Research Participation

We believe that students cannot learn about psychological research without opportunities to experience all aspects of the research process from participation to design and analysis. Student volunteers can serve as participants in research studies and may have opportunities to assist faculty with their research. There also are opportunities to present and publish research with department faculty members.

Smith RASmith Participants

Research participation provides an important first-hand view of psychological science. If you are interested in participating, current projects are listed below:

Project 1. Tell us what young people like you think about physician visits

We are interested in young people's attitudes and feelings toward physicians.  First, we will ask you to read and respond to a short description of a visit to a hypothetical physicians.  Second, we will ask you a few questions about your most recent visit to a physician. The study takes about 20 minutes to complete. To begin the study, please go to the internet address below:

Physician Visits

Project 2. Undergraduate Mentor Relationships

We are studying gender differences in students' general feelings about undergraduate teaching assistants. This is a particularly important issue now because of recent and future changes in the use of upper division undergraduates in these mentoring roles. Previous research shows that successful student mentor relationships are linked to both academic and career success but research also show that male and female students define successful and unsuccessful mentor relationships in different ways. The central part of this study requires you to read a brief description of a recent student complaint and then answer a set of questions about your reactions. 

If you identify as a female CSU student, please go to the internet address below:

If you identify as a male CSU student, please go to the internet address below:

Project 3. Tell us about your SSU experience and earn a WOLFBUCKS card

You are invited to participate in a study designed to understand your experiences as a Sonoma State student. If you would like to be involved in our study, please sign up for for a time slot below. All participants will receive a $4.00 wolfbuck card as a thank for your time. To make an appointment please go to the internet address below:

Undergraduate Opinions

(If the sign-up link does not work, try copying and pasting this link into your browser, or emailing us ( directly. THANKS!)

Thank you for volunteering your time to further our research.

Research Assistant

Many university graduate programs require students to have experience in conducting psychological research, as well as in analyzing data and writing up the results. To find out more about possible research assistant opportunities, students should consult with individual full time faculty members.

Summer Research Internship Opportunities

Many universities offer summer research opportunities. Check out the program at the University of Maryland here:
More information about possible summer research opportunities also is available here: