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From exploring the impact of ADHD on daily life to treatment methods for addiction, faculty in the Saint Louis University Department of Psychology are committed to collaborating with students on research both in and out of labs.

The WAGER lab is just one of many labs sponsored by the Department of Psychology.

You can pursue research even as an undergraduate under the supervision of a faculty member. Research opportunities are available in areas including domestic violence, trauma, neuropsychology, health psychology and clinical child psychology. Advanced clinical training opportunities in neuropsychology, pediatric and clinical child psychology, health psychology, and academic psychology are available through collaborative relationships with medical centers, agencies and practitioners in the community.

If you want to volunteer for a psychology research project, sign up through our research participation website.

Psychology Research Labs

Both undergraduates and graduates can pursue the research they find most interesting through faculty-guided research in one of the department’s many research labs.


Principal Investigator: Annie A. Garner, Ph.D.

The ADHD Lab examines Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and its impact on daily life. Of particular interest is the impact of ADHD on driving among adolescents. We use experimental methods and state-of-the art driving simulation and eye-tracking methodology to examine these relationships.

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Applied Social Psychology Lab

Principal Investigator: Eddie M. Clark, Ph.D.

The Applied Social Psychology Lab research focuses on close relationships and health attitudes and behavior.

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Billiken Sport Psychological Services and Consultation

Principal Investigator: Michael Ross, Ph.D.

The Sport Psychological Services and Consultation service team provides individual and team services throughout SLU’s athletic department. We are primarily focused on understanding and improving the mental aspects of athletes' performances. Our team works with athletes to increase mental toughness, improve sport experience, provide support through sport-related experiences, and enhance overall performance.

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Individual Services

Individual services include one-on-one meetings between an athlete and a sport psychology consultant (SPC). The length of time in sport psychological training can vary and this largely depends on the athlete's presenting goals. Some athletes choose to schedule one to two sessions that focus on specific skill development (e.g., confidence, relaxation, developing a mental warm-up), while other athletes prefer to engage in more advanced skill training (10 weeks or longer). Some simply want to increase their mental toughness during sport, decrease reactivity to negative experiences, and improve their ability to reach a flow state. Other athletes may be experiencing barriers to performance such as anxiety, difficulties adjusting to a new team, a lack of confidence, or concerns regarding motivation. These services are available to all SLU student-athletes. If interested in setting up this training, email Zach Merz to request an appointment.

Biofeedback Training

This is one type of technique incorporated into the individual training. During biofeedback, athletes learn to maintain control over physiological processes that enhance the likelihood of achieving a flow state. SPCs will introduce and train a variety of mental skills that help control these processes.

Team Services

SPCs are often requested to work with teams in a variety of capacities. Options for this training include one-day workshops, multisession team trainings, and team assessments. Team workshops typically focus on one to two skills or topics, while multisession team trainings include the introduction and application of a variety of skills. Team assessments are often requested by the coaching staff and include the evaluation of a variety of mental aspects using questionnaires and biofeedback techniques. Following a team assessment, coaches are provided with team and individual data and recommendations. Recommendations strive to enhance the mentality of the team during practice and games. Additionally, individual athletes receive their own data and recommendations for mental performance.

Specialty Groups

The Sport Psychological Service Team also provides specialty services to populations of athletes experiencing unique stressors or transitions. Examples include injured athletes (e.g., increasing coping and rehabilitation adherence), freshman athletes (e.g., supporting the transition to a new team, coach, and/or role), and senior athletes (e.g., helping with the transition out of sport). These services often occur in a workshop format and are requested on an as needed basis by the athletic department staff and/or student-athletes.

Meet the Team

Michael J. Ross, Ph.D., ABPP

Ashley Hansen, M.S.
Assistant Co-Director
Senior Sport Psychology Consultant

Taylor Montgomery, M.S.
Assistant Co-Director
Senior Sport Psychology Consultant

Jeffrey Shulze, M.S.
Sport Psychology Consultant

Alicia Kauffman, M.S.
Sport Psychology Consultant

John Lace, M.S.
Sport Psychology Consultant

Tyesha McPherson, M.S.
Sport Psychology Consultant

Zach Soulliard, M.S.
Sport Psychology Consultant

Andrew McGrath, B.S.
Sport Psychology Consultant

Spondita Goswami, B.S.
Sport Psychology Consultant

Joanne Perry, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Zach Merz, M.S.
Senior Consultant
Predoctoral Intern
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

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Child and Family Research Lab

Principal Investigator: Janet Kuebli, Ph.D.

The Child and Family Research Lab studies child development and family processes. Of special interest are family socialization processes. For example, we are interested in how parents socialize children's emotion-related understandings of themselves and others, as well as how families socialize children's knowledge and attitudes related to science and math.

Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience of Aging (CANA) Lab

Principal Investigator: Jill D. Waring, Ph.D.

The Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience of Aging Lab investigates the interactions of cognition and emotion processing across the lifespan, with the goal of identifying behavioral and neural markers that may influence or precede cognitive decline or symptoms of anxiety and depression in late life. We investigate these topics using behavioral, neuropsychological and neuroimaging techniques.

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Cognitive Neuroscience of Stress Lab

Principal Investigator: Tony W. Buchanan, Ph.D.

The Cognitive Neuroscience of Stress Lab is interested in how psychological stress affects attention, encoding, consolidation and retrieval of memory. We use endocrine measures (cortisol), autonomic nervous system activity (heart rate variability, skin conductance, pupil diameter) and eye-tracking methodology to examine how stress affects cognition.

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Cross-Cultural Human Development Lab

Principal Investigator: Judith L. Gibbons, Ph.D.

The Cross-Cultural Human Development Lab works on research related to human development in international perspective, including such issues as ethnic relations among Guatemalan adolescents and inter-country adoption.

Community Health Equity and Justice Lab 

Principal Investigator: Madeline Stenersen, Ph.D

The Community Health Equity and Justice lab promotes health equity and well-being among populations that have been historically marginalized and/or stigmatized by society and science. The lab specifically focuses on the intersection between the criminal legal system, LGBTQ+ communities, and individuals in the sex industry.

Within this goal, our work uses community-based and big data methods to achieve three objectives: Identify & Understand Disparities; Develop, Implement, and Evaluate Programs to Address Disparities; and Evaluate Existing Programs. 

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Gender Cognitions and Development Lab

Principal Investigator: Kim Powlishta, Ph.D.

The Gender Cognitions and Development Lab focuses on the development of social categorization, stereotyping and peer interactions. We are interested in how children (and sometimes adolescents and adults) think about and interact with others whom they view as different from themselves and/or who belong to particular social categories. The primary differences or categories we explore are those based on gender.

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Luking Lab

Principal Investigator: Katherine Luking, Ph.D.

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MACRL: Multidisciplinary Aging and Cognition Research Lab

Principal Investigator: Lisa Willoughby, Ph.D.

The primary research interests of the Multidisciplinary Aging and Cognition Research Lab are focused on memory, aging and health. Currently projects include interdisciplinary collaborations and research studies conducted in the laboratory and in the community.

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Neuropsychology Lab

Principal Investigator: Jeffrey D. Gfeller, Ph.D.

The Neuropsychology Lab conducts research that investigates how conditions such as traumatic brain injury, dementia, learning disabilities or ADHD, affect a person's cognitive and emotional functioning. Team members in our lab also investigate factors that influence examinees' performance and effort during neuropsychological evaluation.

Social Justice Lab

Principal Investigator: Ruth Warner, Ph.D.

The goal of the Social Justice Lab is to examine how a history of victimization affects perceptions of individuals and groups.

Violence and Traumatic Stress Lab

Principal Investigator: Terri L. Weaver, Ph.D.

The Violence and Traumatic Stress Lab explores the intersection of psychological and physical sequelae of interpersonal violence.


Wellness, Addiction, Gambling and Exercise Research (WAGER) Lab

Principal Investigator: Jeremiah Weinstock, Ph.D.

In the Wellness, Addiction, Gambling and Exercise Research lab, we investigate the etiology, correlates and treatment of addiction. Of particular interest are interventions that address both the mind and body.

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Wellness through Employment and Life Lab (W.E.L.L.)

Principal Investigator: Candice Thomas, Ph.D.

The Work-Life Lab (W.E.L.L.) operates within the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at Saint Louis University. We focus on research and advocacy regarding supporting health and wellbeing for all employees as they navigate multiple life roles. Specifically, our research encompasses topics like workplace policies and benefits, returning to work after childbirth, stress, equity, and the work-life interface.

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