Research (FMPH 199)

Learn more about research currently being conducted in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health.

Instructions to Students

The university now uses the Enrollment Authorization System to enroll students into Special Studies Courses. Students interested in enrolling in FMPH 199s must submit a preauthorization request via Enrollment Authorization System (EASy) and attach a FMPH 199 Supplemental Application Form within the request to enroll in FMPH 199. NOTE: FPM 199 course requests will be DENIED, please make sure to select FMPH 199 when filling out the online EASy form.

The FMPH 199 Supplemental Application Form must be signed by the faculty advisor and submitted through the Enrollment Authorization System (EASy) before the end of week one (1) of the quarter you intend to participate. The deadline for Summer Session 199 applications is typically 2 weeks before the start of the first Summer Session. You are encouraged to discuss your interest with faculty the quarter prior to participation in FMPH 199. If you are doing a two quarter commitment, you MUST submit a FMPH 199 Supplemental Application Form for enrollment every quarter. In addition, all students participating in a FMPH 199 will be required to complete an online safety and research ethics training.

FMPH 199 Major Credit: Please keep in mind that no more than 8 units of FMPH 199 may be used to meet UD major requirements. Additional FMPH 199 units will go towards units needed for graduation.

FMPH 199 Supplemental Application Form

  • Having technical issues with EASy? Please contact ats@ucsd.edu.


For any and all research coursework, students are expected to work a minimum of 3 hours per week per unit of credit.

Fall/Winter/Spring/10 Week Summer:

  • 2 units (6 hours per week/60 total hours for the quarter)
  • 3 units (9 hours per week/90 total hours for the quarter)
  • 4 units (12 hours per week/120 total hours for the quarter)

5 Week Summer:

  • 2 units (12 hours per week/60 total hours for 5 weeks)
  • 3 units (18 hours per week/90 total hours for 5 weeks)
  • 4 units (24 hours per week/120 total hours for 5 weeks)

FMPH 199 Opportunities

FMPH 199 opportunities are listed in alphabetical order by faculty's last name. Questions regarding postings should be addressed to the individual contacts.

Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy

Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and/or Summer 2020

Units

2 units per quarter (6 hours per week)

Contact

waldelaimy@ucsd.edu

Research Description

Data analyses of tobacco-related and mental health topics.

Requirements

  • Has advanced statistical analysis – preferably SAS or R but other software are ok
  • GPA 3.3 or higher
  • Contact the Instructor prior to submission of request

Student Responsibilities

  • Commitment to complete an assigned project
  • Produce biweekly updates

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and/or Summer 2020

Units

2 units per quarter (6 hours per week)

Contact

waldelaimy@ucsd.edu

Research Description

Evaluation of tobacco interventions among American Indian populations.

Requirements

  • Has advanced statistical analysis – preferably SAS or R but other software are ok
  • GPA 3.3 or higher
  • Contact the Instructor prior to submission of request

Student Responsibilities

  • Commitment to complete an assigned project
  • Produce biweekly updates

Dr. Cheryl Anderson

Dr. Cheryl Anderson

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2018, Winter 2019 or Spring 2019

Units

2 or 3 units per quarter (6 or 9 hours per week)

Contact

c1anderson@ucsd.edu

Research Description

Studies of nutrition and chronic disease prevention; community interventions focused on lifestyle modification.

Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • 6-9 hours per week commitment
  • Interview required before acceptance
  • Willing to work in an on-campus or off-campus environment

Student Responsibilities

  • TBD, and will align with the applicant’s experience and training

Dr. Rebecca Fielding-Miller

Dr. Rebecca Fielding-Miller

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2018, Winter 2019, and Spring 2019

Units

2-4 units per quarter (6-12 hours per week)

Contact

rfieldingmiller@ucsd.edu

Research Description

Qualitative study exploring interviewers and transcriptionists experiences working on studies of gender based violence, HIV, substance use, and other sensitive topics.

Requirements

  • Interview
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Strong writing and analytic skills
  • Interest in global health, gender based violence, and/or HIV
  • Experience with qualitative research and/or text analysis (ie, upper division literature courses) a plus

Student Responsibilities

  • Assist with drafting and updating literature reviews
  • Qualitative data analysis, some transcription
  • Possible assistance with drafting manuscripts for publication depending on student interest and involvement

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2018, Winter 2019, and Spring 2019

Units

2-4 units per quarter (6-12 hours per week)

Contact

rfieldingmiller@ucsd.edu

Research Description

A mixed methods study measuring the prevalence of sexual violence on a University campus and piloting a resistance intervention for young women.

Requirements

  • Interview
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Strong writing and analytic skills
  • Interest in global health, gender based violence, and/or HIV
  • Experience with qualitative research and/or text analysis (ie, upper division literature courses) a plus
  • Experience with biostatics and relevant software, especially Stata a plus

Student Responsibilities

  • Assist with drafting and updating literature reviews
  • Qualitative data analysis, some transcription
  • Quantitative data cleaning,
  • Assistance with mixed methods data analysis

Dr. Job Godino

Dr. Job Godino

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2019, Winter 2020, and/or Spring 2020

Units

3 or 4 units per quarter (9 or 12 hours per week)

Contact

sjassi@ucsd.edu (email cover letter and resume to apply)

Research Description

The aim of the research project titled “Social Mobile Approaches to Reducing weight (SMART) 2.0” is to reduce weight of young adults in the university setting using technologies (Fitbit), social media, text messaging, and health coaching.

Requirements

  • Undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in Public Health, Biology,
    Psychology, or another related field
  • Interested in human health research experience
  • Experience working on research projects and have knowledge of health promotion,
    a plus
  • Social media and REDcap experience, a plus

Student Responsibilities

  • Learn the aims and modalities of the SMART 2.0 research project.
  • Learn how to use wearable technologies, social media, and text messaging for
    health promotion.
  • Gain experience in social media content development for promotion of healthy
    behaviors including diet, physical activity, sleep, and mental health.
  • Learn to use the data and social media management systems, REDcap and
    Sendible, respectively.
  • Assist in the development, recruitment, and implementation of the SMART 2.0
    research project.
  • Assist in participant measurement appointments.

Dr. Beatrice Alexandra Golomb

Dr. Beatrice Alexandra Golomb

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020 and/or Summer 2020

Units

3 or 4 units per quarter (9-12 hours per week)

Contact

bgolomb@ucsd.edu

Research Description

The lab has studies of nutrition (including chocolate!), oxidative-stress related conditions, aging, drug and chemical/environmental side effects, Gulf War illness, predictors of cognition and behavior, alternative medical approaches, and research methods (e.g. Placebos).

Requirements

  • Enthusiasm, interest in research
  • Minimum GPA of 3.7
  • Students looking for a longer term laboratory experience especially welcome

Student Responsibilities

  • TBD; will align with the applicant’s experience and training

Dr. Erik Groessl

Dr. Erik Groessl

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2019 and Winter 2020, or Winter 2020 and Spring 2020

Units

3 units per quarter (9 hours per week)

Contact

egroessl@ucsd.edu

Research Description

Students will assist with and learn about a new NIH-funded research project studying Yoga for Back and Neck Pain in Military Personnel. In addition, students will receive broad training in health services research, including program evaluation for county mental health services and other projects. 

Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • 9 hours per week
  • 2 quarters minimum commitment 

Student Responsibilities

  • Assist with patient recruitment, screening, and consent. Students will also read the study documents and learn about yoga interventions and the needs of military populations.
  • Students will assist with the evaluation of adult mental health services programs including the processing of data from bi-annual surveys, including quality control checks, and creation of reports.

Dr. Sheri Hartman

Dr. Sheri Hartman

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and/or Summer 2020

Units

3 or 4 units per quarter (9 or 12 hours per week)

Contact

Lindsay Dillon ldillon@ucsd.edu

Research Description

The Rise for Health study aims to better understand how sedentary behavior can impact the health of post menopausal women. The Rise for Health P2 study is a 3-arm randomized control trial designed to assess ways of interrupting sitting in 405 overweight, postmenopausal women.

Requirements

  • 2 quarters minimum commitment
  • Minimum 9 hours per week
  • Outgoing and energetic

Student Responsibilities

  • Assist with participant recruitment:
    • Conducting in-person or telephone eligibility screening
    • Obtaining informed consent
  • Assisting with participant measurement
    • Performing physical assessments (blood pressure, BMI, balance, waist circumference) & administering written & interview surveys
    • Assisting with scheduling of study participants and conducting reminder calls
    • Describing the proper wear and care of the devices
    • Downloading and screening device data for complete wear
  • Assisting with intervention
    • Shadowing health coach sessions
    • Assisting with creating behavioral feedback graphs based on device data
  • Data Entry
    • Assisting in data tracking and organization
    • Entering data into REDCap database
    • Assisting with quality control of data
  • Additional in-office project tasks 
    • Preparing participant materials
    • Preparing devices for distribution
    • Data Entry
    • Reminder calls for visit days or device wear

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 (with the potential to continue through Spring 2020, if mutually desirable)

Units

3 or 4 units per quarter (9 or 12 hours per week)

Contact

Shoshi Barkai hbarkai@ucsd.edu

Research Description

The I Can! Study (Improving Cognition After Cancer) will recruit 250 breast cancer who report cognitive decline and will test 2 interventions for a year that may help to improve cognitive function among breast cancer survivors.

Requirements

  • Interest in research
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • 9 or 12 hours per week
  • 2 quarters minimum commitment 
  • Outgoing and energetic

Student Responsibilities

  • Assist with participant recruitment:
    • Assisting in registry letter production
    • Obtaining telephone screening consent
    • Conducting telephone eligibility screening phone calls
  • Assisting with participant measurement
    • Assisting with scheduling of study participants and conducting reminder calls
    • Describing the proper wear and care of the devices
    • Downloading and screening device data for complete wear
  • Data Entry
    • Assisting in data tracking and organization
    • Entering data into REDCap database
    • Assisting with quality control of data
  • Additional in-office project tasks 
    • Preparing participant materials
    • Preparing devices for distribution
    • Reminder calls for visit days or device wear

Dr. Linda Hill

Dr. Linda Hill

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and/or Summer 2020

Units

3 or 4 units per quarter (9 or 12 hours per week)

Contact

dwing@eng.ucsd.edu

Research Description

The Division of Family Medicine is the home of the Exercise and Physical Activity Resource Center (EPARC). EPARC provides research support for researchers at UCSD and across the country. EPARC currently supports several funded projects the role of different kinds of exercise in promoting physical, emotional, and cognitive health.  Students will have the opportunity to be specifically involved with one of EPARC’s ongoing studies (depth) and also be exposed to the study hypothesis, design, and measures of multiple other ongoing studies (breadth).  This position requires direct participant interaction, remote participant interaction (phone calls), and data entry/management.

Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Two quarter minimum commitment
  • Interview Required
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Comfort working with older adults
  • Comfort working with clinical (i.e. sick) populations
  • Attention to detail

Student Responsibilities

  • Provide set-up, break-down, and during assessment support during a variety of physical, cognitive, and questionnaire based assessments.  Conduct literature reviews and internet searches on exercise related topics
  • Perform data entry and aggregation tasks under direction
  • Assist with other tasks identified by team

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and/or Summer 2020

Units

3 units per quarter (9 hours per week)

Contact

jrybar@ucsd.edu

Research Description

The TREDS (Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety) program is led by Dr. Linda Hill, MD, MPH, Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego. Interventions to reduce injury morbidity and mortality on the roadways are delivered to professional groups and the community at large.  Programs focus on safety for aging drivers, distracted driving, pedestrian safety, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; survey tools to measure changes in knowledge and behavioral intent are developed and administered.

Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Two quarter minimum commitment
  • Interview Required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; attention to detail; motivation to work independently or with a greater team; interest in injury prevention and program development
  • Experience with Adobe Illustrator, html, and move editing software is a plus but not required

Student Responsibilities

  • Develop training curriculum and educational materials (e.g., PowerPoint slides, web content and support materials)
  • Conduct literature reviews and internet searches on roadway safety topics
  • Assist with writing problem statements for grant submissions
  • Assist with preparing program evaluation reports using SurveyMonkey

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and/or Summer 2020

Units

3 - 4 units per quarter (9 or 12 hours per week)

Contact

Natalie Moursund nmoursund@ucsd.edu or llhill@ucsd.edu

Research Description

The LongROAD Study and AUTO Study will track older drivers and examine issues related to physical and mental impairment, driving habits and patterns as well as circumstances surrounding driving cessation and mobility decisions and options for older Americans who no longer drive.

Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • 2 quarters minimum commitment
  • Interview Required
  • Excellent phone and communication skills
  • Attention to detail 

Student Responsibilities

  • Assist with follow-up year participant surveys
    • Conducting surveys on driving habits and mental health over the phone or in-person
  • Assisting with medical record reviews and medication reviews
  • Assisting with Smartphone Travel App installations and troubleshooting issues
  • Data Entry
    • Assisting in data tracking and organization
    • Entering data into database
  • Additional in-office project tasks
    • Assisting with study intervention tasks
    • Scheduling visits, responding to emails

Dr. Suzi Hong

Dr. Suzi Hong

Position(s) Filled

Commitment

Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020 and/or Summer 2020

Units

3 or 4 units per quarter (9-12 hours per week)

Location

***Hillcrest***

Contact

mpung@ucsd.edu

Research Description

Our current focus is a multidisciplinary investigation examining the mechanisms through which tai chi improves blood pressure in hypertensive older adults.

Requirements

  • 9-12 hours per week commitment for a minimum of 2 quarters
  • Interview required before acceptance
  • Enthusiasm, interest in research
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Motivation to work independently or with a greater team

Student Responsibilities

  • Data entry
    • Data cleaning, coding and entry
    • Transcription and coding of journals
  • Assist with participant recruitment
    • Conduct telephone eligibility screening
    • Schedule prospective participants for laboratory testing visits
    • Mail welcome packet, appointment confirmation, driving/parking directions and study overview to scheduled patients
  • Upon completion of required training, opportunity for hands-on laboratory bench work (cellular immunology and other immunoassays)
    • Assist with human biospecimen processing and cryopreservation
    • Assist with electrophysiological/cardiovascular testing and data processing
  • Additional in-office project tasks
    • Assist with general study tasks as needed
    • Prepare materials for laboratory testing visits
    • Reminder calls for visit days
    • Assist with literature reviews

Additional responsibilities TBD, and will align with the applicant’s experience, training and commitment to the lab.

Dr. Deborah Kado

Dr. Deborah Kado

Position(s) Filled

Lab

EPARC (Exercise and Physical Activity Resource Center) https://healthsciences.ucsd.edu/som/medicine/divisions/endocrinology/faculty/Pages/deborah-kado.aspx

Commitment

Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019 and/or Summer 2019

Units

2 or 3 units per quarter (6 or 9 hours per week)

Contact

dkado@ucsd.edu

Research Description

Clinical research in age-related diseases and/or conditions. Current ongoing projects involve osteoporosis, novel measures of bone and muscle strength. Projects may include patient recruitment to participate in clinical studies, data entry, data cleaning, data analyses, and writing up of results.

Requirements

  • Interest in research and/or pursuing a MD or advance public health degree
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3
  • 2 quarters minimum commitment
  • Interview required before acceptance

Student Responsibilities

  • Attend research meetings (1-2 monthly, usually scheduled from 2:00-3:30 PM on Thursday afternoons)
  • CITI Training Certificate required (online training program, 2-4 hours)
  • Recruitment and telephone contact with study participants
  • Help with mailers, data collection, data entry, other study related tasks

Dr. Britta Larsen

Dr. Britta Larsen

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020 and/or Summer 2020

Units

3 or 4 units per quarter (9 or 12 hours per week)

Contact

blarsen@ucsd.edu

Research Description

Delivering and testing physical activity interventions in clinical populations using different media technologies; interventions are delivered in the wider community and through primary care settings.

Requirements

  • Interest in health behavior and disease prevention/management
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • At least a 2-quarter commitment
  • Fluent in Spanish a plus but not necessary 

Student Responsibilities

  • Screening and scheduling participant visits
  • Conducting orientation sessions
  • Modifying and translating intervention materials
  • Entering and cleaning participant data
  • Attending community events and forging community partnerships
  • Publicizing and recruiting for studies
  • Discussing studies with patients in primary care settings

Dr. Rohit Loomba

Dr. Rohit Loomba

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020 and/or Summer 2020

Units

3 units per quarter (9 hours per week)

Contact

roloomba@ucsd.edu

Research Description

Our laboratory is interested in all aspects of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the leading cause of chronic liver disease in the United States. Our expertise lies in detailed liver phenotyping, novel biomarkers and innovations in clinical trial design. We have established one of the largest cohorts of patients with biopsy-proven and MR imaging characterized NAFLD in the United States and offer students an unprecedented opportunity to learn firsthand about clinical research and clinical trials. This is an ideal opportunity for students interested in pursuing careers in the health professions. With well over 50 publications a year coming from our team, there may also be publishing opportunities for especially productive, motivated and committed undergraduate researchers. Please visit our website for further details: http://fattyliver.ucsd.edu

Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Upper-division standing (junior or senior)

Student Responsibilities

  • Research students will assist coordinator in preparing for patients' clinic visits, data entry, and, after training and certification, processing of biorepository samples

Dr. Becky Marquez

Dr. Becky Marquez

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2019, Winter 2020, or Spring 2020, Summer 2020

Units

2-4 units per quarter (6-12 hours per week)

Contact

bemarquez@ucsd.edu

Research Description

The MIHA study is a randomized control trial targeting Mexican-American families for obesity treatment.  Overweight mothers and their adult daughters will be randomized to receive a 16 week standard behavioral weight loss program alone or a standard weight loss program with a communication skills training component.  Students who have an interest in working with children will engage in educational activities with the children of intervention participants.

http://conmiha.cloud.ucsd.edu/research-team

Requirements

  • Bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish
  • Available some evenings
  • Commit 6-12 hours per week

Student Responsibilities

  • Communicate in English and Spanish both orally and in writing
  • Assist with recruitment and screening
  • Assist with participant measurements and assessments
  • Assist with intervention delivery
  • Assist with data entry and interview transcription

Dr. Sara McMenamin

Dr. Sara McMenamin

Position(s) Open

Commitment

 Spring 2020

Units

4 units per quarter (12 hours per week)

Contact

smcmenamin@ucsd.edu

Research Description

Students will be introduced to health policy research through work done by the California Health Benefits Review Program, responding to requests from the California Legislature to provide an independent analysis of the medical, financial, and public health impacts of proposed health insurance benefit legislation. This independent study in health policy research will teach students how to track legislation in the California state legislature, how to interpret the legislative language, explore the history and status of health benefit mandates in California, and translate legislative work products for outside audiences.

Requirements

  • Completion of FMPH 120
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0

Student Responsibilities

  • Attend regular meetings with instructor
  • Critically review legislation related to CHBRP analyses 
  • Track legislation in the California state legislature    
  • Provide summary and analysis of legislation
  • Assist with preparation of a manuscript translating legislative analysis for an academic audience
  • Please submit CV and a one paragraph description of your interest in participating in this experience to Dr. McMenamin by March 1st, 2020

Dr. Paul Mills

Dr. Paul Mills

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 (with the potential to continue through Spring 2020, if mutually desirable)

Units

2 or 3 units per quarter (6 or 9 hours per week)

Contact

Dr. Christine Peterson chpeterson@ucsd.edu (Please send cover letter, CV, and proposed schedule -- specifically indicating availability as required below)

Research Description

The Center of Excellence for Research and Training in Integrative Health (CERT-IH) is conducting multiple integrative health projects, including a pilot clinical trial using dietary supplements such as triphala and probiotics to understand inflammaging, immunosenescence and the gut microbiota in the elderly. Please visit our website for additional details: https://medschool.ucsd.edu/som/fmph/research/centers/integrativehealth/research-collaborations/Pages/default.aspx

Requirements

  • 6-9 hours per week commitment for a minimum of 2 quarters
  • Interview required before acceptance
  • Reliable--must commit to set hours each quarter as our research team will depend on student intern to run study visits with research participants
  • *MUST* be available for research study subject visits weekly during at least one of the following days to be considered for the position: Tuesdays or Thursdays
  • Enthusiasm, interest in research
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Motivation to work independently or with a greater team
  • Compassion and professionalism in clinical interactions with elderly study subjects

Student Responsibilities

  • Schedule prospective participants for laboratory testing visits
  • Mail welcome packet, appointment confirmation, driving/parking directions and study overview to scheduled patients
  • Prepare materials for laboratory testing visits, including placing and organizing blood draw vials on ice in the clinic for pick up by our lab manager
  • After training, independently run research study visits with elderly subjects to include taking height and weight, blood pressure readings, BMI readings, self-report questionnaire administration and checking, and/or guiding subjects to the phlebotomy room
  • Data entry of clinical data above
  • Data cleaning, subject coding and entry
  • Assist with general study tasks as needed

Dr. Camille Nebeker

Dr. Camille Nebeker

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020 and/or Summer 2020

Units

3 or 4 units (9 or 12 hours per week)

Location

UC San Diego, Atkinson Hall, 6th Floor, Office 6115

Contact

TBD, Project Coordinator
Camille Nebeker (nebeker@ucsd.edu), Principal Investigator

Research Description

Our lab focuses on advancing knowledge of the ethical and social implications of technology-enabled health research drawing from public health, research ethics and educational theory. We work toward improving ethics education and the responsible conduct of digital health (aka mHealth and digital medicine) and community-engaged research (see https://recode.health). My lab has developed and tested research/bioethics education tailored for non-scientists, which is used for introducing the scientific method and basic research concepts to novice researchers, including citizen scientists. We are also conducting research to inform standards for ethical practices in the digital health research sector. Areas of focus for student involvement include:

  • Instructional Design: Apply learning theory to develop creative educational modules focusing on the ethical dimensions of digital health research to improve understanding of digital data, its management and privacy considerations. We are developing this instruction for community members who are not formally trained in research methods but, who are involved in the design, conduct and reporting of research.
  • Formative Research: We are presently working with: 1- older adults to better understand how to conduct “healthy aging” research ethically and responsibly; 2- patients to better understand how social determinants of health influence medication adherence. Projects involve conducting interviews and focus groups to better understand how to improve “informed” informed consent and preferences for receiving individual-level research and clinical data. 

Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Communicate in English and Spanish both orally and in writing
  • Computer skills to perform data entry and use the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Access, PowerPoint), Internet and data management software
  • Interest in community health research
  • Interest in ethical and social dimensions of digital health research
  • Interview required before acceptance 

Student Responsibilities

  • Assist data collection, analysis, interpretation and drafting of manuscripts

Dr. Kevin Patrick

Dr. Kevin Patrick

Position(s) Filled

Commitment

Spring 2018 (possibility to extend)

Units

2, 3 or 4 units per quarter (6, 9 or 12 hours per week)

Contact

Gina Merchant (gmerchant@eng.ucsd.edu) – Please send CV if interested

Research Description

This project is testing three different methods to classify text-based social media data in terms of the extent to which they are about health (e.g., diet and exercise) versus not about health. The immediate project needs are to hand code five thousand Facebook posts that came from a randomized clinical weight-loss trial. The hand-coded posts will then be used to train a machine classifier. 

Requirements

  • Interest in health psychology, public health and/or biomedical informatics
  • Some qualitative research experience is a plus
  • Experience with coding (preferably in R) is a plus 

Student Responsibilities

  • Manually code (using an open-source software program called Dedoose) 5,000 Facebook posts in terms of the extent to which they are about health
  • Assist with running inter-rater agreement of the manually coding, comparing your work with that of >= 1 other RA
  • Additional RA opportunities include assistance with manuscript development, and data analysis, which will be availed based on performance, and interest.

Dr. David Strong

Dr. David Strong

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Winter 2019, Spring 2019, and/or Summer 2019

Units

2 or 3 units per quarter (6 or 9 hours per week)

Contact

m3stone@ucsd.edu

Research Description

The CASA Study research assistants assist in helping us understand how cigarette packaging with different types of images are perceived by smokers and how these images might affect their smoking habits. Come work with a team of researchers to gain skills in analyses, human subject research, and clinical trial experience. Also available as an AIP 197 or as a volunteer for no academic credit.

Requirements

  • Interested in research experience within the field of tobacco, public health, psychology, clinical trials, and transcription
  • GPA 2.5 or higher
  • 2-3 Quarter Commitment
  • Apply at: http://j.mp/2eZMZE

Student Responsibilities

  • Participant recruitment and retention
  • Data processing, quality control, and preparation of research materials
  • Clinical interviews with participants
  • Data collection in laboratory-based clinical visits

Dr. Jose Ricardo Suarez

Dr. Jose Ricardo Suarez

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2017 or Winter 2018

Units

2 or 3 units per quarter (6 or 9 hours per week)

Contact

jrsuarez@ucsd.edu

Research Description

Pesticide exposure and child development - The Secondary Pesticide Exposure among Children and Adolescents (ESPINA) study. The ESPINA study obtained anthropometric, neurodevelopmental pesticide exposure and geospatial measures of children living in agricultural communities in Ecuador.

Persistent organic pollutants in relation to insulin sensitivity and cardiovascular health in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young adults (CARDIA) study.

Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • 6-9 hours per week commitment

Student Responsibilities

Students will be trained in the process of preparation of a scientific article including literature reviews, hypothesis generation, data analysis and writing.

Dr. Dennis Trinidad

Dr. Dennis Trinidad

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2018, Winter 2019, or Spring 2019

Units

2, 3 or 4 units per quarter (6, 9 or 12 hours per week)

Contact

dtrinidad@ucsd.edu

Research Description

Scientific manuscript writing and data presentation for a project comparing California’s progress relative to the rest of the US in reducing racial/ethnic disparities in cigarette smoking.

Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Preferred - Grade of B or higher in FMPH 101
  • Preferred - Grade of B or higher in FMPH 120
  • Contact the Instructor prior to submission of request

Student Responsibilities

  • Commitment to complete an assigned project
  • Produce biweekly updates