Four social/personality psychology labs (see full list below) at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) are recruiting graduate students interested in pursuing a PhD in Psychology starting in Fall 2022. The social/personality psychology area at UCR is regarded for its strengths in personality psychology and health and well-being. Faculty in the area have audio-visual laboratories and observation rooms and use state-of-the art assessment methods including Electronically-Activated Recorders (i.e., EAR devices), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), physiological measures, experience sampling, and innovative psychological interventions including MINDTAPP (Mind Training Application; a system and method for mindset training), among others. UCR is a world-class research university with a diverse undergraduate student body and a mission to provide routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. The graduate program in Psychology at UCR offers competitive graduate funding and student support, as well as specialized programs in Diversity & Inclusion Psychology, Health & Well-Being, and Quantitative Psychology. The campus is surrounded by mountain ranges and is only an hour away from ski slopes, surfing, and hiking in mountain and desert environments, and the weather is excellent all year round. The cost of living in Riverside is affordable relative to other cities in Southern California, and Riverside is located within a 1.5 hour drive from Los Angeles and San Diego. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the department admissions page for more information: https://psychology.ucr.edu/graduate-study/the-application-and-admission-process/. The deadline for full admission consideration is December 1, 2021. If you would like more information about the graduate program or a specific lab, we encourage you to contact the PIs directly.
The following labs are accepting students for Fall 2022:
The Life Events Lab (ucrlifeeventslab.com, Dr. Kate Sweeny) primarily studies the experience of stressful uncertainty, like the wait for medical test results or the outcome of a professional exam. More generally, the lab addresses stress, coping, and emotions in the field and the lab, using longitudinal and experimental methods.
The Social Neuroscience Lab (https://www.hugheslab.org/, Dr. Brent Hughes) focuses broadly on questions related to the self, social cognition, and social behavior. We use methods like functional neuroimaging, behavioral experiments, computational modeling, and experience sampling to gain a deeper insight into how people see themselves, navigate their social environments, and connect with other people.
The Leadership and Group Dynamics Lab (https://profiles.ucr.edu/app/home/profile/tomsy) is unique in its focus on Industrial Organizational Psychology. We conduct research on leadership, followership and teams, with particular focus on schemas (implicit theories), emotions, diversity, and unconscious processes and biases. We also apply our research to develop psychological interventions, such as our patent pending MINDTAPP (Mind Training Application) system and method, a mobile application that empowers people to tap their best selves via mindset training.
The OBSERVE Lab (https://observelab.ucr.edu/, Dr. Megan Robbins) investigates how people’s daily social interactions are related to their health and well-being. The naturalistic observation method we primarily use is the EAR, which periodically records snippets of sound in people’s momentary environments. We are currently focusing on observing the social interactions and well-being of same- and different-gender couples.