Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in our work! You can use the form on the right to contact us directly from this page, or, if you prefer, you can reach out to us by mail, email, and phone using the information below:

Youth Risk and Resilience Lab
184 Meliora Hall, Box 270266
Rochester, NY 14627

Phone: (585) 276-7886

Name *

Library Rd
Rochester, NY, 14611
United States

(585) 276 7886

Join Us as a Research Assistant

Current Openings

Fall 2019: We are currently reviewing research assistant (RA) applications for the Fall 2019 semester! We are particularly interested in recruiting RAs who are currently first year or sophomore students at UR and would be interested in working with the lab for more than two semesters. Please highlight in your application if you have programming experience (e.g. java, javascript, python).

Position Description

We seek highly motivated, conscientious individuals who are interested in gaining experience in clinical psychological science! RAs will be involved in a variety of projects over the course of their time in the YR² Lab. RA duties will likely include: participating in weekly lab meetings, conducting literature reviews, assisting with data entry and analysis for several large research projects, and helping to collect and monitor data for a study using ecological momentary assessment (EMA) techniques. As RAs gain more experience in the lab, they will have the opportunity to observe clinical interviews, assist with manuscripts and conference presentations, and potentially complete more intensive work in the lab, such as a senior honors thesis.

We are looking for RAs who can devote 10-12 hours per week, either for course credit (UR undergraduates: 4 course credits per academic semester) or as volunteers. We are particularly interested in recruiting RAs who are able to make a longer-term commitment (i.e., at least one academic year) to the lab.

Notes to Prospective Applicants

Prior experience in research or clinical work, while valued, is not required for our RAs. If you have limited experience in these areas, please describe any other relevant skills or experiences that would contribute to your success in a clinical research setting under “additional information” at the end of the application.

Finally, we wish to emphasize that our lab's focus is on understanding self-injury and suicide risk from a clinical science perspective and that our day-to-day work is very much grounded in the research process. We deeply appreciate the personal connections that so many feel to the cause of suicide prevention and intervention, and we understand that many of our prospective applicants feel drawn to our research for reasons of great personal significance. It is true that personal investment in our research topic can contribute considerably to success in the research environment, but it is also critical for our RAs to benefit academically and professionally from their work in the lab. For this reason, we ask that you reflect on your interests and determine whether working in our lab would be a good fit for you on the basis of your academic and professional goals prior to applying for an RA position.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit the application below and send a current CV or resume via email to our lab manager, Kai Kellerman, at Please include your full name and "RA Application" in the subject of the email.

Thank you for your interest in our lab! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about the RA position or the application process in general.

YR² Lab Research Assistant Application

Name *
Phone Number *
Phone Number
(e.g., University of Rochester)
(e.g., in-class presentation, undergrad research fair, flyer)
(e.g., Psychology, BCS)
Please also provide your GPA in Psychology, if available.
Please list full course names, not just numbers.
(e.g., statistics or research methods in another discipline) Please include department names.
(e.g., crisis hotlines, volunteering in hospitals, peer counseling)
Please indicate the semesters for which you are interested in working in the lab. *
Select all that apply. Note that you must be able to dedicate 12 hours per week to the lab and preference will be given to applicants who can dedicate at least two continuous terms.
Are you interested in summer work? *
Note that this is a general interest question. You do not need to know whether you are available for summers at the time of application; your answer here will signal to us that this should be part of the conversation if you are granted an interview.
Please include a title and a brief description of their relationship to you for each reference.
Almost done! In order to complete your application, you must send a current CV/resume to Applications will not be considered until both this form and your CV/resume have been submitted. Please indicate your understanding below: *