Research Assistant - Nature-based playground redesign

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Sponsoring College, Department, School or Center: 
College of Health Solutions
Faculty Name: 
Allison Ross
Preferred Skills or Majors: 

Preference will be given to students who have experience or interest in children's health and/or sustainable environments.

Closing Date: 
March 5, 2021
Location or Campus: 
ASU-Tempe, ASU-Downtown, school site in South Phoenix
Hours Per Week: 

Desired Academic Year: 
Project Description: 

This research project examines the effect of a nature-based playground redesign on student health outcomes. We are collecting and analyzing observational data on student physical activity levels, social interaction, nature-based play, and heat exposure before and after a school playground redesign. During this phase, the playground is being changed to include trees and shrubs. This is a multi-year project and includes a major redesign next year. This project begins during Spring 2021 B session, but there is an opportunity for the research assistant to continue working on the project over the summer and in future semesters.

The research assistant will join a team of students and faculty from the College of Health Solutions and School of Sustainability. Responsibilities include (1) completing a training to conduct systematic behavioral observations with children, (2) conducting observations/recording video footage at a school site in South Phoenix (strict safety and distancing protocols will be followed, and (3) analyzing video recordings of student health behaviors.

Application Instructions and Contact Info: 

Please send cover letter and resume to Dr. Allison Ross ( Include a description of relevant experience and an explanation of why you are interested in this position in your cover letter.