Thank you for your interest in our lab! We are not currently seeking research assistants, but accept applications on a rolling basis. See below for more details! 


Thank you for your interest in joining our lab!

We accept applications on a rolling basis from outstanding students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in psychology or related field. Students must demonstrate an interest in psychology, child development research, health research, and a willingness to learn methodological techniques related to the lab's research priorities (e.g., meta-analysis). We are seeking individuals who are reliable, self-motivated, team-oriented, enthusiastic about research, and possess excellent communication and analytical skills. The time commitment for a volunteer position is 6-8 hours per week. Students interested in gaining course credit in addition to volunteer experience are encouraged to enroll in Psyc 499 (1.5 HCE; prerequisite course Psyc 312). 

For rolling applications, please email Jessy Cooke ( with your CV/resume, cover letter, and the completed lab application form. If you are a University of Calgary student, please also include your course schedule and a list of relevant coursework that you've completed. Please note that, as we accept applications on a rolling basis, we will keep your application on file for 6 months and the roster of applicants will be reviewed on an as-needed basis. Only qualified applicants who are considered for a volunteer position will be contacted.

Why Volunteer?

  • gain hands-on experience in a research environment

  • prepare for graduate school applications

  • be mentored by other research assistants and lab supervisor

  • demonstrate your skills and earn an excellent reference letter

  • learn about the latest research in your area of interest

  • develop important research and professional skills


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Students interested in applying to the M.Sc. or Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary and being affiliated with the DCD Lab are encouraged to contact Dr. Sheri Madigan ( and to review the graduate program requirements on the Department of Psychology website ( It is advised that prospective students review some of Dr. Madigan's recent published research studies to ensure that your research interests align with her research expertise. The DCD Lab is particularly interested in students who are highly self-motivated, have a strong background in statistical research methods, possess excellent critical thinking and communication skills, and who have a strong desire to undertake both academic research and clinical training in child psychology. Students should be keenly interested in the field of child development research and enjoy participating in a team-oriented research laboratory environment. In addition to demonstrating potential to become promising scholars, students must also enjoy working with children and families, be dedicated to contributing to the promotion of healthy child development, and be a collegial colleague to support the research endeavours at the DCD Lab.