For Students

Are you interested in becoming a research assistant? Joining our team is a great way to get hands-on experience. Research assistants have the chance to explore developmental psychology by contributing to on-going research projects. We are always looking for curious and hard-working students to be involved, both during the school year and over the summer.  If you are interested in volunteering as a research assistant in the CDP, please send an email application with subject line "CDP Application" to Dr. Brand at Please see the list below for what to include in the email.  Also, if you have not been in a class with me, please ask one of your professors to send a brief letter of recommendation by email.

Application deadlines

  • For Fall: June 1
  • For Spring: December 1
  • For Summer: April 1
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Please include the following in the email:

  1. A brief statement of your interest in the project
  2. Current school affiliation
  3. List of psychology classes completed or in-progress and your grades
  4. Other science courses completed or in progress
  5. Other special skills that might be relevant to working in an infant lab (phoning experience, computer skills, childcare, audio/video expertise, sewing, etc.)
  6. Information about your schedule for the term in which you'd like to volunteer

Reminder: If you have not been in my class, please ask one of your professors to send a brief letter of recommendation by email.

Cognitive Development Project

About Dr. Brand

Dr. Rebecca Brand
Dr. Brand is an associate professor of psychology and the director of the Cognitive Development Project.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science from Vassar College and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Oregon.  She has been at Villanova since 2002.  Her interests include many aspects of infant cognitive development and learning, especially how babies learn from and about other people.  Her work has been funded by Villanova Summer Research Funding as well as by the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Rebecca Brand