Join Our Team

The BioSocial Psychology Laboratory is a research and teaching laboratory. We work with undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, and graduate students.

Join Us as an Undergraduate Research Assistant

Participate as a research assistant in the lab for independent study credit or on a volunteer basis. Tasks may include: 

  • Psychophysiological data collection and scoring
  • Coding emotional behavior
  • Questionnaire data entry and analysis
  • Conducting literature searches
  • Recruiting and scheduling research participants
  • Preparation of research study materials
  • Running research participant sessions
  • General lab organization and management
  • Participation in weekly research meetings


Am I Qualified?

The BioSocial Psychology Lab is a training laboratory in which tasks are tailored to your skill level. We are committed to helping you achieve your academic and career goals, and aim to cultivate a positive lab environment. Students from our laboratory have been admitted to master’s and doctoral programs in psychology and related fields, and have been hired by public agencies (schools, mental health organizations) and companies in the private sector.

When considering a research assistant position, please keep in mind that research entails patience, commitment, and hard work. It is expected that you will fulfill your research commitments, including time-based (the number of hours agreed upon) and task-based (the specific task/project you are working on). Our motto is, the more you put in, the more you get out.

If you’re not sure if research is for you but are motivated and eager to explore your options, come give it a try! Individuals with a background or interest in psychophysiological research methods and strong interpersonal/clinical skills are especially encouraged to apply.

Undergraduate and Beyond?

Recent graduates also volunteer in our lab to gain additional research experience before pursuing graduate school, medical school, or other career paths. Although paid positions are rarely available, volunteers are always welcome.

Join Us as a Graduate Student

Dr. Burleson is a faculty research mentor for students in ASU’s Master of Science in Psychology program (West Campus) and is a member of the graduate faculty for ASU’s Psychology doctoral program (Tempe Campus).


How do I apply?

To apply for a research assistant position in our lab, please complete the research assistant application linked below. Upon completion, we ask that you email the application and a copy of your current resume to If we feel you may be a good candidate for our research team and openings are available in the coming semester/summer, we will contact you for an interview.