Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Building and Sustaining Interventions for Children (BASIC): Task-sharing mental health care in low-resource settings; CBT Plus State Initiative

This project was expired on 12/31/2017


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Kelly Thompson

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Shannon Dorsey
Associate Professor
Department: Psychology
Office: Guthrie 335
Telephone: (206) 543-4527

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Weekly lab meetings; other meetings by arrangment

Direct supervisor of students:

Kelly Thompson, MSW
Supervisor Title: Project Manager
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

Two projects related to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). A domestic training initiative training and evaluating training for clinicians across the state of Washington and an international project scaling up the implementation of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) with orphans in Kenya.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 3
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: 3-6 hours need to be on Tuesdays in order to coordinate with the lab schedule.
Student commitment: We are seeking highly motivated students to support the research activities on Dr. Dorsey's projects---both domestic and international. A minimum of 3 hours commitment for 2 quarters is required.

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
20 % data entry % video taping % animal care
10 % database management % interview subjects % animal observation
40 % encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
10 % library research % running subjects % histology
20 % data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    % recruiting subjects    

Other:Dr. Dorsey's areas of research include: Evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents (particularly Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Dissemination and Implementation Science, Global Mental Health. The 499 students will be primarily involved in supporting the STEPS study, but will have exposure to other projects. Activities include supporting faculty and staff in real-wrold research and trainings with clinicians in the community; literature serches and reviews; coding of treatment session and supervision audio files; assisting with other aspects of data collection, entry and analysis.

Skills / Experience Preferred

Motivated; good attention to detail; ability to work independently and responsibly commit to a schedule. Serious interest in graduate school and/or career in research, clinical psychology, social work or related field.