Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Project PATH (Personality, Alcohol, and Teen Health)

This project was expired on 01/01/2018


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Katja Waldron
Telephone: (206) 685-4510

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Mary Larimer
Professor, Psychology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Department: Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Office: 45th St Plaza - 312
Telephone: (206) 543-3513

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Several times per quarter - as needed

Direct supervisor of students:

Katja Waldron
Supervisor Title: Research Study Assistant
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

This research study will provide the first daily-level test of the Prototype Willingness Model, examining the effects of decision-making cognitions on high-risk alcohol use and related negative consequences using daily data collected from adolescents aged 15-25. Daily survey data allows greater insight into factors contributing to increased risk in-the-moment, which may help develop targeted interventions aimed at improving adolescents’ ability to make healthier choices in moments when they may be at greater risk for engaging in risky behaviors. This study has high impact potential to extend the literature on adolescent drinking decision-making processes. Research assistants would be instrumental in helping to prepare study materials. Assistants will help schedule participants and run in-person sessions. Duties would include - recruiting local young adults in-person, updating the study Facebook page, preparing assessment materials, assisting with survey beta testing, managing advertisements, conducting literature searches on relevant topics, contacting participants, scheduling participants, running participant sessions, and other administrative/clerical tasks.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Preferred in-lab times between 9:00am and 5:00pm, some weekends and evenings OK
Student commitment: Two quarters preferred

499 Responsibilities

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


Skills / Experience Preferred

Students interested in alcohol and substance use, social networking site use, life transitions, and other health behaviors - Students comfortable spending time interacting with participants (& parents of underage participants) in person and on the phone - Interest/skill in Facebook and advertising are a plus - Students who have taken Psych 209 and Psych 315 (or Psych 317/318) are preferred, but those courses are not prerequisite to signing up for this 499. *** Interview required for this 499 ***