Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Clinical Outcome Studies with Suicidal Participants

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Justin Um
Telephone: (206) 744-9323

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Katherine Anne (Kate) Comtois
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,Adjunct Professor, Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics, Dept. of Psychology
Department: Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Telephone: (206) 897-4225

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Weekly

Direct supervisor of students:

Adam Livengood
Supervisor Title: Research Coordinator
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

Dr. Kate Comtois' research lab conducts clinical trials and health services research for suicide prevention (for more information, go to We are currently running several projects evaluating suicide interventions. Currently, these projects have 499 opportunities: (1) The Preventing Addiction Related Suicide (PARS) study aims to evaluate the effectiveness and utility of a psychoeducational suicide prevention program designed to be used within Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) utilizing a novel, randomized stepped wedge design. Study participants will be recruited directly from the IOP groups throughout the Western Washington area. (2) The Aftercare Focus Study (AFS) is a randomized clinical trial of the “Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality” (CAMS), comparing the effectiveness to standard care for Next Available Appointment (NDA) services for suicidal patients recently discharged from the hospital. We are seeking students with serious interest in graduate school and pursuing a career in research, clinical psychology, or a related field. Veterans, Reserve and Guard members as well as ethnic minority students, students first in their family to attend a four-year college, returning students and individuals with a personal vehicle are strongly encouraged to apply. Our goal is to prepare and support non-traditional students seeking eventual admission to a graduate school program best suited for their ideal career in behavioral health, clinical or counseling psychology or medicine. Dr. Comtois' lab also offers opportunities for mentorship as part of the McNair ( and Early Identification Program ( TO APPLY: Please send us an email at and include a copy of your unofficial transcript and resume/cv.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 9
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: Weekly meetings on Thursdays from 9-11 AM, evening work determined on case-by-case basis.
Student commitment: We are accepting applications for a 1 quarter commitment for Summer 2018, though a 3 quarter commitment is encouraged.

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
75 % data entry % video taping % animal care
% database management * % interview subjects % animal observation
% encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
5 % library research % running subjects % histology
% data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    * % recruiting subjects    

Other:5% Other: Weekly clinical research skills seminar and weekly research team meetings 15% Other: Photocopying and organizational tasks, including filing *Students may be given the opportunity to have direct contact with research subjects; however, this will be determined by Dr. Comtois and the research coordinator on the basis of student performance. Please note that due to the dynamic nature of our recruitment design, students who have a personal vehicle and can be flexible with their schedule on a week to week basis will have the best opportunity for subject recruitment and interaction. Students must be willing to commute to the researchers’ offices in the Patricia Steel building at Harborview Medical Center. We recommend taking the free Health Sciences Express bus from the UW campus: (

Skills / Experience Preferred

• Highly attentive to detail • Interest in learning all aspects of research • Ability to work independently and responsibly • Strong organizational skills • Completion of a research methods course in psychology, the social sciences, sciences, or medicine—or junior standing in the Psychology major • Some classes in clinical or abnormal psychology are preferred