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Clinical-Disaster Research Center
The University of Mississippi

Join the CDRC Team

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Becoming an research assistant provides students with a unique opportunity while completing their undergraduate education.  Our undergraduate research assistants engage in numerous opportunities such as working with graduate students on their thesis and/or dissertation projects, participating in experimental protocols, running participants, attending weekly lab meetings, and learning how to conduct literature searches. Additionally, many of our undergraduate research assistants participate in projects that lead to authorship on peer-reviewed publication and book chapters. Past undergraduate research assistants have also attended state, regional, and national professional conferences, expanding their experience to network with other students in the psychology field as well as prominent researchers. Professional development opportunities with the lab’s graduate students are integrated throughout the year. Undergraduates registered in the Honors College may have the opportunity to complete their Honors thesis through research projects that are currently being conducted.

Required: An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, along with consent of the instructor.
Recommended: PSY 417 (Disasters and Mental Health) or PSY 430 (Positive Psychology).

Click here: PSY 420 Syllabus Fall 2019

If you are interested in joining the CDRC lab, please contact the lab at or Dr. Schulenberg at

Graduate Students

Dr. Schulenberg will be reviewing graduate student applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Competitive applicants will have prior research experience and interests that complement the foci and/or methodology of the CDRC lab. These include, though not limited to, meaning in life, positive psychology, trauma, PTSD, veteran research, and natural disasters. The mission of the UM-CDRC is to integrate service, training, and research in disaster mental health. It is our hope that by providing graduate students with a range of didactic and hands-on experiences, we are preparing future clinicians and researchers to be able to better understand the experiences of those affected by disasters and trauma, and thus be better able to assist in recovery efforts.

Please see the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program webpage for more information about the application process and requirements.