Work With Us

IBHRI follows a team science model in its scientific collaborations.


IBHRI was founded in 2017 by Dr. Josh Matacotta, Edith Gurrola, and Francisco Rosales-Perez. It has a board of directors, a scientific advisory board, affiliated research scientists, and community partners. Scientists and students from any discipline and any part of the world can join IBHRI as an affiliated research scientist (affiliated researcher). Our location independence allows affiliated researchers to reside anywhere in the world. Our affiliated researchers currently reside in USA, Canada, Cyprus, Greece, and Iran.

Why Become an Affiliate Researcher?

Some do so to obtain support or to simplify their work as independent researchers. Others are affiliated with traditional universities but want to show support for and commitment to the behavioral health and social sciences fields through additional affiliation with IBHRI. Others become affiliated simply to show support for IBHRI.

IBHRI is an Open Science Framework (OSF) institution and partner of the Center for Open Science. The Center for Open Science partners with institutions that wish to enhance transparency in science and foster collaboration. The OSF serves as a central hub for research projects while increasing visibility of research outputs at leading institutions. Affiliated researchers at IBHRI enjoy the benefits of the OSF along with other resources.

IBHRI offers the following to affiliated researchers:

  • Formal institutional affiliation

  • Access to an international team of experienced research assistants and scientists at cost price [1]

  • IntegReview’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) services at IBRHI’s cost [2]

  • Free access to Google’s G-Suite for Nonprofits and discounts on software through TechSoup [3]

  • The opportunity to offer teaching or certain types of consultancy under IBHRI’s brand

 Affiliation is free of charge. Donations are welcome.

An institutional affiliation means you have a formal connection with a nonprofit, sponsoring university, or other research entity that has agreed to be the legal recipient of the grant and to administer the funding and official paperwork on behalf of the primary applicant.

Becoming an Affiliated Research Scientist

IBHRI is excited to partner with scholars and researchers who have a strong commitment to reducing health disparities, value open science, and share our mission, vision, and values! IBHRI requests the following from all affiliated researchers:

  • Review, accept, and adhere to our Code of Conduct [4]

  • Make your affiliation with IBHRI explicit in all professional contexts (publications, websites, email, at conferences, presentations, etc.)[5]

  • Agree to be listed on our website during your affiliation and notify us in writing should you decide to terminate your affiliation

[1] Research assistants and scientists can be hired by anyone from any part of the world. They are available for one off tasks (e.g., one assistant to transcribe one interview) and other work (e.g., data analysis; coding; proofreading; survey design) and are also available to external researchers. However, when hired by our affiliated researchers, IBHRI does not assess a fee or indirect costs.

[2] Independent scientists can have their research reviewed in the United States by IntegReview on the same terms as scientists affiliated with a traditional university. This makes research particularly efficient for independent scientists. The work of affiliated researchers in the United States undergoes IRB review while receiving the benefits of association with a 501(c)(3) independent research institute.

[3] All affiliated researchers receive an email account, a G Suite user account with access to all Google G Suite services, and a TechSoup affiliation code.

[4] Prospective affiliates are given time to thoroughly review our Code of Conduct. This includes: ethical conduct while engaged in research with animals and human subjects; financial conflicts of interest; proper attribution and credit for work; good clinical practice in research; proper grant management; attestation to certification in human subjects research; lawful and ethical use of IBHRI technology and software; etc.

[5] This requirement is practiced leniently for graduate students and other early career scientists. IBHRI wants to be a source of moral and practical support to students and early career scientists who practice or want to start practicing open science. Providing this support is more important to us than to always be mentioned by the affiliate. We further acknowledge the fact that not all students or researchers affiliated with traditional universities may have the freedom to include additional affiliated institutions in their publications or professional work.

Ready to Become an Affiliated Researcher?


Other Opportunities

Welcome to IBHRI

Open Positions: Board Member

The Integrative Behavioral Health Research Institute is a 501(c)(3) research organization incorporated in California. The Board of Directors supports the work of IBHRI and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by IBHRI's chief executive officer (CEO), the Board-CEO relationship is a partnership and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both essential and expected.


  • Willingness to contribute to the fiscal and operational success of the organization

  • Demonstrable knowledge within your field of expertise

  • Familiar with 501(c)(3) organizations, research, or experience serving on a board

  • Dependable, willing to attend monthly board meetings, and able to commit at least 5 hours per month to the organization


IBHRI's Board Members consider the Institute a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that IBHRI can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, IBHRI appreciates that all Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity.

Service on IBHRI's Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for travel and accommodation costs related to Board Members' assigned duties. (Subject to funding availability)

Other Support

We offer an internship program to hardworking undergraduate and graduate students. We appreciate board members with the skills and willingness to work with our research interns. Agreements are between the supervisor and intern, but most board members supervise an intern’s work on a small research project.



We do not have any open positions at this time.


Volunteers are greatly appreciated and respected at IBHRI. Please inquire about part-time volunteer opportunities.