Undergraduate Training

An important facet of the Anxiety & Addictive Behaviors Laboratory is to mentor undergraduate students at Louisiana State

Undergraduate research assistants collecting physiophysiological data during an anxiety-induction protocol

University so that they can better understand clinical psychology research and practice. A research position with the Anxiety & Addictive Behaviors Laboratory is designed to provide direct one-on-one mentoring regarding graduate school training and professional development.

Undergraduates receive formal, didactic training on the ethical conduct of research, DSM-5 symptoms of anxiety and substance use disorders, and other relevant areas. Other responsibilities can include attending individual and group weekly training meetings, working on various aspects of the research process, and attending professional conferences to help present projects that have been completed in the laboratory. Opportunities within the lab may also include:

  • Learning how to utilize data entry & analytic software (e.g., SPSS, Excel, Qualtrics)
  • Serving as an experimenter and/or confederate in psychological experiments
  • Collecting attentional processing data
  • Learning how to conduct randomized clinical trials
  • Working with clinical populations

Application Process

Hayden Rigby presenting her poster

Hayden Rigby presenting her poster at the 2018 Association for Behavioral and Cognitive therapies Conference.

Students must apply to work with the Anxiety & Addictive Behaviors Laboratory. These positions can be quite competitive and only mature, reliable, and hard working students should consider applying. Typically, students work at least two consecutive semesters with our laboratory, but many end up working in our laboratory for several years. Requirements include:

  • A 3.2 GPA or higher.
  • A specific interest in pursuing graduate education in clinical psychology or related fields.
Maria Enger with poster

Maria Enger presenting her award-winning poster at the 2019 Anxiety & Depression Association of American Conference in Chicago.

Students can receive PSYC 2999 or 4999 credit for working as an undergraduate research assistant in our laboratory.

It is advisable to submit your application one semester ahead of the time that you want to actually start work (e.g., in the Fall prior to the Spring you want to work). Access the online application or email us to learn more about current research assistant position openings.

Undergraduate RA Accomplishments and Awards

Congratulations to former RAs who've gone on to graduate school!

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Undergraduate research assistant Jackson Green was awarded the Summer 2020 LSU Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher award.

  • Dylanne Twitty, accepted into the University of Cincinnati's PhD program in Clinical Psychology
  • Maria Enger, accepted into the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Biomedical Sciences program
  • Laurie Landrieu, accepted into University of Northern Colorado's PhD program in School Psychology
  • Halley Blanchard, accepted into University of Southern Mississippi's PhD program in School Psychology
  • Paige Picou, accepted into LSU's Clinical Psychology PhD program
  • Courtney Tassin, accepted into University of Denver's Masters Program in Forensic Psychology
  • Bailey Broussard, accepted into Spalding University's Clinical
    Psychology PsyD program
  • Robert Whitley, accepted into University of Southern
    Mississippi's PhD program in Counseling Psychology
Jourdan with her poster

Jourdan Brown presenting her award-winning (first place!) poster at the LSU Undergraduate Research Conference.

  • Michelle Rhymes, accepted in to Adler University's Clinical Psychology PsyD Program in Chicago
  • Brittany Elkins, accepted into Georgia State University's Applied Behavior Analysis Master's program
  • Jeanette Rimmer, accepted into Xavier University's Clinical Psychology PsyD Program in New Orleans
  • Megan Fitzgerald, accepted into Harvard Law
  • Kelcee Stallings, accepted into the Lewis & Clark College Professional Mental Health Counseling program
  • Emily Mix, accepted into Southern Methodist University's law school program
  • Cassidy Fischer, accepted into the Loyola University's clinical mental health counseling program
  • Margaret Caffery, accepted into NYU's Master's of social work program
  • Janaea Ivory, accepted into Tulane University's Master's of social work program
  • Maddie Morrell, accepted into Tulane's Master's of public health program
  • Mary Claire Ferachi, accepted into the University of Colorado
    at Denver's clinical mental health counseling program
  • Rebecca Graham, accepted into the PhD program, University of New Orleans
  • Rachel Gingles, accepted into the University of Memphis Master's of Psychology program
  • Rachel Chatham, accepted into the Boston University Master's of Social Work program
  • Samantha Morel, accepted into the Fordham University Master's of Mental Health Counseling
    program then Purdue University's Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology program
Kayli presenting a poster

Kayli Alphonso presenting her poster at the 2014 LSU Undergraduate Research Conference.

  • Elizabeth Wilson, accepted into the University of Texas Master's of Psychology program
  • Aireal Weber, who was accepted into the Adler School of Professional Psychology program
  • Megan Penzato, accepted to the Tulane University Master's in Social Work program
  • Andrea Pusser, accepted to The Citadel's Master's in Counseling program
  • Brittany Melvin, accepted into the Florida State University combined Counseling and School Psychology Doctorate program
  • Emily Carlson, accepted into the University of Maryland Social Work Master program
  • Tony Ecker, accepted into LSU's PhD program in Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate RAs pursuing independent research through LSU ASPIRE:

Dylan presenting her research

Dylanne Twitty presenting her research at the LSU PDSI Research Symposium.

  • Summer 2020 Alexandra Drago awarded $1000 to conduct her independent research project.
  • Summer 2018 Hayden Rigby awarded $1,000 to conduct her independent research project.
  • Summer 2015 Jeanette Rimmer awarded $1,000 to conduct her independent research project.
  • Summer 2014 Kayli Alphonso awarded $1,000 to conduct her independent research project.
  • Summer 2012 Jourdan Brown awarded $1,000 to conduct her independent research project.

Pre-Doctoral Scholar's Institute (PDSI) program:

  • Dylanne Twitty, $1,500, 2018
  • Marcos Gallegos, $1,500, 2017
  • Ashlyn Richards, $1,500, 2016

LSU Discover Undergraduate Research Awards:

  • Jackson Green was awarded the Summer 2020 LSU Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher award! This designation recognizes a student who has demonstrated outstanding ability as an advanced student researcher in their discipline.

LSU Undergradute Student News:

  • Congratulations to undergraduate research assistant, Shayon Tayebi, who was awarded an LSU Discover Travel Award to present his research at the annual convention of Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies that will be held virtually in November!