Michael Lynch, Ph.D.    

Center for Research on Human Development and Adaptation

Please provide a brief description of your research interests

Work in my lab focuses broadly on the development of psychopathology. We are interested in factors that contribute to risk for behavioral and emotional disturbance, as well as protection from it. Many of our studies examine how people cope with and adapt to the challenges they face. Recent projects have investigated a range of issues, including:

• the relationship between family distress and the timing of pubertal maturation
• the relationships among stressful life experiences, social support, and feelings of anxiety
• the relationships between cognitive processing of threat and current behavioral and emotional functioning
• patterns of coping and their association with well-being
• correlates of cardiovascular regulation in response to and recovery from stress
• the effects of anxiety on cognitive performance
• the effects of victimization on academic performance
• the effects of cyber-bullying on adolescent well-being
• the effectiveness of a single session intervention in modifying physiological response to stress
• the correlates and consequences of bullying and hazing
• the cyclical relationships among coping with daily challenges and mental health
• the identification of different types of perfectionism and their association with distinct patterns of activity in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex

Methodology, Tools and Approach:
Our studies have utilized a range of methodologies, including: self-report data, tests of cognitive ability, reaction time data, electrocardiogram (ECG) data, and functional near infrared (fNIR) spectroscopy data. We are open to learning new methodologies based on the scientific needs of our work.

Are you looking for student research assistants for the upcoming semesters?


If yes, how many students are you looking for?

We typically have about 10 students working in the lab. The number of openings for new students depends on the needs of specific projects. We are always willing to discuss possible openings with interested candidates.

In what aspects are student research assistants involved in your lab?

Roles and Responsibilities of Research Assistants:
Our lab is a teaching lab in the department of psychology. It consists of a team of undergraduate students participating in psychological research under the advisement of Dr. Michael Lynch. As a teaching lab, the Center provides students with integrated experiences and opportunities to learn more about conducting research. Students are given responsibility for planning and implementing scientific investigations consistent with the goals of the Center. Students have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of research including designing studies, collecting data, and disseminating results.

What skills are you looking for in student research assistants?

Prerequisite Courses and Qualifications:
We prefer students who have completed -- or are in the process of taking -- PSYC 251, Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods.

We also prefer students who have not yet started their junior year ... although first semester juniors are welcome to contact us about possible opportunities.

Is there anything else you would like to say?

Application Process:
Students can contact Dr. Lynch -- mlynch@geneseo.edu -- regarding their interest in our work. If there are openings at that time, applicants will be scheduled for an interview with current members of the lab.