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Undergraduate Research Assistants


Research Assistant Requirements

Gaining a research assistant (RA) position in our lab is competitive. To be eligible, applicants must be willing to:

1) Commit to at least 1 year of work in the lab (pending satisfactory performance).

2) Have a solid academic performance record (minimum GPA of 3.0) and extracurricular or work experiences that speak to a high level of achievement.

3) Demonstrate a strong work ethic, interpersonal skills, and have begun to plan for a future career in the field of psychology.

4) Computer literacy is required as well as an aptitude for research methods.

5) Be willing to spend 9 hours each week during the semester working on lab projects (297/397 course credit is available and 497 credit can be requested by Honors Program students if mentored by Dr. Gordis).

Most research assistants who work in the lab are highly committed to advanced graduate training in clinical psychology and see their present research experiences in the lab as the beginning of their eventual career as clinical scientists and practitioners. Many assistants work with our lab for more than 1 year and are able to speak with confidence about the processes and outcomes involved in research when writing their personal statement for graduate school. We also offer the opportunity to work closely with graduate students and encourage assistants to seek out mentoring relationships within our lab throughout their undergraduate career.


Expectations of RAs

RAs are expected to behave in a professional, collegial, and respectful manner when interacting with staff, other professionals, and particularly patients, research participants and our collaborating partners. RAs are expected to uphold their commitments to our schedules and activities as well as maintain a level of professional work ethic with regard to all lab obligations. RAs will gain experiences necessary to support their future goals and in return, we expect that they will choose to engage in all aspects of our work with a level of enthusiasm that merits involvement and training beyond the basic administrative tasks that are at the core of all research.


Selection Criteria

All applications will be given careful consideration and potential candidates whose interests and qualifications fit with our program will be contacted by Dr. Gordis or one of her staff to set up an interview. We are always looking for great candidates! If you think you are a match for the CAFE Project, please contact Dr. Gordis via email.





Prospective Graduate Students


Acceptance to the Child and Family Experiences Lab is contingent on admission into the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Entrance into the graduate program, as well as the CAFE lab, is very competitive. We look for the most qualified as well as the best-rounded candidates. The individuals we do invite to interview weekend represent those who have exemplified their commitment to their chosen path, and have clearly sought out experiences which have prepared them for doctoral level research, and especially those who have maintained a focus on the child and family track. Along with your application to the University at Albany’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, we encourage you to email Dr. Gordis with any specific questions to further explore whether you are the best fit for the CAFE Lab.