Information for Students Interested in Joining the Lab

If you are interested in joining the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab, you are in the right place. We accept doctoral and master's students enrolled in the Counseling Psychology graduate programs and undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi. We do not offer post doc positions, accept students not enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi, or have paid positions available.

Our work focuses on the broad domains of problem anger, overt and relational aggression, traffic psychology, and related areas. We study many different topics relevant to these areas (e.g., impulsivity and sensation seeking, dark personality traits, emotion regulation, jealousy, cyber aggression). For more information about our work, please visit the About Our Research page.
We will be accepting applications from prospective doctoral students applying to the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program to start in the Fall 2018 term. If your interests overlap with ours and you are looking for a doctoral program where you can study aggression, dysfunctional anger, traffic psychology, dark personality traits, etc., we hope you will consider applying. Download our flyer here.

We encourage all doctoral applicants to familiarize themselves with the Counseling Psychology program. Specific information about applying can be found on the admissions information page of the program website.

Prospective Graduate Students


Thank you for your interest in the Counseling Psychology program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi and in potentially joining the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab. Information about the master's and doctoral programs in Counseling Psychology can be found on the program website, and information on applying to either program can be found on the program's admissions information page. For additional information, see Dr. Dahlen's answers to frequently asked questions.

Both doctoral and master's students in Counseling Psychology work in the lab, but there are some important differences in how they are accepted.

Doctoral Applicants


Doctoral students who apply to work with Dr. Dahlen and receive an offer of admission to the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program are accepted into to the lab as part of the admission process (i.e., the offer of admission they receive specifies that they are being admitted to work with Dr. Dahlen). This means that incoming doctoral students know whether they will be joining the lab before they accept an offer of admission into the doctoral program.

Master's Applicants


Master's students are matched with faculty research labs by the program faculty after they have been admitted to the Counseling Psychology Master's Program. Once the final cohort of incoming master's students has been identified, program faculty meet to assign students to faculty labs based on students' interests, the number of available openings in each lab, and the varied needs of program faculty at the time. Thus, it is not possible to guarantee that master's students will be assigned to their first choice of lab.

Undergraduate Research Assistants


Undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi can apply to work in the lab as research assistants (RAs), and some elect to receive course credit for doing so through PSY 491. Responsibilities vary depending on the specific study but often include helping with literature searches, testing online questionnaires, editing papers, and attending lab meetings. Availability is limited, and priority is given to psychology majors who are seeking research experience to enhance their applications to graduate programs in psychology or closely related fields.

Undergraduates interested in working in the lab are encouraged to apply early rather than waiting until their senior year. And because we schedule lab meetings late in the semester for the following semester, interested students are encouraged to apply the semester before they hope to begin (e.g., apply in the Summer to start in the Fall).

Requirements


  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Willingness to complete university-required online human subjects research training
  • Availability to attend our weekly lab meetings
  • Psychology majors preferred
We do not recommend that undergraduate students attempt to work in more than one faculty research lab at the same time.
Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab
The Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab is directed by Dr. Eric R. Dahlen, and the content of this website represents his views (see disclaimer). Doctoral and master's students in the Counseling Psychology graduate programs and undergraduate students in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi work in the lab. Together, we study overt and relational aggression/victimization, dysfunctional anger, traffic psychology, and related areas. To learn more about the lab and the work we do, please explore this website.