Psychosocial Aspects of Alcohol Use and Abuse

“Dr. Sayette is friendly, intelligent, and helpful. He encouraged me to set up appointments with him, drop by for anything I needed help with, and ask questions about the lab, graduate school, and psychology in general. Working in his lab would be a great opportunity for any psychology student.”

Supervising Faculty: Michael A. Sayette Ph.D.

Contact: Madeline Goodwin,

Area of Research: Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, Social Psychology, Psychological theories of alcohol use and abuse, alcohol and group bonding, cognitive and affective processes in addiction

Description of Research: We are looking for upper-level undergraduate psychology students who are interested in gaining research experience. Students will have the opportunity to learn about a number of theories of alcohol use as well as social psychology methods and theories. They will also have the opportunity to work on data coding for projects investigating the reinforcing properties of alcohol. 

Duties of Students: Primary responsibility will be coding video clips of individuals interacting while drinking. Additional tasks may include data entry as well as reading and discussion of journal articles. Students should be available at least 1 day a week to meet. All work will be done remotely.

Additional Requirements:

  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • 12 credits of Psychology (including current term)
  • STAT 0200/1000/1100 Statistics
  • PSY 0036 Research Methods Lecture
  • PSY 0037 Research Methods Lab
  • Psychology major is desirable
  • Interested students must submit a CV as part of their application

Terms offered: Fall and Spring

Number of Students: varies by semester

To Apply: Complete the application form at: Once you have completed the applicaiton, notify Madeline Goodwin at if you have not heard back within a week.