Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research Positions

CNCSP199RA and ED199RA are undergraduate courses offered through the UCSB Koegel Autism Center. We offer an opportunity for a limited number of students to acquire research and clinical experience while earning upper-division course units. We are looking for high-achieving students, with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Experience in the field of developmental disabilities is desirable, but not required.

Dr. Robert Koegel and Dr. Ty Vernon are professors for these research courses. Dr. Koegel accepts students from both courses and Dr. Vernon accepts CNCSP199RA students. In addition, each student works under a graduate student who trains, supervises, and assigns research and clinical tasks to him/her.

Research experience is a critical component in most graduate school applications. The UCSB Koegel Autism Center allows undergraduates to participate in all steps in the research process, under the close guidance and supervision of an experienced graduate student clinician. Undergrads may also have the opportunity to work directly with children with autism and their families and schools, again with close supervision.

If you are an undergraduate who would like to find out more information about enrolling in either the CNCSP199RA or ED199RA course, please print out a recruitment form, fill it out, and turn it in to the Koegel Autism Center, located in the new Education Building, or email it to autism@education.ucsb.edu.

click here for the ed199/cncsp199 application form

If you have further questions, please email us at autism@education.ucsb.edu and type "CNCSP199RA" or "ED199RA" on the subject line.

Current Undergraduate Research Assistants

Laura Cadwell, Senior

Ross Candelore, Senior

Rachel Cansler, Senior

Connie Chu, Senior

Kelsey Dresser, Senior

Morgan Fredericks, Senior

Tessa Gagliardi, Junior

Lindsay Glugatch, Junior

Heather Hilmoe, Senior

Meg Lewis, Senior

Bailey Linden, Sophomore

Tinisha Schick, Junior

Paolo Varquez, Junior

Undergraduate Research Projects

Utilizing Parent Choice Activities in Interactions with Children with ASD: A Means of Increasing Happiness in Parents (2014)

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Heather Hilmoe, Rachel Cansler, Robert Koegel, Ph.D., Lynn Koegel, Ph.D., and Sunny Kim, M.A.


Increasing Food FLexibility in Adults and Adolescents with Autism Through Priming Intervention (2014)

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Kelseee Kennedy, Ross Candelore, Brittany Koegel, & Lynn Koegel, Ph.D.


Embedding Social Reinfocers into Lunchtime Activities in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (2013)

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Erin Engstrom, Sunny Kim, M.A., Courtney Ribnick, M.Ed., Robert L. Koegel Ph.D


Improving Social Conversation Skills for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder through Visual Framework (2013)

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Jorge Monroy, Paige Kensil, Kristen Ashbaugh, M.A., Robert L. Koegel Ph.D


Incorporating Specific Motivational Variables into Structured Socialization Opportunities to Improve Interactions of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (click to view PDF) (2009)

John Danial, Sunny Kim, Derek Rubinstein B.A., Robert L. Koegel Ph.D., Rosy M. Fredeen Ph.D.