Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral research fellowships are available. Fellows will be involved in studies examining childhood obesity and the use of mobile phone technology in real-time exposure assessment to investigate and influence activity and healthy eating. Candidates should have a strong research background in obesity prevention research and real-time data capture strategies. Fellowships provide an ample opportunity to participant in publishing, grant writing, and career development while being mentor trained in research. More information can be found at the Department of Preventative Medicine. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Genevieve Dunton at

Graduate Student Research Assistantships

Graduate student research assistantships are available to applicants. Applicants who are interested in researching physical activity and healthy dietary behaviors in children, adults, and families are encouraged to apply to the Ph.D. program and contact Dr. Dunton directly. Graduate student assistants are involved in studies that use real-time capture strategies in the form of Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) and Ecological Momentary Intervention (EMI). As part of the Ph.D. program, graduate student assistants are expected to conduct independent research (including dissertation) under the mentorship of Dr. Genevieve Dunton. For further questions, please contact Dr. Dunton at

Undergraduate Student Research Assistantships

The USC REACH Lab offers research positions for USC undergraduate students (through the HP490 directed research units) who are highly motivated to learn and work as an important member of a research team. Our mission is to understand the etiology of health behaviors related to obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease risk in children and adults, with a particular focus on physical activity and eating. Our projects use remote sensing and communication technologies such as smartphones, accelerometers, and GPS to better understand causes and correlates of health behaviors.

During the academic year, students will be involved in a variety of research projects to investigate physical activity and sedentary behaviors in young adults (ages 18-24 years) using wearable smartwatch technologies and smartphone applications. Projects will also involve opportunities to learn about clinical fitness assessment and neuroimaging methodologies.

As a 490 student researcher on our projects, you will have the opportunity to assist with a range of research activities including participant scheduling, recruitment, material preparation, equipment management, data collection, compliance calls, and data entry. Desired students will be detail-oriented, and have strong interpersonal and communication skills. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience while working with faculty, staff, and students at the Keck School of Medicine Department of Population and Public Health Sciences.To be considered for the position, send your resume and available days/hours to: Micaela Hewus, Project Specialist (