In January 2023, Dr. Elenbaas is moving to the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) at Purdue University. Dr. Elenbaas is accepting applications for PhD students for the 2022-2023 application cycle, to begin Purdue's HDFS PhD program in fall 2023.

The HDFS graduate program trains research scientists in basic (e.g., experimental) and applied (e.g., intervention) methods, places a strong emphasis on culture and diversity across the lifespan, and supports original empirical research through an individualized mentorship model. Please visit the program website to find out more about Purdue’s PhD program in HDFS including an overview of research in the department, facts about the graduate program, info on funding, graduate certificates including Advanced Methods, research centers including the Center for Families and the Center for Early Learning, the lab schoolplacements of recent PhDs, departmental DEI initiatives, and application requirements.

FAQs for PhD applicants:

  • What does Dr. Elenbaas look for when reviewing applications? A degree in psychology, HDFS, or similar. Substantive research experience in the form of an honors thesis, fellowship project, post-bac position, or similar. Demonstrated interest in intergroup attitudes, moral development, or both.

  • How do I know if I am a good fit for this lab?  Review this website and read recent publications from the lab to determine whether the research questions that we pursue are aligned with your interests.

  • What is it like to be a PhD student in this lab? Grad students train in every aspect of the research process by collaborating on ongoing projects, and train undergraduates in turn. Simultaneously, students develop their independent areas of research that fall within the lab's focus. As a part of their professional development, students present at conferences, write papers, and submit grant proposals.

  • What is Dr. Elenbaas' mentorship style? Dr. Elenbaas is highly engaged in her students' development and success. Applicants invited to join the lab will receive a copy of her mentorship statement.

  • I'm applying! Should I reach out? Yes; email to introduce yourself. Include your CV.


Our lab will soon be accepting new undergraduate Research Assistant (RA) applications at Purdue.

Our RAs will learn about theories and methods in developmental science by working directly with children and families, managing and coding data, and participating in weekly lab and project meetings. Fall and spring semester RAs can earn academic credits by registering for HDFS 390. Summer RAs can volunteer. RAs must commit to working with the lab for 10 hours per week and must have some early evening and weekend availability for data collection. We have a strong preference for RAs who are able to commit to at least two semesters of involvement with the lab.

To apply, first fill out the application form. We will review your application and contact you for an interview when we are recruiting new RAs.