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Undergraduate Programs - Volunteer Research Program

The faculty in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division are active in research that encompasses various areas of expertise and are committed to developing the talent of all students.

Serving as a volunteer research assistant or spending time within a research group can be a valuable opportunity for undergraduate students. Such experiences can help students develop valuable skills which include critical evaluation, program solving, and general research experience.  Research experience can build your skill sets in learning how to work with participants, reading, collecting, inputting or coding data, and working on research papers could be helpful for graduate programs in many fields. Most graduate level programs prefer to see research experience on your CV or resume.

Opportunities are available for the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Students typically will spend 5-6 hours per week on site. The research assistant position is a volunteer position and does not include compensation.

Getting Started

  1. To find a position as a research assistant, first determine what type of research is interesting to you and most relevant to your career goals and objectives. Research and read articles in the field that interest you. The faculty who are available for this program are featured below. You can learn more about the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry division's faculty and areas of research.
  2. Make an appointment to meet the faculty member to talk about medical school, graduate school and available research positions within their field.

Meet Our Faculty

Drs. Bettencourt, Carnell, Grados and McGuire are available for the undergraduate research program and can mentor undergraduate volunteer research assistants. 

Photo of Dr. Amie Bettencourt, M.S., Ph.D.

Bettencourt, Amie, M.S., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Photo of Dr. Joseph F McGuire, M.A., Ph.D.

McGuire, Joseph F, M.A., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, Tic Disorders, Tourette's Syndrome, Trichotillomania
Research Interests: obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, hair pulling disorder, and Tourette Disorder
Photo of Dr. Marco A Grados, M.D., M.P.H.

Grados, Marco A, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Director
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Adult Psychiatry, Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Child Development and Behavioral Health, Child Psychiatry, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, Psychiatry, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Research Interests: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Tourette Syndrome, Genetics
Photo of Dr. Susan Carnell, Ph.D.

Carnell, Susan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Research Interests: Neuroimaging, Child obesity, Obesity, Eating behavior, Eating disorders, Appetite, Genetics, Parent feeding, Stress, Gut hormones


  1. A research assistant is required to be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.
  2. A letter from the school detailing anticipated graduation date, the degree program, and confirmation the student is in good standing or an unofficial transcript is required. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact: 
Johns Hopkins Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
1800 New Orleans St
Baltimore, MD 21287

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