Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Evaluation of Wraparound Fidelity

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Ryan Parigoris
Email: ryparig@uw.edu

Faculty Information

Department: School of Medicine, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Monthly

Direct supervisor of students:

April Sather (Research Manager) & Ryan Parigoris (Research Assistant)
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

The Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy is part of the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and faculty on our team conduct health services research with children, adolescents, families, and medical providers. Current research focuses on the evaluation of wraparound implementation. The Wraparound Process is an intensive, individualized care management process for youths with serious or complex needs. Wraparound was initially developed in the 1980s as a means for maintaining youth with the most serious emotional and behavioral problems in their home and community. During the wraparound process, a team of individuals who are relevant to the well-being of the child or youth (e.g., family members, other natural supports, service providers, and agency representatives) collaboratively develop an individualized plan of care, implement this plan, and evaluate success over time. The current evaluation assesses fidelity to the wraparound model in multiple sites across the country using a number of tools specifically designed for this purpose. In this project, we are assessing the fidelity and quality of wraparound implementation across a number of initiatives. This is done by surveying wraparound facilitators, participating caregivers, and youth of a certain age. Student intern activities would include: • Entering survey data in to SPSS and Excel • Conducting literature reviews on mental health related topics • Preparing tables and figures for research reports and presentations • Organizing evaluation related documents • Printing, collating, and mailing training materials • Conducting Wraparound Fidelity interviews via telephone with caregivers, youth, and wraparound facilitators as necessary • Helping with other project related tasks as needed

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: TBD, a regular time will be set, usually between the hours of 9:30 and 4:30 Monday-Friday. The option of evening hours will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Student commitment: 2-3 Quarters

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
50 % data entry % video taping % animal care
20 % database management 5 % interview subjects % animal observation
5 % encoding data 5 % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
10 % library research % running subjects % histology
5 % data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    % recruiting subjects    

Other:Student interns can sometimes assist with data collection activities (e.g. interviews with youth, caregivers, and wraparound facilitators). However, we like to first work with the student, ensure that they understand the study, and assess interpersonal and interviewing skills, given the vulnerability of the population.

Skills / Experience Preferred

• Knowledge of Excel and SPSS • Serious interest in graduate school and/or career in research, health policy, clinical psychology, social work, or related field • Interest in learning all aspects of research • Ability to work independently and responsibly • Strong organizational skills • Ability to work with a multidisciplinary research team