Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Global Behavioral Research with Minority Populations

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Megan Ramaiya
Telephone: (478) 318-6128
Email: mramaiya@uw.edu

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Jane Simoni
Professor
Department: Psychology, Clinical
Office: Guthrie 323
Telephone: (206) 685-3291
Email: jsimoni@uw.edu

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

Yes
If yes, how often? Dr. Simoni is available to meet with students as necessary. Students will meet regularly with Simoni Lab graduate students.

Direct supervisor of students:

Megan Ramaiya
Supervisor Title: Clinical Psychology Graduate Student
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

Commitment The research assistant should expect to work at least six hours a week for 2 credits, or three hours a week for 1 credit. The number of quarters committed to the lab (e.g., 1 quarter or 2+ quarters) experience, and interest level will determine the level of training received and the responsibilities and tasks assigned. Supervision Will occur through weekly face-to-face meetings with on-site lab members, as well as regular phone and email contact. 499s are welcome to attend regular lab meetings with the Simoni Lab. Duties Library and On-Line Research: Retrieving the articles and books necessary for start-up and initial functioning of the lab’s projects run by Dr. Simoni or graduate students in the lab. Doing literature reviews and other online queries on assigned topics. Study Operations: Creating forms for internal use, data entry, cleaning and monitoring, aid in preparing submissions for review by the UW research ethics review board (IRB), and other projects as they arise. Data Analysis: Opportunities are available to work with graduate students on current and past analyses, for research assistants with an appropriate statistics background and/or interest. Supervision of an independent research project or Honors thesis is possible. Dissemination of Results: Editing research documents (e.g., grant submissions, manuscript drafts) linked to ongoing projects in the lab. Opportunities for contributing to national and international presentations (e.g., conference, symposia, and/or poster presentations) as well as journal manuscripts may also be available, pending availability, interest, and skill level. Miscellaneous/Other: If there are particular projects on which the research assistant prefers to work, these preferences will be accommodated to the extent that they are possible. Description of Studies The above duties may relate to any of the three projects described below: Project #1: This project, based in Mombasa Kenya, investigates how social network characteristics influence medication adherence and viral suppression among HIV-positive female sex workers. Project #2: Pilot evaluation of the effectiveness of a school-based, culturally tailored skills training intervention for earthquake-exposed adolescents in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. The treatment is based on components of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Project #3: Various systematic reviews and meta-analyses on global HIV research (e.g., gender differences in anti-retroviral therapy (ART) adherence in sub-Saharan Africa, associations between adherence and substance use in sub-Saharan Africa).

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: 6-8 hours/week
Student commitment: The research assistant should expect to work at least six hours a week for 2 credits, or three hours a week for 1 credit. The number of quarters committed to the lab (e.g., 1 quarter or 2+ quarters) experience, and interest level will determine the level of training received and the responsibilities and tasks assigned.

499 Responsibilities

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

Other:Data analysis and cleaning: 10% Editing and contributing to research documents (e.g., grant submissions, papers, posters): 25%

Skills / Experience Preferred

1. Interest and/or experience in qualitative research 2. Experience in statistical programming and/or analysis (e.g., SPSS, R) 3. Interest and/or experience in global mental health and health disparities research