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 & 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 ablumenfeld@wisc.edu or 6001 Research Park Blvd., Madison, WI 53719.


Students may also contribute to our research as study participants. 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

Participate in the Depression, Adversity, & Stress Hormones (DASH) Study

The UW Department of Psychiatry is conducting a study to investigate how stress hormones and early life experiences contribute to depression in women.  We are currently recruiting women who are experiencing symptoms of depression AND women who are not experiencing symptoms of depression.

Participants must be: 

  • Female
  • Between 18 and 45 years old
  • Fluent in English
  • In good general medical health
  • Not using hormonal contraceptives
  • Not using psychiatric medication

What would happen if I took part in the study?
Eligible volunteers attend 7 sessions and collect saliva samples at home.  Participation involves a comprehensive interview about your psychological, medical, and social history, 2 fMRI scans, blood and saliva sampling, taking a single low dose of cortisol or placebo, taking a single low dose of dexamethasone (a medication similar to cortisol), and viewing emotional pictures.

Participants receive $450 for completing the study.

For more information and to find out if you may be eligible:

Visit the DASH Study website at http://go.wisc.edu/dashstudy or contact us at moodlab@mailplus.wisc.edu or (608) 263-6114.


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Mood & Memory Laboratory
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Department of Psychiatry
6001 Research Park Blvd.
Madison, WI 53719

(608) 263-6114