Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Behavioral Health Treatments

This project was expired on 12/31/2017


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Karin Hendricks, MA
Telephone: (206) 744-1758

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Katherine Anne (Kate) Comtois
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,Adjunct Professor, Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics, Dept. of Psychology
Department: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Telephone: (206) 897-4225

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? weekly

Direct supervisor of students:

Kate Comtois, PhD, MPH
Supervisor Title: Professor
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

This is a unique opportunity to acquire knowledge of the state of implementation research and evidence-based practices (EBPs) and be offered the chance to interact with behavioral health leaders in the community and gain first-hand experience in interdisciplinary collaboration. We are looking for students interested in gaining knowledge about what it takes to move a psychosocial treatment shown to be effective into actual, ongoing use in the settings where they are needed. Students will be involved in a special-interest task force that aims to increase the collaboration between academic researchers, agency directors, policy makers, and EBP trainers/consultants in the implementation of evidence-based psychosocial interventions. Projects are part of the Comtois Lab, which conducts clinical trials, health services research, and trainings for suicide prevention (see Two projects are the focus of this opportunity: The Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC), a membership of implementation stakeholders committed to the rigorous evaluation of implementation of evidence-based psychosocial interventions (; and the Military Suicide Research Consortium Dissemination and Implementation Core with the goal of implementing EBPs in military and Veteran settings. Students provide staffing to both of these initiatives and have the opportunity to participate at multiple levels, including filling the role of SIRC Student Treasurer. We are seeking students with serious interest in graduate school, and a career in implementation science, clinical psychology, or related field. Ethnic minority students, students first in their family to attend a four-year college, Veterans, and returning students are particularly encouraged to apply. Our goal is to prepare and support non-traditional students seeking eventual admission to a graduate school program best suited for their ideal career in behavioral health, clinical or counseling psychology or medicine. The Comtois Lab also offers opportunities for mentorship as part of the McNair ( and Early Identification Program ( If you are interested, please send a copy of your CV/resume and your unofficial UW transcript, and we will set up a personal interview time.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 9
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: Evening/Week-ends are determined on a case-by-case basis (after the first quarter) Students must attend weekly meetings on Mondays 10-11am and the 1st and 3rd Fridays at noon. Optional research meetings: students may attend meetings on Thursdays (10am-11am) to gain exposure to research and implementation.
Student commitment: 3 quarters (the first quarter is a probationary period but the student should only apply if at least 3 quarters prior to senior year/graduation)

499 Responsibilities

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

Other:60%: Staffing weekly D & I meetings, twice-monthly SIRC meetings including preparing materials for discussion and acting on decisions made in meetings. 20%: Assisting in the development of content for and programming of REDCap online data collection web application and of the SIRC website, as student’s skills apply. Students must be willing to commute to the researchers’ offices in the Patricia Steel building at Harborview Medical Center ( We recommend taking the free Health Sciences Express bus from the UW:

Skills / Experience Preferred

• Highly attentive to detail • Interest in learning all aspects of research • Ability to work independently and responsibly • Strong organizational skills • Proficient with a variety of computer applications including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint), Zotero, REDCap data collection, and Basecamp (will train in these applications as needed) • Completion of a research methods course in psychology, the social sciences, sciences, or medicine—or junior standing in the Psychology or other Social Science major • Some classes in clinical or abnormal psychology are preferred