Perceived Discrimination and Biological Pathways to Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Supervising Faculty: Peter Gianaros, PhD

Contact: Kimberly Lockwood (

Area of Research: Health Psychology

Description of Research: 
This study focuses on the relationship between perceived discrimination and cardiovascular disease. In particular, the project will examine the relationship between daily diary reports of perceived discrimination and laboratory measurements of risk factors for cardiovascular disease. To apply, please send your resume and a brief description of your interests to Kimberly Lockwood (

Duties of Students: 
We are looking for motivated, dependable, and organized undergraduates interested in biological/health psychology and health disparities. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of research-related activities. We strongly prefer a two-term commitment. As a part of the study, students will:
• Complete reading relevant to the project
• Conduct literature searches and write brief literature reviews
• Attend lab meetings to learn discuss study progress and discuss assigned reading
• Prepare study materials
• Assist with piloting study protocol
• Assist with recruitment-related tasks
• Assist with data entry, management, and/or analysis
• Assist with data collection

• Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
• 12 credits of Psychology including PSY 0035 (Research Methods) and STAT 0200/1000/1100 (Statistics)
• Preferred: PSY 0505 (Biopsychology) or PSY 1215 (Health Psychology)
• Two-term commitment is required
• Strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills

Terms offered: Fall and Spring 

Number of Students: 1-3