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Dr. Sperry accepts UROP and independent studies/honors thesis (Psychology/BCN) students. All students are expected to commit at least 6 hours a week for at least 2 semesters. UROP positions are offered on a yearly basis; Intererested students should apply through UROP. Psychology/BCN students interested in doing independent studies or honors thesis should email Dr. Sperry (please include your CV). Note that Dr. Sperry normally would not take an honors thesis student unless they have worked in the lab for a year.


*Note that Dr. Sperry is not interviewing applicants for matriculation in Fall 2024 for the Clinical Science PhD Program

Dr. Sperry Is happy to mentor and collaborate with current graduate students in research. Students who are interested in bipolar disorder, emotion dysregulation, impulsivity, sleep/circadian rhythms are especially welcome. Current graduate students who are interested in working with Dr. Sperry in her research studies, please contact her directly. 

If you are a prospective applicant of the UM Phd programs in Clinical Science, please apply directly to the program. In years where Dr. Sperry is not listed as a faculty seeking a graduate student, you should apply to a core Psychology faculty as your primary advisor and identify Dr. Sperry as a research mentor you are interested in working with in your research statement. 


Dr. Sperry offers a clinical practica to Clinical Psychology doctoral students In the Bipolar Clinic, a multidisciplinary clinic/research team In Ambulatory Psychiatry at Michigan Medicine. Students are expected to commit at least 8 hours per week for at least two semesters. Interested students should email Dr. Sperry and Include your current CV and a paragraph summarizing your clinical Interests and experiences.

The Bipolar Clinic serves adults (age 18+) with bipolar spectrum disorders. It provides specialized evaluation./consultation and evidence-based treatment for patients. Students of this practicum will receive training In both assessment and treatment of bipolar spectrum disorders and common comorbid disorders (e.g., anxiety, sleep, substance use). Applicants must: 1) Have completed basic graduate coursework In psychopathology and assessment; 2) have completed at least one year of supervised practicum with a focus on evidence-based treatments such as CBT, IPT, DBT, ACT, and Motivational Interviewing; and 3) have a current TLLP Issued by the State of Michigan throughout the practicum period. Successful candidates will have the readiness and emotional maturity to work with patients with serious mental Illnesses.