Apply to be a Research Assistant

Are you interested in joining UCLA PEERS® as a volunteer research assistant?

Research assistants at the PEERS® Clinic work under the mentorship of Dr. Laugeson, the founder and director of the PEERS® program, and have the benefit of learning from both clinical work and clinically-directed research at a top-line academic university. We conduct three group therapies as part of our clinic - for preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults - and collect extensive research outcome measures on all groups.

RA positions are unpaid and on a volunteer basis. We require a commitment of 10 hours per week for at least 1 year, or 20 hours per week for three months during the summer.

RA duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Scoring & verifying testing protocol for the PEERS® for Preschoolers, PEERS® for Adolescents, and PEERS® for Young Adults clinical groups
  • Maintaining and updating the database for current research studies
  • Answering emails and phone calls, and assisting clinic and training coordinators with various clerical duties
  • Participating in lectures, seminars, and professional development meetings
  • Observing PEERS® social skills groups and monitoring treatment fidelity and homework compliance. 

Please email your CV and cover letter to, and we will reach out after reviewing your application materials. Please note that our needs for additional personnel are subject to change.