Research Training and Mentorship


A major emphasis of PRO-Health is to provide research training opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students committed to improving the health of traditionally underserved populations and reducing health care disparities.

We have developed strong and successful research partnerships and pipelines with some of the leading doctoral programs in the areas of Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. Collectively, our involvement in nationally recognized research mentorship programs has led to our students designing and conducting research projects that serve medically underserved communities, presenting and publishing their work in prominent health research journals, and continuing their graduate education in some of the top doctoral research programs in the nation.

How to Apply


Pro-Health is located in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Long Beach. We provide opportunities for health research training at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

At the graduate level, research training and mentorship largely takes place through the following programs:

     – Masters of Arts in Psychological Research Program

     – California Predoctoral Scholars Program (Sally Casanova Award)

     – Independent Research Study Program (PSY 599 and PSY 697)

At the undergraduate level, research mentorship and opportunities are available through the following programs:

     – BUILD Program

     – University Honors Program

     – University Research Opportunities Program

     – California Predoctoral Scholars Program (Sally Casanova Award)

     – Independent Research Study Program (PSY 499)

If you are interested in the field of Health Psychology and you would like to apply to be a member of PRO-Health, please send us an email to guido.urizar@csulb.edu  with the following information:

     – Our application form (Download Application)

     – Resume or Curriculum Vitae

     – Student transcript

     – Contact information for three references