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Join our team. 

The EDEN Lab is a compassionate, dedicated, welcoming and inclusive community of exceptional scholars who want to study children's development and behavior from multiple perspectives to inform interventions that improve the lives of children and families. Our team includes members of varying backgrounds and experiences, from undergraduate and graduate students to post-doctoral research scholars and staff.

Prospective graduate students.

Dr. Waller is now, sadly, no longer considering clinical psychology graduate students for the 2020/2021 application cycle. As a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the School of Arts and Sciences announced a one-year pause in School-funded Ph.D. admissions for the 2021-22 academic year.  This difficult decision was reached because of the impact of the pandemic on the School’s finances and to allow allocation of available support to current students who require extra time to complete their degrees as a result of the global pandemic. Dr. Waller looks forward to reading applications in the fall of 2021 and admitting a graduate student in the 2022-23 academic year. Potential applicants for fall of 2021 are strongly encouraged to read the online information about the Psychology graduate program at Penn, a core component of which is deep involvement in research. Although students are admitted to the graduate program as a whole, not specific subfields, students who work with Dr. Waller typically have an interest in the developmental origins of moral & antisocial behaviors beginning in early childhood and incorporating a multi-disciplinary perspective. Students in the EDEN Lab typically have an interest in research exploring youth aggression and antisocial behavior, the influence of parents and neighborhood, neurogenetics, developmental neuroscience, callous-unemotional traits and psychopathy. For questions about the graduate program, please email the Graduate & Research Coordinator at Penn, Paul Newlon.

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Prospective undergraduate research assistants. 

First and second year students from the University of Pennsylvania who are interested in joining the EDEN Lab should submit an application form (to download the form, click on APPLY below). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Third year students who planning on doing a 399 or senior honors thesis should be advised that we receive many many more applications than there are places available. Thus, strong preference is given to students who have already completed at least one semester as an undergraduate research assistant in the EDEN Lab, and we only consider two-semester long projects. 


post-doctoral researchers.

Students who are approaching completion of their PhD  are encouraged to email to Dr. Waller to inquire about specific availability for post-doctoral research positions in the EDEN Lab or at Penn. Typically, post-docs who would be a good match to work in the EDEN Lab study youth antisocial behavior, the influence of parents & neighborhood context, neurogenetics (as well as imaging genetics, and imaging gene x environment interactions), callous unemotional traits, psychopathy, developmental  neuroscience, & developmental psychopathology. Students with a broader interest or experience in criminal justice, early years' intervention, social work, or multi-modal assessment methods are also encouraged to get in touch about specific projects that might intersect with research in the EDEN Lab.

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