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Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

DBHR (Washington Young Adult Health Survey)

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Krista Dashtestani
Telephone: (206) 685-5679
Email: krstadsh@uw.edu

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Jason Kilmer
Associate Professor-Psychiatry
Department: Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Office: 1100 NE 45th St, Ste 300
Telephone: (206) 685-4512
Email: jkilmer@uw.edu

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

Yes
If yes, how often? By appointment

Direct supervisor of students:

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

Short Project Description

The Washington Young Adult Health Survey is a research study conducted through the Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors at the University of Washington in Seattle and aims to explore health behaviors in young adults such as alcohol and substance use. Research assistants will play an important role in contacting participants for recruitment and retention purposes, testing programmed surveys, documentation of study materials, conducting literature searches on relevant topics, and other administrative/clerical tasks.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: Preferred times between 9:00am and 5:00pm
Student commitment: Flexible, two quarters preferred

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
% data entry % video taping % animal care
20 % database management % interview subjects % animal observation
% encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
% library research % running subjects % histology
% data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    60 % recruiting subjects    

Other:20% miscellaneous tasks, helping update data codebook, opportunity to present research findings at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium

Skills / Experience Preferred

Comfortable spending time on the phone with participants. Comfortable with computers, using MS Office Suite and willing to learn new software programs. Students who have taken Psych 209 and Psych 315 (or Psych 317/318) are preferred, but those courses are not a prerequisite to signing up for this 499. If interested, please email Krista Dashtestani at krstadsh@uw.edu