Research Jobs and Internships

 

AME Center offers research assistant internships for current undergraduates, recent graduates, and PhD students. Individuals interested in learning more about health psychology, biopsychology, public health, clinical psychology and medicine may join our team for summer or longer term volunteer internships.

 

Working as a Research Assistant at the AME Center has given me the incredible opportunity to better understand the research process, learn directly from respected professionals in the field, and develop a diverse skillset for my own future career. Most importantly, my time here has given me the experience to improve the health of others with the support of an accomplished and passionate team

Elena Fromer,  AME Center Coordinator

Research assistants gain valuable skills such as: 

  • Recruitment, Data collection, monitoring, and management
  • Survey skills
  • Basic understanding of research process by participating in meetings and study start up
  • Working with a dynamic group of colleagues and being mentored by postdocs and faculty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open Positions: 

John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation Fall Internship

The John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation is currently seeking 4 highly motivated interns to join our team Fall Semester, 2021. Interns will participate in the Foundation’s current research projects, including a systematic review of published evidence on the role of nutrition on mental health outcomes. The application period starts now and is open until August 1st. Interns will be notified of acceptance by August 15th. This unpaid internship is an excellent opportunity for the student to gain training and experience working with a non-profit foundation, as well as developing critical literature review and analysis skills, and learn how to perform a systematic review. Cassandra Vieten, PhD is a seasoned mind-body medicine researcher who will be the primary supervisor, along with training provided by the JWB Research Team and Scientific Advisory Board.

Read the full program description and apply here. 

 




Everyday Moments of Mindfulness Study

The Everyday Moments of Mindfulness (EMMI) study examines the effects of daily mindfulness and compassion-based practices on women`s well-being in everyday life. We are studying individuals exposed to early life adversity and ask them to use a mindfulness study app for 30 days. The goal is to understand whether practicing mindfulness and compassion-based practices can improve daily well-being. 

Under the supervision of Dr. Stefanie Mayer and Clinical Research Coordinator Joanna Guan, interns will assist in preparing for the study launch, research subject recruitment, and data collection. Interns will learn about mindfulness interventions, methods of intervention research, and study procedures such as collecting self-report data in real life.

Requirements: Highly motivated, responsible individuals who are able to commit 8-10 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months (work can be done remotely). Hours are flexible but limited to weekdays only. Strong interest in topics such as health psychology, biology, aging, and stress also required. Strong interest and experience in early life adversity and mindfulness interventions is preferred.

TO APPLY: Please complete this form and attach your resume and cover letter. You may also send your resume to [email protected].




Clinical Coaching Internship – Health Psychology Research

This is a project for someone interested in gaining clinical research experience as a coaching intern in an intervention study examining the psychobiological impact of "positive stressors," such as breathing and meditation interventions.

This is ideal for: yoga teachers, fitness coaches, personal trainers seeking research experience or those seeking clinical experience for a graduate program in Medicine, Health Psychology, Kinesiology, or other health sciences.

Under the supervision of the Lab Manager Samantha Schilf and Principal investigator Dr. Elissa Epel, coaching interns will support research subjects in learning specific breathing and meditation techniques. They will learn about the psychobiological mechanisms related to specific breathing activities and gain direct experience supporting women to learn these techniques in a clinical

Requirements: Highly motivated, responsible individuals who are able to commit minimum of 10-12 hours per week for a minimum of 4 months. Hours are flexible but must be able to commute to the UCSF Laurel Heights campus on weekdays and/or weekends. Strong interest in topics such as health psychology, biology, aging, and stress also required.

TO APPLY: Please complete this form and attach your resume and cover letter. You may also send your resume to [email protected].




Social Media Internship: Translational Science

The Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions (AME) Center, based at the UCSF Center for Health and Community, conducts research on how people can thrive in both mind and body, especially when under severe adversity such as poverty, caregiving, work stress and depression.

In order to disseminate our research findings, events, and other lab related news and updates, we use social media platforms such as twitter and Facebook, along with our website blog called “AME Stories.”

Under the supervision of the Lab Manager Elena Fromer, the social media interns will support our social media platforms and news stories by analyzing or searching for content and creating summaries of the materials to be posted online.

Requirements: 

  • Highly motivated, responsible individuals who are able to commit 8-10 hours a week.
  • Hours are flexible but limited to weekdays only, remote position available during COVID restrictions.
  • Individuals must come into the lab one day per week (when restrictions are lifted) and work can be done remotely as needed for a minimum of 3 months. 
  • Strong interest in topics such as health psychology, biology, aging, and stress also required.
  • Individuals must also have strong writing skills and are proficient with social media platforms

TO APPLY: Please complete this form and attach your resume and cover letter. You may also send your resume to [email protected]




Clinical Research Intern: Meditation in the Workplace + Healthy Eating Intervention

Do you want to get clinical and research experience working to improve people’s health and eating? 

The UCSF AME Center is currently conducting a study examining the impact of a brief, mindful eating intervention on stress and health. We are studying highly stressed adults and asking them to practice mindful eating for 8 weeks with the support of trained health education counselors. Our goal is to understand whether health education coaching and mindful eating may impact eating behaviors, wellbeing, and metabolic markers of health.

Under the supervision of postdoctoral fellow Dr. Rachel Radin and Principal investigators Drs. Elissa Epel and Aric Prather, interns will support research subject recruitment and data collection. They will additionally learn about study procedures including administration of psychological questionnaires and a brief healthy eating intervention.

Dr. Radin is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of California (License # 30403).

Requirements: Highly motivated, responsible individuals who are able to commit 12 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months. Hours are flexible but limited to weekdays only, and individuals must be able to commute to the UCSF Laurel Heights campus. Strong interest in topics such as health psychology, biology, aging, and stress also required. Strong interest and experience in health-related counseling and/or motivational interviewing is preferred.

We are not currently accepting interns at this time. If you may be interested in applying when a position opens, you can send your resume to [email protected] and we will reach out to you in the future. 




Research Assistant Internship: Stress Resilience Study

This is a project for someone interested in assisting an intervention study examining the psychobiological impact of "positive stressors," such as exercise (high-intensity-interval training) and breathing methods, along with a meditation intervention.

Under the supervision of the Lab Manager Samantha Schilf, Study Director Stefanie Mayer and Principal investigator Dr. Elissa Epel, interns will support research subject recruitment and data collection. They will learn about intervention research methods and study procedures such as collecting physiological measurements and administering psychological questionnaires.

Requirements: Highly motivated, responsible individuals who are able to commit 12 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months. Hours are flexible but limited to weekdays only, and individuals must be able to commute to the UCSF Laurel Heights campus. Strong interest in topics such as health psychology, biology, aging, and stress also required.

TO APPLY: Please complete this form and attach your resume and cover letter. You may also send your resume to [email protected]




Research Assistant Internship: Meditation in the Workplace

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The UCSF AME Center is currently conducting a study examining the impact of a digital mindfulness intervention on stress. We are studying highly stressed UCSF employees and asking them to meditate for 8 weeks using a smart phone meditation app called Headspace. Our goal is to understand whether meditation may impact general wellbeing and metabolic markers of health.

Under the supervision of the Lab Manager Samantha Schilf, Study Coordinator Julie Vaccaro and Principal investigators Drs. Elissa Epel and Aric Prather, interns will support research subject recruitment and data collection. They will additionally learn about study procedures including the collection of body measurements and administration of psychological questionnaires.

Requirements: Highly motivated, responsible individuals who are able to commit 12 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months. Hours are flexible but limited to weekdays only, and individuals must be able to commute to the UCSF Laurel Heights campus. Strong interest in topics such as health psychology, biology, aging, and stress also required.

TO APPLY: Please complete this form and attach your resume and cover letter. You may also send your resume to [email protected]