Mood and Memory Laboratory

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Undergraduate Student Opportunities

There are currently no positions open for undergraduate research assistants. Please continue checking our website for future openings.

If you would like us to put your application on file for future available positions, please complete the Research Assistant Application. Send your application and an unofficial copy of your transcript to Roxanne Hoks at or 6001 Research Park Blvd., Madison, WI 53719.


Students may also contribute to our research as study participants. Please see below for research volunteer opportunities.

Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Fellow Opportunities

Please contact Dr. Abercrombie if you are interested in exploring graduate or postgraduate studies in her laboratory.

Research Volunteer Opportunities

Depression, Adversity, & Stress Hormones (DASH) Study

We are recruiting women for a study investigating brain changes that occur during mild elevation of the hormone cortisol. 

We are recruiting women in all of the following groups:
1. Women who are currently feeling depressed or down
2. Women who have experienced depression in the past
3. Women who have never experienced depression
4. Women who have experienced significant adverse childhood events

Participants must be: 
- Female
- Between 18 and 45 years old
- Fluent in English
- In good general medical health
- Not using hormonal contraceptives

The following events experienced before age 18 may qualify as adverse childhood events:
- Parental divorce or separation
- Death of a parent or childhood guardian
- Traumatic sexual experience
- Abuse or neglect
- Victim of violence
- Other traumatic experience

Depression entails some or all of the following symptoms:
Feeling down or low
- Lack of enjoyment for things you used to enjoy
- Fatigue
- Noticeable change in appetite
- Feelings of guilt
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much

What would happen if I took part in the study?
Eligible volunteers will attend 7 sessions and complete 4 days of home saliva collection.  Study participation will involve 2 fMRI scans, blood and saliva sampling, taking a pill that contains a low dose of cortisol or placebo, taking a pill that contains a low dose of dexamethasone (a medication similar to cortisol), and viewing emotional pictures. 

Volunteers will receive $450 for completing the entire study.

For more information:
Visit the DASH Study website at or contact us at or (608) 263-6114.

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