Undergraduate Practicum

Undergraduate research assistants in the lab may work on a number of projects and may participate in data collection, participant correspondence, recruitment, data entry and management, review of the literature, annotated bibliographies, and data analysis. Undergraduates may be mentored by graduate students. Interested undergraduates may have opportunities to present data or write manuscripts for publication. 

Undergraduates interested in the lab should email the director, including a completed application form, unofficial transcript, and current CV or resume. Relevant references may be provided to strengthen the application. Selected students will complete an interview. 

Students who are most qualified for an RA position will:

  • have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50
  • commit to two semesters in the lab by either registering for research practicum credit (preferred) or committing to >9 hours/week of volunteered time in the lab
  • be available to continue research in the summer
  • have completed relevant coursework or extracurricular experiences (e.g., research methods, statistics, volunteer experience with clinical populations, research experience)

Interested students should email the application, unofficial transcript, and CV/resume to emily-kroska@uiowa.edu. Contact information for references is encouraged.

Prospective Graduate Students

Students who have obtained an undergraduate degree and accrued research experience should complete the required application to the University of Iowa's Graduate College. Dr. Thomas mentors students interested in a PhD in Clinical Science through the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Dr. Thomas will not be recruiting new graduate students for the Fall 2023 application cycle (for matriculation in Fall 2024). 


Collaboration is critical to impactful research. Collaborators across disciplines with common interests are encouraged to contact Dr. Thomas. 

A frequent component of the lab's intervention research involves the delivery of psychotherapy interventions. Graduate students or other clinicians seeking training, supervision, or clinical experience may contact Dr. Thomas if interested. Intervention facilitators would attain clinical experience in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, contextual behavior science, and brief behavioral health interventions.