**Research Assistant Opportunity!!** 

The CaLM Heart Lab, directed by Drs. Kevin Masters and Jennifer Boylan, is currently looking for motivated and hard-working undergraduate students to become research assistants!!

What would you do as an RA? As a research assistant, you could do a variety of activities (dependent upon several factors) such as scheduling participants, managing the lab email account, running lab sessions with participants, and in the future, possibly assisting with coding and analyzing data. Currently, the most needed times for RA’s are on weekends and evenings.

What is our study about? Our study is titled The Heart of the Matter: Beliefs, Values, and Your Health, and we are currently recruiting healthy adults to take part in a study examining the influence of personal values and beliefs on how the heart responds to stress. As a Research Assistant, you will learn how to collect and analyze heart functioning using psychophysiological tools, such as electrocardiogram (ECG), impedance cardiography (ICG), respiration, and blood pressure.

Can you get course credit for this? Research assistants may earn course credit in Psychology or Pubic Health, with an approved Independent Study project. Please contact Christina Rush, Dr. Boylan, or Dr. Masters for more information.

What if I have questions or want to apply as an RA? For more information, please contact Send RA applications to Christina. For more information regarding our research lab, you can visit our website at and our Facebook page at

About Dr. Boylan: Dr. Boylan is an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences. As a health psychologist, her research addresses the ways in which psychological factors engender resilience and protect against health risks associated with disadvantaged social status (low socioeconomic standing, racial minority). This work utilizes multiple methodologies, including national longitudinal survey data and laboratory assessments of emotion regulation and physiological reactivity and recovery to stress.

About Dr. Masters: Dr. Masters is the program director of the Clinical Health Psychology PhD program at UC Denver. He is a clinical psychologist and a leader in the fields of health psychology and behavioral medicine. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Behavioral Medicine, is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 38 Health Psychology) and the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and is Past-President of APA Division 38.

Prospective Graduate Students

Dr. Masters will consider PhD applicants for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Below is a list of characteristics of a competitive applicant. These are not requirements or strict criteria, but qualities of an ideal applicant.

Ideal Graduate Student Candidates

  • Research experience that includes data analysis and evidence of independent contributions (authored abstracts or manuscripts)

  • Interest in integrating both clinical and research activities into their training program

  • Interest in behavioral medicine/health psychology

  • Interest in religion, spirituality, meaning, and cardiovascular health

Prospective Undergraduate Students

Gaining research experience during college is highly recommended for anyone considering graduate school. Dr. Masters typically accepts research assistants into the lab at the start of each semester. There are opportunities for positions as independent study and as a volunteer; however, the positions are limited.

Please read more below about these positions in the CaLM Lab. To learn more about research opportunities in the Department of Psychology, contact Dr. Lindsey Hamilton (

Undergraduate Requirements and Responsibilities

  • Requirements vary based on the specific research project but dependability, conscientiousness, curiosity, and a driving interest in the research are necessities.

  • 3.5 undergraduate GPA

  • Assisting in study development and design, recruiting participants, data management.

Reasons for Undergraduates to Join

  • Looking for hands-on research experience

  • Wanting to learn about graduate school in clinical psychology or related discipline

To Find Out More: Email Dr. Masters at