Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Implementing and Evaluating Routine Outcome Monitoring with Diverse Youth and Families in Outpatient Specialty Mental Health Services

This project was expired on 10/03/2018


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Aurora Gangan

Faculty Information

Department: Psychology

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? weekly to biweekly

Direct supervisor of students:

Aurora Gangan & Freda Liu, PhD
Supervisor Title: Aurora Gangan (lab coordinator) Clinical Research Assistant | Center for Child Health Behavior and Medicine Seattle Children's Research Institute Freda Liu, PhD (supervising faculty) Principal Investigator | Center for Child Health Behavior and Medicine Seattle Children's Research Institute Attending Psychologist | Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Seattle Children's Hospital Acting Assistant Professor | Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences University of Washington School of Medicine
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

Our research program has several active projects and is continuously developing new projects and grants. One study is an archival study of usual care in outpatient psychiatry clinics of Seattle Children's Hospital. Primary goal is to understand use of measurement-based care in an evidence-based practice setting for youth and families. Specifically, the study will examine clinicians' use of objective measures to inform treatment as documented in patients' medical record. Another study is a small mix-methods pilot project to understand stakeholders' (patients', caregivers', and clinicians') perceived appropriateness, acceptability, and feasibility of web-based routine outcome monitoring (a measurement-based care strategy that relies on patient/family reported symptoms and experience) in a community-based mental health clinic that serves an ethnic, linguistic, and economically diverse population. We are currently working on extending this study to include Spanish speaking families and are actively recruiting Spanish bilingual students. We are also doing on-going evaluations of the implementation of routine outcome monitoring and other related studies. Broadly, our work is in the area of implementation science, health services, and health disparities research.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Flexible. Hours may vary from week to week.
Student commitment: The 499 student will contribute by reviewing patient records, reading clinical documentation (session notes) of clinic visit, coding and entering data. The student will also engage in literature review among other manuscript preparation and study operation tasks. The student will receive training in patient oriented clinical research and have the opportunity to interact with clinical material and learn about child and family psychotherapy. The student will work with clinical research assistants and be supervised by a UW Medicine faculty in Psychiatry and licensed psychologist at Seattle Children's Hospital. Students may sign up for a maximum of 2 credit hours in their first quarter with our lab as a trial period, and make take up to 3 credit hour in subsequent quarters. We prefer a minimum of a 1-year commitment.

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
5 % data entry % video taping % animal care
5 % database management 15 % interview subjects % animal observation
50 % encoding data 15 % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
15 % library research % running subjects % histology
15 % data collection 30 % child care % laboratory protocols
    30 % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

Familiarity with lit search engines, Google Scholar, PsycInfo, pubmed Facility with SPSS and Excel (preferred) Competence in APA 6 citation style Previous research experience is a plus Spanish bilingual is a plus