Join our Team!

Prospective Graduate Students

The CHANGE Lab researches various aspects of pediatric psychology and health disparities in adolescents, young adults, and their families, including but not limited to: a) health disparities in obesity and HIV; b) intersectional identities of race, gender, class, appearance, and sexual orientation) protective factors against stigma, discrimination, and co-occurring adversities of HIV, partner violence, substance use, and metabolic complications.

Our lab is dedicated to being a part of the solution when it comes to health related disparities and wishes to foster global empowerment for minorities and underrepresented populations. In order to achieve our goals locally and abroad, we need like-minded, dedicated individuals on our team.

Please note, Dr. Thurston will not be taking a student for Fall 2023.

Apply to become an Undergraduate Research Assistant!

PBSI 485/491

The CHANGE lab researches various aspects of pediatric psychology and health disparities in adolescents, young adults, and their families, including but not limited to: a) health disparities in obesity and HIV; b) intersectional identities of race, gender, class, appearance, and sexual orientation; c) protective factors against stigma, discrimination, and co-occurring adversities of HIV, partner violence, substance use, and metabolic complications.

As an undergraduate research assistant (URA), you can gain experience...

  • With pediatric psychology and working with adolescents and their families

  • Helping develop interventions to increase ethnic identity

  • Examining how discrimination impacts health outcomes

  • Bridging the gap between science and the public through art

  • Examining diversity, equity, and inclusion in the academic health sciences

  • Exploring co-occurring HIV, interpersonal violence, and substance misuse

  • Developing partnerships with organizations through community based research

  • Literature reviews, data collection, manuscript/conference presentation, and leading lab meetings

To apply to be an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Thurston’s lab, please proceed to her research assistant application. We are not currently accepting applications for new new UGA's. If you would like to be notified when applications re-open, please submit your contact information here.

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