Behavior Genetics Lab – MTwiNS

Behavior Genetics Lab – MTwiNS

Currently hiring for Spring 2018!

The primary aim of Dr. Burt's lab is to examine developmental differences in genetic, environmental, and neurobiological influences on internalizing (e.g., depression) and externalizing (e.g., acting out behaviors) symptoms. Specifically, Dr. Burt is interested in studying the role of gene-environment interplay in the development of aggressive and rule-breaking behaviors (collectively referred to as antisocial behaviors) in children and adolescents. The primary goal of the MTwiNS (Michigan Twin Neurogenetics Study) is to better understand brain and behavior development in a sample of twins. Find out more about our research on our website.

Here are some things you would get out of working in the lab:

  1. Psychology research experience
  2. Working in a fun, motivating environment with other students who have similar interests
  3. Exposure to graduate school and what it would be like - we host a grad school talk every year!
  4. Opportunities to work on independent research projects
  5. A letter of recommendation upon completion of the full year commitment
  6. You may also receive PSY 490 or PSY 491 credit if you are interested

Lab duties:

  1. Data entry, coding, & various clerical duties
  2. Follow-up phone calls with study participants
  3. Mailing prep

Requirements include:

  1. A 6-8 hour per week commitment
  2. At least a 3.2 GPA
  3. A full year (12 month) commitment to the lab
  4. Available to attend biweekly lab meetings, Fridays from 3:30-4:30 in the psychology building 

If interested or want more information about the project, please contact the lab manager, Elisa Carsten, at