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Research Assistants

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



James Zemer- Lab Manager
“I like being a part of a research lab because I learn a lot and I have met many wonderful people in the psychology field. The benefits of being an RA include valuable experience in clinical research that is credited, connections with intellectuals in the psychology field, and further knowledge of psychological concepts.


Casey ManzaneroLab Manager

“Being an undergraduate research assistant has allowed me to gain knowledge on how a lab is run and the wide variety of techniques that are used. I have made valuable relationships with faculty and students that share similar interests, too. It can definitely be a fun way to better yourself for future endeavors.”


Rachel Brous – Senior, Psychology

“Working in a lab is, by far, the best way to gain clinical research experience as an undergraduate. I have had the opportunity to see the everyday ins-and-outs of the Alcohol Research Lab which has allowed me to be confident in my choice to study psychology. I have found that work I have done in the lab has contributed to my having an overall better understanding of psychology as a whole.”



Danielle Villata– Sophomore, Psychology & Cultural Anthropology

“I enjoy being an undergrad research assistant because it provides you with a lot of hands on experience with running experiments. You get the opportunity to meet a lot of new people who are equally as interested in the field as you are, and connect with them. It is a mentally stimulating job to have and really makes you expand your knowledge past just attending to classes, and reading books. It is also a great experience to have if you plan on going to graduate school.”


Nick MortonSenior, Psychology

“Being part of a research lab has been an eye-opening experience. It has allowed me to greater understand the complex nature of psychology and to  make life-long connections that will help guide my learning experiences in the future.”


Nataliya KarpovJunior, Psychology

“Becoming a research assistant has by far been the best way to get in on the behind the scenes action of psychological research. I get to further my psychological knowledge and experience while making connections in a field that I’m proud to be a part of.”


Lauren Gasparini– Senior, Psychology

“Being an undergraduate research assistant has expanded my academic experience and allowed me to gain skills that are not learned in the classroom. Learning not what is known but how it came to be known is something one can get out of working in this lab!”



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? Email Dr. Read.