Winston Tseng, Research Scientist

Closed (1) Project 1: Safe Drinking Water at Cental Union Elementary (Please specify project(s) of interest in your application)

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

Central Union School District is partnering with Gadgil Lab and Health Research for Action at UC Berkeley on a 3-year research project funded by the UC Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program. This project is about assessing community perspectives on water safety, community education, and testing a new technology for safe drinking water at Central Union Elementary School.

We will be testing a new technology for removing arsenic from water. The goal is to make this technology available and affordable to rural California communities in need. This new technology, called Air Cathode Assisted Iron Electrocoagulation (ACAIE), is small in size and has the potential to provide low cost, safe drinking water. This is an early testing phase of the new technology, so we will not be able to provide safe drinking water for any person to consume; that can happen after more testing.

In addition to testing this technology, we will be seeking to understand community views and acceptability of this technology. This will entail speaking and working with people in the local community along with local experts in water safety and health. We will ask questions about community views about water safety and health, community acceptability of testing a new technology, and ways to educate and communicate information about water safety and health with the community.

1. Provide support in planning, analysis, and reporting activities of the community assessment.
2. Assist in the design of instruments (e.g., focus groups, surveys), reports and documentation of progress, including but not limited to analyzing data, describing findings, developing charts/tables, and designing visual and other graphic materials to show case the stories and for community forums.
3. Developing STEM education materials for children in elementar school and facilitating the STEM education to the children. 
4. Assist in coordinating in-person meetings or conference calls, developing meeting minutes, and presentations.
5. Other duties as requested by the supervisor.


Qualifications: 1. Student majoring in psychology, public health, social work, ethnic studies, public policy, or another related field. At least 3rd or 4th year student desired. 2. Interested in both research and community development issues. 3. Demonstrated research skills required. Experience with qualitative data analysis desired. Experience in statistical data analysis a plus. 4. Having teaching skills with elementary school chilren desired. 5. Excellent attention to detail, organizational skills, and strong initiative required. 6. Ability to work effectively both independently and as a team member in a fast-paced environment. 7. Proficiency with Mac and PC based computers and MS Office software required. 

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Off-Campus Research Site: Health Research for Action
435 University Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7358

Related website: http://healthresearchforaction.org/

Closed (2) Project 2: Evaluation of Hmong Cultural Center of Butte County Zoobiab Mental Health Program for Older Adults (Please specify project(s) of interest in your application)

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

The goal of the project is to conduct an evaluation of the Zoosiab program, a community-based prevention and early intervention program that aims to prevent and/or reduce further mental health problems and social isolation among Hmong elders by strengthening sense of community and social engagement, improving both psychological and spiritual mental health, and increasing access to culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services.

1. Provide support in planning, analysis, and reporting activities of the project.
2. Assist in the design of instruments (e.g., interviews, surveys), reports and documentation of progress, including but not limited to analyzing data, describing findings, developing charts/tables, and designing fact sheets and reports.
3. Conduct searches and reviews of data and documentary sources, annual reports, and other public health materials.
4. Assist in coordinating in-person meetings or conference calls, developing meeting minutes, and presentations.
5. Other duties as requested by the supervisor.


Qualifications: 1. Student majoring in social welfare, public health, anthropology, sociology, art and design, or another related field. A 3rd or 4th year student is preferred. 2. Interested in both older adult and community health issues. 3. Demonstrated research skills required. Experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis preferred. 4. Having art and design skills desired. 5. Excellent attention to detail, organizational skills, and strong initiative required. 6. Ability to work effectively both independently and as a team member.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Off-Campus Research Site: Health Research for Action
435 University Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7358

Related website: http://healthresearchforaction.org/

Closed (3) Project 3: Bay Area Pacific Islander Data Equity Project (Please specify project(s) of interest in your application)

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

The purpose of the project is to monitor and increase the visibility of Pacific Islander (PI) health disparities and align local health department efforts in the counties of San Francisco, Alameda, and San Mateo to be more inclusive and effective in serving PI communities. The project activities include conducting a PI health assessment, support data collection and data disaggregation initiatives, and using the data to advocate for PI programs in priority areas (housing, maternal and child health, adolescent health, behavioral health, and chronic conditions) to improve health access and outcomes, foster intergenerational youth development, and increase civic engagement and participation.


The students will:
• Conduct data collection and data analysis from the Census, local health department data sets, and state health department data sets.
• Find and review publicly available literature and data on Pacific Islanders and other racial groups.
• Assist in the development of infographics, fact sheets, policy briefs, research reports, and research proposals.



Qualifications: 1. (required) Undergraduate (upper division, declared major) in public health, social work, pre-health (medical/dental/nursing/pharmacy), or related field. 2. (required) Proficiency in general personal computer applications (e.g. MS Word, Excel, Internet applications, etc.). 3. Interested in community health research and policy issues of Pacific Islanders. 4. Some knowledge of epidemiology terms. 5. GPA minimum 3.0. 6. Experience with Adobe In-Design, Adobe Publisher, Adobe Photoshop, etc., desired. 

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Off-Campus Research Site: Health Research for Action Center
435 University Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7358

Related website: http://healthresearchforaction.org/

Closed (4) Project 4: Diabetes Reduction among Diverse Older Adults (African American, Hispanic) in Alameda County (Please specify project(s) of interest in your application)

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

The goal of the project is to conduct an evaluation of the Alameda County diabetes disparities reduction initiative, a community-based health promotion/education program that aims to prevent and/or reduce diabetes among African American and Latino older adults and improve cross-sector partnerships to address both medical and social determiants of health that lead to diabetes reduction.


1. Provide support in planning, analysis, and reporting activities of the project.
2. Assist in the design of instruments (e.g., interviews, surveys), reports and documentation of progress, including but not limited to analyzing data, describing findings, developing charts/tables, and designing fact sheets and reports.
3. Conduct searches and reviews of data and documentary sources, annual reports, and other public health materials. 
4. Assist in coordinating in-person meetings or conference calls, developing meeting minutes, and presentations.
5. Other duties as requested by the supervisor.


Qualifications: 1. Student majoring in social welfare, public health, anthropology, sociology, art and design, or another related field. A 3rd or 4th year student is preferred. 2. Interested in both older adult and community health issues. 3. Demonstrated research skills required. Experience with qualitative data analysis preferred. 4. Having art and design skills desired. Experience with Adobe In-Design and Adobe Publisher preferred. 5. Excellent attention to detail, organizational skills, and strong initiative required. 6. Ability to work effectively both independently and as a team member.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Off-Campus Research Site: Health Research for Action
435 University Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7358

Related website: http://healthresearchforaction.org/