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Thanks for your interest in the TAYA Lab! All information below was last updated in August 2020.

Prospective Graduate Students

Updated September 24, 2020: Thank you for your interest in the lab! I'm thrilled to be accepting applications for the University of Delaware Clinical Science (clinical psychology) Ph.D. program during the 2020-2021 admissions cycle (to begin Fall 2021). 


I began a new faculty position at the University of Delaware in June 2020. During the summer of 2020, the lab moved to UD from the University of Pittsburgh, including graduate students Annie Maheux and Savannah Roberts, and lab manager Brianna Ladd. 


Please check out our Research Projects page to learn what we’re working on. We’ll be updating this page during this fall as we start new projects at UD. You can also learn about the work of current grad student and post-baccalaureate trainees by visiting our Research Team page. In addition to the projects discussed on these pages, we're currently working on developing a new project focused on the intersection of gender, race, and sexuality in Black adolescent girls' and young women's lived experiences, with a focus on body image. 


If you apply to my lab through UD's admissions process, I will review your application carefully later this fall, once I receive your complete application. In reviewing applications, I conduct a holistic review. The ideal applicant to the TAYA Lab is passionate about one or more areas of our research, has research experience from the college and/or post-bacc years from a psychology lab, and has a fundamental interest in conducting research focused on teens and young adults that has real-world implications and impact. 


As you consider grad school options and work on your applications, I strongly recommend the professional development webpage of my own graduate school mentor, Mitch Prinstein at UNC Chapel Hill. Among many resources related to applying to grad school and careers in psychology, you’ll see a grad school application guide I wrote when I was a grad student in 2011. My lab is currently working on updating this guide and I’ll post it here soon! 


If you have questions that aren’t addressed on my website, you’re welcome to email me at That said, please know I will read all applications carefully, regardless of whether you contact me ahead of time. 


Good luck with your applications!

Undergraduate Students

If you're a student at the University of Delaware, please check back for updates in late fall of 2020, to see if we will be accepting applications for undergrad RAs for the Spring 2021 semester. Feel free to email TAYA Lab manager Brianna Ladd,, with any questions.

TAYA Lab in Fall 2019 when we were still at Pitt.

New photo hopefully to come soon, COVID-allowing! 

Other Employment & Volunteer Positions

As of Sept. 2020, the TAYA Lab does not have any open paid or volunteer positions. We do not anticipate having Fall 2020 openings for volunteer or paid employment for non-University of Delaware students. Please email TAYA Lab manager Brianna Ladd,, with any questions. Thank you!

University of Delaware

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Wolf Hall

105 The Green

Newark, DE 19716

(Operating remotely due to COVID-19)

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