Become an RA

Welcome! Thanks for your interest in working with us.

How to apply:

Students can sign up for 2 to 3 credit hours, depending on their availability, and they are expected to complete three hours of lab-related tasks per week per credit hour. Due to the amount of training needed to participate in Lab activities, students are required to commit to enrolling in this practicum for a minimum of two semesters. Lab meetings are Fridays 10-11AM, and attendance is mandatory. Students must provide their own transportation to testing locations throughout the Cincinnati area as necessary.  

If you are interested in a research position, please fill out an application and send your résumé, CV, or personal statement to Dr. Heidi Kloos at 

After a successful interview, you will be asked to provide the following:

  1. State of Ohio background check (BCI&I)
  2. Record of a physical examination
  3. Letter of reference from a previous instructor, mentor, or supervisor
  4. A completed and signed financial Conflict of Interest form
  5. Proof of CITI training (Instructions)
  6. A signed syllabus for research credits
  7. An electronic version of your résumé, CV, or personal statement for our webpage

Please note that you will not receive a grade/credit unless you have completed all of the above.

The Children's Cognitive Research Lab investigates children's reasoning and problem solving. Our participants are 1- to 12-year-old children in the Cincinnati area. Adults are included for baseline purposes. Research assistants can participate in all aspects of the research process, including preparing experimental stimuli, recruiting participants, collecting and analyzing data, and disseminating our findings. The experience gained as a CCRL research assistant is likely to provide students with insights into developmental research, prepare them for conducting an independent research project, and increase their chances for graduate school.