Currently Recruiting Research Assistants

Changing Hearts And Minds in relationshiPS (CHAMPS) is a multi-method, state-of-the-art, and state-of-the-science therapy process research project.  Using self-report questionnaires, fMRIs, video recordings, physiologic readings and more, CHAMPS seeks to identify mechanisms of change in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Undergraduate Research Assistants should prepare by taking SFL 290.  They participate through one of two opportunities:

Opportunity 1: Students participate through a Fall-Winter 403R Research Practicum course series offered by Dr. Angela Bradford or Dr. Lee Johnson.  This is an especially good research experience for students deciding whether they would like to pursue a clinical degree.

 RA Tasks:

  • Commit to a Fall and Winter series of 403R
  • Learn the conceptual basis of specific observable behaviors
  • Train in observing and coding in-session behaviors
  • Watch and code for specific behaviors in couple therapy sessions
  • Collaborate with a coding partner to establish reliability
  • Enter data (i.e., observational codes)

 Faculty Director: Dr. Angela Bradford and Dr. Lee Johnson

To apply, contact Dr. Angela Bradford (angela_bradford@byu.edu) or Dr. Lee Johnson (lee_johnson@byu.edu), depending on which section's topic area, meeting day, and time is of most interest.

Opportunity 2: Students assist in multiple facets of the data collection process.  This is a good research experience for students interested in learning the complexities and nuances of clinical data collection.  Needs vary but are generally limited to approximately 2-3 students each semester.

RA Tasks:

  • Monitor in-session physiologic data collection
  • Send surveys/questionnaires to study participants
  • Recruit study participants
  • Assist graduate students at therapy session appointments in collecting and monitoring data compliance
  • Miscellaneous tasks as assigned by the project manager or faculty director

Faculty Director: Dr. Angela Bradford

To apply, contact Jenny Hamilton (Jenny.hamilton@me.com)


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 tablets (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 Connie Tollett (connie_tollett@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 "exemplary" 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)


cec.byu.edu

In the CEC, we aim to understand how we make sense of the world around us. We investigate the development of social cognition and emotion understanding in infancy and childhood by assessing infants' emotion attributions, false-belief understanding, imitation/emulation, and false-emotion attributions using a multi-method approach, which includes non-verbal measures, behavioral paradigms, violation-of-expectation paradigms, and eye-tracking. We also investigate the role of context in emotion perception, especially as it pertains to how facial expressions of emotion are categorized and visually processed. Potential applicants are encouraged to have taken Research Methods and Statistics. Prior research experience is encouraged, but not required.

New RAs can receive course credit (SFL 403R and Psych 430R). Experienced RAs (previously employed at the CEC) can apply to receive pay.

RA Tasks:

  • Running experimental paradigms (e.g., consent documents, displaying stimuli)
  • Participant recruitment
  • Participating as an actor in a paradigm (e.g., modeling actions and displaying facial expressions)
  • Coding
  • Creating stimuli
  • Manuscript preparation

Faculty Director: Dr. Peter Reschke

To apply contact Dr. Peter Reschke (peter_reschke@byu.edu) or fill out an application on the CEC website


This project explores parent-child sex communication as it relates to children and adolescents’ development of healthy sexuality. The project also focuses on adults’ healthy sexuality within committed relationships. We have cross-sectional pilot and measurement data, and in the Fall of 2019 plan to begin gathering longitudinal data to explore how healthy sexuality is socialized and develops over time.

RAs can receive credit or pay.

RA Tasks:

  • Contact Participants
  • Engage in recruitment
  • Enter and clean/code data
  • Engage in writing and presenting research

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

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

Recruiting Research Assistants Later

MORE: Minority-Oriented Research Evaluation

Recruiting RA’s for credit now and recruiting RA’s for pay later.

MORE: Minority-Oriented Research Evaluation is a cross-disciplinary content analysis project examining the social sciences literature and its attention to racial/ethnic/cultural minorities. Student researchers will categorize and code journal articles based on topic, level of minority focus, methodology and sample characteristics.

Involved students will benefit in terms of:

  • greater familiarity with PsycINFO (digital database for social science research),
  • increased ability to dissect and understand the structure of journal articles,
  • insight into the larger breadth of social science research topics (clinical and non-clinical)
  • an awareness of the relative under-supply of research focused on racial/ethnic/cultural minorities.
  • Bean will also provide orientation to the application process for graduate school (especially clinical programs), and what admissions committees look for in students.

RAs can participate in the project by enrolling in SFL 403R/PSYCH 430R with Dr. Bean (offered F/W/Spring). Students are then eligible to be considered for paid RA positions.

RA Tasks:

  • Reviewing and qualitatively coding journal articles
  • Working in partnerships for better accuracy/reliability in coding
  • Participate in weekly quality control meetings
  • Verify accuracy of data previously collected
  • Developing research posters/presentations

Faculty Director: Dr. Roy Bean

Contact: Spanish-measures@byu.edu


https://projectmediadenver.wixsite.com/projectmedia

Recruiting in October 2019. Students will take a 403R class during Winter 202 and will work up to 40 hours a week summer 2020. We will be hiring research assistants to work in Denver and also coders who will stay in Provo.

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, Peter Reschke

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


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).


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

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).