Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Motivating Campus Change Study

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Alex Lynch
Telephone: (206) 543-0695
Email: lyncha4@uw.edu

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
Email: larimer@uw.edu

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

Yes
If yes, how often? Quarterly

Direct supervisor of students:

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

Short Project Description

College students are at increased risk for alcohol misuse compared to other adults, and development of efficacious interventions is an important public health priority. This study builds upon the latest alcohol intervention literature to develop and test the next wave of personalized feedback interventions (PFIs) to address harmful alcohol use among college students. We seek to increase and evaluate engagement with the PFI and text-message materials and boost innovation of both content and process of the intervention. These enhanced intervention effects could have a significant impact on risks associated with college student drinking, and can be rapidly disseminated and implemented on campuses nationwide to address the public health problem posed by heavy episodic drinking among college students. Participants will be recruited in 4 cohorts across one year to enable evaluation of seasonal variability in drinking and assessment/intervention timing on outcomes, and will be randomly assigned in a 2 x 2 + 1 longitudinal randomized control trial design. Research assistants will play an important role in contacting participants via phone and mailings, entering data, and other administrative/clerical tasks. We also encourage our students who are interested in pursuing graduate school to actively engage in the research process through participation in the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: Preferably Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays. Can be flexible.
Student commitment: 2 quarters minimum commitment

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
20 % data entry % video taping % animal care
% 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, opportunity to present research findings at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium

Skills / Experience Preferred

Students interested in learning about alcohol use among young adults. Human Subjects Protections Training (preferred), comfortable calling participants on the phone. Proficiency using MS Office Suite. Interview required for this 499. If interested, please contact Alex Lynch at lyncha4@uw.edu. Please include a copy of your unofficial transcript and resume/cv.