Home » People » Research Assistants

Research Assistants


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


Danielle Villata-Lab Manager, Senior, 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.”

Nataliya Karpov-Lab Manager, Senior, 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.”

Taylor Seilheimer Sophomore, 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.”

Quinn Carroll- B.A. Psychology & B.A. Cognitive Neuroscience, State University of New York at Buffalo

“Research is one of the best ways to ask real world questions and make an impact. Making even a small difference starts with becoming a research assistant and learning from those around you. “
 Christy A. Rubio- Junior, Psychology 
“Being able to be part of a compassionate team in order to examine real life situations in depth is a great way to explore the field of psychology. The Alcohol Research Lab will stimulate my growth within this field and expose me to new knowledge and applications of that knowledge.” 

Aya Balan Junior, Biomedical 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.” 

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.

RA Application