Interested in joining our lab?

For prospective PhD students: 

More information coming soon.

Undergraduate Research Assistants:

The Leonard Learning Lab is now accepting Research Assistant applications for the Spring 2022 Semester!

Research Assistants in the Leonard Learning Lab will be directly involved in running studies that further our understanding of children’s persistence, motivation, and learning.

RAs must volunteer or receive course credit in our lab for one semester before becoming eligible for federal work-study. Please note: at this time, we are only accepting Yale Undergraduates for RA positions in the lab. 

general qualifications
  1. Familiar with and interested in developmental psychology. Strong candidates should have taken/be concurrently enrolled in Intro to Psychology and potentially Developmental Psychology.
  2. Experience working with children and families. (This can include formal experience, such as volunteering at a school or camp, and/or informal experience, such as babysitting friends’ and relatives’ children.)
  3. Basic proficiency with general computer applications, including Zoom, Google Drive, and Box.
  4. Basic proficiency with R or other programming languages. Students who have never worked with R will complete a Codecademy course as part of their onboarding.
  5. Candidates should be collaborative, organized, responsible, and proactive.

Research assistants are responsible for conducting studies with infants, children, and teenagers, interacting with parents and guardians, supporting research and stimuli design, doing data management and simple analysis, and actively participating in lab meetings. Each RA is paired with a mentor in the lab: either a graduate student, postdoc, or the lab manager.

Expected time commitment: 8-10 hours per week, with at least 2 weekend shifts per month.

application materials

To apply, please send the following materials to lab manager Melissa Santos at by January 13, 2022. 

  1. Resume/CV (.docx or .pdf)
  2. Cover Letter (1 paragraph stating why you want to work in the lab and any relevant experiences you want to highlight)

Summer Opportunities:

Yale undergraduates: more information about summer internships coming soon. 

Non-Yale undergraduates can work in our lab via the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). Please contact Melissa Santos ( if you are interested in this opportunity.