Research Assistants

Below are the Current Research Assistants in the Alcohol Research Lab!

Taylor Seilheimer– Lab Manager Junior, Biomedical Sciences

“Working as a research assistant in the Alcohol Research Lab has been an amazing opportunity to expand my knowledge on how research is constructed and applied. Working in the lab prepares me for my future as I continuously learn new techniques and skills within this field. I have developed great organizational skill, as well as prioritization of tasks.”

Aya Balan SeniorBiomedical Sciences 

“Not only am I able to gain insight into the human brain and how alcohol affects the human body and the various experiences that people encounter by being under its influence, but working at this lab has also allowed me to meet several wonderful undergraduate and graduate students that share my passion of attempting to understand the complicated organ that we call the brain.” 

Mackenzie Northrup – Senior, Psychology

“As soon as first interviewed to become a part of this lab, I knew it would be full of enriching hands-on learning.  I was right, plus some; it has been so rewarding and exciting as well.  This lab has brought me an entirely new perspective at research in Psychology compared to what ordinary lectures do.  By being constantly on your toes, having to always be fluent in communication, updates, and having to accurately follow through with multiple procedures with so many different people truly challenges me to be a better student, worker, future researcher, and future clinical psychologist.  I cannot be appreciative enough for all the opportunities and skills the Alcohol Research Lab has given me.”

Corinne D’Andria – Senior, Psychology and Political Science

“Since the time I entered into my freshman year at UB, I knew I wanted to get involved in research. When I discovered the Alcohol Research Lab I knew I wanted to be involved. Working in this lab has provided me with the skills to be a successful research assistant and future researcher as well as shown me the real-life applications that this type of research can have.” 

Jason Diviney – Senior, Psychology

Working as a research assistant in The Alcohol Research Lab has been an invaluable experience to me. Throughout my time in lab, I’ve been able to gain hands on experience in an area that I’m interested in and learned many skills along the way. I now feel very confident in my ability to work effectively in a research lab. I am fortunate to have had this experience and to have been surrounded by a fantastic group of graduate students and undergraduate RA’s.

Shauna D’Arcy – Junior, Psychology

“Working in the Alcohol Research Lab is giving me hands on experience and education that I would’ve never gained simply being enrolled in classes. I enjoy coming into the lab and feeling like I am making a difference even by doing the smallest of tasks. This lab and staff has given me the opportunity to expand my career and education options. All of the research being done here is revolutionary and I am grateful to be a part of it.”

Paige Szarafin – Junior, Psychology and Political Science

“Being a part of this lab has been an incredibly positive and enriching experience. I always look forward to having lab shifts with the intelligent and personable lab staff. I learn so much from the hands-on experience and mentoring I receive as part of the lab. I also get to use the knowledge I’ve gleaned so far in undergrad by applying it to this lab in an experiential way. Having these experiences has set me up well for current and future professional opportunities. It is a pleasure to be an RA in this lab for many reasons, but the one most important to me is the fact that this lab does much needed work to serve a variety of populations in the Buffalo community and beyond.”

Ian Troidl – Senior, Psychology

“Working in the Alcohol Research Lab has been an incredibly enjoyable experience for me. This lab provides excellent hands-on experience as well as exposure to the inner-workings of psychological science. I look forward to coming into the lab every shift and working with other intelligent, hard working individuals. Perhaps most importantly, it is extremely rewarding to work in a lab that produces important research that aims to not only help other people, but to also advance clinical science.”

Amberlynn Azcona – Senior, Psychology

” Being a research assistant for The Alcohol Research Lab has been an amazing and educational experience. I have without a doubt learned much more in lab as opposed to a lecture. This lab provides the opportunity to have hands on experience with everything that comes with the field of Psychology. You learn the behind the scenes work that goes into research as well as make friends and gain mentors who have been in your shoes before. It is a pleasant experience to work in a lab that is contributing to not only your future but to the future of Psychology.”

For a list of previous research assistants, please see ARL Alumni.

Why be a Research Assistant?

Being a research assistant is a great hands on approach to learning more about the field of Psychology. You are able to work with other undergraduate students as well as have the opportunity to work with graduate students who are pursing degrees in this field and also serve as mentors who are willing to help undergraduate students considering getting a degree in the Psychology Field. Being a research assistant also helps students build connections for references by having the opportunity to work closely with a professor and their research.

Research assistants, even if not studying Psychology, learn valuable skills such as learning to work on a team, public speaking, as well as many other useful tools to help in future endeavors.

What do Research Assistants do?

  • Collect data through running experimental sessions
  • Enter data in spreadsheets
  • Screen participants for experiment eligibility
  • Attend weekly lab meetings
  • Attend lab for a minimum of 8 hours a week.

Interested in being a Research Assistant? Submit an application to Dr. Read.