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

Zach Fishman                                Jacqueline Nguyen
Stephanie Katz                              Kristina Horn
Martha (Mattie) Smith                   Megan Chow
Juliana Stahr                                 Carly Perryman
Taylyn Sevilla                                Spencer Chau
Aniela Bordofsky                           Linda Mora
Darien Nisbett                               Julie Lemus
Katherine Villacorta                       Bliss Mallory
Clarissa Torres                              Krista Drapalik
Schyler Said                                  Elmer Flores
Minhang (Min) Xie                         Marielle Gana
Melissa Allison                              Kaylee Terral
Melissa Powell                              Jessica Prado
Kristen Chu                                   Aaron Dicioco
Shelsea De La O                          Alvin Ong
Courtney Henry                            Sai Vemireddy
Angela Subido                              Hilary Ochoa
Alyssa Hudson                              Anne Lei
Sonia Montoya                              Erika Prado


High School Research Projects

Celina You, Westlake High School

Celina You presents on how she helped analyze the anxiety levels and social skills of adults with ASD who spend different amounts of time on the Internet.

Tramy Nguyen, Ross S. Sterling High School

In this presentation, Tramy Nguyen details the experiences of a Filipino mother of a child with ASD dealing with stigma from older Filipino communities.

Jasmin Wang, Cupertino High School

Jasmin Wang examines possible approaches to optimize the ASD treatment experience for ethnic minority families. Through a case study interview with a Filipino mother of a child with autism, Jasmin helped gathered information about a therapy's appropriateness to her family's cultural beliefs and family structure.

Zoe Ranon, Corona Del Mar High School

Zoe presents on analysis on how the characteristics of toddlers with ASD are linked to communication and development. This research is preliminary for UCSB's upcoming REACCH program, which focuses on creating new and targeted intervention for at-risk or diagnosed infants and toddlers.

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.