Genetic Predictors of Behavioral Responses to Light

"I’m very interested in learning more about the body’s circadian clock (which is part of my current topic). I have enjoyed working on SPSS and learning how to navigate it more efficiently. "

Supervising Faculty:
Kathryn A. Roecklein, PhD

Kathryn A. Roecklein, PhD, Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
The University of Pittsburgh
4307 Sennott Square
210 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Ph: (412) 624-4553

Area of Research:  Clinical and Health Psychology, Biological and Health Program; Mood Disorders; Seasonal Affective Disorder; Behavioral & Molecular Genetics

Description of Research:
We are looking for undergraduate psychology, neuroscience, or human genetics students who are interested in gaining research experience. Students will have the opportunity to learn about and work on projects investigating individual differences in genetics and behavior.  Research may involve interviewing patients and molecular genetics.

Duties of Students:
Duties are flexible, depending on interests and current needs, but students willing to commit to two semesters are required. Typical tasks include interviewing of potential participants, data collection and entry, and other related tasks. Students may also have the opportunity to learn how to administer subjective, behavioral and physiological tests in the lab, help with data analyses, and help in the planning of additional related research.  Opportunities to learn molecular genetics are available for students interested in longer time commitments. Students should be available at least 2 days per week. Total number of hours of participation per week will be approximately 8 hours for 3 credits.


  •     12-month commitment
  •     Psychology, Neuroscience, or Genetics majors are preferable
  •     3.0 or better GPA
  •     12 credits in Psychology including PSY 0035 (Research Methods)
  •     Computer experience is desirable
  •     Only highly motivated students should inquire
  •     Have completed PSY 1059 Topics in Advanced Social Research Methods: Psychopathology

Terms offered: fall, spring and summer

Number of Students: