Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics - Studies on Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Severe, Complex, and Treatment-Resisting Disorders

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Jeremy Eberle
Email: jeberle@u.washington.edu

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:
Department: Psychology

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Initiated by students

Direct supervisor of students:

Contingent on project assignment
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

The Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC) has spring quarter openings for research assistants! We are conducting several projects related to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a cognitive-behavioral treatment developed by Dr. Linehan. We are (a) evaluating the efficacy of DBT for suicidal adolescents and analyzing mediators of reduced suicidal and self-injurious behaviors (PI = Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP); (b) conducting meta-analyses of the relationships between hospitalization and outcomes in DBT and other treatments for suicidal behavior (PI = Trevor Coyle); (c) developing and evaluating a computerized DBT skills training intervention for suicidal alcoholics (PI = Chelsey Wilks, MS); and (d) evaluating the feasibility, acceptability, safety, and effectiveness of the DBT Prolonged Exposure protocol when implemented in community agencies (PI = Melanie Harned, PhD, ABPP). We also have positions related to our Treatment Development Clinic. The BRTC is a clinical research center that develops and improves effective and pragmatic treatments for individuals with severe, complex, and treatment-resisting mental disorders (for more information, visit http://depts.washington.edu/uwbrtc/). Students have found their work here to be very stimulating.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 9
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Variable based on student availability
Student commitment: Students must commit to 9 hours per week (3 credits) for 3 quarters. These hours include a weekly seminar (scheduling varies) on clinical research methodology, behavior therapy, and a number of other topics. Students regularly meet with their supervisors to discuss tasks and how they relate to the projects overall.

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
50 % data entry 10 % video taping 0 % animal care
5 % database management 5 % interview subjects 0 % animal observation
10 % encoding data 5 % scheduling appt 0 % surgical techniques
5 % library research 0 % running subjects 0 % histology
5 % data collection 0 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
    5 % recruiting subjects    

Other:Possible duties (assigned based on student interest and lab needs) include entering, coding, and/or analyzing data; conducting literature reviews; observing and coding therapy sessions and therapist supervision teams; managing, copying, and/or transcribing DVDs of therapy sessions; and conducting assessment interviews. Additional duties may include administrative tasks such as filing, preparing mailings, labeling DVDs, preparing assessment packets, and faxing information to healthcare providers.

Skills / Experience Preferred

We are looking for highly motivated, detail-oriented, absolutely reliable students who can work independently; have strong logic, problem-solving, interpersonal, and communication skills; and are interested in attending graduate school or pursuing a career in psychology or a related field. If you are interested in joining our lab, please email your resume/CV, unofficial transcript, availability, and a paragraph describing your interest to Jeremy Eberle. We will contact you for an interview if we have openings.