Research (FMPH 199)

Learn more about research currently being conducted in the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science and 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 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, and/or Summer 2021

Units

2 units per quarter (6 hours per week)

Contact

waldelaimy@health.ucsd.edu 

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 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, and/or Summer 2021

Units

2 units per quarter (6 hours per week)

Contact

waldelaimy@health.ucsd.edu 

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) Closed

Commitment

Not taking any additional students for 2020-2021 at this time

Units

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

Contact

c1anderson@health.ucsd.edu 

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 2019, Winter 2020, and Spring 2020

Units

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

Contact

rfieldingmiller@health.ucsd.edu

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 2019, Winter 2020, and Spring 2020

Units

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

Contact

rfieldingmiller@health.ucsd.edu

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 2020, Winter 2021, and/or Spring 2021

Units

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

Contact

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

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

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2020, Winter 2021, and/or Spring 2021

Units

4 units per quarter (12 hours per week)

Contact

aaront@fhcsd.org (email cover letter and resume to apply)

Description

Family Health Centers of San Diego is the largest provider of health care to the uninsured in Southern California. It is one of the 10 largest community clinic organizations in the country, and it offers services in adult and pediatric medicine, pediatric development services, dental care, counseling and mental health services, LGBT health, physical therapy and chiropractic care, HIV, HBV, HCV prevention, screening and treatment services, vision care, women’s health. They also recently began offering COVID-19 Testing to the community.

Family Health Centers of San Diego is running a research study to analyze the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on patient’s attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. The study also serves as a quality improvement project within a health system, focusing on communication efforts for vaccines and risk mitigation. The study will be conducted by contacting patients via phone calls Monday through Friday, with the intention of completing our detailed survey. The position will be helping with the functions of the research study including administering surveys to patients, managing study procedures, and analyzing data.  

Essential functions of the position include, but are not limited to, administering surveys via phone, gathering and analyzing data, and managing study procedures.

Requirements

  • Undergraduate junior or senior student pursuing a degree related to Public Health (senior undergraduate students preferred)
  • Proficient in verbal and written communication
  • Experience with working in research studies

Student Responsibilities

  • Efficiently administer surveys during designated shift
  • Properly editing study procedures using the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Completing surveys in a timely manner
  • Improving and creating new iterations of the study survey

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 or 12 hours per week)

Contact

bgolomb@ucsd.edu

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) Closed

Commitment

Winter 2021 and Spring 2021

Units

3 units per quarter (9 hours per week)

Contact

egroessl@ucsd.edu

Description

Students will assist with and learn about a VA-funded research project studying Yoga for Back and Neck Pain in Veterans with PTSD. In addition, students will receive broad training in yoga research. 

Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • 9 hours per week
  • 2 quarters minimum commitment 
  • Willingness to apply in advance as a research volunteer at VA San Diego (2-month process)

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 veteran populations.
  • Students will learn about and conduct reviews of scientific literature in this area.
  • Students will learn about human subjects protection, data safety, and IRB procedures.

Dr. Sheri Hartman

Dr. Sheri Hartman

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, and/or Summer 2021

Units

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

Contact

Lindsay Dillon ldillon@ucsd.edu

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) Closed

Commitment

Not taking any additional students for 2020-2021 at this time

Units

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

Contact

Shoshi Barkai hbarkai@ucsd.edu

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. Eric Hekler

Dr. Eric Hekler

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021

Units

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

Contact

Michael Higgins mdhiggins@eng.ucsd.edu – email resume and cover letter that includes a brief introduction of who you are (including your current major and academic year as of Fall 2020), what made you interested in this position, the kinds of experience you would hope to gain from this position, and also the amount of time you would be interested in committing to the project (e.g., 1 quarter, 1 academic year, 1 full year, etc.)

Description

Dr. Eric Hekler and colleagues are conducting research to develop more potent digital health, physical activity interventions. The purpose of this NIH-funded R01 project, named the COT Study, is to evaluate if an intervention that uses methods from control systems engineering to adjust support to each person’s changing needs will promote increased physical activity compared to another intervention that does not use these methods.

Requirements

  • Undergraduate 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
  • IRB protocol, statistics, and REDcap experience, a plus

Student Responsibilities

  • Learn the aims and modalities of the COT research project
  • Assist in the intervention development, recruitment, and implementation of the COT research project
  • Learn how to use wearable technologies and text messaging for health promotion
  • Assist in participant measurement appointments
  • Learn to use REDcap

Dr. Linda Hill

Dr. Linda Hill

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Winter 2021, Spring 2021, and/or Summer 2021

Units

3 units per quarter (9 hours per week)

Contact

SaraBairdmd@gmail.com

Description

The UCSD Small Business Covid-19 Outreach project is designed to help small businesses with Covid-19 prevention and control. Lead by Drs. Linda Hill, Sara Baird, and Eli Spencer, the program provider material and guidance for businesses working to stay open safely. Information on the project can be found at https://earth2.ucsd.edu/business/. Participating students will help with developing support materials and working directly with businesses.

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  materials (e.g., video, web content and written support materials)
  • Conduct literature reviews and internet searches as needed
  • Interfacing with businesses under direction of the faculty

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 with possible opportunities for Spring 2021 and Summer 2021

Units

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

Contact

Linda Hill, MD, MPH: llhill@health.ucsd.edu 

Description

The UCSD Business Outreach Project is a community project to provide COVID-related prevention and mitigation education and resources to small businesses in San Diego County.  Students will help keep up to date on federal, state, and local business guidelines for safe re-opening, compile resources, and work directly with businesses to provide resources and education.  Students will have the opportunity to work with other public health specialists. Opportunities for project analysis and improvement which may lead to publications. More information about the project can be found here: http://earth2.ucsd.edu/business/

Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5

Student Responsibilities

  • Be an active participant in the UCSD Business Outreach Project Team
    Weekly meetings
  • Must be willing and able to contact and follow up with businesses (you will be trained on how to do this!)
  • Data analysis is an option but not required

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, and/or Summer 2021

Units

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

Contact

dwing@eng.ucsd.edu

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

Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, and/or Summer 2021

Units

3 units per quarter (9 hours per week)

Contact

jrybar@ucsd.edu

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 movie 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 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, and/or Summer 2021

Units

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

Contact

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

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) Closed

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

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) Closed

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

Commitment

Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021 and/or Summer 2021

Units

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

Contact

dkado@ucsd.edu

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 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, and/or Summer 2021

Units

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

Contact

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

Description

We are conducting a randomized trial of a physical activity intervention for adolescent girls. This is a great opportunity for students interested in learning more about health promotion/behavioral health research studies; specifically how to conduct research that utilizes digital media and technology to promote physical activity in youth.

Requirements

  • Interest in health behavior and disease prevention/management
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • At least a 2-quarter commitment
  • Own transportation/ability to travel off site
  • Fluent in Spanish preferred

Student Responsibilities

  • Learn the aims and modalities of a physical activity research project.
  • Learn how to utilize wearable technology, social media, and text messaging for health promotion.
  • Gain experience in social media content development and website maintenance for promotion of increased physical activity in adolescents.
  • Learn to use the data management system, REDCap.
  • Assist in the development, recruitment, and implementation of a randomized controlled trial.
  • Assist with participant measurement, tracking, and follow-up.

Dr. Rohit Loomba

Dr. Rohit Loomba

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2020, Winter 2021, and Spring 2021

Units

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

Contact

Dr. Suzy Kim smk018@health.ucsd.edu 

Description

The NAFLD Research Center is looking for research assistants to work on a large-scale screening study that will assess the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). NAFLD affects an estimated 30% of the adult U.S. population and encompasses a spectrum of diseases including steatosis, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and cirrhosis. Several studies suggest T2DM is a strong independent risk factor for NAFLD progression to NASH and liver fibrosis and confers an increased risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).. Our overarching goal is to collect the necessary evidence to make an informed decision on whether screening the T2DM population for advanced fibrosis due to NAFLD is advisable and cost-effective. Students on this project will investigate the prevalence of NAFLD and advanced liver fibrosis in the T2DM population using advanced MRI data. Students will also investigate rates of fibrosis progression in this population and assist with research looking into risk factors and biomarkers that may help identify fast progressors.

Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Freshman through senior students who have strong communication skills and are highly conscientious and reliable

Student Responsibilities

  • Students must strictly adhere to COVID-19 office policies and the highest standards of ethical conduct, especially pertaining to human subjects research. Student will be responsible for assisting clinical research coordinators, data entry, data quality control, data analysis, and preparing data presentations. They will also be asked to occasionally present at Zoom team meetings. 

Dr. Becky Marquez

Dr. Becky Marquez

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, and/or Summer 2021

Units

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

Contact

bemarquez@health.ucsd.edu

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) Closed

Commitment

Opportunity will not be offered in 2020-2021

Units

4 units per quarter (12 hours per week)

Contact

smcmenamin@ucsd.edu

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 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, and/or Summer 2021 

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)

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 
  • Enthusiasm, interest in research
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail and willingness to learn
  • Motivation to work independently or with a greater team
  • Lab experience and experience with genomics tools is ideal

Student Responsibilities

  • DNA isolation from stool samples
  • 16S sequencing
  • Neuronal (e.g. microglia) cell culture
  • Microbial cell culture

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, and/or Summer 2021 

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)

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

Clinical trial progress and position contingent on pandemic situation.  This trial is currently paused.

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 to run study visits with research participants
  • 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 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021 and/or Summer 2021

Units

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

Location

UC San Diego, Atkinson Hall, 6th Floor, Office 6115, or remote to accommodate safety due to COVID 19

Contact

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

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). We deliver 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 conduct research to inform standards for ethical practices in public health and the digital health research sector. Areas for student involvement include:

  • Instructional Design: Apply learning theory to develop creative educational modules for people not formally trained in research methods but, who are involved in the design, conduct and reporting of research.
  • Human Centered Design: Design, test and iterate prototypes designed to: 1- foster ethical research design, including informed consent, algorithm development and the process of returning research information to people and communities and,  2- understand how social determinants of health influence medication adherence. Projects involve contributing to study design, implementation and dissemination phases of research.

Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English. Spanish language fluency is optional and welcomed.
  • 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) Closed

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

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. Borsika Rabin

Dr. Borsika Rabin

Position(s) Closed

Commitment

Fall 2020 and Winter 2021

Units

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

Contact

Clare Viglione, DISC Manager, cviglione@health.ucsd.edu (Must send a resume and one-page cover letter summarizing why you are qualified for this position)

Description

The DISC Research position will support research and evaluation activities for the newly established UC San Diego Dissemination and Implementation Science Center (DISC) focusing on dissemination and implementation science across UC San Diego Health Sciences. The DISC Media position will work closely with Clare Viglione, DISC Manager, and Dr. Borsika Rabin, Co-Director of the DISC, and other members of the Executive Team (Drs. Nicole Stadnick, Gregory Aarons, Lauren Brookman-Frazee) to support DISC program evaluation activities such as development of DISC surveys and metrics, refinement of DISC tracking and evaluation system, data collection and analysis.

Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Junior or Senior level student
  • 2 quarters commitment required
  • Openness to continue through 3-4 quarters
  • Interest in dissemination and implementation science, psychology, program evaluation, public health, health promotion, community health sciences etc.
  • Willingness to learn new research and evaluation tools such as REDCap, Qualtrics, and/or Balanced Scorecard Framework
  • Attention to detail is a must in order to ensure the quality of data collection and analysis
  • Ability to participate in regular Zoom team meetings

Student Responsibilities

  • Participate in meetings about DISC research and evaluation efforts
  • Support DISC program evaluation activities such as development of DISC surveys and metrics, data collection and analysis
  • Depending on the project, complete required Institutional Review Board CITI trainings
  • Conduct review of the D&I literature and identify examples of D&I model use

Dr. David Strong

Dr. David Strong

Position(s) Closed

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

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) Closed

Commitment

Fall 2017 or Winter 2018

Units

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

Contact

jrsuarez@ucsd.edu

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) Closed

Commitment

Not taking any additional students for 2020-2021 at this time

Units

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

Contact

dtrinidad@ucsd.edu

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