Volunteer Opportunities with AME

Volunteer Research Positions

Join the AME Center and Consortium for Obesity Assessment, Study, and Treatment (COAST) as a Volunteer Research Assistant or Clinical Research Intern!

Research Assistant Internship: Meditation in the Workplace

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 AME.Center@UCSF.edu.

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.

TO APPLY: Please complete this form and attach your resume and cover letter. You may also send your resume to AME.Center@UCSF.edu.

Research Assistant Internship: Homeostatic Capacity

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 AME.Center@UCSF.edu.