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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Edson College Undergraduate Research Charter

The Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University is committed to providing an inclusive, health care and health outcomes-focused research experience directed at serving individuals, families and communities, and affording undergraduate students of all majors the opportunity and resources to explore their research interests and ideas with guidance from experienced Edson College faculty researchers.

Why should I get involved with research?

Prior research has found that becoming involved in authentic scientific experiences as an undergraduate student is associated with higher graduation rates, greater acceptance rates to graduate schools, broadened career options (particularly in academic, industry and other professional science networks), and meaningful relationships with faculty mentors and peers within a team-based research setting.

How can I get involved with research at the Edson College?

Enroll in a faculty-led section of the course HCR 294 or HCR 494 Team-Based Research Practicum. Each section represents a lab or research project opportunity open to small groups of students of any major to obtain practical research skills while being an integral part of a research team implementing a health, nursing, healthcare and/or health innovation related studies.

Fall 2021 Research Opportunities for Credit

HCR 294/494 Team-Based Research Practicum (1-3 credits) 

Course Description: Small-group (e.g., team, project, lab, clinic, center-based) health, nursing, healthcare, and health innovation–related study and research experiences, led by an Edson College faculty mentor, for advanced students of all majors. 

*Note. Permission from the faculty mentor is required prior to enrollment. Contact them today!

Activity, Community Collaboration, and Equity: Sustainable Opportunities (ACCESO lab) (  Dr. Rebecca Lee's research promotes physical activity and healthy eating, leveraging community partnerships to create health equity. The BE SAGE study helps get young children (age 3-5) back to in person school safely using a combination of open air garden-based physical activity and nutrition activities and saliva COVID-19 screening tests in preschools serving Hispanic children and families.

The Castro Integrative Mixed Methods Research Lab (  We use mixed methods methodologies (that integrate qualitative and quantitative data) for deep-structure research in two substantive areas: (a) the Stress-Coping and Resilience Studies and (b) the Latino Lifestyles Diabetes Prevention Studies. We use the NVivo text analysis program and the SPSS statistical program for integrative mixed methods analyses of participant responses. The Stress-Coping and Resilience studies examine stories of coping with major life stressors and cognitive-behavioral changes that promote dysfunction or resilience. The Latino Lifestyles Diabetes Prevention Studies examine cognitive-behavioral changes among individual and family systems for promoting healthful lifestyles to prevent type 2 diabetes to promote healthful lifestyles. 

Physical and Emotional Health Promotion for Families (  Dr. Elizabeth Reifsnider's research promotes creating family joy and reducing stress among families with special needs children. The Childsplay study examines how to combine health outcomes and theater arts via Wonder Boxes containing the element of theater for children and parents to engage in play. 

The Larkey Heart-Mind-Body Lab (  Our lab conducts studies examining the effects of meditation and meditative movement (tai chi, Qigong, yoga) on symptoms, body composition, eating behaviors and neurocognitive/mental health of cancer survivors and other populations sensitive to the health consequences of obesity. 

The Langer Lab: Dyadic processes, patterns, and pitfalls (  This lab is dedicated to the scientific study of relationships, in particular dyads or pairs. Examples include partners, spouses, roommates, mothers and children, fathers and children, patients and physicians, and care recipients and caregivers. Overarching aims of this program of research are to understand how partners communicate and influence one another’s health behavior and physical health (from exercise to the gut microbiome); to elucidate mechanisms by which communication patterns are linked to health and well-being; and to design, test, and refine dyad-based interventions to optimize health and well-being among dyads coping with chronic illnesses such as advanced cancer.  

The Kim Research Lab (  Dr. Kim is currently conducting the Digital Storytelling study, an intervention aimed at reducing psychosocial distress (depression & anxiety) and other related symptoms in cancer patients and their caregivers. The Kim Research Lab is involved in other studies as well, including assessments of heart rate variability, storytelling effects on promoting HPV vaccination, and integrative medicine. 

The Alcohol & Health Lab (  Dr. Kelly Cue Davis’s lab investigates the role of alcohol in sexual risk behavior and sexual violence among young adults. Current research projects involve in-lab studies using alcohol administration protocols and randomized controlled trials of community-based interventions. 

Aging, Dementia, & Caregiving Lab ( This lab group focuses on research projects related to the development of psychoeducational skill-building interventions for older adults facing chronic illnesses (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, depression, cancer) and their family caregivers using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods.