Graduate Students

Dr. Swanson only takes MS students from the Psychological Sciences program. She primarily takes PhD students from the Psychological Sciences program, but when appropriate,  it is possible for students to apply to the Communication Sciences and Disorders or the Cognition and Neuroscience program.  Interested students should contact Dr. Swanson directly at

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students work closely with graduate students and research assistants in a collaborative environment. Projects include behavioral coding of video tapes, annotation of audio tapes, and quality control of imaging data. Eligible students are encouraged to apply to the BBS Honors Program. Students may volunteer for their first semester in the lab, but in subsequent semesters they are strongly encouraged to take either Thesis Research (PSY 4397), Directed Research (PSY 4V98), or Independent Study (PSY 4V99). A minimum 1-year commitment is required, but a longer commitment is preferred and will allow the student to get the most out of the experience (e.g., posters).  Students interested in research can apply to join a lab at this link.

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) is a yearlong, 42-week paid internship that will provide 10 college students from historically underrepresented groups with the tools and connections to combine high-quality, developmental research with an empirically driven, community-based outreach program. This REU offers a truly unique research experience through the UTD Center for Children and Families (CCF) given (1) a well-established, empirically driven community-based outreach program, Play With Me (Juega Conmigo), which serves young, at-risk children and their parents in North Texas, and which will provide the backbone for engagement in community-based field research and (2) faculty mentors with a strong commitment to undergraduate research training and mentoring the next generation of research scientists. Dr. Swanson serves as a REU mentor. If you are interested in learning more about this program check out the website.

Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program

The Baby Brain Lab will be inviting applications for a 2022 Summer Research Internship Program that is intended to provide research experience to trainees with backgrounds underrepresented in the sciences. We also welcome applications from undergrads enrolled at non-research intensive universities where research experiences are limited. The 10-week program will run approximately from May 23rd to July 29th, 2022 and will include a $6,000 stipend. Applicants will also be provided with housing, meal plan, a parking pass, and a relocation allowance. The trainee will work full time (40 hours a week) and contribute to our ongoing research studies. This program is ideally suited for juniors who are planning on applying for graduate school in psychology. Applications open on January 17th and close on February 15th, 2022. Please apply using this link.