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 graduate student Carissa DiPietro for more information, who would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.


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

Undergraduate RAs in our lab work closely with the graduate students, post docs, 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 a weekly project team 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 (3 credits) 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 apply using the appropriate linked application, below. 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 the application period has closed, we will send interview invites via Google Calendar, based on the availability you provide in your application.

If you have any questions, please email graduate student Carissa DiPietro for more information. We look forward to reviewing your application!


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 underrepresented backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.