Undergraduate Research & Clinical Positions

Undergraduate Research & Clinical Positions

This CNCSP 197 course is designed as an advanced hands-on practicum for students who wish to obtain experience with autism spectrum disorders, clinical service delivery, and applied autism research methods.

It is a unique hybrid course that provides students opportunities to increase their professional knowledge and competencies through exposure to a variety of complementary instructional methods, through group supervision meetings, actual clinical sessions with children and adults with autism (e.g. early behavioral intervention, peer mentor support, group social skills support), and/or independent research assignments.

The ultimate goal of the course is to provide students with a broad, comprehensive introduction to autism (including developmental, diversity, diagnostic, treatment, and research issues) that will help prepare them for future personal and professional endeavors, including graduate training and a range of health service and research roles.

Research and clinical experience are often 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 or Clinical position

In addition to the application, please also email us at autism@education.ucsb.edu with "CNCSP199RA" or "CNCSP 197" as the subject line and confirm interest. Your application will be reviewed, and if suitable, our team will schedule a time to meet for an interview.

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.