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Undergraduate Research Assistant Positions Available

We are currently recruiting undergraduate volunteer Research Assistants to help with a current research project.

The TRUST Lab (PI: Lauren Ng, PhD) is recruiting volunteer research assistants to work on a project lead by Christine Bird, a UCLA doctoral student in clinical psychology. Research assistants are asked to commit to serving as an RA for at least one year and volunteering for 5-10 hours per week. All RA duties will currently be conducted remotely during the COVID-19 public health crisis. The first two weeks of the assistantship will serve as a “testing out” period wherein the RA may decide if they would like to commit to working in the lab for the remainder of the year. Brief descriptions of the project, RA duties, and application instructions are below:

Definitions of Emotional Abuse and Emotional Neglect in Childhood: A Systematic Review

  • This project is a systematic literature review that will answer the research questions: How has the literature defined emotional abuse and emotional neglect in childhood? What do these terms encompass and is there variation among the definitions? Research assistants will attend weekly lab meetings and can expect to: search for peer-reviewed articles, screen abstracts, code articles for quality/relevance for the systematic review and write summaries of research findings.

Additionally, research assistants can expect to receive graduate student-level mentorship in professional development (i.e., career advice, help with graduate school applications, developing independent research questions). If interested, research assistants may also have the opportunity to collaborate on other current research topics, and be involved in manuscript preparation and/or research poster presentations.

Application Instructions
To apply, please submit: a letter of interest, CV/resume, transcript, and writing sample (i.e., literature review for psychology/science course or research report/paper) to In your letter of interest, please state why you are interested in this project and any relevant experience you may have. Previous research experience is not required. Application materials are due by May 15th and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified via email regarding interview invitations and all applicants will receive an email regarding their application status once RA positions are finalized.

If you have any questions regarding the position or application please contact our lead graduate student, Christine Bird, at, or our Lab Manger, Gray Bowers at

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As of right now there are no other paid or volunteer positions available. Interested UCLA students and others wishing to join the lab as a volunteer or paid research assistant in the future, please fill out your name, student status, major and expected graduation (if applicable), and contact email address below.

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