Join the Family Stress Lab!

Join the Family Stress Lab!

start: 2017-09-01

The Family Stress Lab at Michigan State University seeks to understand the ways in which a variety of stressors impact the family system and child development. Current projects involve studying family processes and sibling relationships in families who have a child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). 

We are looking for undergraduate research assistants to begin work in our lab as early as summer 2017, although we are also reviewing applications for fall 2017. 

Tasks available for undergraduate research assistants involve managing data collection, including scheduling families to come into our lab at the MSU Clinical Center and running these visits with families, and coding behaviors observed in videotaped parent-child interactions. Opportunities to assist Dr. Nuttall on papers and conference presentations are available to students who are exceptionally motivated and talented. Dr. Nuttall enjoys mentoring undergraduates and provides undergraduate research assistants with ample opportunities for excellent preparation for graduate work in psychology. During the school year, students working in the Family Stress Lab may enroll for research credit in Psychology (PSY 490 or 491).

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA. Sophomores and juniors will be given preference, however, exceptional freshmen and seniors may be considered. To apply, please complete an application (available on the Family Stress Lab website listed below) and return it to Dr. Nuttall via email.

Lab website:

Contact: Dr. Amy Nuttall (