Neural and socioemotional development in early childhood

This project is ongoing.

The Kids Lab is looking for research assistants. The Kids Lab studies the sociocultural and family factors that influence children’s social, emotional, and brain development. We study both healthy trajectories as well as factors that increase risk for later mental health problems. Our work integrates developmental, behavioral, sociocultural, psychophysiological (RSA, PEP), and neuroscience (EEG, fNIRS) approaches to study development in early life. An additional main area of focus in the lab is to understand how the sociocultural background of Latinx children serves as a strength factor in the face of social inequalities and early adversity.

We are looking for potential RAs interested in the collection of biological data, as well as data management. RAs will be asked to help with data collection of neural and physiological data, as well as data cleaning and processing. Study procedures are in-lab, so in-person availability is essential.

If interested, please fill out this RA application:


Detail oriented, motivated and conscientious, communicates well, flexible schedule including weekends. Students interested in active data collection with neural and physiological measures. 

Preferred qualifications:
-Major in psychology or a related field.
-Previous work or genuine interest in the use of neural measures for the understanding of psychological processes
-Previous work/volunteer experience with youth and families and/or outreach to community organizations in Austin.

Project Timeline

Start time is as soon as possible and all RAs are asked to complete a minimum of two semesters. RAs can continue past the two-semester commitment. 


Training and data collection using neural and physiological measures, participant recruitment, data entry/cleaning and any other duties as they come up.

Typical Time Commitment
10 hours/week
Desired Length of Commitment
2+ semesters


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