Student Research Assistants

The Berger Institute research program is directed by Dr. Stacey N. Doan, Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences at Claremont McKenna College. Our research broadly examines individual, social, and contextual predictors of development and well-being. Dr. Doan’s research lab is currently accepting volunteer research assistants to begin Fall 2019.

Our RAs will contribute to research projects on developmental psychology, health psychology, and college student health and sleep. Past RAs have assisted with participant data collection, data entry and cleaning, and audio/video transcription. Our students have gone on to top graduate and health programs. Motivated RAs take the initiative in seeking experiences to work on statistical analyses, qualitative coding projects, and manuscript preparation. RAs are expected to work independently on assigned tasks and research projects, attend weekly lab meetings, and maintain constant communication with research team members.

Expectations and Requirements

  • Is a 5C second-year or third-year student.
  • Commitment to two consecutive semesters working in the lab.
  • Commitment to a minimum of 5 hours/week of lab work.
  • Attend weekly 1-hour research lab meetings.
  • Completed coursework in research methods and/or data analysis (or will complete, if applicant is a sophomore).
  • Complete online ethics and bloodborne pathogen safety training.

Interested in becoming a volunteer research assistant for the Berger Institute?

We are currently accepting applications for volunteer research assistants for the 2019-2020 academic year. Students who are interested in applying are required to commit to 6 total volunteer hours per week over one (1) academic year. Course credit and paid positions are available after successful completion of the first year.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume/CV to the Berger Institute Research Coordinator, Jessica Vicman, at Please include “Volunteer Research Assistant Position” and your name in the subject line. Applications are due Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:59 pm. Questions about this position should be directed to Jessica Vicman at