Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Adults: Health and Neurobehavior

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Sandra Radin, PhD
Telephone: (206) 854-8382

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Dennis Donovan
Director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute; Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Adjunct Professor of Psychology
Department: Psychology
Office: 1107 NE 45th Street, Suite 120
Telephone: (206) 543-0937

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Upon request

Direct supervisor of students:

Sandra Radin
Supervisor Title: Co-Investigator
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

This is a great opportunity to work on a ground-breaking study of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in adults. Recent epidemiological studies suggest that FASD has a prevalence of up to 5% in the population. Yet despite decades of research on the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE), scientific study of adults with FASD is almost unknown. This lack of accurate information is devastating for these individuals, their families and a source of frustration for professionals who work with affected individuals. The University of Washington Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit (FADU) is conducting a NIH/NIAAA-funded research project with colleagues at Emory University, to address this deficit. The two-tiered research project aims to 1) locate and recruit 250 adults with FASD who participated in earlier FADU longitudinal studies and administer a Health Survey via phone or online; and 2) recruit 120 of these individuals to participate in a UW clinic visit where researchers will evaluate current status of adult mental and physical health and social functioning with the goal of refining diagnostic criteria for FASD in this age group and determining the persistence and severity of disability associated with PAE. The purpose of this 499 opportunity is to assist project staff with specific research tasks, including data entry and subject remuneration, extracting clinical and health information from records, scheduling participants for testing, and conducting health surveys. The student research assistant will complete human subjects research and protections training (if he/she has not already obtained such training) and receive instruction in procedures for maintaining data integrity and security. The research assistant will work in two off-campus settings, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute on 45th Street and 11th Ave, and the Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit in the Fremont neighborhood.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 2-3 credits: 6-9 hours/week
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Evenings weekends okay but not required. Schedule is flexible.
Student commitment: One quarter, but longer term preferred.

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
25 % data entry 0 % video taping 0 % animal care
2 % database management 25 % interview subjects 0 % animal observation
0 % encoding data 10 % scheduling appt 0 % surgical techniques
2 % library research 0 % running subjects 0 % histology
21 % data collection 0 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
    5 % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

Strong interpersonal and communication skills, empathy, and dependability/reliability are desired for this position. Strong computer knowledge and skill level are also desired, preferably research-based experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Internet Explorer.