What students who have worked in the lab said:

  • “Thank you for all the time and effort that you put in for this paper, abstract, analysis and everything, for guiding and helping me. I feel lucky to have you as my adviser.”
  • “Thank you for an amazing experience. I learned so much and finally know where I’m going in life. You are a great mentor and I’ll never forget you.”
  • “Thank you for everything you have done for me and being my mentor.”
  • “Every week was something I had never done before, a new challenge, an unfamiliar zone. By the end of the semester I feel like I’ve experience more in this one course than all my others this semester combined. I joined independent study with textbook knowledge and what it gave me was the other side, the side that isn’t in my notes. This class not only helped me towards becoming a better student, but also a better person.”
  • “Thank you for this incredible experience, as it has greatly assisted me in gaining a more thorough understanding of psychology and my future professional goals…..The skills I have gained will serve me beyond graduate school and be utilized throughout my professional career. The insight I have gained will ensure that I am fully dedicated and passionate about the field I ultimately pursue.”
  • “I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the time and effort that you have given to me over the past year. The lessons and skills I have gained through independent study are the highlight of my senior year and have provided me with incredible opportunities for growth.”
  • “Thank you for guiding use and given us the opportunities to explore our own interests and skills while still learning from your expertise. I have learned so much during these 3 semesters & plan to carry what I have learned into the future.”
  • “Thank you for believing in me and helping me believe in myself.”
  • “Thank you for all you’ve done for me. I’ve learned a lot and can’t wait to apply it in the future.”
  • “Thank you for getting me started in research. It’s been a great year!”
  • “The knowledge and the experiences I gained over the last year really have made an impact on my thinking and career goals. Thank you so much for the opportunity.”
  • “Thank you so much for everything you’ve done to make this experience so rewarding and beneficial for myself and the other lab members.  As I come to the end of my undergraduate career, my time working with the Risk and Resilience Lab has been one of the most rewarding and beneficial endeavors throughout my time at Rutgers University. Having entered the lab with little to no involvement in psychological research, in addition to unknown expectations as to what assisting in a psychological laboratory may entail, I gained a variety of complex knowledge and experiences that would not have been available to me simply through a college course.”
  • “The breadth of my assigned tasks this semester, supplemented with my experiences last semester, has enhanced my confidence in my skill as a research assistant and my ability to handle a Ph.D. program….One of my passions and end goals is to use my education to aid marginalized, underserved populations. This lab has given me the opportunity to do so in ways I had never expected, nor considered…Because of the relationship I have built with Dr. Cavanaugh, I have found a mentor who has helped me grow as a student, adult, and person.”
  • “My experience in the lab is invaluable. I have gained a much stronger appreciation for evidence-based practice and intervention.”
  • “I’ve gained many new skills and experiences from my time in Dr. Cavanaugh’s Risk and Resilience lab…I know that these experiences and opportunities will only help me in my life and I will always be so grateful to have them.”

Please contact Dr. Cavanaugh at cocavana@camden.rutgers.edu if you are interested in working in the lab.