Thank you for exploring the possibility of becoming involved in our lab. The success of the lab depends heavily upon the involvement of intelligent and passionate students. See the below sections for more information.


We are not accepting applications from high school students at this time. However, recent high school graduates who are enrolled to NYU in the forthcoming academic year are eligible to apply for a position in the lab (see Undergraduate Research Opportunities).


Undergraduate Research Assistants can be involved through volunteer work, independent study (for course credit), honors research and summer research opportunities. If you would like to be considered for a Research Assistant position in my lab, please complete this brief Google Form (you will be asked to upload a 1pg resume and 1pg cover letter). Research Assistant positions are competitive and we generally take students with a strong academic record, but no previous research experience is necessary.

Independent Study (Research Experiences and Methods): Undergraduate students are paired with faculty, advanced graduate students, or other researchers on a one-to-one basis to pursue common research goals in psychology. Undergraduates serve as apprentices on survey, laboratory, clinical, and field research projects and in return receive guidance in reading and developing research skills. Weekly meetings deal with research methods and design and allow students an opportunity to speak on their research projects. Written assignments include several brief assignments and a final journal-style research report. In our lab this involves conducting basic research and is often useful preparation for an honors thesis in the same area of research (see this undergraduate course catalog).

Honors Program: The goal of the Honors Program is to provide the best intellectual training the department can give to psychology majors. Honors students typically gain admittance to the best graduate and professional schools. Applications are accepted from juniors who plan to graduate the following Spring term. Requirements for application to the program include an overall and Psychology GPA > 3.65 and a faculty sponsor. In our lab, honors students take a lead role in developing, conducting and disseminating a series of studies (see here for more information on doing an Honors in Psychology).

Summer Research Program: The Center for Neural Science hosts a summer research experience program for undergraduates with an interest in neuroscience. This program is designed to foster entry into a neuroscience research-centered career. Students apply for positions in a 10-week summer program during which they actively participate in research projects in the laboratories of New York University science faculty. The NSF-REU site grant provides housing, living expense, a meal plan and reimbursement for travel to non-NYU students who are accepted into the SURP (see more information here).

SPSP Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR): The Society for Personality and Social Psychology offers a brand new summer funding opportunity for college juniors, seniors, and recent grads (within 12 months of graduation) who are under-represented ethnic groups seeking to gain valuable research experience. Participating students contact a mentor, apply to SPUR, and conduct research and research-related activities full-time for 8 weeks over the summer. Students receive a $3,000 stipend to cover living expenses and up to $500 to cover travel. If you are eligible and interested in joining our lab through this funding opportunity, please contact us with your CV and research interests (see here for application deadlines and additional information).


NYU offers several post-graduate research opportunities, including volunteer work, independent studies (for course credit), collaborations, dissertation research and visiting/postdoctoral fellowships.

MA Program: The MA Program is structured as a terminal degree open to qualified students with diverse backgrounds who wish to develop or improve their academic and work qualifications in psychology. Many of these students ultimately gain acceptance in a variety of doctoral programs across the country and during their stay with us benefit from an in-depth advisement process. Students in our terminal MA Program can volunteer or complete research in our lab for course credit as part of their research methods and experiences or independent research courses (see this course catalog). If you would like to be considered as an MA student in my lab, please complete this brief Google Form. MA students positions are competitive and we generally take students with a strong academic record.

PhD Program: Highly motivated students who wish to pursue a PhD in the NYU Department of Psychology can apply to the Cognition and Perception Program or Social Program. Although students interested in joining my lab should feel free to apply to the program that best reflects their research interests, it is important to note that my primary affiliation is with the Social Psychology Program. Although we are only able to admit a very small number of applicants to our program, these students are very well supported intellectually and financially at NYU (see If you are interested in completing doctoral work at NYU, please send Jay your application materials (CV, GPA, GRE, etc) and a brief summary of your research interests and career goals.

Postdoctoral Fellows and Visiting Scholars: If you are interested in working as a Postdoctoral Fellow or Visiting Scholar in the NYU Department of Psychology please contact Jay directly to make arrangements. Unless otherwise specified, Postdoctoral Fellows and Visiting Scholars will need to obtain external funding to support their stay. For instance, the NYU Postdoctoral and Transition Program for Academic Diversity Fellowship program provides funding for up to five Faculty Fellows. These competitive positions provide salary ($40,000/yr), a housing allowance ($20,000/yr) and a research allowance ($2,000) for up to two years (applications are due on November 15th). An additional opportunity for postdoctoral funding is the NSF SBE Postdoctoral Fellowship. We will provide office space and any required resources.