What do you want to do after you graduate? There are a variety of fields that psychology majors enter once they graduate. This page will provide some resources as to different areas you may be interested in pursuing.

Check out the below links to websites that may be helpful for thinking about career choices:

  1. A great article on networking: "The Right Way to Ask..." 
  2. A website on What to Do With a Psych Degree 
  3. A site on different paths for Counseling Careers
  4. An article on Advice for Choosing a Career in Therapy 

Here is a website you can check periodically, which is regularly updated with job opportunities--> PsychJobs 

Job Opportunities for Psychology BA Graduates

As job opportunities become available, they will be posted here!

Lab Manager, UCLA (Cognitive/ Clinical Psychology/Neuroscience)

The Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience Lab at UCLA is hiring for a full time lab manager position. Work in the lab is focused on neuroimaging and behavioral studies conducted both with individuals with major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and with healthy populations, including adolescents and young adults. This position will be under the direction of Dr. Katherine Karlsgodt (UCLA Department of Psychology).

Responsibilities include support in coordinating day to day research activities (e.g., recruitment and scheduling of participants, running research sessions), assistance in administrative activities (e.g., purchasing, IRB protocol management, manuscript preparation), database management (e.g., data entry and organization), basic data processing (e.g., compilation of behavioral data for analysis, quality assurance and preprocessing of neuroimaging data), and assistance in training and supervision of student volunteers.

Applicants with previous research experience and an interest in cognitive neuroscience and/or psychopathology are encouraged to apply. A two year commitment is preferred. If you have any questions about the position, please don’t hesitate to email Katherine Karlsgodt. If interested, please apply through the UCLA jobs portal.

Lab Manager, Yale University (Cognitive/ Developmental Psychology) 

Approximate start date is July 1, 2019, but that date is flexible. This position is ideal for a recent college graduate who majored in psychology, cognitive science or a related field, and who is looking for additional research experience before graduate school (many former managers have gone on to excellent graduate schools). The laboratory is collaborative, with projects focused on many areas of cognition and cognitive development. The manager will coordinate closely with Drs. Frank Keil and Kristi Lockhart, and will collaborate on research with postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates research assistants. Taking an active role in all aspects of research is strongly encouraged, including pursuing some independent work and opportunities to participate in reading groups and research seminars. The manager will coordinate and facilitate all aspects of research in the lab, with much of that time spent designing studies and conducting interviews with children in schools, science museums, and our Child Lab online platform. Additional duties will include maintaining compliance with the University IRB, purchasing materials, managing participant recruitment, and supervising research assistants. Thus, the project manager must also have excellent social skills, including interacting with staff at the university, training research assistants, and working with young children. Also critical are strong writing skills, attention to detail, the ability to multi-task, and organizational skills. Appointments are preferred who are willing to make a two-year commitment. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the aim of concluding this search as soon as an exceptional candidate has been found.

Materials: Please submit a CV, cover letter, and unofficial transcript as a single pdf file, and list emails for three letter writers. We will contact letter writers for shortlisted candidates. Please send application materials as a single PDF document to Aaron Chuey. Other inquiries may be directed to Frank Keil.

Lab manager/ Project Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Cognitive Development) 

My group investigates the development of mathematical and scientific reasoning, with a current focus on the role of external representations, such as gestures and diagrams, in students’ reasoning.  We are currently collaborating with other researchers to investigate topics including (1) the development of integrated conceptual and procedural knowledge of algebra, and how this development can be fostered with an intelligent tutoring system, and (2) the development of understanding of biological variability, and how this development can be fostered with visual representations.

The individual in this position will assist with a range of activities, including developing experimental materials, collecting data with children and adolescents, coding research data, supervising undergraduate research assistants, and general laboratory management.

For further details, and to apply for the position, please visit Research Specialist Position.

Research Specialist, Princeton (Neuroscience)

The Princeton Neuroscience Institute has a Research Specialist I position available in the lab of Professor Ken Norman. Responsibilities encompass a wide range of tasks, including designing, programming, and executing behavioral, EEG, and fMRI experiments, data analysis, subject recruitment, and some administrative work. The research specialist will be assisting with new NIH-funded studies of how neural representations change as a function of learning. Depending on qualifications/interest, the research specialist may also assist with developing computational models of learning using neural networks. For more information see Professor Norman’s lab. Questions should be directed to Professor Norman.

Lab Manager, Yale University (Developmental/Cross-Cultural/Computational Psychology)

The Computation and Development Lab at Yale is seeking a full-time lab manager to begin in June 2019. The lab uses developmental, cross-cultural, and computational approaches to study higher level cognition. This position is ideal for those interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in developmental psychology or computational cognitive science. The lab manager will participate in all aspects of the research process and have opportunities to work on a variety of research projects.

Primary responsibilities include establishing and maintaining partnerships with local schools and museums; recruiting participants; working with children in research settings or developing computational models; assisting in experimental design; and managing the lab and performing administrative duties (e.g., assisting with IRB protocols and grants).

Requirements include ability to perform data analysis using statistical software (e.g., R or Python),and excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and time management skills. Applicants interested in developmental psychology should also have experience working with children. Candidates interested in computational modeling should have extensive programming experience. A 2-year commitment is preferred.

Applicants should send a cover letter (describing research experiences, interests, and long-term goals), CV, and contact information for 2-3 references to the lab manager, Madison Flowers. Applicants will be reviewed as they are received. Women, LGBTQ and underrepresented minority applicants are strongly encouraged. Yale University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Research Assistant, Harvard University (Language Development)

Job Description: Professor Jesse Snedeker is seeking an energetic and intellectually-engaged research assistant for studies of language comprehension in typically-developing children and adults at the Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies. Review of applications will begin immediately for a flexible start date between July 5th and July 15th 2019.

Responsibilities include:  preparing stimuli, contacting families, testing children and adults, coding data, assisting with data analysis, training undergraduate assistants, managing a summer internship program, maintaining equipment, coordinating the use of space, organizing meetings, assisting with grant management, and managing lab expenses.

Necessary qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree in psychology, linguistics or cognitive science
  • Availability for flexible scheduling, including evenings and weekends, to facilitate data collection
  • A strong interest in the psychology of language, language acquisition, and conceptual development
  • Prior experience working with young children
  • Comfortable with technical trouble shooting
  • Well-organized, attentive to detail, calm under pressure, and comfortable juggling half a dozen things at once

Skills that would be put to good use include:

  • Experience with eye tracking
  • Experience with EEG
  • Experience with R, Matlab and Eprime
  • Experience with CHILDES and corpus analyses
  • Coursework in semantics, pragmatics and syntax
  • A sense of humor

Our lab is embedded in larger communities both within Harvard and in the wider Boston area, which offer rich resources for students interested in developmental psychology, psycholinguistics and linguistics.  Research assistants are encouraged to make use of these resources. Folks who have held this position in the past have gone to graduate programs in psychology, linguistics, speech and hearing sciences, and clinical linguistics. 

Applications:   Email the lab manager, Durgesh Rajandiran a letter of interest, a CV, and three references (email addresses and phone numbers are best). Please feel free to write with questions as well.

Lab Manager/Research Assistant, Harvard University (Developmental Neuroscience)

The Affective Neuroscience & Development Lab at Harvard University, led by Professor Leah Somerville, is seeking a full-time (35 weekly hours) Lab Manager/Research Assistant (RA) to work on a series of projects aimed at understanding how brain development shapes changes in cognition, emotion, motivation, and decision making through adolescence. The Lab Manager will gain experience with all aspects of the research process, which could serve as a launch pad to graduate studies. The Lab Manager’s primary responsibilities include: (1) data acquisition using behavioral, psychophysiological, and brain imaging techniques; (2) general administrative duties to maintain the workings of the laboratory; (3) subject recruitment and screening; (4) management of datasets; and (5) manuscript and data preparation.

Background in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field and previous research experience is required. Experience with Word, Excel, Google docs/calendar is necessary. B.A., B.S., or equivalent preferred. The following skills will confer an advantage but are not necessary to receive consideration: Experience working with children and adolescents in experimental settings and/or visiting schools to conduct research; clinical interviewing; experience with skin conductance, eye tracking and/or fMRI data acquisition and analysis; coursework or practical application of statistics; experience with IRB documentation; accounts management. Familiarity with programs such as R, Python, and FSL are especially valued. The RA must possess excellent organizational and communication skills and must demonstrate the ability to work independently. Because this research involves the participation of children and adolescents, hours will vary week-to-week and will sometimes include evenings and weekends. Communication skills must be sufficiently strong to maintain excellent rapport with child and adolescent participants and their parents. Please comment on relevant skills and interests in your application materials.

All formal offers will be made by Harvard FAS Human Resources. This is a one-year term position with renewal dependent upon continuation of funding. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Review of applications for the Lab Manager/RA position is ongoing and will begin immediately. To submit an application, visit the following link to our job post on the Harvard Careers website: Harvard University - Lab Manager/Research Assistant. Alternatively, you can visit the main Harvard Careers page, click on Advanced Search (under 'Search for Jobs'), and search for Auto Req ID# 48155BR.

Two Research Assistants, Harvard University (Developmental Neuroscience)

The Affective Neuroscience & Development Lab at Harvard University, directed by Professor Leah Somerville, is seeking two (2) full-time (35 hours) Research Assistants (RAs). The RAs will conduct the Lifespan Human Connectome Project in Development (HCP-D), a multimodal brain imaging study of developmental changes in brain connectivity and function in a large sample of 5-21 year-olds. The RAs will work as part of a team to carry out the daily activities of the Lifespan Human Connectome Project in Development. These activities include data acquisition using behavioral, psychophysiological, and brain imaging (MRI/fMRI) techniques, dataset management, participant recruitment, screening, and longitudinal tracking, technical troubleshooting, and preparing data for public release. Weekly hours will vary with the data acquisition schedule, and will include some evenings and weekends to accommodate the schedules of the participants and their families.

Background in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field and previous research experience is required. B.A., B.S. preferred. The following skills will confer an advantage, but are not necessary to receive consideration: Experience working with children and adolescents in experimental settings and/or visiting schools to conduct research; clinical interviewing; experience with fMRI data acquisition and analysis; coursework or practical application of statistics; familiarity with programs such as Python and R; willingness to learn and perform phlebotomy. In addition to strong technical skills, the RAs must possess excellent leadership, organizational, and communication skills, and must demonstrate the ability to work well within a team. Communication skills must be sufficiently strong to maintain excellent rapport with child and adolescent participants and their parents. Please comment on relevant skills and interests in your application materials.

All formal offers will be made by Harvard FAS Human Resources. This is a one-year term position with renewal dependent upon continuation of funding. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Review of applications for the HCP-D RA positions is ongoing and will begin immediately. To submit an application, visit the following link to our job post on the Harvard Careers website: Harvard University - Two Research Assistants. Alternatively, you can visit the main Harvard Careers page, click on Advanced Search (under 'Search for Jobs'), and search for Auto Req ID# 48162BR.

Research Assistant, The Children's Hospital of Los Angeles (Developmental Physiology)

The Children's Hospital of Los Angeles Division of Children, Youth, and Families is hiring at least one full-time Research Assistant to participate in the data collection and management of the Healthy Development and Resiliency study, an ongoing investigation of novel early life biomarkers of risk and resilience.

Primary responsibilities include: 1) administration of developmental testing, EEG and eye tracking to infant/toddlers (age 2-36 months) and questionnaires to parents; 2) collection and processing of biological samples; 3) database management; 4) assisting with screening, scheduling, and organizational tasks. Must be able to work flexible hours, including some early evenings as needed.

Requirements include: a Bachelor’s degree or 4 years of relevant experience in psychology, neuroscience, social work, or a related field. Competitive candidates will have experience interacting with infants and toddlers (2-36 months) and parents, effective interpersonal and organizational skills, strong attention to detail, and some familiarity with developmental testing and EEG recording and/or eye tracking. Spoken and written Spanish and English language proficiency is preferred. Familiarity with REDCap, SPSS, MatLab, as well as IRB protocols is desirable. Interest in learning EEG data processing and analysis is required.

The position is available immediately. This is a full time with a minimum expected commitment of two years, with the possibility of extension based on availability of funding.

To apply: Please include a cover letter (discussing your interest in the position, prior research experience, and long-term goals), along with your CV when you apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The Children's Hospital of Los Angeles - Research Assistant Position.

Research Coordinator, Vanderbilt University (Clinical/Cognitive/Developmental Neuroscience)

The Stress and Early Adversity (SEA Lab) at Vanderbilt University has an opening for a full time research coordinator. Coordinators work closely with postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in the lab to conduct and coordinate the neuroimaging components of our studies. In our research we examine the neural correlates of emotion regulation and development as well as the cognitive and biological mechanisms that underlie children’s risk for difficulties following exposure to stress. Because our studies span a wide age range, project coordinators have the opportunity to gain valuable research skills and interact with infants, young children, and adults. Our lab is highly collaborative and provides opportunities to explore professional interests within clinical psychology, cognitive and affective neuroscience, and developmental psychopathology.

General Responsibilities:

  • Running/assisting with MRI sessions
  • Managing and pre-processing MRI data
  • Assisting with setup and execution of projects
  • Working closely with other lab members to coordinate projects
  • Scheduling participants for scan sessions

Expectations and Requirements:

  • Full time, hours are flexible due to requirements for weekend and evening availability
  • At least a 2-year commitment
  • Organizing and working with MR data (familiarity with BIDS preferred)
  • Programming (python, MATLAB, or bash/tcsh preferred) and/or familiarity with MRI processing software (e.g., FreeSurfer, FSL, SPM)

Contact Information

Interested candidates should submit a CV or resume to the SEA Lab at sealab@vanderbilt.edu with “Coordinator Position Application” in the subject line or email with questions. Please include relevant information regarding your availability (e.g., anticipated graduation date, other commitments, etc.).

The Stress and Early Adversity (SEA Lab) at Vanderbilt University - Research Coordinator.

Graduate School Opportunities for Psychology BA Graduates

As grad school opportunities become available, they will be posted here!

Here are some resources for graduate school applications!

Texas Tech University, PhD Program (Cognitive Psychology)

We recently received positive news that we have extra PhD positions at Texas Tech University for 2019-2020 academic year! While this is very late in the game (April 2019), interested applicants should send their applications to Yi-Yuan Tang ASAP!

Dr. Yi-Yuan Tang's research is supported by NIH and DoD. You can find out more about Dr. Tang's research here: Cognitive Psych. His research focuses on examining: 

  1. the effects and neural mechanisms of mental training (e.g, mindfulness, neurofeedback and other psychological and cognitive approaches) on cognition, emotion, health, well-being and the brain
  2. self-control and consciousness processes in healthy and patient populations.

Dr. Tang's lab uses fMRI, TMS/tDCS, and EEG/ERP to investigate such questions. 

Students with or without prior experience in these methods or in data analysis and programming are welcome to apply! 

University of Indianapolis, Masters Degree Program

As of 4/11/19, still accepting applications for 2019-2020 for following programs: Master of Arts in Psychology, Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling, and Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling with Art Therapy. Information about all programs can be found here: Master's Programs.

The Master of Arts in Psychology Program at the University of Indianapolis is a 39 credit program that provides students with coursework and individualized mentoring to help them get to the next step in their career path.  All students will take classes in research methodology and statistics and the core domain areas of psychology, and then choose one track to complete.  Our General Psychology Track will train students for doctoral work (PsyD or PhD) by providing them with additional courses in the area of clinical psychology, ethics, and personality.  Our Research Track trains students for PhD programs by exposing them to research training through the completion of an empirical thesis project.  Finally, our Program Development and Evaluation Track trains students in project management, and the process of developing and evaluating programs. Students in this track will be competitive for jobs in social service agencies, government positions, non-profit organizations and other business and commercial organizations.  To learn more, visit our MA Psych website.

The Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of Indianapolis offers students an opportunity to gain skills in mental health assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and advocacy.  Our unique program provides the option to pursue a concentration in Child, Adolescent, and Family Counseling.  We also offer courses in additions, trauma, and evidence-based counseling practices.  Our sixty credit hour degree program can be completed in five or six semesters.  To learn more, visit our website MA Counseling website. 

The Art Therapy Track of the MA in Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of Indianapolis allows graduates to pursue both licensure as a mental health counselor and the national registered art therapist credential.  To learn more, visit MA Art Therapy.