Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research Positions

CNCSP199RA is an undergraduate research assistant practicum offered by UCSB.  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, preferrably with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Experience in the field of autism or other developmental disabilities is desirable, but not required.

Dr. Ty Vernon is the professor for this research course. Each student also works under a graduate student who helps to train and assign research 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 several aspects of the applied research process under the close guidance  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.

Click here to apply for an Undergradute Research Assistant position

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

Current Undergraduate Research Assistants

Jennifer Hwang
Abigail Tuerk
Yuna Choi
Nadia Raymundo
Kimberly Huber
Ann Marie Mansholt
Amanda Scheideman
Karlie Mack
Brenna Belnick
Shefali Verma
Andranik Zetlyan
Anne Lei
Dan Hershey
Bliss Mallory
Anisha Baktha
Krista Drapalik
Jacqueline Nguyen
Shelsea De La O
Melissa Allison
Schyler Said

Past 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.