Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Public Behavioral Health and Evidence Based Practice for Youth (HB 1088 & HB 2536)

This project was expired on 09/30/2016


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Jessica Leith
Email: jmleith@uw.edu

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:
Department: Psychology

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Monthly

Direct supervisor of students:

Jessica Leith
Supervisor Title: Program Operations Specialist
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

Students in this course will provide support for several research and policy projects which include the analysis of costs at the community mental health agency level for implementing evidence based practices. In addition, we have several projects related to evidence based practices such as an assessment of need for services throughout the state, workforce development, creating a fidelity system to promote positive outcomes for youth, and cultural competency of practice. HB 2536 is legislation that requires the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to increase spending on evidence-based and research-based practices in children’s mental health, child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Students can expect to learn about policy activities embedded within this bill through various projects, including technical assistance to provide evaluation support to community agencies.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6-9
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Flexible
Student commitment: Fall quarter but prefer winter as well

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
40 % data entry % video taping % animal care
10 % database management % interview subjects % animal observation
10 % encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
20 % library research % running subjects % histology
20 % data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

Experience with SPSS and EBSCHO Host/search preferred. Good organization skills and attention to detail.