Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Cognitive, Behavioral, and Aging Effects of Pain Medication in Alcohol Users (CAAP)

This project was expired on 12/30/2017


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Monique Cherrier
Telephone: (206) 616-3075

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Monique Cherrier
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department: Psychology (adjunct) and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Weekly lab meetings.

Direct supervisor of students:

Monique Cherrier
Supervisor Title: Principle Investigator
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

This project examines the complex interaction of behavior (alcohol consumption) and medication processing and clearance (pharmacodynamics) as well as related side effects including cognition in older adults. This project is a complex multi-disciplinary project between the disciplines of Neuropsychology, Medicine and Pharmacy. The project enrolls community dwelling middle aged and older adults who consume either healthy or heavy amounts of alcohol. The project uses a 'human lab' approach and will test the response to a pain medication under controlled laboratory conditions while measuring response to cognitive tests. The study takes place at the UW Medical Center's Adult Clinical Research Center. The study is ideal for students interested in behavioral neuroscience, medicine, or medical psychology and who are able to agree to volunteering for 2 years. The purpose of volunteering for 2 years is that it takes time to train on the complex cognitive battery. This project is not suited for students seeking one year or less (e.g. one to three quarters) of psych 499 credit.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6 - 9 hours per week
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Students will primarily be involved Monday through Friday during typical work hours (Sometime between 8 am and 5 pm). There may be an opportunity to have some occasional weekend involvement if desired.
Student commitment: Commitment is 1 to 2 years. This is in recognition that students will be trained to administer tests and questionnaires and screening instruments. Also, students will be working within the medical center environment which requires additional training (human subjects, good clinical skills, bloodborne pathogens/biohazards, etc). In order for a student to complete all of the training and become involved in the project, we must impose a minimum amount of volunteer time. Students interested in graduate school or medical school understand that making a time commitment of this duration is viewed as an extremely positive attribute by entrance committees.

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
20 % data entry % video taping % animal care
5 % database management 50 % interview subjects % animal observation
10 % encoding data 5 % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
5 % library research % running subjects % histology
10 % data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    10 % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

Experience with Redcap, SPSS and/or test administration is preferred. In addition, prior completion of IRB required human subjects training, good clinical practices training, and bloodborne pathogens/biohazard training is preferred.