Research Training

Developmental Research Opportunities and Resources

The Department of Psychology offers excellent research facilities and opportunities.

The Developmental Research Laboratory is a suite of research rooms that includes two observation rooms equipped with one-way windows, a video room, and several workrooms for student assistants. The lab is equipped with color video cameras remotely controlled from the video room, highly sensitive audio equipment,  and digitizing equipment for the creation of research DVDs.

 Research is currently being conducted at UNL to explore the development of spatial working memory. State of the art equipment tests and records children's responses to tasks, allowing researchers to explore and assess this development from a Dynamic Systems perspective.


 Additional research related resources associated with the Psychology Department include:

- The Center for Biology, Brain, and Behavior houses the Spatial Memory and Cognition Lab and the Developmental Brain Lab, as well as other labs.

- The multidisciplinary Center for Children, Families, and the Law, which emphasizes the integration of developmental research with public policy issues concerning children and families

- The long-standing Nebraska Symposium on Motivation brings top scholars from around the world to UNL each spring.

- Many developmental faculty collaborate with researchers internationally (e.g., Brazil, Australia, Mexico, Italy, Norway, Turkey, China, Spain, Germany).

Additional resources outside of the Psychology Department for research include:

- The Ruth Staples Child Development Laboratorywhich provides practicum training as well as a research site for the study of preschoolers and families

- Field research opportunities, Head Start programs, and the local public schools are a regular site for the study of school-age children and adolescents

- This includes a newly acquired grant to conduct research assessing the importance of Parent-Child book reading through Early Head Start and the Head Start Project

- The Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools ,which conducts interdisciplinary research to promote the development and functioning of individuals across educational, familial, and community contexts.

Research methodology support available to students at UNL:

Office of Qualitative and Mixed Methods research

Nebraska Evaluation and Research Center (NEAR)

Buros Institute of Mental Measures

Faculty professional associations with resources for graduate students:

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

Society for Research in Adolescence(SRA)

American Psychology Association (APA)

American Psychological Society (APS)

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Cognitive Development Society (CDS)

Society for Cross Cultural Research (SCCR)

International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD)

National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)