Be Calm

We believe that anxiety disorders are treatable and that no one should have to live with excessive anxiety.

Join Our Research Team!

Our research staff consists of SDSU faculty, post-doctoral fellows, doctoral students, masters students, post-baccalaureate research assistants, and undergraduate research assistants.

Research Assistants

We are currently seeking serious, committed undergraduates and post-baccalaureates to serve as volunteer research assistants the Center for Understanding and Treating Anxiety. Enrollment at San Diego State University is not required. The center serves as both an operating clinic and a research lab. We conduct a number of research studies on anxiety disorders and OCD in children, teens, and adults. Research assistants are involved in all aspects of the research process, including directly working with participants, development of studies, data analysis, and presentation. We offer competitive positions, and many of our research assistants go on to attend prestigious doctoral programs in clinical psychology and related fields.

If you plan to apply to graduate school in psychology, research experience in your undergraduate or post-baccalaureate career is an essential step in the process toward getting in. Interested students should understand that this is a unique and exciting opportunity as well as an important and serious commitment, and should consider their future plans seriously before pursuing any avenue of research.

Ideal Candidates:

Mature, responsible students
Interest in clinical psychology and specifically anxiety
Willing to commit approximately 20 hours/week
2 semester minimum commitment/4 semesters preferred
Some research experience valued
Minimum 3.5 GPA

Please submit a completed research assistant application and CV to

Doctoral Students

Dr. Amir at the Center for Understanding and Treating Anxiety periodically accepts incoming doctoral students through the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. To learn whether Dr. Amir will be accepting an incoming doctoral student for the upcoming academic year, please refer to the doctoral program website.

Masters Students

Dr. Amir at the Center for Understanding and Treating Anxiety periodically accepts incoming masters students through the San Diego State University Psychology Masters Program. Click here to learn more about applying to the masters program.