apply To join

The EDEN Lab is a positive, compassionate, dedicated, 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.

graduate students

Dr. Waller is considering neuroscience graduate students for the 2019/2020 application cycle and clinical graduate students for the 2020/2021 application cycle. Potential applicants are 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. For questions about whether your interests are a good match for the EDEN Lab, please email Dr. Waller.

undergraduate students

Thank you for your interest joining the EDEN Lab as an undergraduate research assistant. First and second year students who are interested in joining the EDEN Lab for the 2019/2020 academic year are strongly encouraged to email Dr. Waller including their CV to register their interest. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Third year students who planning on doing a 399 or Honors Thesis should be advised that we receive many more applications than there are places available and strong preference is given to students who have already completed at least one semester as an undergraduate research assistant in the EDEN Lab. 



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.