do research in psychology?
Conducting research develops
your ability to pose good questions, think logically, problem solve,
write concisely, speak before an audience, and work on a team: abilities
highly valued by employers. Collaborating within a research group
at Avila enables you to work closely with a faculty member, who
can put your particular talents to best use (and write those all
important letters of recommendation!). With our apprenticeship model
of research, the specific tasks you will work on will be commensurate
with your current level of experience and knowledge.
If you are interested
in applying to Ph.D. programs in Psychology, research experience
is mandatory. Most programs are highly competitive, and nearly all
of your competition will have had research experience of some sort.
And yes, research can
be FUN! It's all about making new discoveries, about finding answers
to questions that puzzle you. Best of all, you can take advantage
of opportunities to present your research at regional, national,
or international conferences. There's no better way to make contact
with professors and other students who share your interests.
As an undergraduate or
master's level student at Avila, you will learn to do research from
professors who do research.
We currently have four active research groups:
Dr. Amy Bucher's Laboratory for the
Study of Language Use and Behavior Change
Dr. Maria Hunt's Laboratory
for the Study of Mindfulness, Well-being and Related Phenomena
Dr. Marcia Pasqualini's
Social Neuroscience Laboratory
Dr. Jordan Wagge's Cognition
Click on individual faculty members' laboratories above
to learn more about their research.