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The best way to initiate contact with a faculty member is through email.
  • Email professors and let them know that you are interested in working in their lab.  Most professors ask students for their CV, so this can be sent to professors with the initial email.
  • After the initial contact, it is common for faculty to request that students meet with them.  Students should bring a copy of their CV to this meeting, as well as any other documentation requested by the faculty member (sometimes faculty request a copy of your transcripts).
  • It is also a great idea to do some research on the faculty member before this meeting and to read an article that the faculty member has published.
  • Most importantly, students should have a relatively clear idea at this point about their own research interests and they should be able to articulate their interests to others.
  • During this initial meeting, it is a good idea to ask the faculty member whether they are open to accepting students from their lab for thesis advisement. 

When students contact and meet with faculty, it is extremely important that they make a great impression.  Every contact students make with faculty should be professional.  This means that students should check emails for misspellings and proper grammar.  They should also attend meetings on time and be well prepared.

Due to the increasing number of student researchers at John Jay, some faculty members may not be able to accept students into their lab.  If this is the case, do not be discouraged.  Try contacting other faculty members who you are also interested in working with.  Broadening your areas of interest can be beneficial when you apply to doctoral programs.  Most doctoral programs will ask for two to three letters of recommendation and ideally you want letters of recommendation from different faculty members who can attest to your research abilities.  So keep trying!
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Allwood, Maureen The effects of stress and trauma on child and adolescent development. Research focuses on PTSD, delinquency, school performance, and physiological reactivity to acute stress. Not accepting thesis students at this time. (Last Updated: 9/1/15) Accepting up to 4 new MA students; opportunity to work on conference presentations. Email with a statement of interest and related experience. Also include your post-graduate plans and expected graduation date. (Last Updated: 9/1/15) mallwood@jjay.cuny.edu 
Bonifacio, Philip None  Not Currently accepting New students (Last Updated: 8/29/16) Not Currently accepting New students. (Last Updated: 8/29/16) N/A 
Calkins, Cynthia Sexual violence. Current or ongoing research projects relate to location of sexual offenses, sexual violence experienced by undocumented latina women, and addressing question of whether sex crimes occur in public bathrooms. Accepting new thesis students; Send unofficial transcript, resume, and GRE scores (Last updated: 1/18/17) Accepting new MA students for research lab. Send unofficial transcript, resume, & GRE scores. (Updated 1/18/17) cmercado@jjay.cuny.edu 
Chauhan, Preeti I have research projects in the area of forensic assessment, perceptions of policing, and offending girls Not accepting new thesis students at this time. (Last updated: 9/1/15) Not accepting new students at this time. (Last Updated 9/1/15) pchauhan@jjay.cuny.edu 
Clegg, Joshua Messaging in local sustainability work (working with the John Jay Sustainability Council). Understanding patterns of persistent, generalized social alienation.    jclegg@jjay.cuny.edu 
Cohen, Shuki Psychology of terrorism.    shcohen@jjay.cuny.edu 
Crossman, Angela development and socialization of deception and deception detection Possible accepting new thesis students. Requirements: Developmental Psychology Course (A). (Last Updated 8/15/16) Accepting new MA students for research lab. Requirements: Developmental course[A]. (Last updated: 8/15/2016) Potential lab students may email Dr. Crossman at acrossman@jjay.cuny.edu. 
Ehrensaft, Miriam Previous research conducted at the lab has explored these various topics, among others: Intimate partner violence, family violence, aggressive behaviors, bullying, violence norms, effects of personality disorders on parenting, parenting practices, parental criminal justice system involvement, impulsivity, child psychopathology, adolescent psychopathology, etc. On leave for 2015-2016 academic year. On leave for 2015-2016 academic year. mehrensaft@jjay.cuny.edu 
Falkenbach, Diana Psychopathic traits in a variety of populations. Current studies: 1. Psychopathic traits in police officers; 2. Are Psychopathic traits adaptive in the FBI?; 3. Psychopathy and aggression; 4. Review of successful psychopathy: what do we know?; 6. Psychopathy and emotional intelligence (and other correlates): a comparison of samples. Probably not accepting new thesis students. Students inquiring about doing a thesis should be in lab and have a topic prepared. For more information please email my lab coordinator Kenny Gonzalez at kenny.gonzalez1@jjay.cuny.edu (Last Updated: 6/9/17) Possibly accepting new MA students for research lab. No prerequisites for volunteering in the lab, however, lab members must attend all lab meetings and be willing to commit 8 hours of time a week. Please send resume and letter of interest to dfalkenbach@jjay.cuny and cc lab coordinator: Kenny Gonzalez (kenny.gonzalez1@jjay.cuny.edu) (Last updated: 6/9/17) dfalkenbach@jjay.cuny.edu 
Fondacaro, Mark  The influence of defendant and situational characteristics on judgments of criminal responsibility, neuroscience & law, procedural justice and policing, development of alternatives to retributive punishment, and evidence-based reform of juvenile and adult criminal justice systems (Updated 6/1/17) Yes: Requirements: Students will be considered for thesis advisement after either stellar performance in my summer online section of PSY 716 or one semester experience in my Social Justice Research Lab (Updated 6/1/17) Yes. GPA 3.7+ preferred, personal statement of research interests, and vita/resume ( Updated: 6/1/17) mfondacaro@gmail.com 
Galietta, Michele Clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for stalking offenders, treatment of psychopathy/ASPD, the insanity defense, predicting violence in prison.    mgalietta@jjay.cuny.edu 
Gerber, Gwendolyn L. Sexual assault: sexual assault perception; blame attribution; differences between sexual assault victims and women who have not experienced sexual assault; police psychology. Contact for thesis advisement. Requirements: Please send Dr. Gerber your resume with GPA and your research interests. (Last updated: 2/9/15) Contact for research lab. Requirements: Please send Dr. Gerber your resume with GPA and your research interests. (Last updated: 2/9/15) ggerber@jjay.cuny.edu 
Glasford, Demis The focus of much of Dr. Glasford's work is concerned with understanding three interrelated research questions: (a) how people make decisions about whether and how to act in response to injustice and/or human rights violations, (b) what compels people to collective action or to resist subordinated position within a given social system, and (c) how to improve relations between groups of differing power. Not accepting new thesis students at this time. (Last updated: 1/30/14) Accepting new MA students for research lab. Interested students should contact Dr. Glasford to receive more details. (Last updated: 1/30/14) Interested students should contact Dr. Glasford if they are interested in receiving more details about the position.  
Gottdiener, William H. My research is on addictive disorders. NOT accepting new thesis students. (Last Updated: 8/15/16) NOT accepting new students at this time.(Last Updated: 8/15/16) wgottdiener@jjay.cuny.edu 
Grose-Fifer, Jillian "Cognitive Neuroscience Lab - using EEG recording Adolescent brain development - understanding risk taking Personality traits and emotional processing - especially psychopathy" Possibly accepting thesis students at this time. Students need to work in the lab for at least 1 year to see whether this might be a good fit for them. (Last Updated: 1/18/17) Accepting new MA students. Need to be conscientious and detail-oriented 3.7+ GPA and willing to come to lab in 4 hour blocks (Last Updated 1/18/17) jgrose-fifer@jjay.cuny.edu Via email. Please send transcript, resume and why you are interested in this lab in particular. 
Hartwig, Maria deception detection, police interrogation, human intelligence gathering Currently NOT accepting thesis students. (Updated 2/9/15) Possibly accepting research students. Please email CV and GPA (Updated 2/9/15) mhartwig@jjay.cuny.edu 
Jeglic, Elizabeth Sexual violence prevention (Last updated: 6/1/17) Yes. Requirements: Only if students can complete their thesis by spring or summer 2018. Contact for a meeting (Last updated: 6/1/17) Yes. Requirements: Interest in sexual violence prevention (Updated: 6/1/2017) ejeglic@jjay.cuny.edu 
Johnson, Matthew Barry Expectations of police compliance with Miranda protections; secondary trauma associated with state executions.   mjohnson@jjay.cuny.edu 
Kassin, Saul Police interviews and interrogations; perceptions of confession evidence; and the phenomenology of innocence Possibly accepting new thesis students at this time. (Last Updated: 9/3/14) May consider accepting new MA students for research lab. (Last Updated: 9/3/14) skassin@jjay.cuny.edu 
Kovera, Margaret Bull Jury decision making, jury selection, eyewitness identification (Last updated: 6/1/17) Not Currently Accepting Students. (Last updated: 6/1/17) Yes. Requirements: send cv and statement of interest; if needed, we will schedule an interview (6/1/17) mkovera@jjay.cuny.edu 
Kucharski, L. Thomas Death Penalty; the effectiveness of sex offender treatment programs nation-wide evaluated in term of intensity. Possibly accepting new thesis students. Requirements: interested students should have completed PSY 700 with A- minimum. (Last updated: 9/1/15) Possibly accepting new MA students for research lab. Requirements: dependent upon the needs of the PhD student research program. (Last updated: 9/1/15) Phone: 212-237-8783; or Email: tkucharski@jjay.cuny.edu 
Leftoff, Sondra The impact of US nation building in uprooting social relationships of marginalized communities and its effects on notions of crime and justice.   sleftoff@hotmail.com 
Leippe, Michael R. Psychology and Law, I am interested in social influences on eyewitness memory and confidence, and in motivational and cognitive factors in jurors’ processing of trial information. Currently, I am studying how motivational and cognitive biases associated with social and self-identity, values, and implicit and explicit prejudice affect juror decisions. I HAVE A NEW, 3-YEAR GRANT FROM NSF to study racial/ethnic bias toward defendants in criminal cases. I am looking for MA students to become involved in the grant research, which is laboratory-based here at John Jay. Yes, but the thesis must be closely related to the grant topics. Requirements: Good academic performance in college, Undergraduate or graduate courses in social psychology, statistics, and research methods. Some research experience desirable, but not required. (Last Updated: 9/3/14) Yes, Good academic performance in college, Undergraduate or graduate courses in social psychology, statistics, and research methods. Some research experience desirable, but not required. (Updated: 9/3/14) mleippe@jjay.cuny.edu 
Mazzula, Silvia L. Dr. Mazzula's research projects focus on multicultural psychology, bi-culturalism and mental health, particularly with vulnerable populations (women, racial/ethnic minorities, and youth). Students may be involved in all phases of research, from literature reviews and data entry to data analysis, depending on students' developmental level. Accepting new thesis students. Requirements: Students will be considered for thesis advisement after one semester experience in Dr. Mazzula's research lab. (Last updated: 2/9/15) Accepting ONE new MA level student for research lab. Requirements: Master level students should have taken PSY 715 (Research Methods) prior to joining. Students with self-motivation and high tolerance for ambiguity are strongly encouraged to apply. Opportunities include one (1) volunteer research assistant positions. Time commitment is approximately 8-10 hrs per week. Research lab meets every Monday, 4-5PMpm. Participation in lab is required. (2/9/15) To apply, email Dr. Mazzula at smazzula@jjay.cuny.edu: 1) a short email indicating interest and time availability – at least two semesters are required to obtain a full experience, 2) copy of your CV and 3) contact information for one faculty reference. 
Nadal, Kevin Multicultural Issues in Psychology; LGBT Issues in Criminal Justice System; Discrimination and Mental Health Yes, Students are required to join my laboratory for at least one semester. Please provide a writing samples and a short statement as to what you would like to study for your thesis. (Last Updated: 2/9/15) Yes, Please provide a writing sample and a short statement as to why you want to join the lab. If interested, you will be contacted for an interview. (Last Updated: 2/9/15) knadal@jjay.cuny.edu 
O'Connor, Maureen Psychology, gender & law   moconnor@jjay.cuny.edu 
Penrod, Steve Influences on eyewitness identification accuracy, eyewitness research meta-analyses, how to measure witness performance, influences on plea bargaining decisions, plea bargaining research methods (Updated: 6/1/17) Possibly accepting new thesis students. Requirements: Must be smart and hardworking (Last updated: 2/6/2017) Possibly accepting new MA students. Requirements: Must be smart and hardworking (Last Updated: 2/6/17) spenrod@jjay.cuny.edu 
Raghavan, Chitra Broad focus: Coercive control, violence against women and gender rights. Current Projects: Coercive control and trauma bonding in commercial sex workers (data transcribing and coding) and Trauma outcomes within former victims of sex trafficking (interview stage). Data complete on: Sex trafficking victims, batterers of Intimate Partner Violence and sexual coercion within gay men.  Potentially. Students interested in thesis advisement should join the lab, have a strong commitment to feminist frameworks of research and interest in victimized populations; demonstrate good writing skills. At least 18-month commitment.(Last Updated: 5/2/17) Yes. Strong commitment to feminist frameworks of research and interest in victimized populations; good writing skills, no past experience needed. At least 18-month commitment. (Last Updated: 5/2/17) Please email craghavan@jjay.cuny.edu with an attached resume and a short letter of interest. 
Salfati, C. Gabrielle Behavioral crime scene analysis, linking serial crimes, training & implementing research into practice, see www.jjay.cuny.edu/IPRU (Updated: 6/1/17) NOT accepting thesis students - on sabbatical (Updated: 6/1/17).  No - on sabbatical (Updated: 6/1/17).  On sabbatical (Updated: 6/1/17) 
Schlesinger, Louis Extraordinary crimes (eg serial homicide, sexual homicide, stalking homicide, sexual assault, crime scene behavior). TBD. Requirements: Must have taken Dr. Schlesinger's courses. (Last Updated: 1/18/17) TBD. Requirements: Must have taken Dr. Schlesinger's courses. (Last Updated: 1/18/17) Please stop by Dr. Schlesinger's office for more information. 
Stone, Charles Social aspects of memory, in general. More specifically, how social media shapes the way individuals remember their autobiographical and collective memories as well as the extent to which jury deliberations shape the way jurors remember the facts of a trial and, in turn, the decisions they make (Last updated: 6/1/17) Not Currently Accepting Students (Last Updated: 6/1/17) Yes. Requirements: GPA of 3.5 or higher (Last updated: 6/1/17) chstone@jjay.cuny.edu 
Strange, Deryn The development and maintenance of false memories, particularly for traumatic events. Yes, I'll interview all applicants to determine fit; GPA and prior experience and courses in Cognition are important. (Last updated: 9/1/15) Not at this time (Last Updated: 9/1/15) dstrange@jjay.cuny.edu 
Weiss, Rebecca Dr. Weiss’s research focuses on cross-cultural validity in psychological assessment. The lab is working on several projects including an examination of the impact of culture and language on measures of feigning. She is also collaborating with Mid Hudson Psychiatric Center in an examination of competency to stand trial evaluations (see the faculty website for more details). The lab is actively recruiting bilingual (Spanish/English) master's-level research assistants (RAs) for forensic assessment research. RAs will assist in a multi-site investigation into the validity of psychometric instruments commonly used in forensic contexts. RAs will coordinate participants and will receive training to administer forensic assessments in English and Spanish to both student and clinical samples. Other lab duties, such as data entry, are also required. RAs should be motivated and reliable, and be willing to travel to the study sites (Brooklyn Heights and Queens, with the potential for Bronx sites in the future).  Not accepting new thesis students. (Last Updated: 8/22/16) Accepting new Research Assistants. Bilingual (Spanish/English) students are particularly welcome. All RAs are required to dedicate 6-10 hours each week to the lab. A minimum of a 1 year commitment is required. While students who have completed research methods and assessment courses are preferred, all students are encouraged to apply. (Last Updated: 8/22/16) rweiss@jjay.cuny.edu 
Wout, Daryl Stereotyping and prejudice, intergroup relations, and the framing of group inequalities.   dwout@jjay.cuny.edu 
Wupperman, Peggilee Primary areas of interest include: (a) psychotherapy development and evaluation, (b) the conceptualization and treatment of emotional and behavioral dysregulation, and (c) the predictive effects of mindfulness and emotion-regulation skills on mental health. Primarily focused on the evaluation and dissemination of Mindfulness and Modification Therapy, a transdiagnostic psychotherapy for behavioral dysregulation. We recently finished a clinical trial of MMT for women with substance and anger issues, and we are beginning a small feasibility study of MMT modified for binge eating. (Updated 1/31/14) Not currently accepting thesis students. (Updated 1/31/14) Not accepting new lab students immediately, but probably will be accepting in the near future. Requirements: Interested students should send a resume (doesn't have to be formal), transcript, and brief cover letter explaining why they want to work in the lab (Updated 1/31/14) pwupperman@jjay.cuny.edu 
Yanos, Philip Please see website: https://mhrecoverylab.commons.gc.cuny.edu/ Yes. The thesis topic must be something that is consistent with the overall lab mission, and the student must commit to attempting to publish an article based on the thesis after it is completed. (Updated 8/15/2016) Accepting RAs. The student must have a demonstrated genuine interest in the topics being studied by the lab, and preferably some prior experience (research or clinical) with the population being studied. Good writing skills are also helpful. (Updates 8/15/2016) pyanos@jjay.cuny.edu - please send e-mail to make appointment and meet 
Zapf, Patricia My current research interests focus on the development and implementation of professional training programs in forensic assessment (criminal competencies, criminal responsibility (insanity), threat assessment and risk management are areas of specific focus at this time). Projects typically involve creating online training programs for clinical /forensic psychologists and investigating research questions pertaining to how best to use online technologies to provide professional training. Most online programs are compared to in-person training programs. Students have a chance to about forensic assessment from renown experts and to build research questions and data collection into online professional training programs completed by licensed clinicians from around the world. Current professional training programs under development include a Master Class on the PCL-R and PCL:SV (and comparisons between online and in-person delivery); Cultural Competence in Forensic Evaluation; Clinical Decisions-Making in the Forensic Context; Evaluation of Risk for Stalking using the SAM; and Best Practices in the Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial Not accepting new thesis students at this time (Last Updated: 1/18/17) Dr. Zapf can only accept students who have interests and experiences that match ongoing research opportunities. Potential matches will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Anyone interested should send a resume, transcript, and cover letter explaining: a) research interest, b) experience with research, and c) reason for wanting to work with Dr. Zapf. Students wishing to work in Dr. Zapf's lab should have an interest in professional training and forensic assessment. (Last Updated 1/18/17) patricia.zapf@gmail.com 
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