Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Parent Training and Emotion Coaching for Children with Low Prosocial Emotions

This project was expired on 06/30/2018


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Kyrill Gurtovenko

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Lynn Fainsilber Katz
Research Professor
Department: Psychology
Office: Guthrie 339
Telephone: (206) 543-5625

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? As needed.

Direct supervisor of students:

Kyrill Gurtovenko
Supervisor Title: Kyrill Gurtovenko M.S. Doctoral Graduate Student
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

The study aims to understand the benefits of bolstering an empirically validated parent management training intervention (HNC; Helping the Noncompliant Child) with an Emotion Coaching intervention component for children with conduct problems that also exhibit low prosocial emotions. In addition, this randomized clinical trial focuses on studying feasibility of implementing such an intervention by therapists in a community mental health setting. Students will have an opportunity to be trained in various assessment methods including experimental paradigms to assess child empathy, children's affect recognition, parent-child interactions, and more. In addition, students will engage in reading and critically discussing literature about children with conduct problems, low prosocial emotions, empathy, emotion socialization, emotion coaching, behavioral parent training, and other relevant intervention, implementation, and basic research topics. Students will have opportunities to assist with data collection with families at mental health clinic sites in the community, as well as assist in gathering data from therapists delivering interventions. Data collection methods will include watching and coding session tapes for treatment fidelity, focus groups, interviews, and qualitative data methods, as well as questionnaire and behavioral task data. This research experience is ideal for students interested in child clinical psychology, parenting interventions, empathy, emotional development, conduct problems, as well as feasibility and implementation science. NOTE: Research assistants on this project will help with family visits, both on-site near the UW campus and off-site at community mental health centers. They will gain valuable, hands-on experience administering assessments to children and working with caregivers. To maximize engaging in these research activities candidates for this position are expected to have longer blocks of time free during the week & on weekends for off-site visits (preferably at least 2-3 days a week with 4-5 hour blocks free). If you are interested, please email Kyrill Gurtovenko at

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 9
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Student commitment: 3 quarter minimum commitment preferred, including summer.

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
25 % data entry % video taping % animal care
% database management % interview subjects % animal observation
% encoding data 15 % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
10 % library research 35 % running subjects % histology
% data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    15 % recruiting subjects    

Other:The percentage of time spent on various project tasks listed in the written description above will vary from quarter to quarter as the study progresses through it's various phases.

Skills / Experience Preferred

Students who have experience working with children & families are encouraged to apply.