Join us as a graduate student

Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are currently closed. The lab will likely be reviewing applications to the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program for the 2020-2021 school year.  If you are interested in applying, please read the frequently asked questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions


Where can I learn more about the clinical psychology program?
You can learn more about the program here

What type of students are you looking for?
We are looking for students who have strong interest in the work we’re currently doing, which involves using technology to explore the everyday lives of individuals at risk for suicide. You can read about our current work here.

Do you have any advice for me as an applicant?

Mitch’s Uncensored Advice for Applying to Graduate School in Clinical Psychology (written by Dr. Mitch Prinstein) is one of the best resources for someone who is considering applying to graduate school in clinical psychology. You can read it here.

Join us as a postdoctoral research associate

We’ll be looking for a postdoctoral research associate to join our team beginning in July-September 2019. The postdoctoral research associate will be involved in all aspects of our current studies. The official job posting is available here

This position is particularly well suited for someone who wishes to gain experience to prepare them for an academic research career. This position will involve opportunities in three main areas:

First, the postdoctoral associate will have the opportunity to work on several NIMH-funded studies that focus on using technology (e.g., smartphone-based real-time monitoring, wearable physiological monitors) to predict and prevent suicidal thoughts and behaviors among adolescents and adults. Based on applicant interest and experience, roles on these projects will include study coordination, data collection/management, data analysis, and acting as a study therapist. 

Second, the postdoctoral associate will play a role in the development of a new research lab which will be just starting in January 2019. Based on applicant interest and experience, this will involve providing mentorship and co-supervision to graduate students and research assistants, as well as general lab management duties.

Third, the postdoctoral associate will have the opportunity to develop their own line of research. Postdoctoral associates will have access to data from ongoing and completed projects that use real-time monitoring to study suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Postdoctoral associates will be encouraged to submit a training grant during their first year (e.g., NIH F32, NIH K23, AFSP Postdoc Grant).

To apply, click here

Join us as a full-time paid research assistant

We’ll be looking for full-time paid research assistants beginning in March 2019. Please check back soon for more information on how to join the lab. 

Join us as a volunteer research assistant

Beginning in March 2019, we will have Research Assistant opportunities available for those with an interest in clinical research on suicide who are able to volunteer at least 6-8 hours per week for a period of at least four months. Although we are accepting and reviewing applications now, the research assistant space will be under construction until mid-late March 2019. We will begin interviewing potential research assistants at that time. 

People who volunteer in the lab will gain experience in all parts of the research process ranging from basic data entry to running research participants. Volunteers that will be the best fit with the lab will be those with a strong interest in going to graduate school (or those who are trying to assess their interest in going to graduate school). 

You can fill out the research assistant application here

Summer research opportunities

Rutgers has a variety of programs that provide funding for students to work in the lab over the summer. 

 RISE at Rutgers is a nationally acclaimed summer research program for outstanding undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. You can apply through this program to work in our lab over the summer.

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