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Developmental Etiology of Externalizing Problems

Student research opportunities

Undergraduate students have worked in the lab for course credit and as volunteers.

The DEEP research lab has openings for undergraduate research assistants. The lab is led by Dr. Dustin Pardini (, an associate professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and a faculty affiliate of the Department of Psychology.

What we study: The DEEP lab studies factors that lead to the development of antisocial behaviors and substance use problems from childhood to adulthood. We are currently working on several NIH-funded studies focused on the development of psychopathic features, persistent criminal behavior, firearm violence, and chronic substance use.   In addition, we are implementing a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study examining the neurobiological underpinnings of severe conduct problems in adolescents.   


  • May include screening participants, data collection, data manipulation using SPSS, and other lab duties
  • Commit to 10 hours/week
  • Working 2-3 days/week on a set schedule (Monday – Friday)

Minimum qualifications:

  •  Junior or senior with a GPA > 3.5
  • Commitment to work 2 semesters in the lab

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Honors college students
  • Prior research experience


  • Get class credits for your research participation in the lab
  • Get research experience implementing research studies and manipulating data using SPSS
  • Build your resume/CV
  • Learn strategies for applying to doctoral programs and creating a successful application


If interested, please contact Savanna Allen, M.S. ( Please include a copy of your current CV/resume, year, major and your GPA. Please describe any relevant course work you have completed and a brief description of any prior research experience.