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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.” 

Emma St. Pierre- Sophomore, Psychology and Cognitive Science

“Starting research as a freshman has given me a much clearer understanding of what I want to do in college, and insight into the workings of a research lab. I’m constantly exposed to new ideas and concepts that widen my views, and brilliant, curious students that challenge my thoughts. I am so excited to learn more about our unique research, and one day I hope to impact this field in other ways.”

Rachael Frenza- Senior, Psychology 

“Working in this lab has taught me valuable information about how research is conducted and all of the different steps involved. It has also taught me new communication skills as well as teamwork strategies. It has been a great experience to be in a lab with other students who are interested in the same topics I am and to be able to work with them. The knowledge I have gained from this opportunity will continue to be useful even after graduation.”

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.”

Tiana Hill- Junior, Psychology and Health and Human Services (Mental Health Con.)

Corinne D’Andria – Junior, 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.” 

Casey Charlton – Senior, Biomedical Sciences

“Working in the Alcohol Research Lab has given me the opportunity to work with amazing students and faculty who have taught me invaluable information in conducting experiments and working with others. Through participation and experimentation, I have learned an incredible amount about the brain and the effects of alcohol. By doing this research, we are striving to educate and produce significant results that can lead to the betterment of others.”

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