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.


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 15 for admission in the fall semester, and September 15 - October 15 for admission in the spring 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 and April. If you have any questions, please email the graduate students, Chaz and Carissa, for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!