Overall Title of Project: Psychology of Disability Research Lab
Major area of Psychology in which these projects are located: Personality
Major area of Psychology in which this project is located: Social, Health, Education and Psychology
Psychologists have long viewed the experience of disability from a medical/clinical perspective focusing on perceived losses or limitations, and seeking to “help” people to adjust to their conditions. The Psychology of Disability research lab runs counter to that perspective, and utilizes what is known as the Social Model of Disability to argue that people with disabilities should be seen as a minority group united not by their particular impairments, but by their shared experiences in navigating a physical, social, and political environment which, in general, is not suited to their needs. We have a number of projects which explore the experience of disability from this perspective, including work on disability identity, disability stigma & prejudice, and disability activism. We also collaborate with a number of different research labs in psychology and with other on and off campus groups. If you are interested in joining the lab, please check out our webpage at http://sitemaker.umich.edu/rottenstein.lab and click on the "Join Our Lab!"
link. It will review in more details the responsibilities of URAs as well as provide instructions for how to formally apply for a position.
Time commitment requested: 5-15 hours of independent work + 1 hour mandatory lab meeting per week. Course credit is available to students who remain in the lab for more than one semester.
Qualifications of student:
Interested students must be self-motivated, organized, and able to effectively communicate with others. Familiarity with disability studies in addition to psychology research methods is preferred, but not required – if you’re willing to work, we will teach you!