Potential Graduate Students

For Students Interested in Working with Me

My interdisciplinary research program affords opportunities for graduate students with a variety of interests and expertise. Students are encouraged to contact me directly for current opportunities in my lab with interests or backgrounds in any of the following or related disciplines: psychology, developmental psychology, child and maternal health, neuroscience, molecular and statistical genetics, psychiatry, and bioinformatics. Students with research interests in stress, temperament, parenting or peer influences, social/emotional development, neurobiology/ neuroendocrinology, genetics, epigenetics, mental health, or addiction would be happy in my lab. We conduct research with prenatal, infant, child/adolescent, and adult populations. I work one-on-one to tailor research programs that fit with each student’s interests.

Students interested in working with me can be admitted through one of the following PhD programs: Developmental Psychology in the Department of Psychology; Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology, or the Genetics/Genomics Program at the University of Florida. Prospective graduate students are welcome to contact me during the application process. I also serve as a rotation mentor for MD/PhD students. The Ph.D. program is primarily a research track. Applications from members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Note: I will be accepting new graduate students to start fall of 2018.

Dr. Kertes and Graduate Students

Potential Undergraduate Research Assistants:

Opportunities for undergraduate research assistants are routinely updated on the Department of Psychology’s undergraduate research website. In my lab, undergraduates are a vital part of the research team and are involved in all aspects of research. I routinely mentor students with interests related to psychology, biology, or pre-med. Graduates from the lab have been highly successful in obtaining positions in top-tier graduate schools pursuing PhD, MD, and MA degrees, or employment in fields spanning public health, allied health professions, education, and criminal justice and others. For undergraduates interested in molecular work, either prior or concurrent coursework or research experience in a laboratory environment is helpful. Interested undergraduates should send an email to kerteslab@psych.ufl.edu to request an application.