About the Personality Lab

Located on the third floor of McCreary Hall, this lab offers research/internship opportunities for Gettysburg College students interested in personality and clinical psychology. Topics include:

  • Compassion for ourselves and others
  • Inclusion, belonging, and wellbeing in STEM
  • Personality characteristics associated with mental health problems (e.g., rejection sensitivity, dichotomous thinking, effortlessly perfect self-presentation)
  • Stigma, identity concerns, and relationship strain faced by people living with mental illness
  • A wide range of other research questions of interest to motivated students

Students participate in all aspects of conducting research, and have opportunities to contribute to conference presentations and publications. New members of the lab usually begin by helping to collect and/or code data for ongoing lab projects. As students develop more research skills, they are encouraged to pursue more in-depth and independent roles in the lab, gaining experience with analyzing and interpreting research data, and completing projects of their own personal choice/design. Members of the Personality Lab have found these experiences helpful for excellent graduate school and work opportunities after graduation.

    • While classes are in session, students work in the Personality Lab 3-5 hours per week as a quarter-credit research internship or for pay. Returning RAs have priority for lab positions, but new RAs are also welcome on a first-come basis until all positions are filled. If this opportunity interests you, let’s talk about it and make plans so you’ll be ready to start at the beginning of the semester. 
    • Students also have opportunities to conduct independent research or complete internships in the Personality Lab for course credit (Psych 460, 461, 462, 463, 464, 466, 473).  See this list for examples of the independent research projects students have completed.
    • During many recent summers, students have worked in the Personality Lab on fellowships awarded through the X-SIG summer fellowship program or the Shand summer fellowship program. Although the Personality Lab will not be conducting research during the summer of 2022, reach out to Professor Berenson if you’d like to spend some time this summer working on an independent research project, that you would complete and get course credit for during the 2022-2023 academic year.