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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.


Spring 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 students of all majors

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



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Global HIV/TB & LGBTQ Health Lab


Dr. Daniels’ lab investigates LGBTQ and men’s health outcomes globally with a particular focus on intervention development. Current research projects identifying preferences for a TB care support intervention for men, and the adaptation of an intervention to improve disclosure and couple communication for HIV treatment among gay and bisexual men. Most of Dr. Daniels’ research is conducted in South Africa.

People, Places, & Health Equity Lab

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Dr. Guest’s lab focuses on understanding the influence and use of the social and built environments on health throughout the life course, emphasizing older age and rural environments. The lab is dedicated to using this knowledge to generate novel approaches to reduce health inequalities.

Physical Activity and Health Lab

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Dr. Joseph’s lab focuses on innovative approaches to promote physical activity for overall health and wellness. Students enrolled during Spring 2022 will have a unique opportunity to collaborate with an interdisciplinary group of international researchers to organize the 21st Annual Meeting of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), which will be held May 18 – 21, 2022 in Phoenix, AZ (

Team-ness in Healthcare Delivery: Empathy & Humility in Health & Healthcare

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Dr. Michalec examines various aspects of effective and efficient team-based interprofessional healthcare delivery – and how to best integrate them into health profession education, including the undergraduate/college-level.  This opportunity will focus on empathy, humility, and belongingness and what undergraduate health pre-professionals think about these concepts, how they feel they could be integrated into their curriculum, and the facilitators and barriers to cultivating these team-based skills essential to care delivery.  

Diabetes Prevention in Latino Youth & Families

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Dr. Gabriel Shaibi’s lab develops, tests, and expands diabetes prevention programs for high-risk Latino youth and families in collaboration with community partners and stakeholders.  Join us as we implement a study funded  by the National Institutes of Health to prevent type 2 diabetes in high-risk Latino families

The Sleep and Health Lab

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Dr. Petrov’s Sleep & Health Lab investigates the role of sleep in the development of chronic diseases across the lifespan (i.e., pregnancy, infancy, and through older adulthood) in the context of other lifestyle behaviors (e.g., physical activity, nutrition, sedentary behavior), identifying sleep health disparities across populations, and developing and testing interventions to improve sleep and prevent chronic diseases associated with poor sleep.

The Langer Lab: Close Relationships and Health

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This lab studies relationships, in particular dyads or pairs. Examples include partners, spouses, roommates, parents 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.

Physical Activity, Community Collaboration, and Equity 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.

Heart-Mind-Body Interventions Lab


Our lab conducts studies examining the effects of meditation and meditative movement (tai chi, Qigong, yoga) on symptoms, body composition/dietary intake and mental health of cancer survivors and other populations sensitive to the health consequences of obesity.

The Alcohol & Health Lab

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Dr. 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, ADRD, & Caregiving Lab

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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.

Latino Lifestyles Project & Stress-Coping & Resilience Projects

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