Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Clinical Outcome Studies with Suicidal Participants

This project was expired on 12/31/2017


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Karin Hendricks, MA
Telephone: (206) 744-1758

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Katherine Anne (Kate) Comtois
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Adjunct Professor, Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics, Dept. of Psychology
Department: Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Telephone: (206) 341-4225

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Weekly

Direct supervisor of students:

Karin Hendricks, M.A.
Supervisor Title: Research Coordinator
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

The Comtois Lab conducts clinical trials and health services research for suicide prevention (for more information, go to We are currently running several projects evaluating suicide interventions: • The Preventing Addiction Related Suicide (PARS) study aims to evaluate the effectiveness and utility of a psychoeducational suicide prevention program designed to be used within Intensive Outpatient Programs utilizing a novel, randomized stepped wedge design. • The Aftercare Focus Study (AFS) is a randomized clinical trial of the “Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality” (CAMS), comparing the effectiveness to standard care for Next Available Appointment (NDA) services for patients discharged from the hospital following a recent suicide attempt. • We also continue to analyze data from our earlier research with suicidal individuals. We are seeking students with serious interest in graduate school and pursuing a career in research, clinical psychology, or a related field. Veterans, Reserve and Guard members as well as ethnic minority students, students first in their family to attend a four-year college, and returning students are particularly encouraged to apply. Our goal is to prepare and support non-traditional students seeking eventual admission to a graduate school program best suited for their ideal career in behavioral health, clinical or counseling psychology or medicine. The Comtois Lab also offers opportunities for mentorship as part of the McNair ( and Early Identification Program (

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 9
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: Weekly lab meeting on Fridays from 10-11 AM, evening/weekend work determined on case-by-case basis after the first quarter.
Student commitment: 3 quarters (first quarter is a probationary period but the student should only apply if at least 3 quarters prior to senior year/graduation)

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
75 % data entry % video taping % animal care
5 % database management * % interview subjects % animal observation
5 % encoding data * % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
5 % library research % running subjects % histology
% data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    * % recruiting subjects    

Other:5% Other: Weekly clinical research skills seminar and weekly research team meetings 5% Other: Photocopying and organizational tasks, including filing *Students may be given the opportunity to have direct contact with research subjects; however, this will be determined by Dr. Comtois and the research coordinator on the basis of student performance during the probationary period. Students must be willing to commute to the researchers’ offices in the Patricia Steel building at Harborview Medical Center. We recommend taking the free Health Sciences Express bus from the UW campus: (

Skills / Experience Preferred

• Highly attentive to detail • Interest in learning all aspects of research • Ability to work independently and responsibly • Strong organizational skills • Completion of a research methods course in psychology, the social sciences, sciences, or medicine—or junior standing in the Psychology major • Some classes in clinical or abnormal psychology are preferred