimental research and training with analysis of physiological data and EEG. The time commitment is 6-8 hours per week.
This is a great opportunity for undergraduate students wanting more exposure to populations with psychological disorders, wanting to learn
more about abnormal psychology, gain proficiency in conducting experiments with and analyzing physiological data or gain more experience in experimental psychological research.
Requirements: Undergraduate psychology students 2nd year or higher who can commit to the above time commitment.

Experience in E-Prime, SPSS, R, and Qualtrics would be an asset.

To apply, please send your CV and an unofficial academic transcript to 

As of Fall 2018, we are currently looking for responsible, reliable volunteer research assistants (RAs) who would like to gain experience conducting developmental research. The RAs will receive training in diverse aspects of research including: participant recruitment, testing infants, children, and/or adults, stimulus creation, coding videos, and entering and analyzing data. RAs may also be invited to assist with literature reviews and research presentations. RAs will attend regular lab meetings and receive supervision and guidance from the lab director and current BEE Lab graduate students. In return, RAs will be expected to commit a minimum of 8 hours per week to the BEE Lab for two consecutive semesters.

 To apply, please send a CV and current (unofficial) transcript to:

Lab Manager, Brain and Early Experiences (BEE) Lab

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 volunteer research assistant for our ongoing Integra Mindfulness Martial Arts (MMA) research project and our study examining integrated treatment with pregnant and parenting women with problematic substance use. Research assistants will gain experience with behavioural observation coding, video transcription, questionnaire scoring, and data entry. There may also be opportunities to learn about psychophysiological methods for examining emotion regulation and attention, including EEG and ECG/Heart rate. Undergraduates in their third or fourth year of studies or recent graduates who can commit 5-10 hours a week are encouraged to apply.  Previous experience is not necessary but considered and asset and training will be provided. 

 To apply, please submit a CV and transcript to Dr. Karen Milligan at

The Cognition and Psychopathology (CAP) Lab uses experimental methods to study the processes underlying chronic worry in people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and seeks to identify ways to tailor and improve psychological treatments targeting worry. We are currently looking for a volunteer research assistant (RA) to help with an ongoing research study examining the benefits of a novel “mental habits training” for chronic worry. Primarily, we are looking for someone who would contribute to this study through assisting with data management (data entry, spreadsheet organization, etc.) and recruitment procedures (managing participant interest, advertising for the study). This opportunity would be well suited for a student with interests in anxiety and worry who is interested in further developing their research experience and skills relating to data management and study coordination. We are seeking detail-oriented, self-directed, and interpersonally professional applicants who would be able to commit to at least 8 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months. For more information on the CAP Lab please visit our website:

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

Shreya Jagtap

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

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 for Summer/Fall 2018 to aid an ongoing project regarding the validation of a body dissatisfaction scale. The volunteer will be involved in coding articles for descriptive information, as well as reliability and validity information. The time commitment is 5-7 hours per week. This is a great opportunity for students interested in learning more about statistics, research methodology, and psychometrics.

Requirements: Undergraduate psychology students 2nd year or higher who can commit to the above time commitment. Must have taken Research Methods and Statistics I & II (PSY 411 & PSY 511). Advanced Statistical Methods (PSY 811) is an asset.

If you’re interested in applying, please send your CV and an unofficial academic transcript to 


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 at the end of August 2018 for a one year position. This is an excellent opportunity for those who have prior 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.  We will be giving special preference to applicants who have prior research experience with cancer populations.

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.

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

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

Volunteer RA Opportunity SHiFT Lab

The Sexuality Hub: Integrating Feminist Theory (SHiFT) Lab is seeking a volunteer Research Assistant to aid in conducting a qualitative study on men’s relationship to masculinity.  Research assistants will learn about participant recruitment, qualitative research methodology and design, critical psychology, and contemporary gender theory. Main duties will include managing participant recruitment and transcribing digitally-recorded interviews, with the opportunity to receive training in and contribute to qualitative interviewing.

We are seeking a highly motivated, self-directed, detail oriented, and interpersonally professional RA who can commit to 8-10 hours per week for at least 6 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 (particularly Discourse Analysis) is preferred.

 To Apply: Please send an updated CV, current (unofficial) transcript, and cover letter detailing your experience and availability to:

Stephanie Cosma

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:, external link

 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 and wellbeing in late life.

The StAR Lab is searching for volunteer RAs who are able to dedicate 10 hours per week to one of three projects:

1.    JAVA Music Club Study: We are in need of RAs to assess seniors living in residential care before and following a 3-month social support intervention. This role requires travel to and from residential care dwellings in the GTA. RAs will learn how to administer a 1.5 hour testing battery, which includes psychological questionnaires and cognitive tests.

2.    The Biopsychosocial Study (BPS Study): We are in need of volunteer RAs to assess community-dwelling older adults on a range of biological, cognitive, and psychosocial measures. All assessments are completed in the morning hours. Persons with flexible schedules are invited to apply.

3.    Chinese Culture Study: We are in need of a bilingual volunteer RA who is fluent in Chinese. This position entails transcription of qualitative interviews. 

Outside of the 10 hour time requirement, RAs are expected to attend bi-weekly lab meetings, during which time members of the lab discuss ongoing projects and are given an opportunity to present on topics of interest.

Prior research experience is an asset, but not required. More important characteristics are responsibility, motivation, engagement, and commitment.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 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