High Impact Psychological Research with Leaders

As an undergraduate research assistant, you would work with Dr. Dana Born, Dr. Jennifer Lerner, and their teams on a project that is aimed at understanding leadership development, authenticity, and well-being in mid-life as part of the Harvard Longitudinal Leadership Study. 


Dr. Dana H. Born is the Faculty Chair for the Senior Executive Fellows (SEF) Program and a Lecturer in Public Policy.  She is a retired Brigadier General with over 30 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. Professor Born teaches MLD-323 Authentic Leadership Development.

Dr. Jennifer S. Lerner is a Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Co-founder of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory. Drawing insights from psychology, economics, and neuroscience, her research examines human judgment and decision making.


Our team selects undergraduate students who are conscientious, smart, and eager to use science to make the world a better place.  Such students assist us in:

•    Managing longitudinal survey data (i.e. downloading, cleaning, creating variable names) 
•    Organizing and updating the administrative documents to keep track of multiple studies  
•    Data analysis (assistance will be provided by doctoral students)
•    Conducting literature reviews and other background research
•    Preparing slides in Power Point for presentation 
•    Summarizing results, and preparing it for presentation
•    Brainstorming ideas
•    Tracking down references

•    Must be a current Harvard College undergraduate. If hired, will participate in IQSS URS program
•    Ability to devote 10 hours per week during the academic year
•    Interest in understanding how the mind works
•    Good grades in psychology and/or related fields (economics, statistics, etc.)
•    Demonstrated reliability and capability in teamwork

Please email your: (1) resume (including GPA) and (2) cover letter to Ms. Chelsea Zabel (Chelsea_Zabel [at] hks.harvard.edu) with the subject line “Leadership Study RA Application.” You will receive a confirmation and details about the process.