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Research Assistant with College of Nursing – AcuAware

Faculty Mentor: Lisa Taylor-Swanson
Title: Assistant Professor
College: Nursing

Project description

AcuAware: Does acupuncture alter interoceptive awareness? The Taylor-Swanson lab is collecting pilot data on interoceptive awareness (how we feel our body, somewhat similar to embodiment) in a pragmatic clinical setting. This program of research seeks to discover whether acupuncture changes how we feel our body and interpret bodily sensations. Licensed Acupuncturists using an electronic health record (EHR) based in the UK will consent patients and the EHR will push the MAIA-2 (Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness) scale to patients at set intervals. Research Assistants (RAs) are asked to attend 1-2 times per month lab meetings with doctoral students and graduate RAs. It will be a fun and engaging collegial conversation on scientific topics. We will read and discuss relevant scholarly literature in addition conducting to project management discussions. RA duties will include working (1) on a literature review, and (2) remote data collection and management. Must complete CITI training before engaging in any lab duties. Contact Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson for more information (

Neuroscience; acupuncture; pain; pragmatic research; integrative health

Student Role: 1. Attend lab meetings every other week - read assigned article(s) in advance, come prepared to discuss, share ideas, ask questions, or just listen2. Literature review - find relevant articles, summarize findings3. Data collection and management as assigned
Student Benefits: Learn about cutting-edge neuroscience, psychology, and pain research; hands-on experience with research conduct; participate in team science; possible poster and manuscript opportunities for highly engaged students
Project Duration: Ongoing project; 5+ hours per week, according to student availability
Opportunity Type: Research Assistant
Opportunity Location Type: In Person, Hybrid
Is this a paid opportunity: No
Paid Description:


Minimum Requirements: Interpersonal skills, ability to work with a team
How To Apply: Contact Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson for more information (