Research Assistantships Spring 2023

Below are the research assistantships available in our department.
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Contact: Maria Galano,

Undergraduate research assistants will be primarily responsible for helping with recruitment and data collection for an ongoing study on the effects of witnessing domestic violence on parenting and child well-being. Activities may include posting advertisements in the community, tabling at community events, and assisting with child interviews.

Undergraduate RAs are asked to help with related tasks (e.g., literature reviews, data processing) as needed. Opportunities to be involved in data dissemination (e.g., conference posters) are also available to interested RAs. For more information about the lab, please visit our website:


There are no course prerequisites for this position. Applicants should be interested in community-engaged research about the effects of violence on children and families. Given that we collect data in Amherst and Springfield, a willingness to travel off-campus is an expectation of the position (although a car is not required). 

Preferred candidates will have experience working with children and diverse communities.

Interested students should fill out a lab application form (; candidates will be contacted about interviews in November.

Please reach out to Dr. Maria Galano ( with any additional questions about the RA application process.

Times you must be available: Students will need to attend a one-hour weekly team meeting every week (time TBD); students will also need availability on some weekends to participate in recruitment and data collection activities.
Hours per week: 6-9
Credits: 2-3
Contact: Cierra Abellera,

Undergraduate RAs will work with the graduate student to develop qualitative and quantitative studies for future participants to examine relations between host society members and newcomers (i.e., refugees, asylum seekers, etc.). This includes conducting literature reviews; discussing and communicating key findings/methodological highlights from readings; participating in lab meetings, working collaboratively with other RAs to create reliable survey and interview questions by translating questions; assisting in research project implementation through recruitment; interviews; data analysis; results dissemination.


Students from majors including: Anthropology, Linguistics, Public Policy, Psychology, and Sociology are welcome to apply.

For this project, we are seeking students fluent (spoken + written) in at least one of the listed languages: Arabic, Dari, Swahili, Spanish, or Ukranian. Preferred candidates will have taken research methods or have had professional experience with translating documents/speech.

Interested candidates should email a CV and a list of available times (at least 5 different times) for a potential interview. Candidates will also need to fill out a lab RA form which can be downloaded here:

Please contact Cierra Abellera ( with any questions.

Times you must be available: Spring 2023: Wednesday @ 11 am EST (in-person)
Hours per week: 2-9
Credits: 2+
Contact: Yuchen Tian,

RAs will help with data collection, data entry, and video coding with the research projects.

Pre-requisites: none
Times you must be available: Spring 2023 - Fall 2023
Hours per week: 9
Credits: 3