Volunteer Research Assistant Position | The Laboratory of Military Stress Studies | Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

PI: Dr. David Riggs & Dr. Jeffrey Cook

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
11300 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD (close to the White Flint Metro)
Beginning around January 2019 (start date is flexible)


Volunteers will be assigned to a variety of research projects depends on research team needs at the time. Volunteers will be exposed to program evaluation research, qualitative research on barriers to mental health treatment within the military, and additional military focused research. A position of this type can serve as professional experience in the fields of military mental health, and psychology – and will strengthen a candidate’s application to graduate programs in psychology or related fields.

Potential Responsibilities:

  • Transcribe audio files of focus groups exploring the factors which contributed to delays in seeking mental health treatment among service members
  • Conduct literature reviews, format references using specific style guidelines, and write literature summaries
  • Attend Research Directorate meetings and brief out task/project progress
  • Contribute to research/training products (e.g., fact sheets, presentations, survey summaries)
  • Data entry using MS Excel
  • Survey construction and data retrieval using online Surveymonkey platform
  • Basic data summary and analysis (experience with SPSS software is a plus)

Opportunities may vary depending on current research projects available at the time, such that additional opportunities may be available or not all of these responsibilities may be required at the time. Opportunities also exist for recommendation letters depending on overall performance.


  • Minimum commitment: 8 hours a week for one semester
  • The position is unpaid, but course credit may be set up in collaboration with the volunteer’s academic institution

Application Process:

Please send (1) cover letter (2) updated CV, and (3) your preferred schedule (days and times, within Monday – Friday, 8AM-5PM) to: Sybil Mallonee (sybil.mallonee@usuhs.edu)