Training Opportunities

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

Undergraduate research assistantships are available to students in the USC’s Health Promotion B.S. Program as well as qualified undergraduate students from other majors. Assistantships are available as part of the HP 290 or 490 Directed Research Course. Assistants work on students that use mobile phone technologies to remotely collect real-time data, providing researchers with a cost efficient way to reduce missing data. This is a great opportunity to gain initial exposure/experience in a research setting in preparation for graduate school. First-time prospective undergraduates may apply at the button below. For students who have taken HP 290 or 490 with Dr. Dunton in past semesters, please visit The Office of Provost and The Rose Hills Foundation for information on how to continue research. Students are encouraged to contact Lissette Ramirez before applying to either scholarship program. For any questions please contact Lissette at