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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 October 2019: 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 a longitudinal study involving mothers and babies. This opportunity involves recruiting families, conducting research visits (e.g., administering questionnaires and standardized tasks, 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 of 10 hours per week, for 8 months. Our preference is for candidates who have at least one full day of availability. Please direct applications (including an updated CV, unofficial transcript and reference contact information) to the lab  

We do not require volunteer RA's at this time.


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 Change, Evaluation, and Organizations Lab is seeking volunteers to assist with a qualitative study examining how, why, and for whom residential treatment for substance use disorders is effective. This opportunity will involve coding interview transcripts using thematic content analysis and realist methodology. The position will begin in late October with volunteers needing to commit approximately 5 hours per week on the project. This position is best suited for an upper year student who has previous experience with coding in qualitative research. We are seeking detail-oriented and conscientious applicants who are interested in research on substance use disorders. 

 To apply, please send direct applications (including an updated CV, current unofficial transcript, and a paragraph as to why you are interested in this position) to the graduate student coordinating this study: 

Christina Mutschler-

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 seeking a volunteer research assistant for Fall 2019/Winter 2020 to assist with data collection for a dissertation study about social comparisons and facial attractiveness. Duties will include interacting with participants and setting them up to complete an in-lab task. Time commitment is 5-7 hours per week. This is a great opportunity for students interested in learning more about social psychology and research methods.​

Requirements: We are looking for a highly motivated, organized volunteer who is comfortable interacting with others. Upper year psychology students (i.e. third year or higher), or students who have recently graduated, are encouraged to apply. Previous research experience is not required, though it is an asset. 

If you’re interested in applying, please send your CV, an unofficial academic transcript, and a short paragraph about why you're interested in the position and what makes you best suited for it to:

Position(s): Volunteer Research Assistant (Part-Time transcriptionist) for the "Crossover Youth Project Evaluation".

Description of the project: The purpose of the study is to investigate the impact of a pilot project entitled The Crossover Youth Project (COYP). The COYP is designed to improve the legal and social services received by crossover youth (young people who are dually-involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems). The evaluation will assess the activities and services provided by the COYP and their immediate, short-term, and long-term effects. As part of the evaluation, we will be collecting audio-recorded interview data from all the key stakeholders and participants of the program (approximately 30-40 individuals). We are seeking a volunteer to help with the verbatim transcription of these interviews.

Research Assistant duties and Qualifications. The Research Assistant (RA) will be responsible for the accurate transcription of recorded interview data. The candidate should have strong writing skills, keen attention to detail, and high concern for data accuracy. No previous experience necessary.

How to apply: To apply, please email the research supervisor, Arla Good ( with your resume. We are seeking to fill this positions as soon as possible. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the project or the position can be directed to Arla Good, or to the primary investigator, Dr. David Day (

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 October 2019 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