Worry on the Brain: Cognitive and Neural Mechanisms of Worry and Anxiety

“This experience is giving me hands-on exposure to the mechanisms that I learn about in my psychology class. It is also greatly improving my reading and critical thinking skills.”

Supervising Faculty: Dr. Lauren Hallion             
Contact: Dr. Lauren Hallion, hallion@pitt.edu

Area of Research:  Clinical psychology, anxiety disorders, worry and rumination, cognition-emotion interactions 

Description of Research: Dr. Hallion's Cognitive and Neural Mechanisms of Anxiety (CNMA) lab aims to understand the cognitive and neural underpinnings of worry, anxiety, attention, and mindfulness.  The student will be matched to one or more ongoing lab studies based on the student's interests, experience, and current lab priorities.  Studies include a variety of methods including experiments, ecological momentary assessment, and neuroimaging using fMRI. Responsibilities may include running participants, preprocessing neuroimaging data, conducting literature reviews, and assisting with data entry and management. Students must be willing to commit to a minimum of two semesters (3 credits each semester).  To apply, please send a current CV or resume (including current GPA) and a cover letter describing your interest in the position to anxiety@pitt.edu

Duties of Students: Students will assist with study design, interact with participants, collect and analyze data, review the research literature, and interpret findings. 


  • Overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • 12 credits of Psychology (including current term)
  • STAT 0200/1000/1100- Statistics
  • PSY 0036 Research Methods Lecture
  • PSY 0037 Research Methods Lab
  • Must be available for a weekly lab meeting 
  • Two semester commitment required

Terms offered: fall, spring

Number of Students: 4

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