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Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

There are many opportunities for both UTM and non-UTM undergraduates to join our research team. We encourage students to seek out research opportunities early in their academic career; many students who begin in our lab as work study students or PSY299 students remain in the lab to pursue their own projects (e.g., as PSY400 students or NSERC-USRA scholars). We welcome inquiries from Psychology majors and specialists, as well as from students in other departments such as Linguistics and Cognitive Science.


If you are an undergraduate with a cGPA of at least 3.0, Dr. Johnson's lab occasionally has openings for volunteers. A minimum of 8 hours a week is required. Please contact Dr. Johnson directly.

Honours Thesis

If you are a third or fourth year undergraduate student at U of T with a strong academic record, you maybe be eligible to do an honours thesis. Interested students must apply through the UTM Psychology Department.


If you are an undergraduate student at U of  T, you can apply to take part in the Research Opportunity Program.  We offer 1.0 and .5 FCE versions of PSY299, PSY399, and PSY499. Please see the ROP webpage for details.


If you are an undergraduate student who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or other Person of Colour (BIPOC), you may be eligible for the Summer Research Opportunity Program. Please see the SROP webpage for details.


If you are a third or fourth year student at U of T with at least a 3.2 cGPA, you may be eligible to apply to do an independent research project. Interested students should contact Dr. Johnson directly.


If you are an undergraduate student with a highly competitive cGPA, you may be eligible for the NSERC-USRA. Please see the Psychology Dept. webpage for details.

Paid Positions

 Paid positions are typically available through the work study program. Other paid positions are only offered to experienced lab members. Potential applicants should check UTM's career page for work study job listings.


If you are an undergraduate student currently attending university outside Canada, you may be eligible to participate in the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship. Please see the Mitacs website for details.

Opportunities for Graduate Students

Dr. Johnson’s primary graduate appointment is in Psychology, but she is also cross-appointed to the Graduate Department of Linguistics. Like most universities in North America, graduate applications at the University of Toronto are due once a year (usually in November or December), and all new graduate students begin in September. Note that an undergraduate degree in Psychology is not necessarily required for admittance to the program. Key factors considered by Dr. Johnson when reviewing applications include relevant research experience and interests, as well as relevant lived experiences. An MA (or MSc) is not required for the Psychology Department’s direct entry PhD program, but having an MA (or MSc) in Psychology or a related field can make a student more competitive for admission. All PhD positions in Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Toronto are fully funded, but students are encouraged to apply for outside scholarships to supplement this base funding (domestic candidates can apply for OGS funding even before being admitted to university).

U of T Psychology  Program

U of T
Linguistics Program


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Opportunities for Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Johnson occasionally has openings for postdoctoral fellows in her lab. Prospective post docs are also encouraged to seek independent funding (see links below).

Funded CLASS Lab Openings




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