Getting Involved with the Anxiety Lab

Are you a Psychology Major at UNC looking for opportunities to join a research lab?

Our research group includes a large team of undergraduate Psychology majors who help us run experiments, collect, enter, and analyze data, and work on posters and papers for conferences and publications. Undergraduate students typically get direct experience with much of the process of planning, running, and communicating the results of research studies–skils that are required for admission to top doctoral programs in psychology. Undergraduates may work as volunteers, for course credit (e.g., the PSYC 395 course), or as Honors Students.

Our weekly lab meetings are Fridays from 11 am to 12 noon. Attending these meetings is the best way to check in about lab projects, discuss applying to graduate school and other professional issues, learn about new developments in the field of anxiety and clinical psychology, and discuss other topics and ideas. Although it is not required that you attend, it is certainly the best way to stay linked in to the lab.


If you are interested in joining our lab, please complete the application below. We will get in touch to set up an interview if applicable. 

***Please note that because we have a very full lab, we are not able able to consider new undergraduate volunteer applicants at this time.*** 



Are you thinking about UNC-Chapel Hill for graduate school in clinical psychology?

For me, the most rewarding aspect of being a professor at UNC is helping to train the psychologists of tomorrow. Graduate students in our Clinical Program who work with me typically come with interests in anxiety disorders. While working in our program, they conduct research and learn how to implement effective treatment for anxiety disorders.


All graduate students in the Anxiety Disorders Lab become full members of my research group from the first semester they arrive. Even while they start to gain familiarity with the research and clinical literature, they also begin to get hands-on experience working in the lab, either helping design a new study and/or collecting data on a study already underway. This work usually leads to the development of a Master’s thesis proposal. In addition to attending our weekly lab meetings, graduate students also meet individually with me on a regular basis (usually weekly), to discuss the development of their research and clinical skills, and the ideas they generate. There is nothing more important to me than helping my graduate students become thoughtful and successful psychologists.


Students and postdoctoral fellows I have trained have applied for and received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the International OCD Foundation, and the March of Dimes. They present posters and papers at professional conferences, and successfully submit their work for publication in our field’s top journals.


Here are some the most frequently asked questions that applicants to my lab have (and my answers!). Please read through these carefully.


More information about graduate school in clinical psychology and some application tips: