Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Family Adjustment and Child Emotion Development

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Liana Galtieri

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:
Department: Psychology

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? As needed.

Direct supervisor of students:

Liana Galtieri & Laina Keim
Supervisor Title: Doctoral Graduate Student
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project?

Short Project Description

The Katz Lab seeks to better understand how families interact with and experience emotions across multiple contexts. Two current projects are 1) understanding the experiences of families following a diagnosis of pediatric cancer and 2) evaluating a novel parent-training intervention program to helping families of a child with low prosocial emotions. Students will have the opportunity to receive training in a validated and internationally recognized coding system for evaluating family attitudes and behaviors surrounding emotion. In addition to valuable skills in data coding, students will gain insight into child emotional development and the natural diversity in how families experience and respond to negative emotions. This includes exposure to rich interview and observational data of parent-child interactions with clinical populations. Students will also participate in team meetings focused on building critical skills for careers in psychology, such as reading peer reviewed articles, discussing contemporary issues in psychology, and learning about different approaches to treatment of psychological disorders. This research experience is ideal for students interested in child clinical psychology, pediatric/health psychology, parenting, empathy, emotional development, and intervention research. In order to maximize the benefits of this experience, interested students should be willing to dedicate 6 hours a week to working in the lab for a period of 3 quarters. If interested, please email Laina Keim ( and Liana Galtieri ( with a brief statement and resume.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work:
Student commitment: 3 quarter minimum commitment preferred, including summer.

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
0 % data entry 0 % video taping 0 % animal care
0 % database management 0 % interview subjects 0 % animal observation
0 % encoding data 0 % scheduling appt 0 % surgical techniques
0 % library research 0 % running subjects 0 % histology
0 % data collection 0 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
0 % recruiting subjects


Skills / Experience Preferred