Undergraduate Research


  • Currently, there are four areas of research where students may work under my supervision. These four areas are:
  1. Examining the protestant work ethic and egalitarianism value systems.
  2. Examining whether acculturation style influence mental and emotional health.
  3. Examine the effectiveness of severe weather warning systems and determine how to improve human behavior during severe weather warnings.
  4. Examine the link between perceptions of intimate relationships and relationship expectations.


  • Students can work on research with me in one of two ways.  You can (a) conduct your own study, so long as the study is in line with my research interest outlined above, or (b) work on a study currently in progress.

Your workload (and experience) will depend on whether you choose to conduct your own study or work on a study in progress. 

Option A: If you choose to work on your own study, you will be expected to:

  1. Complete a research proposal that will include a literature review, methods sections, and an expected analyses section.  This proposal must meet APA guidelines as outlined by the APA Publication Manual.
  2. Sign up for an independent study course (3 hrs),
  3. Work at least 9 hours a week on your project,
  4. Meet with me once a week for the entire semester,
  5. Attend a research consultation session in the UNA library,
  6. Follow a three-step writing process outlined by the UNA writing center, and
  7. Meet with someone in the writing center at least 3 times during the course of the proposal.

At the end of the semester, you are expected to turn in a research proposal.

You may wish to follow through with the research proposal and actually conduct your study; however, this will require additional work on your part.  It is unlikely that you can produce a research proposal and conduct your study in one semester.  Therefore, if you do wish to “run your research” you will need between 2 -3 long semesters to complete the research proposal, the IRB paperwork, set up your study, and collect and analyze your data.

Option B: If, however, you choose to work on someone else’s study you will be expected to work between 6 to 9 hours a week and attend weekly research meetings.  Work may require data collection, data entry, data coding, data analysis, conducting literature searches, reading research articles, developing and/or preparing research material, conducting interviews with faculty, staff, and/or students, preparing results for posters and papers resulting from this research, and presenting the results at conferences.  Note: you will not be required to do all of the tasks listed above; instead your workload will be based on the researcher’s needs.


Still interested? Email me to set up an appointment so that we can discuss research opportunities. 


**Before making your decision, you should also consider why you want to work on research (i.e., graduate school experience, something to add to your C.V., potential career interest).    


Above: UNA undergraduate students & Psychology faculty at the Southeastern Psychological Association conference in New Orleans, LA (Spring 2009).

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Undergraduate Research