Join Our Lab


Research assistants in the Adolescent Transitions Lab develop a broad array of research knowledge, skills, and experience. This ranges from researching the academic literature and investigating methods and measures, to processing quantitative data, writing code in statistical programs, and cleaning and analyzing data. We encourage research assistants to be proactive about pursuing their research interests and offer numerous opportunities to conduct independent projects, submit posters to conferences, and write senior honors theses. In order to include all research assistants in the long-term vision and goals of the lab, we hold bi-weekly lab meetings to discuss current projects, plan future work, and learn about topics of interest.

Research assistants in the Adolescent Transitions Lab have a wide variety of interests within the realm of developmental psychopathology. Past research assistants have submitted original research to peer reviewed publications, attended conferences, and conducted honors theses; several research assistants have gone on to work in education, clinical practice, research and attend doctoral programs in clinical and developmental psychology.

Recommended Background

Our lab is small and requires research assistants to be independent, self-motivated, flexible, and willing to learn. Successful research assistants in our lab typically have a strong and clear interest in psychological research, particularly in questions surrounding psychopathology, youth development, and puberty. As our research involves deep content knowledge and substantial statistical analyses, we seek applicants who have completed coursework in human development or psychology, research methods (e.g. HD 2830), and statistics (PSYCH 3500 preferred).  While these courses are preferred, we recognize that students early on in their Cornell career may not yet have had the opportunity to take these classes and take that into account when reviewing applications.

How to Apply

The Adolescent Transitions Lab usually accepts new research assistants during the fall semester. If you are interested in applying to work with the Adolescent Transitions Lab, please download and complete an application. Along with your resume and a PDF of your current transcript, applications should be submitted to cornelladolescentlab [at] gmail [dot] com. The application deadline is Friday, November 1st, 2019. Inquiries regarding the status of applications or about the application process should be directed to Gaby Kubi, or Sabrina Porcelli,

If your application meets the requirements, you will be invited to interview. We ask accepted applicants to volunteer for the remainder of the fall semester for a trial run before enrolling for credit in the spring. Most research assistants enroll in one to three credit hours for elective credit. Each credit indicates a commitment of three hours of work in the lab per week (e.g., three credits corresponds to nine hours of work in lab per week). We are a small lab and prioritize getting to know our research assistants and building a supportive research team.

Participate in Research

The Adolescent Transitions Lab partners with New York State 4-H and the Project for Youth Development and Engagement to conduct research on life changes in girls and boys ages 10-14. If you are interested in participating in research with us through PRYDE,  please visit the PRYDE website for more information.