Our lab is currently looking for motivated students who are interested in the intersection of advanced quantitative methods and core questions in psychotherapy.
Our primary focus is the utilization of these methods to find ways to integrate basic emotion and cognitive science, health services, and psychotherapy process research. Benefits of working in the lab include the opportunity to work and learn in a tight-knit multi-disciplinary research environment with experts in computer and cognitive science, electrical engineering, as well as clinical and counseling psychology. The majority of students are actively funded as research assistants on externally funded grants throughout their time on campus.
Dr. Imel is primarily looking for students who have an interest or background (to go along with strong clinical credentials and being a nice person) in quantitative methods/statistics, computer science, engineering, etc. The work in the lab is about the structure of human interaction in psychotherapy, thus we think hard about what psychological processes happen during the course of psychotherapy. However, on a daily basis the work is mostly about writing computer code and staring at numbers on a screen while also listening to and coding psychotherapy sessions.
Folks who can demonstrate that they have this set of interests and skills should check out the papers that have come out of the lab in the last few years and think about how your interests might fit.