Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Patient-Provider Experience (PPX)

This project was expired on 12/22/2016


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Jennifer Villatte
Telephone: (206) 685-6526
Email: villatte@uw.edu

Faculty Information

Department: Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? The faculty advisor for the project will meet with students on a weekly basis, or bi-weekly as necessary.

Direct supervisor of students:

Jennifer Villatte, PhD
Supervisor Title: Assistant Professor
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

The Patient-Provider Experience (PPX) Lab @ UW Medicine is seeking research assistants to help us evaluate and improve wearable and mobile technologies to promote behavioral health and well-being across a diverse spectrum of problems and populations. This internship is intended for highly motivated students who are interested in attending graduate school and/or pursuing a career related to behavioral sciences and technology. Applications will be considered from students in psychology, human centered design, computer science, social work, public health, and related fields. We have a variety of interesting opportunities and are always seeking hardworking assistants to join our interdisciplinary lab. The PPX Lab @ UW Medicine seeks to optimize product design, evaluation, and adoption through meaningful participation by all categories of stakeholders in behavioral health technologies. Faculty with expertise in psychology, medicine, human centered design, data science, and public health actively consult with technology developers and are dedicated to independent evaluation of their products. These insights help developers identify core problems in behavioral health and healthcare that can be addressed by technology and understand the context in which these products are used. The PPX lab conducts systematic and controlled evaluation of emerging cognitive and behavioral health technologies “in the wild”, simultaneously assessing acceptability, efficacy, and adoption feasibility. We provide developers with immediate feedback on their ideas and prototypes from the people they most want to benefit from their use. Similarly, PPX amplifies patients’ and providers’ ability to shape product design and implementation throughout the development cycle, when their input can have maximal influence. The PPX lab strives to accommodate the rapid iteration and evaluation cycle demanded by the technology market, while upholding UW Medicine’s strong commitment to quality patient-centered care. The safety, satisfaction, and well-being of our patients and providers is our highest priority, which is why we take such pride in educating technologists in the ethical standards and workflow demands of health service delivery. Our patients and providers also benefit from sharing their user experience, which can promote health literacy, goal setting, self-efficacy, and engagement – all of which are linked to satisfaction and well-being. This iterative exchange of ideas creates a virtuous cycle, stimulating technology innovation, public health relevance, and real world impact.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 9
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: It may be possible to work evening and weekends, or from home, with approval from lab supervisor.
Student commitment: 3 consecutive quarters (does not necessarily include summer quarter, unless you are available for this)

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
20 % data entry 10 % video taping 0 % animal care
15 % database management 5 % interview subjects 0 % animal observation
10 % encoding data 15 % scheduling appt 0 % surgical techniques
10 % library research 0 % running subjects 0 % histology
5 % data collection 0 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
    10 % recruiting subjects    

Other:Observing, transcribing, and coding participant interviews Conducting qualitative interviews, focus groups, and usability testing Writing and presenting User Experience reports to technology designers and engineers Mixed methods analysis of user experience and digital health data Additional duties may include administrative tasks such as filing, preparing mailings, and preparing assessment packets

Skills / Experience Preferred

We are seeking students with: Serious interest in graduate school and a career in behavioral sciences and technology Attentive to detail Interest in learning all aspects of research Ability to work independently and responsibly Absolutely reliable Strong organizational skills Good logic and problem-solving skills Good interpersonal and communication skills Completion of a research methods course in psychology, the social sciences, sciences, or medicine.