Join the MSR Lab!

As of Fall 2021, we are currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Doctoral Student

Are you interested in pursuing graduate study in our lab at the University of Pittsburgh? Dr. Galla is looking for creative, hard-working individuals with interests in mindfulness and self-regulation, especially as they relate to adolescence and emerging adulthood.

You might wonder what kinds of prior experiences are necessary to excel in our graduate program and laboratory? Prior research experience is required. Experience conducting research in a psychology laboratory is particularly beneficial. Undergraduate courses in psychology and human development provide an important foundation of knowledge upon which your graduate coursework will build. I also strongly encourage taking basic and advanced mathematics or statistics courses, as our research relies heavily on quantitative methods. In your application it is important that you describe your experiences using mathematics and statistics in your research and courses. Likewise, make sure to describe and demonstrate your reasoning and writing skills. Strong reasoning and writing are critical to conducting and communicating science. Prior experiences and training in data management and computer programming are a plus, but are not required before graduate school.

For more information about graduate study in the lab, please contact Dr. Galla. And please see the Applied Developmental Psychology department website for further information on applying to the doctoral program.

Research Assistants

We are always looking for undergraduates and master’s students to assist with ongoing research projects. If you are interested in joining the lab as a research assistant, please contact Dr. Galla. Interested students should plan to devote 8 to 10 hours per week in the lab. Volunteers will get hands-on experience at all stages of the research process.