Currently Recruiting Research Assistants

www.unskewed.org

A collaborative project sponsored by the School of Family Life, the Wheatley Institute, and the Austin Institute with the two-fold aim to identify research that has been biased or misinterpreted and then inform the public. RAs should prepare by taking SFL 290.

RAs can receive either pay or credit.

RA Tasks:

  • Scan journals for biased or misinterpreted research
  • Think critically about the studies
  • Recommend for formal response blog

Faculty Director: Dr. Brian Willoughby

To apply contact Dr. Brian Willoughby (brian.willoughby@byu.edu)


ready.byu.edu

READY is a longitudinal study that aims to provide a comprehensive description of the transition to adulthood. RAs should prepare by taking SFL 290 and Stats 121.

RAs can receive either pay or credit.

RA Tasks:

Customizable research experience with any of the following:

  • Recruitment and retention of research participants
  • Administration of the project social media pages
  • Data Analysis

Faculty Director: Dr. Brian Willoughby

Apply here


createstudy.org

The Couple Relationships and Transition Experiences (CREATE) study is a nationally representative longitudinal study of newly married couples. The study involves 2,187 couples, most of whom were married in 2014, and explores aspects of relationships and how transitions are associated with relationship qualities. To prepare RAs are encouraged to take SFL 290 and Stats 121 or equivalent in other major (not required, but helpful).

RAs can receive credit (SFL 403R)

RA Tasks:

  • Participant retention
  • Survey development
  • Data analysis and presentation

Faculty Director: Dr. Jeremy Yorgason

To apply contact Brian Bradford (brian_bradford@byu.edu)


Marriage and Family Therapy Practice Research Network

mft-prn.net

The MFT-PRN an Internet-based assessment system that can be used by MFTs and other systemically-oriented therapists across the country and the world. The system is designed so that the receptionist or therapist works with clients to complete the assessments before each therapy session. When the client checks-in with the receptionist or other person designated by the clinic, the receptionist will enter their name in the PRN website (if it is the first session) or pull-up the client by their initials (if it is an established client). The receptionist will then scan the QR code that automatically pops up using an iPad or other electronic tablet (if preferred a computer could also be used). The appropriate assessment measures will then automatically be loaded, and the clients will complete the assessments. Once they are finished, the attending therapist will then instantaneously receive a clinical report of the clients’ assessments, and the responses will be automatically stored on a secure server. Data from all clients using the PNR are to BYU for use in publications and presentations.

RAs can receive either pay or credit.

RA Tasks:

  • Help with Data collection
  • Clinic recruitment
  • Monitoring progress
  • Cleaning data

Faculty Director: Dr. Lee Johnson, Dr. Shayne Anderson, Dr. Roy Bean, Dr. Alyssa Banford, Dr. Jason Whiting

To apply contact Jacques Baraketse (jacques_baraketse@byu.edu)


americanfamiliesoffaith.byu.edu

The American Families of Faith research project is a national research project involving in-depth, qualitative interviews with more than 200 religious couple and families (500+ individuals) from all eight regions of the United States. We interview "exemplar" families with strong marriages and learn how they have overcome challenges in life, marriage, and parenting--and how their faith has helped them do so.

RAs can receive either pay or credit (begins as SFL 403R).

RA Tasks:

  • Reading and qualitatively coding interviews
  • Transcribing interviews
  • Conducting qualitative interviews
  • Developing research posters/presentations
  • Assisting with research papers
  • Using NVivo

Faculty Director: Dr. David Dollahite & Dr. Loren Marks

To apply contact Dr. Loren Marks (loren_marks@byu.edu)


Premarital Education in Utah Project

Evaluate the effectiveness of Utah's new policy promoting premarital education. RAs should prepare by taking SFL 290.

RAs can receive either pay or credit.

RA Tasks:

  • Record information from marriage license applications
  • Web-based searches to find contact information for applicants

Faculty Directors: Dr. Alan Hawkins

To apply contact Dr. Alan Hawkins (hawkinsa@byu.edu).


Infant Social Cognition Project

cec.byu.edu.

Do you ever wonder what babies are thinking? So do we! This is a multi-study project that aims to investigate the development of social cognition in infancy by assessing infants' emotion attributions, false-belief understanding, imitation/emulation, false-emotion attributions, etc. using non-verbal measures, including behavioral paradigms, violation-of-expectation paradigms, eye-tracking, etc. To prepare RAs are incouraged to take SFL 290 & Stat 121.

RAs can receive either pay or credit.

RA Tasks:

  • Recruiting families to come to campus to participate in research activities
  • Interacting and playing with infants during lab visits
  • Obtaining informed consent from caregivers during lab visits
  • Running experimental paradigms (e.g., displaying stimuli to infants)
  • Participating as an actor in a paradigm (e.g., modeling actions and displaying facial expressions)
  • Data entry
  • Data analysis
  • Assist in writing for academic publications and activities

Faculty Director: Dr. Peter Reschke

To apply contact Dr. Peter Reschke (peter_reschke@byu.edu).


Perceiving Emotions in Context Project

cec.byu.edu.

This project aims to investigate the role of context in emotion perception, especially as it pertains to how facial expressions of emotion are categorized and visually processed. RAs should prepare by taking SFL 290 & STATS 121 (preferred).

RAs can receive either pay or credit.

RA Tasks:

  • Manage participant recruitment using SONA
  • Create stimuli using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere
  • Obtain informed consent from participants
  • Run SONA studies in a computer lab
  • Data entry
  • Data analysis
  • Assist in writing for academic publications and activities

Faculty Directors: Dr. Peter Reschke

To apply contact Dr. Peter Reschke (peter_reschke@byu.edu).

Recruiting Research Assistants Later

M.E.D.I.A.

Recruiting in the Fall of 2018.

A collaborative project that explores the role of media on families and infants. RAs should prepare by taking SFL 290 STATS 121 (preferred).

RAs can receive pay.

RA Tasks:

  • Data collection in Denver, Colorado
  • Coding
  • Manuscript preparation

Faculty Directors: Drs. Sarah Coyne, Laura Padilla Walker, Chris Porter, Adam Rogers

To apply contact Dr. Sarah Coyne (smcoyne@byu.edu).


SIBS (Sibling Influence on Becoming Adults Study)

Possibly recruiting in January 2019.

An examination at how siblings influence one another in reaching important markers of adulthood. RAs should prepare by taking SFL 290 & STATS 121 (preferred).

RAs can receive either pay or credit.

RA Tasks:

  • Designing and testing online surveys
  • Management of online data collection
  • Data cleaning
  • Manuscript preparation

Faculty Directors: Alex Jensen

To apply contact Alex Jensen (alexjensen@byu.edu).


Me-Marriage Project

Recruiting in August of 2018.

A qualitative study exploring the meaning of marriage among millenials and comparing this data to older married couples. RAs should prepare by taking SFL 290.

RAs can receive credit.

RA Tasks:

  • Recruit participants
  • Conduct interviews via Skype
  • Help code and transcribe interviews.

Faculty Director: Dr. Brian Willoughby

To apply contact Dr. Brian Willoughby (brian.willoughby@byu.edu).


The Relationship Educator Blog

RelationshipEducator.org

Likely recruiting in September 2018.

A regular blog helping to keep relationship educators up-to-date with the latest research. RAs should prepare by taking SFL 290 & Stat 121 (SFL 325 preferred).

RAs can receive either pay or credit.

RA Tasks:

  • Search for recent research studies on relationship education
  • Read and summarize the studies
  • Post blogs

Faculty Directors: Dr. Alan Hawkins

To apply contact Dr. Alan Hawkins (hawkinsa@byu.edu).

Not Currently Recruiting Research Assistants

Family Finances

In the process of developing a new major project in the Fall.

RAs can receive pay or credit.

RA Tasks:

  • Interviewing emerging adults, their parents, and grandparents about finances in the home.
  • Transcribing and analyzing those articles

Faculty Directors: Dr. Hill

To apply contact Dr. Hill (jeff_hill@byu.edu).


Effectiveness of Relationship Education Project

Ongoing meta-analysis of the effectiveness of relationship education. RAs should prepare by taking SFL 290 and Stat 121.

RAs can receive credit.

RA Tasks:

  • Search for RE evaluation articles
  • Code study features and effect sizes.

Faculty Directors: Dr. Alan Hawkins

To apply contact Dr. Alan Hawkins (hawkinsa@byu.edu).


Disaster and Families

We are conducting a series of literature reviews regarding what we know about what happens to family relationships in the wake of natural disaster. RAs should prepare by taking SFL 290.

RAs can receive credit.

RA Tasks:

  • Gathering literature
  • Coding literature
  • Manuscript preparation

Faculty Directors: Alyssa Banford Witting

To apply contact Alyssa Banford Witting (alyssa_banfordwitting@byu.edu).


Sound Money Management and Marriage

A quantative study that examines the association between sound financial management behaviors and marriage.

RAs can receive credit.

RA Tasks:

  • Help with the literature review

Faculty Directors: Dr. Jeff Dew


The Healthy Sexuality Project

A study exploring the role of the parent-child relationship and parent-child sex communication on the development of healthy sexuality. RAs should prepare by taking SFL 290 (advanced writing preferred).

RAs can receive credit or pay.

RA Tasks:

  • Gather data, help with writing papers
  • As we move to the second phase of the study we will be looking for more student involvement

Faculty Directors: Drs. Laura Walker, Dean Busby, Chelom Leavitt, Adam Rogers

To apply contact Dr. Laura Walker (laura_walker@byu.edu).


Media, Children, and Families

Observational study examining the impact of media on family relationships.. RAs are encouraged (but not required) to take SFL 290.

RAs can receive credit or pay.

RA Tasks:

  • Hands-on experience collecting data in family homes, public places, or experimental settings.

Faculty Directors: Dr. Sarah Coyne

To apply contact Dr. Sarah Coyne (smcoyne@byu.edu).