Research Trainee Information

Trainee Positions Available:

We are seeking trainees to work in our research program. Job responsibilities vary by position and the exact research study and faculty member the trainee will be working with but can include: research documentation, data entry, video and audio tape coding, assisting with Institutional Review Board submissions and modifications, participation in ongoing investigations, program development and writing, career development training, research recruitment techniques, clinical projects in our inpatient, partial hospitalization, or outpatient programs, and/or observation of clinical research evaluations.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Trainees and Volunteers:

At any given time we are a number of student research trainees in our program. This is an ideal research experience for local students interested in attending graduate programs for psychology, social work, nutrition, public health, genetics and medical school. Students are also encouraged to attend our weekly research meetings, journal club, and didactic seminars. These occur each Tuesday morning. To apply as a student trainee, you must be able to commit to work with our program for two semesters and devote 10 hours a week. We also require trainees to have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

                                      * Spanish speaking students and experience with graphic design is highly desirable *

Additional training opportunities for student trainees can include:

i. Psychology 395 is available to our undergraduate trainees that are offered positions in our lab. Class times change by semester based on availabilities.

ii. Undergraduate volunteers are also sometimes given mentorship in planning and implementing honor's theses within the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, depending on the length and quality of their contribution to the research program.

Research Trainee applicants are required to submit a completed application form and a current unofficial academic transcript. Detailed instructions can be found on the first page of the application.

The application form for trainees can be downloaded hereApplications are due by August 1st, December 1st, and April 1st for the following semester. Please do not use Google Chrome to open the application. 

We conduct interviews for all other research trainee positions in August, December, and April for the following semester. We will contact you for an interview if you have made it to the second round of the application process and will announce acceptance into the program by the end of the semester.

Additional student trainee opportunities:

Dr. Christine Peat is hiring (volunteer position) a student research trainee to assist with various clinical research projects involving the etiology and treatment of eating disorders and bariatric surgery patients. Responsibilities include (but are not limited to): conducting literature reviews, developing study protocols and associated materials, participant recruitment, data entry and coding, and/or coordinating focus groups. Opportunities to work on and edit publications may also be available. The extent and nature of contributions to projects will be determined in part by interests, qualifications, and availability. 

The trainee should be able to commit to 8-10 hours/week and be available for a yearlong term. Applicants should be interested in learning how to conduct high-quality research that focuses on real-world applicability and broad dissemination. Ideal candidates are reliable, professional, punctual, detail-oriented, and able to work independently. Previous research experience is strongly preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with a working knowledge of psychology and/or public health, as well as to those with experience in Qualtrics.

If interested in applying, please submit both a CV/resume and a cover letter directly to Dr. Peat at

Summer Research Fellowship:

Summer research fellowships are highly competitive positions that are open to undergraduate, postgraduate, and current graduate students. Many of our past summer fellows have been in the first years of a graduate program (e.g., clinical psychology, epidemiology). These positions will be open for competitive applicants interested in an 8-week 40 hours a week research experience working in the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. Those accepted to the program will receive a $2,500 stipend upon completion of their time at UNC and will be given project and mentor assignments based on relevant experiences and future work interests. Please be aware that housing is NOT provided for this fellowship. Schedules will be planned in advance and will include several trainings relevant to the eating disorders field to help facilitate future work. Fellows will attend our weekly research meetings, journal club, and didactic research seminars, shadow clinical care in our inpatient and outpatient programs, and attend an expert lecture series offered to the fellows by research faculty. This series offers fellows an introduction to a wide range of topics in the eating disorders field, each of which our faculty are experts in (e.g., genetics, bariatric surgery, family based treatments). One to two summer fellows are typically selected each year.

Fellowship applicants are required to submit  a completed application form, one letter of recommendation, a current CV, and a current academic transcript. Detailed instructions can be found on the first page of the application.

The application form for fellowships can be downloaded here. Applications are due by April 1st.

Interviews for Summer Fellowship positions are conducted once a year in April.

Faculty Advisor: Cynthia Bulik, PhD

Faculty Advisor’s Department: School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Trainee Coordinator:  Melissa A. Munn-Chernoff, Ph.D.  (984) 974-3788