Research Opportunities

The research community at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences has opportunities for our MSW students to gain hands-on experience in applied research activities.  Current opportunities are listed below. Please check back regularly as we will update this as new opportunities develop. Please note that some of these are paid opportunities and some are unpaid. This information is provided below.

Research opportunity with Dr. Baughman

Project Summary: There are multiple paid opportunities for you that involve field interviewing, data entry, data analysis, report and grant writing. 

We are looking for these particular skills: Interviewing experience, data (SPSS) experience, an interest and comfort level in speaking with adults with substance use disorders and/or mental health conditions.  We are very interested in teaming with students who are interested in research. 

Work details: This is a paid opportunity. You must be available for 10 to 20 hours per week. We are willing to work around your schedule.  Year-long funding is available (for both the academic year and during the summer). 

Contact: Please email Dr. Margaret Baughman at

Research opportunity with Dr. Miller

Project Summary: Pilot research study in Lorain County related to financial (in)security among older adults.

We are looking for these particular skills: Literature review development; data entry

Work details: Although at the moment, no funding associated with the project, there might be a small seed grant from a foundation. A grant proposal will also be submitted at later time. This is a long-term, on-going project. We are looking for students who can work 10-20 hours per week, and will identify activities that work with student schedules.

Contact: Please email Dr. David B. Miller at

Research opportunity with Dr. Ishler

Project Summary: Caregivers to Youth with Autism - We conducted interviews with 174 family members in northern Ohio who were providing care to an adolescent or young adult with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). One paper has already been published using these data (Ishler et al., 2021, and several other manuscripts and data analyses are in process. There is room for a highly motivated student to join our small group of researchers to assist with analyses and writing up results for publication. Depending on the nature and quality of the student's contributions, the student may be listed as a co-author on the resulting publication(s).

We are looking for these particular skills:  Experience with reference management software (e.g., EndNote, Mendely, Zotero) preferred, but not required; Good skills with MS Office products, especially Word and Excel; Excellent written communication skills.

Interest in and/or experience in ASD or DD is preferred. Although this opportunity is listed as "unpaid," a small stipend may be available during Fall 2022.

Work details:  This is an unpaid opportunity and a longer-term project that will span the 2022-2023 AY and may potentially cross into the 2023-2024 AY..  We are looking for students who can work 2-5 hours per week.  

Contact: Please email Dr. Karen Ishler at

Research opportunity with Sara Roberts

Project Summary: Paid GA position for the HEALing Communities Study working on social network analysis and mapping in community based coalitions focused on opioid overdose reduction.

We are looking for these particular skills: REDCap data entry, VennMaker software and social network mapping, creating REDCap tools.

Work details:  This is a paid opportunity, funded officially through March 2023, with the potential to continue to December 2023 - depending on budget approval. We are looking for students who can work 20 hours per week. We are looking to hire for Fall 2022 ASAP. 

Contact: Apply through Handshake.

For more details, please email Ms. Sara Roberts at