Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Improv­ing Prac­tice in Community-based Set­tings: A Ran­dom­ized Trial of Super­vi­sion Strate­gies (R01)

This project was expired on 09/30/2016


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Kelly Thompson
Email: kelly3@uw.edu

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:
Department: Psychology

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Weekly lab meetings; other meetings by arrangment

Direct supervisor of students:

Kelly Thompson, MSW
Supervisor Title: Supervision to Enhance Practice Study; Project Director
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

This study is one of the first ever to examine the impact of vary­ing super­vi­sion strate­gies on clin­i­cian delivery of therapy with children and families in a community-based health set­ting. We want to learn about effective elements of supervision so that we can improve outcome for kids with trauma across the state of Washington. We also think that our findings will have implications nationwide! The study will test how to most effectively supervise clinicians providing TF-CBT in order to: • Enhance supervisor understanding of clinician capabilities • Improve clinician skill and fidelity in the model • Improve client outcomes • Apply findings to other models (CBT Plus, PCIT, etc.) Students will assist with coding of therapy; conduct phone interviews with childrena and parents and participate in a variety of experineces that will introduce them to the research process on a clinical trial.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: TBD. Some evening and weekend hours available, but will need some M-F 9am-5pm in the lab as well.
Student commitment: We are seeking highly motivated students to support the research activities which include the STEPS study as well as other Dr. Dorsey projects---both domestic and international. A minimum commitment of 2 quarters is required and more is recommended to take advantage of the lab opportunities.

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
10 % data entry % video taping % animal care
10 % database management 10 % interview subjects % animal observation
40 % encoding data 10 % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
10 % library research % running subjects % histology
10 % data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    % recruiting subjects    

Other:Dr. Dorsey's areas of research include: Evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents (particularly Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Dissemination and Implementation Science, Global Mental Health. The 499 students will be primarily involved in supporting the STEPS study, but will have exposure to other projects. Activities include supporting faculty and staff in real-wrold research and trainings with clinicians in the community; literature serches and reviews; coding of treatment session and supervision audio files; assisting with other aspects of data collection, entry and analysis.

Skills / Experience Preferred

Motivated; good attention to detail; ability to work independently and responsibly commit to a schedule. Serious interest in graduate school and/or career in research, clinical psychology, social work or related field.