Dr. Payne mentors students in the Clinical and Cognition, Brain, and Behavior graduate program areas. You can find more information about the department and program areas on the Department of Psychology website.

If you are interested in joining the Sleep, Stress, and Memory lab as a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow, please email Dr. Payne directly. You are also welcome to contact Carissa (Graduate Student) for more information, who would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.


Our lab denounces racism and all other forms of discrimination. Dr. Payne is personally committed to helping to achieve a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive science. In both research and teaching, Dr. Payne welcomes and seeks to foster relationships with students and colleagues of all races, ages, disability statuses, ethnicities, family or marital statuses, gender identities or expressions, languages, national origins, political affiliations, religions, sexual orientations, and socio-economic statuses. At times when Dr. Payne is prepared to accept new graduate students, individuals from historically under-represented backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.


We are looking for bright and motivated undergraduates who are interested in learning more about sleep, stress, and memory!

As an undergraduate RA in our lab, you would work closely with the graduate students and other RAs on one or more of our ongoing studies. Responsibilities include preparing for experiments, running participants in both daytime and overnight studies, and attending our weekly lab meeting. There are also opportunities to receive training in polysomnography, stress tasks, and data analysis. Advanced students are encouraged to pursue senior theses, which may include additional training opportunities like sleep scoring and salivary analyses. Because of the training involved in our lab's research, we ask that students work approximately 10 hours per week and commit to the lab for at least two semesters. We hope to provide you with an enjoyable research experience that will support your post-graduation goals.

If you are interested in joining the Sleep, Stress, and Memory lab as an undergraduate research assistant, please follow this link to complete an application. Applications are open from March 15 - April 23 for admission in the Fall 2021 semester and October 8 - November 12 for admission in the Spring 2022 semester. At the end of your application, you will be asked to upload a copy of your CV or resume, most recent unofficial transcript, and tentative schedule for the upcoming semester including all major obligations.

Once we have received your application, we will contact you via email to schedule an interview. Interviews are typically held on Fridays during the months of October/November and April/May. If you have any questions, please email the graduate students, Chaz and Carissa, for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!