Graduate students

Dr. Ellman will be accepting one graduate student for Fall 2022.

Volunteer in the Lab

The Ellman Lab accepts applications from Temple undergraduates to work in the lab on a volunteer basis (some applicants may be eligible to receive course credit through the Department of Psychology’s Collaborative Research program). Please see the following eligibility criteria and information on how to apply.


Prospective volunteers must:

  • Commit to volunteer for a full academic year
  • Be available to work 8-12 lab hours per week
  • Have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Be a Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior

How to Apply

If you’re interested in volunteering in our lab and you meet the above requirements, please complete the application linked below and email it to us at

To download an volunteer application, please click here.


Postdoctoral Fellow

Applications are being sought for a postdoctoral position in the Ellman Lab  (PI, Lauren Ellman) in the Department of Psychology at Temple University. The Ellman Lab focuses on developmental risk factors for psychosis and related disorders (e.g., schizophrenia and depression) during the pre- and perinatal period and in adolescence/young adulthood. The latter studies involve multi-modal assessment of risk factors for psychosis, including (but not limited to) biomarkers, neuroimaging, cognition, and a variety of psychosocial risk factors. The postdoctoral fellow will focus primarily on multiple large, multi-site studies examining risk for psychosis in adolescence/young adulthood, but could contribute to any of the ongoing studies in the lab and will have opportunities to develop independent research projects. Clinical hours towards licensure will be available, in addition to many potential research opportunities.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with structured interviewing, interest in psychosis research and/or working with individuals at risk for psychosis.

Responsibilities will include conducting clinical interviews, including certification in the Structured Clinical Interview for Psychosis-Risk Syndromes (SIPS), supervision and mentorship of lab graduate students, leading diagnostic consensus meetings across-sites, and manuscript development/preparation.

For questions or to submit an application, please contact Lauren Ellman (
Applicants should send a C.V., brief letter describing interests and prior experience, and two publications (that best reflect contributions of the candidate). Salary is based on the NIMH Postdoctoral scale, and funding is available for at least two years (appointments are for one year, but renewable for two years or more, based on progress/merit). There is a flexible start date.

Research Assistant

Applications are being sought for a research assistant position in the Ellman Lab  (PI, Lauren Ellman) in the Department of Psychology at Temple University. Under the supervision of Dr. Ellman, the research assistant will aid in collecting and managing data in a multi-site study aiming to identify biomarkers and associated predictors of clinical and behavioral outcomes in those at risk for psychosis. The research assistant will be involved in data collection at all time points and will administer semi-structured clinical interviews and cognitive tasks, as well as the collection and/or processing of biosamples, including EEG data, MRI data, and blood samples. The research assistant will also assist lab staff with daily lab operations such as recruiting participants, managing data, and supervising undergraduate volunteers. The ideal candidate will have prior experience working in a psychological research lab. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Education & Experience: Bachelor’s Degree and at least six (6) months of directly related experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Experience with one of the following programs: SAS, SPSS, R, and/or STATA.
  • Experience with data management.
  • Excellent organization and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work nights and/or weekends
  • Some background in neuroscience, biology, or another biological science (e.g., psychology with some background in psychobiology or neuroscience)


  • Experience using survey software such as Qualtrics, Survey Monkey, REDCap
  • Experience working with large, population-based studies.
  • Experience working with clinical populations (for example, clinical interviewing).

Please click here for more information and to apply online.