Prospective Graduate Students
Please send Dr. T an email outlining your research interests and attach a copy of your CV.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities
The DiSH Lab's active studies are currently fully staffed, but we will be accepting applications for Spring and Summer 2017. Undergraduate students interested in pursuing research with the DiSH Lab may apply for a research assistant position. Credit opportunities are available. Research assistants contribute to all stages of the research process and gain valuable research experience, especially as we are currently beginning several new studies. It is NOT necessary to be a Psychology major. It IS required to commit to at least 8 hours per week. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.4 OR have earned an A in Psych 150. We cannot consider your application until you know your schedule for the quarter for which you are applying. If you are interested in joining, and know your schedule for Spring Quarter, please email your application to

Honors Theses/Independent Projects
You must work as a research assistant for at least 3 quarters to be eligible to conduct an honors thesis or independent project in the lab with Dr. T.

Letters of Recommendation
Click here to find out more about how to request a letter of recommendation from Dr. T.

HERO Study
The HEalth Registry of Obesity (HERO) is a study being conducted by DiSH Lab researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles. We think people can be healthy, regardless of what number shows up on the scale. Our goal is to gather a group of people who might be considered obese by conventional standards, but are perfectly healthy. We know there are many of you out there. The purpose of our study is to understand what thoughts, behaviors, and qualities are characteristic of this “fit-and-fat” group, so that in the future, everyone - no matter what they weigh - can enjoy good health. If you're interested in being a participant, click here to get started or email us at

Stress and Health Study

The DiSH Lab is looking for individuals who identify as Latino/a or African-American to participate in a study investigating how stress affects health. Participants will be asked to provide saliva samples, complete questionnaires, and consume food. Participants must be 18 years or older, and this study requires one visit to the UCLA campus.

Eligible participants will be compensated up to $50 for participation, plus compensation for parking or public transportation to UCLA.

If you're interested in participating, you can email us at or call (310) 825-9092 and mention the "Stress and Health Study."

Cravings in Everyday Life Study

Do you drink alcohol?

The DiSH Lab is looking for individuals who drink alcohol regularly to participate in a study investigating how cravings for alcohol function in everyday life settings. Participants will be asked to provide a DNA sample, complete questionnaires, eat food, and be exposed to alcohol cues. Participants must be between 21 and 55 years old and this study requires one visit to the UCLA campus. Participants will be compensated up to $40 (an average of $20/hour) for participation.

To get more information about the study and to complete a screening, please click here. For specific questions, you can email us at or call (424) 256-5121 and mention the "Cravings in Everyday Life Study."