Contact Us

 

 

Mailing Address: 119 HHD Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Lab phone: (814) 865-4773. Fax: 814-863-7963

Lab email: SHAARPlab@gmail.com

Dr. Ross email: LRoss@psu.edu

The SHAARP Lab

Participate in a Research Study?

We are currently recruiting in State College area for the Feasibility and Enjoyment of Exergames (FLEX) study! FLEX aims aims to understand older adults’ thoughts and feelings about exercise video games, or exergames.  This study will involve one visit to Penn State where we will ask you questions about your opinions, health and exercise. We will also ask you to play a few commonly-used exergames and ask your opinions about playing similar games. Results of the study will help inform health care providers, including exercise and wellness professionals at nursing homes and retirement communities, about possible recommendations for exercise programs. Free parking is provided as well as $10 for your time.

Please  call us at (814) 865-4773 if you are interested or have any questions.

We will also be recruiting in for other studies soon. Please check back for future study opportunities and thank you for your support and continued interest!

Want to Become Part of the SHAARP Research Lab?

We are currently accepting applications for new volunteer Undergraduate Research Assistants. As a SHAARP Lab Research Assistant, you will have the opportunity to enhance your resume or graduate school application with meaningful experiences as an integral member of a dynamic research team. Our Research Assistants participate in many aspects of research such as participant recruitment, data collection, management, and analysis, as well as presentations and publications. A basic knowledge of research methods is helpful, but not required for consideration. A desire to learn and adhere to the standards of high quality research is mandatory. Successful candidates must commit to a minimum of 2 semesters and 10 hours per week. If interested, please submit your CV and completed application to Dr. Ross.

We are also interested in Graduate Research Assistants. Our Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Department is currently ranked 1st in the US and provides a supportive environment with exceptional resources.  Further information can be found on the HDFS Graduate Program website. You are also welcome to contact Dr. Ross if you would like further information regarding becoming a Graduate Research Assistant in the SHAARP lab.

Undergraduate Research at Penn State

There are several ways to become involved in research at Penn State. Just a few of the options are found below:

 

Research Project (HD FS 494) 

You can work with faculty on their current research projects if they have the need for student help and receive credit for this work through Research Project (HD FS 494). With the faculty member, you must complete a form prior to registering for the Research Project course. This is an excellent opportunity for you to work with and get to know a faculty member. It is important to know that HD FS 494 credits can fulfill OPTION requirements in the 400-level Other Selections of your degree audit (where it says “SEE ADVISER”). However, this requires the approval of your adviser. HD FS 494 is not meant to replace HDFS 400-level courses.

Independent Study (HD FS 496) 

These projects may include research or scholarly work which is not covered in regular courses. Independent Study is an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge in a specific area of interest while working closely with a faculty member and receiving academic credit. With the faculty member, you must complete a form prior to registering for Independent Study. It is important to know that HD FS 496 credits can fulfill OPTION requirements in the 400-level Other Selections of your degree audit (where it says “SEE ADVISER”). However, this requires the approval of your adviser. HD FS 496 is not meant to replace HDFS 400-level courses.

 

Senior Honors Thesis (HD FS 494H) 

Schreyer Honors Students must register for 494H for two semesters (6 credits).

These research hours allow you to get research experience and work towards your honors thesis. In order to enroll in one of these classes, students must complete and submit a form supplied by their college.

Graduate Research Assistants 

We are also interested in Graduate Research Assistants. Our Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Department is currently ranked 1st in the US and provides a supportive environment with exceptional resources.  Further information can be found on the HDFS Graduate Program website. You are also welcome to contact Dr. Ross if you would like further information regarding becoming a Graduate Research Assistant in the SHAARP lab. Finally, the Center for Health Aging’s Pathways T32 Training Program is accepting graduate student applications through January 2019. Please see the website for more information.

Dr. Ross encourages Postdoctoral Fellowship applications as well. The SHAARP lab has multiple funded project currently underway which, along with training programs offered through the Center for Healthy Aging, provide an enriched training environment. Please contact Dr. Ross [link to my email] and see more information located on the Center for Health Aging’s Pathways T32 Training Program website. Postdoctoral fellowship applications are accepted through February 2019.