Mood and Memory Laboratory

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Undergraduate Student Opportunities

Position Opening:

Are you interested in the neurobiology of hormones, emotion, and depression? We have openings for students who would like to gain research experience in Dr. Heather Abercrombie's Mood and Memory Laboratory in the UW Department of Psychiatry (located on Research Park Blvd. on the west side of Madison).

Students needed for 8-12 hours per week. Schedule is flexible; however, most study sessions take place in the late afternoon/evening. Must be available for blocks of at least 2-3 hours at a time and have reliable transportation to the west side of Madison. Access to a car is a plus. This position offers great research experience in a laboratory that focuses on the relations among stress-related physiology, emotional information processing, and memory in depressed and healthy individuals.

***We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2015 semester.***


  • Assisting with neuroimaging (fMRI) research study
  • Posting flyers in the Madison area to recruit research participants
  • Assisting with subject recruitment and screening
  • Assisting with fMRI, psychoneuroendocrine, and/or behavioral data collection
  • Archiving, entry, and processing of data
  • Literature searches, library work, and making photocopies
  • Regular meetings with project staff


  • Work study funding or eligibility for research credit in Psychology or related field (i.e., have a GPA of 3.0 or above)
  • Highly motivated, detail-oriented, and reliable
  • Ability to work independently
  • Commitment of at lest 2 semesters plus the summer

To Apply:  Complete the Research Assistant Application.  Send your application and an unofficial copy of your transcript to Allison Blumenfeld 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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