Volunteer Research Position

Current Available Positions:


Volunteer Research Assistant for the Emotional Cognition Lab 

Role: The Emotional Cognition Lab is looking for an enthusiastic research assistant who is interested in joining our lab for the 2018-2019 academic period. The role includes helping with participant recruitment, data entry, maintaining and organizing data files. Opportunities are available to learn about a variety of psychological methodologies, neuropsychological assessments, and data analysis.  

For more information about our lab and research, please visit our website at: https://emotionalcognitiondotorg.wordpress.com/category/emotional-cognition-lab-uwowestern/

Time commitment: Minimum 5 hours a week. 

Application Deadline: Ongoing. 

The lab is directed by Dr. Derek Mitchell. Interested applications should contact Tamara Tavares (ttavare@uwo.ca). Please include an unofficial transcript and a resume/CV with contact information for 2 references.


Position title: Research Assistant
Volunteer Description:
The Behavioural Research Lab at Ivey Business School is looking for students to join their Research Assistant Team for the 2018-2019 academic period. The Behavioural Lab at Ivey runs experiments and survey–based studies conducted by researchers in a variety of disciplines including Organizational Behaviour, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Managerial Accounting and Control, Operations Management, and Information Systems. Volunteers are needed to schedule participants into sessions and to help run the study (e.g., setting up the programs, providing instructions, ensuring the study runs smoothly, etc.). Additional responsibilities may arise over the course of the year depending on what occurs in the lab (e.g., coding, data sorting, survey writing, etc.).

No previous experience necessary, just a willingness to learn. This position is a mentorship position and our goal is to broaden your experience with practical behavioural research.

- Undergraduate student at Western University or one of its affiliates
- Committed to volunteering 8 hours minimum a week while classes are in session
- Must be available for both terms of the 2018/2019 academic year
- Reliable and dependable
- Desire to learn and develop new skills
- Good organizational and time-management skills
- Good verbal and written communication skills
- Able to work independently as well as part of a team

Volunteering in our lab will result in:
- Practical research method application skills
- Practical introduction to experimental economics research practices
- Practical introduction to the application of ethical standards
- An appreciation of the details that are the backbone of quality research
- Development of stronger communication skills
- Developing time management excellence
- Increasing your multi-tasking skills
- Developing leadership skills
- Increasing your self-confidence
- Learning to work effectively in teams and independently
- Improvement of social and interpersonal skills
- Opportunities to trouble shoot and thereby improve your self-efficacy

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and a copy of your weekly schedule
including any courses and any other prior commitments (clubs, job, etc.) to:
Dr. Karen Hussey at behavlab@ivey.ca
Apply by August 17, 2018.

Volunteer Research Assistant for The Culham Lab 

Role: The Culham Lab is interested in how vision is used for perception and to guide actions in humans. Responsibilities include helping run behavioural (motion tracking and eye tracking) studies, helping coordinate participant sign-ups, literature search, preliminary data processing and analysis, odd lab jobs. Opportunities are available to learn sophisticated psychological methodologies and there is some possibility of flexibility in responsibilities to best align with the interests of the student. Coding skills highly desirable, but not mandatory.

Time commitment: Minimum 7-10 hours/week, flexibly allocated across weeks (i.e. can do fewer some weeks, more others).

Application Deadline: Ongoing. Include an unofficial transcript and a resume/cv with at contact information for at least one reference contact information.

Lab is directed by Dr. Jody Culham (http://www.culhamlab.com/). Please contact postdoc Kaitlin Laidlaw @ klaidl3@uwo.ca


Volunteer Research Assistant for graduate student in Dr. Donald Saklofske's Lab in Personality and Measurement

Role: This is a volunteer position that takes about 5-10 hours a week to do some peer ratings for qualitative data. Volunteers will be trained on qualitative data analysis in personality research in humour and creativity. Interested students would be working with PhD Graduate Student in Clinical Psychology (Chloe Lau) directly.

Time commitment: 5-10 hours a week. Volunteering would be at your own time and done at any location of your convenience. 

Application Deadline: On-going

Please contact Chloe at clau263@uwo.ca with your name, current year of study, program, and short description on any experience you have had with psychology research. 


Volunteer and Work Study Students for Dr. Esses' Social Psychology lab

Role: We are looking for motivated students who are interested in carrying out psychology studies, data entry, and library research.

In our laboratory, we examine immigration and cultural diversity; stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination; intergroup relations; ethnic relations; and the experiences of disadvantaged groups in society.

Students will be given the opportunity to develop skills outside of the classroom, as well as put their classroom skills into practice. RAs can sit in on weekly lab meetings and interact with faculty and graduate students in an academic environment.

Applicants do not have to be psychology students. Training will be provided.

For more information on our lab please visit our website at


Time Commitment: 5 to 10 hours (likely longer for a work study position but I'm still in the process of getting it approved)

Application Deadline: Send me an unofficial transcript (from student.uwo.ca), a resume, and a cover letter. There is no deadline at the moment. 

The lab is directed by Dr. Victoria Esses. Interested applicants should email Mitchell Campbell at mcamp7@uwo.ca).


Volunteer Research Assistants for the Mood Lab

Role: The Mood Lab is looking for students to join our Research Assistant Team for the summer (with the option of extending the position into the fall 2018 semester). The Mood Lab is conducting the Western Mood Study, a study examining cognition, inflammation, and stress in a clinical sample of individuals with depression. Volunteers are needed to help with recruitment of participants, booking participants, assisting with a stress task, data entry, and running participants through the study. Running participants involves meeting participants in the lab, providing instructions, answering participants’ questions, collecting saliva samples, and debriefing participants.


    • Must be available for summer 2018 term
    • Reliable and dependable
    • Desire to learn and develop new skills
    • Good organization and time-management skills
    • Good verbal and written communication skills
    • Able to work independently as well as part of a team
    • Basic computer skills such as Microsoft Office

Time Commitment: 10 hours/week.

Application Detail:

To apply, please send an email with a short description of why you want to join the Mood Lab, and attach a resume/CV, an unofficial transcript, and a copy of your weekly availability to Katerina Rnic at krnic@uwo.ca.