For students

Current graduate students

Graduate students who wish to get involved in research being conducted in the CDN Lab should email Dr. Thomas at

Future graduate students

Prospective graduate students who are interested in applying for the Ph.D. in Child Psychology through the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota can obtain more information at the graduate admissions website for ICD.

Advising expectations

Learn more about what to expect as a graduate student in the CDN Lab. Dr. Thomas outlines what you can expect from her as an advisor/mentor and provides an overview of her expectations of students in the child psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota.

Read Dr. Thomas’s advising expectations.

Undergraduate students

Undergraduates interested in joining the CDN Lab may fill out and submit the online undergraduate form. This link will take you to a secure survey to submit your information. The survey will open in a new window, and you can simply close it when you are done.

Undergraduate directed research description:

  • Undergraduate research assistants usually assist in participant recruitment (adults and children ages 7 months – 17 years), behavioral testing, behavioral and standardized data analysis, and reporting of the results to the participating families and the scientific community.
  • Students are also exposed to processes involved in the collection and analysis of neuroimaging data from EEG and/or MRI techniques with adult and child participants.

Undergraduate requirements:

  • Undergraduate students usually get involved by serving as research assistants for course credit (Child Psychology 4994: Directed Research) or by volunteering
  • Students should have taken/be enrolled for at least one undergraduate course in one of the following domains: Child Psychology or Developmental Psychology, Research Methods in the Social Sciences, Cognitive Psychology, Neuropsychology, or Neuroscience.
  • A strong interest in developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or cognitive psychology is preferred.
  • Due to the training that we provide to all new undergraduates, preference is also given to students who are interested in volunteering/directed research for more than one semester (i.e. two semesters or one semester plus a summer session).