Students are strongly encouraged to become involved in research at Concordia University Chicago. Students often have their first taste of psychological science as research participants in General Psychology. As a result of their participation, students regularly comment that they are better able to grasp aspects of research, design, and statistics, and that the experience complements their reading and classroom learning. Some students remark that they enjoy helping classmates and faculty conduct research projects.

Participate in Research

If you are interested in participating in our department’s research, please visit the scheduling calendars below.

Current Projects in the Research Pool 

How does sleep quality affect cognition?

Have you ever wondered if a bad night’s sleep could make it harder to think?  Help us answer that question by participating in our study.  During the study we will first measure how well you slept last night.  Then you’ll complete two simple and fun cognitive tasks.  Results of our study will be made available to participants once all of our data are collected. This study takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. 

Contact:  If interested, please schedule a time at this link. For questions, email

Mental Health and Stress

This study is designed to assess the relationship between one's mental health, stress and sense of purpose in life. This study is comprised of eight different surveys that will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Participation in this study is completely voluntary. If you choose to participate, all information gathered through the surveys will remain confidential. If you are interested in participating in this study, you can contact the researcher at to set up a time to meet.

Social Media Use Survey

In this study, you will take three surveys. We will be asking questions about your social media use, your personality, and your satisfaction with life. This study should take no longer than 20 minutes. If you would like to participate, please come anytime to one of the sessions listed below or email the researchers below to schedule a time.

Location: Brohm 332


            11/8     1 PM - 3 PM

            11/9     3 PM - 5 PM

            11/13   1 PM - 3 PM

            11/15   1 PM - 3 PM

You can contact, ,

Memory Recall

In this study, the participant will be given a list of words to memorize. Subsequently, the participant will be given a separate task that will need to be completed within a certain time limit. This experiment is meant to test how memory encoding and memory recall are affected when paired with other tasks. The location of this study is in Brohm 332.  If interested, please come during any of the following times:

Wednesday 11/14: 2:00pm-6:00pm

Friday 11/16: 9:00am-12:00pm and 2:30pm-6:00pm

Anagram Study

For this experiment,  you will be given five minutes to solve a list of anagrams (scrambled words) to solve. The times available will be 11/12, 11/14, 11/16 from 12 pm to 1 pm in Brohm 332.

Jealousy, Attachment, and Self-Esteem 

Participants will be asked to take a paper survey that will ask questions about current and future relationships, how you feel about yourself, and the connection between your past, present, and future experiences. The study should last nor more than 20 minutes. 

Students can come take the survey at any of the scheduled times below in Brohm 332. 

Mon 11/12 8am-9am

Tues 11/13 8am- 9am

Weds 11/14 10:30 am - 12:30pm

Thurs 11/15 8am - 9am, 4pm - 5pm 

Upcoming Projects (Fall 2018)

Imaginary Audiences

Digit Ratio and Sports


Get Involved in Research

Students interested in gaining research experience are encouraged to contact the professor conducting the research directly.

Dr. Andrea Flynn

First-generation students’ academic experiences  

Research assistants are needed for an in-depth, exploratory, qualitative research study of first-generation law students’ experiences. For more information please read this document. Please email Dr. Flynn if you have an interest in applying for the research assistant position.


Dr. Jason Pych 

Sleep Quality and Cognition

Dr. Pych is currently looking for a research assistant. If you are interested, please email


Dr. Beth Venzke

E-mail Dr. Venzke for information about current projects.