Research Assistant - Nature-based playground redesign
Preference will be given to students who have experience or interest in children's health and/or sustainable environments.
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.
Please send cover letter and resume to Dr. Allison Ross (firstname.lastname@example.org). Include a description of relevant experience and an explanation of why you are interested in this position in your cover letter.