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 the graduate students, Chaz and Carissa , for more information. We'd be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Dr. Payne is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year.


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 email the graduate students, Chaz and Carissa , to inquire about the application process. Please contact us no later than April 15th if you are applying for the fall semester, or November 15th if you are applying for the spring. In your email, we ask that you include a copy of your CV or resume, most recent unofficial transcript, and tentative schedule for the upcoming semester. We look forward to hearing from you!