Volunteer Opportunities in Research

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The Attention, Emotion, and Neurophysiological Development (ATTEND) lab, under the direction of Sarah Karalunas, Ph.D., is looking for volunteers. The ATTEND Lab uses a multi-method approach that combines behavioral ratings, cognitive tests, and electroencephalogram (EEG) to understand the basic processes contributing to ADHD. We are especially interested in the unique differences between individuals with ADHD. Our long-term goals are to improve clinical assessment and diagnosis and inform development of new treatments that directly target the causes of impairment. At present, the ATTEND Lab is involved in studies with children from infancy through adolescence.

  • Primary Duties: Volunteers assist the lab with recruitment, eligibility screening, participant visits, data collection, data processing, and other general laboratory and administrative duties in support of the active studies. Specific responsibilities will depend on each volunteer’s interests and strengths.
  • Commitment: A minimum of 10-20 hours per week for at least 1 year
  • Eligibility: Must be a junior, senior, or post bac (or have exceptional qualifications). Coursework in neurophysiology, and child behavior is preferred/ beneficial. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Must have afternoon, evening, and weekend availability. Must have strong interpersonal skills, be detail oriented, organized, timely, and professional. Experience working with children is preferred but not required. Basic knowledge of computer application software (SPSS, Excel) is preferred.
  • ​​​​​​​Interested? Follow this link to apply or email ATTENDlab@ohsu.edu for more information.

​​​​​​​For more information visit the ATTEND Lab website.

PRISM research team performs phase II-IV clinical trials in pulmonary clinics and hospital settings. We have multiple ongoing clinical trials in conditions like pulmonary artery hypertension, COPD, and acute respiratory distress syndrome. We accept highly disciplined volunteers to conduct chart reviews of study subjects/patients using electronic medical records (EPIC) and enter the information in a secure database and support research coordinators. Our offices are located on the 1st floor of Emma Jones Hall, Room 121. Shadowing opportunities will be offered to our volunteers after completion of 6 months of volunteering with PRISM.

  • Primary Duties: Conduct chart reviews of study subjects/patients using electronic medical records (EPIC) and enter the information in a secure database and support research coordinators.
  • ​​​​​​​Commitment: Volunteers are expected to be available at least two half days (8 hours) a week for a period of 12 months.
  • ​​​​​​​Eligibility: Intended for pre-medical students interested in gaining research experience before applying to medical school. International medical graduates interested in gaining experience in phase 2 and phase 3 clinical trials in pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine may also apply.
  • ​​​​​​​Interested? Contact: prismvol@ohsu.edu with your resume, and a statement of interest/goals for PRISM.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​For more information visit the Pulmonary Clinics website.

Exposes volunteers to research methods and clinical medicine by spending time collecting data and observing unfettered rhythms of patient care in the OHSU Emergency Department. 

  • Commitment: Minimum 1 year commitment. Additional requirements apply - please contact program for details.
  • Eligibility: For highly disciplined and motivated pre-medical students who plan to go into a field of clinical medicine. 
  • ​​​​​​​Interested? Contact: Kamil Narayan

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​For more information visit the CRISP website.

The OHSU Department of Dermatology, Research Division, has a volunteer position open to join a team studying cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma in the laboratory of Dr. Molly Kulesz-Martin, PhD;  The Kulesz-Martin lab is a basic science research laboratory whose research focuses on investigation into personalized medicine for patients with cutaneous and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, as well as understanding the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis and psoriasis.

Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) is the second most common skin cancer after basal cell carcinoma, and is increasing in incidence.  While most such tumors are successfully removed surgically, 8% recur and 5% metastasize within 5 years, resulting in about 8,000 deaths a year in the USA, which is almost as many deaths as caused by melanoma. Until September 2018 there were no FDA approved cancer drugs for cSCC and there still are no reliable clinical predictors of recurrence or response to treatment.  Based upon bioinformatics-driven target identification by our research team, we will test for early tumor markers that predict risk of cSCC invasion +/or metastasis. We will prepare tissue microarrays from over 200 cSCC tissue specimens, mainly from the Dermatology Department at OHSU, and evaluate prioritized candidate targets by means of MultiplexImmunoHistoChemistry (MIHC) to determine a signature for early detection of high risk tumors.  In the future, this information will be used to identify novel molecular therapeutic agents and to individualize drug treatment to each patient.​​​​​​​

  • Primary Duties: Volunteers may be trained in clinical data retrieval and summarizing from electronic medical records, immunostaining, construction of tissue microarrays from patients’ tissue samples, microscopy and data analyses. This is a great learning opportunity for students interested in pursuing graduate or professional school.
  • ​​​​​​​Commitment Requirements:  Student must be able to commit a minimum of 12-16 hours a week for the duration of the academic year.
  • ​​​​​​​Eligibility:  For this position, we seek an undergraduate student with a background in science able to volunteer 12 to 16 hours per week.  The student applicant must be detail oriented, organized and able to work independently. Proficiency in math, biology or other science coursework, including lab courses, as well as in basic computer skills, inclusive of the ability to make spreadsheets, preferred.
  • ​​​​​​​Interested?  Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in this project and applicable experience as well as a resume, unofficial transcript, one letter of recommendation from a science professor or lab supervisor to Ashley Yoo, yooa@OHSU.edu.

The OHSU Department of Medicine, Division of Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases, Clinical Trials Section is looking for volunteers to help support our exciting work. The volunteer(s) will work alongside our Research Assistants to help support the research of Dr. Atul Deodhar, Dr. Cong-Qiu Chu, Dr. Marcia Friedman, and Dr. Sonam Kiwalkar

  • Primary duties: Assisting with clinical trial monitoring visits by organizing information and documentation. Supporting with the vital task of accurate data capture, review, and entry. Coordinating with research assistants and patients to schedule labs, patient visits, and other scheduling needs. Shadowing clinical trial research assistants during patient visits. Maintaining related research equipment and supplies
  • ​​​​​​​Commitment: A minimum of 10-20 hours per week.
  • ​​​​​​​Eligibility:  We are seeking applicants with the confidence to work independently, are proficient with Microsoft office, and are enthusiastic about clinical research. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older; able to work independently and as part of a team; flexible. Must be able to lift 20 pounds and walk long distances frequently. Student applicants are preferred.
  • Interested? Please apply by sending a CV, cover letter explaining your interest in joining our team, availability, and at least two professional references to Liz Veasey veaseye@ohsu.edu

The Department of Surgery's Surgical Innovation Program is currently accepting applications for new team members. Innovation Interns will work closely with the Innovation Staff, Institutional Partners and Investigators to bring their Mentor's novel ideas to life. This will include shadowing in the Operating Room and Clinic, market analysis, design conception and business plan development.

  • Primary Duties: The primary duties for this position are market analysis, design conception and business plan development.
  • ​​​​​​​Commitment: Due to the training and investment, volunteers are required to volunteer 15-20 hours per week for at least 9 months.
  • ​​​​​​​Eligibility: We are seeking applicants with the confidence to work independently, are proficient with Microsoft office, and are enthusiastic about research. Applicants must be over the age of 18 and are either currently enrolled in College, are a Post-Bac, Medical Student, or Foreign Medical Graduate. Preference will be given to students with research, medical and engineering backgrounds.
  • ​​​​​​​Interested? Please apply by sending a CV and cover letter explaining your interest in joining the Surgical Innovation Program to Sharon Kryger

The Developmental Brain Imaging Lab (DBIL) is in the Department of Psychiatry and is led by Principal Investigator Dr. Bonnie Nagel. Dr. Nagel has been studying brain development in healthy and at-risk adolescents and young adults (ages 14-25) for several years.

  • Primary duties: includes data entry, scoring cognitive measures and questionnaires. Occasionally we have opportunities to work directly with research participants (depending on study needs). This is a great opportunity for students interested in pursuing graduate study.
  • ​​​​​​​Commitment: 5-8 hours per week for 9-12 months. Attendance at lab meeting on Mondays at 12:00-1:00pm
  • ​​​​​​​Eligibility: Must be professional, organized, and reliable. Must be a junior or senior in college, or post-bac (or have exceptional qualifications). Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Coursework in psychology, biological psychology, and statistics is highly preferred/ beneficial. Basic knowledge of computer application software (SPSS and Excel) is preferred.
  • ​​​​​​​Interested? Please send a cover letter, your resume/CV, and availability to DBIL@ohsu.edu

​​​​​​​For more information visit the DBIL website.

The 21BrainStudy in the Developmental Brain Imaging Lab (DBIL) is in the Department of Psychiatry and is led by Principal Investigator Dr. Bonnie Nagel. The 21BrainStudy focuses on how personal alcohol habits and family history may impact the brain and cognition. This is a great opportunity for students interested in pursuing graduate study to gain experience working directly with participants and fMRI data collection.

  • Primary Duties: includes assisting with study visits, particularly structural and functional MRI scans, by preparing participants and assisting scan operators throughout the MRI session. Other duties include data entry, posting recruitment flyers at local businesses and college campuses, conducting initial prescreening of potential study subjects over the phone, and quality assessment of imaging data.
  • ​​​​​​​Eligibility: All applicants must be 21+ years of age. Must be a junior or senior in college, or completed Bachelor's degree in relevant field (or have exceptional qualifications). Strong interpersonal skills are a must. Course work in psychology, biological psychology, and statistics is preferred/ beneficial. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • ​​​​​​​Commitment: 8-10 hours per week for at least one year. Must have at least 2 evenings (5:00 p.m. –11:00 p.m.) available per week (actual schedule may vary). Must have evening and/or Saturday availability. Must be professional and organized. Basic knowledge of computer application software (SPSS and Excel) is preferred.
  • ​​​​​​​Interested? Please send your resume or CV and availability to 21brainstudy@ohsu.edu

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​For more information visit the DBIL Lab website

  • Primary Duties: To assist the Research Coordinator with the ongoing enrollment and management of patients in the Intracranial Hypertension Registry. Data entry into a customized database (4D) and Microsoft Excel; use Microsoft Office to create mailing labels ;use Microsoft Outlook to send formatted emails; assist with mailing patient questionnaires or newsletters; assist with the tabulation of survey information; review patient files and extract pertinent information; assist with managing new and existing patients.
  • Commitment: Be available for a minimum of 10 hours per week.
  • Eligibility: General computer knowledge; ability to answer phones, take accurate messages; excellent people and communication skills; ability to follow directions and work independently; write legibly.
  • Interested? Contact: Nick Miller, Research Coordinator, Intracranial Hypertension Registry, 503-418-2141

Contribute to the efforts of the Diversity & Inclusion Task Force at IDD within the Department of Pediatrics at OHSU. This unique volunteer position provides an opportunity to contribute to the efforts of the task force in providing innovative and comprehensive services in a welcoming environment, where the diversity of life is valued and inclusion is a priority.

  • Primary Duties: The selected research volunteer will contribute to a variety of initiatives and work as a contributing member of the task force comprised of OHSU staff and clinicians from a variety of departments and disciplines.
  • Commitment: The ideal candidate must have an interest in diversity and inclusion and the ability to commit to 8-10 hours per week, preferably on Tuesday or a combination of days in the work week (no weekends) for a minimum period of 6 months after the OHSU on boarding process which could take up to 6-8 weeks. The commitment can be extended if desired.
  • Interested? Interested individuals of diverse backgrounds are highly encouraged to contact Hannah Sanford-Keller at sanfordh@ohsu.edu Please include a resume and an interest statement

The Knight Cancer Institute's Adult Clinical Trials group is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist 30+ research staff in conducting clinical trials. Volunteers will gain useful research experience and will also gain an overall understanding of the day-to-day operation of oncology clinical trials

  • Primary Duties: Will include couriering research drugs across campus, processing blood samples, packing and delivering shipments to the OHSU Shipping Office, research data entry, organizing, scanning, and filing research documents, preparing supplies for upcoming visits, collecting signatures from clinical trial investigators and general office organization. Other duties will be assigned based on needs of the clinical trials group.
  • Commitment: Commitment Requirements: Minimum of 8 hours per week.
  • Eligibility: 18 years of age or older; able to work independently and as part of a team; flexible. Must be able to lift 20 pounds and walk long distances frequently.
  • ​​​​​​​Interested? Contact: KnightVolunteers@ohsu.edu

Psychologists in the Institute on Development and Disability, including Drs. David Wagner and Michael Harris, are looking for volunteers to help with the evaluation of Novel Interventions in Children's Healthcare (NICH). The NICH program serves youth with a range of complex medical conditions (e.g., type 1 diabetes, end-stage renal disease, cystic fibrosis, chronic pain) and psychosocial vulnerabilities (e.g., insufficient access to resources, mental health issues, involvement with foster care system). We are looking for volunteers to assist with data collection as we evaluate the ability of NICH to meet the triple aim: improving health, improving care, and reducing medical costs.

  • This is a great education and training opportunity for those interested in research about social vulnerabilities in a pediatric population and in pursuing graduate study in psychology or pediatrics. Volunteers get to attend clinical and lab meetings and gain knowledge and skills related to research methodology, chronic medical conditions, and practices in pediatric psychology.
  • ​​​​​​​Primary Duties: Collecting and entering health/medical utilization data, assisting with literature reviews and other activities related to publication, potentially assisting parents and adolescents in completing treatment evaluation forms. This opportunity is located at OHSU main campus: Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) (although some data collection may occur in the community.
  • Commitment: Requesting a minimum 9-month commitment.
  • ​​​​​​​Eligibility: Must be a college junior, senior, or postbac. Must be comfortable interacting with individuals with diverse backgrounds in the hospital and community. Previous experience with adolescents and families, as well as access to reliable transportation, a plus, but not required.
  • Interested? Please send Celeste Jenisch, jenisch@ohsu.edu a letter of interest, a resume and/or vita, and the names and contacts of two individuals who can provide professional references.

The OHSU NW Center for Voice & Swallowing (NWCVS) provides multi-disciplinary care for voice and swallowing disorders. NWCVS also conducts research in the areas of voice disorders, airway management, head and neck cancer, dysphagia, pediatric voice, teaching and training, augmentative and alternative communication, and communication and aging. We are currently accepting 2 volunteers to assist with various phases of research including participant recruitment, testing and data collection, and scholarly activities.

  • Primary Duties: Duties also may include other general laboratory tasks in support of NWCVS goals. Volunteers work under the supervision of a Principal Investigator.
  • ​​​​​​​Commitment: Volunteers are expected to be available for at least two ½ day shifts (4-5 hours) per week for a minimum of 1 year. Scheduling is flexible. Volunteers also must be available for a monthly lab meeting.
  • ​​​​​​​Eligibility: Volunteers should be an undergraduate student, a post bac (or have exceptional qualifications), graduate student, or a medical student or resident interested in gaining clinical-translational research experience. Coursework in otolaryngology, communication disorders, human physiology, respiratory physiology, and statistics is preferred/beneficial. Volunteers must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. They must be detail-oriented, organized, timely, and professional. Volunteers with a basic knowledge of computer application software (Word, Excel) are preferred.
  • ​​​​​​​Interested? Contact Dr. Aaron Ziegler, ziegler@ohsu.edu,  for more information and to submit an application consisting of your resume and a statement of interest/goals. Our offices are located on the 5th floor of Sam Jackson Hall.

Volunteer will be working with the Administrative OBGYN team to create a website for our Global Women's Health Program. Volunteers will learn about the technical workflow of website development, learn about global women's health projects within OHSU's Global Women's Health program, and will contribute towards supporting the department's ability to communicate, raise awareness of, and support global health missions and educational opportunities.

  • Primary Duties: Volunteers will be working with the Administrative OBGYN team to create a website for our Global Women's Health Program.
  • ​​​​​​​Commitment: Attend a CommonSpot training after the onboarding process to gain access to our GUI software. At least 2 hours per week until website is up and running.
  • ​​​​​​​Eligibility: At least 18 years of age. Experience with Graphic User Interface software (GUI). Interest in women's health, global health, and/or website development is preferred.
  • Interested? Please email Angela Espinosa at espinoan@ohsu.edu for application information.

OHSU TT's mission is to support the advancement of OHSU research, innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship for the benefit of society.

OHSU TT Interns provide a valuable service by assisting with technology development and the transition of technology from laboratory to market for the benefit of the public. In return, interns gain valuable knowledge and skills that can be applied in a wide range of professions. Past OHSU TT interns have gone on to pursue careers in technology transfer, patent law, and startup development.

  • Commitment: One year. Interns are expected to volunteer 8 to 10 hours per week in the OHSU TT office with limited time off.
  • ​​​​​​​Eligibility: Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in a life science, a physical science, and/or engineering; be pursuing or have received a graduate-level degree in science, medicine, engineering, business, or law; and have an interest in intellectual property, technology transfer, and/or business development as a career goal.
  • Interested? Please see OHSU TT Careers & Internships website for application instructions. Contact Nicole Garrison (garrisni@ohsu.edu) with questions.

For more information visit the OHSU TT website

OHSU ThinkFirst Oregon is a non-profit injury prevention program focused on reducing the incidents of brain and spinal cord injury in Oregon's youth. Through innovative classroom presentations and community outreach, ThinkFirst's programs are designed to help young children and teens develop lifelong safety habits to minimize their risk of sustaining brain, spinal cord or other traumatic injuries. Most importantly, ThinkFirst teaches young people ways to avoid behaviors and situations that put them at risk. Our message is that you can enjoy a fun, exciting life and be safe if you "think first" and use your mind to protect your body."

  • Primary duties: Helping ThinkFirst educate the community on brain and spinal cord injury prevention through talking about brain/spinal cord anatomy, through running activities and helping to fit bike helmets.
  • ​​​​​​​Commitment: 1 shift at our summer events (with benefits for volunteers who volunteer at 3 or more events – a bike helmet to take home).
  • ​​​​​​​Eligibility: if only volunteering at a couple events, we ask that volunteers be at least 16 years of age. If 14 years of age and under a parent/guardian must be present throughout the volunteer shift. If volunteering at more than 2 events, we encourage volunteers to fill out/register to become an OHSU Volunteer through Research and Academic Volunteer services – There is at least a 1 year commitment.
  • ​​​​​​​Interested? Fill out this survey to see if you qualify!

The Pediatric Nephrology Department is actively involved with many ongoing national clinical trials including longitudinal observation studies, rare diseases, pharmacokinetics, and investigator initiated research.

  • Primary Duties: Volunteers will assist research coordinators with study visits, data collection, data entry, and other scholarly activities with opportunities for networking and participation in publications. We are recruiting volunteers who are enthusiastic about research and would like to gain experience in working with pediatric clinical trials.
  • ​​​​​​​Eligibility: Completion of bachelor degree in science field is preferred but will consider exceptionally qualified applicants. Pre-medical students are encouraged to apply. Must be detail oriented, organized, timely, and professional. Basic knowledge of computer application software preferred.
  • ​​​​​​​Commitment: 6-16 hours per week for least 6 months.
  • Interested? Please e-mail Kira Clark at clarki@ohsu.edu with a CV and cover letter.

The ADHD Research Study at OHSU is a longitudinal project examining attention, heart rate, brain imaging, and cognitive functioning in children and adolescents. This study is under the direction of Professor Joel Nigg, Ph.D. in the Department of Psychiatry and is an excellent opportunity for students interested in research and future graduate study.

  • Primary Duties: We are currently looking for student volunteers to assist with testing, data collection, and data entry. Students will be in direct contact with children and teens and their parents and will gain useful experience with child and adult cognitive achievement and physiological tests. Students will also gain experience with state of the art software for data entry, cleaning, and analysis. Duties may include administering child and parent cognitive and academic tests (WISC, WIAT, WAIS, WRAT, etc.), conducting physiological readings and computerized tasks, scoring and data entry, and other general laboratory duties in support of the goals of the study.
  • ​​​​​​​Eligibility: Must be a junior, senior, or post bac (or have exceptional qualifications). Coursework in child abnormal or developmental psychology, physiology, child behavior, and statistics is preferred/ beneficial. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Must have evening and Saturday availability. Must be detail oriented, organized, timely, and professional. Basic knowledge of computer application software (Systat, SPSS, Excel, Eprime) is preferred but not required.
  • ​​​​​​​Commitment: A minimum of 10-20 hours per week for at least 9 months. Must be available for two lab meetings per month (1st and 3rd Thursdays from 2pm-3pm).
  • ​​​​​​​Interested? Contact: e-mail mailto:ohsuADHD@ohsu.edu for information or complete the application.

For more information visit the ADHD Study website.

Excellent clinical research volunteer opportunity available for a motivated graduate student or advanced undergraduate student who is interested in learning more about conducting research with children, adolescents, and families. We are looking for a volunteer to start as early as available, work through the summer months, and possibly continue into the next academic year. This position will be directly supervised by Danielle Moyer, PhD, assistant professor in the OHSU Department of Pediatrics and Division of Psychology. Dr. Moyer’s research focuses on the health of transgender and gender diverse youth and their families.

  • Primary Duties: includes assisting with in-person study recruitment and enrollment, data collection, database management, literature searches, and manuscript preparation. An individualized research training experience will be established based on the student’s interests and goals. Publication opportunities available. Observation of clinical care may also be available.
  • ​​​​​​​Commitment: 8-10 hours per week for least 9 months, possible into the academic school year as well.
  • ​​​​​​​Eligibility: Must have excellent interpersonal skills. Comfortable working in a professional and clinical environment. Strong writing skills. Preferably detail oriented and organized. Familiarity with psychology, medicine, or public health. Prefer someone who is available on Fridays.
  • ​​​​​​​Interested? Please email your CV/resume, a brief statement of interest, and a professional/academic reference to: moyerd@ohsu.edu or email or call for more information: (503) 494-6337.

T-RAP provides volunteers with first-hand exposure to clinical research at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), the only academic Level-1 Trauma Center in Oregon.

The focus of our IRB approved study is to compile a prospective registry of complications in critically-ill patients admitted to the Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at OHSU. Our group is seeking to recruit highly motivated individuals who are excited about conducting clinical research within the Department of Surgery's Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery at OHSU.​​​​​​​

  • Primary Duties: Our volunteers conduct chart reviews of patients using electronic medical records (EPIC) and enter the information in a secure database. They attend daily rounds in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit, where medical students, residents, and attending physicians evaluate laboratory/imaging results, pertinent exam findings, and treatment plans. Additionally, T-RAP volunteers attend the Trauma Conference or grand rounds to listen to speakers present on topics such as abdominal aortic aneurysms and nosocomial bacteremia.
  • ​​​​​​​Commitment: A minimum one-year commitment to the program; one four-hour data entry shift every week; monthly T-RAP group meetings.
  • ​​​​​​​Eligibility: The program invites applications from currently enrolled undergraduate/graduate students and college graduates. Applicants must have a 3.0 minimum GPA and demonstrate a working knowledge of computers, a strong work ethic, and an eagerness to learn in a collaborative environment.
  • ​​​​​​​Interested? Trauma Research Associates Program Mailbox at TRAP@ohsu.edu  For more information, visit the Trauma Research Associates Program website.