Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Short Term Exposure for PTSD (Project STEP)

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Heidi Ojalehto
Telephone: (206) 685-3617

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Lori Zoellner
Department: Psychology
Office: 3935 Univ Way NE
Telephone: (206) 685-3126

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Once per week

Direct supervisor of students:

Heidi Ojalehto
Supervisor Title: Research Coordinator
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

This study examines the effects of marijuana use on fear processes relevant to PTSD. Participants with chronic PTSD and heavy marijuana use, and participants with chronic PTSD and no marijuana use will complete a psychophysiological recording task to test safety and danger learning before and after treatment. To better understand the real-world implications, we will examine how these individuals differentially respond to a brief, daily imaginal exposure treatment, to test the feasibility of a novel short-term intervention for PTSD and marijuana users. Participants will complete a baseline interview and assessment, 6 daily imaginal exposure sessions and two follow-up visits. RA responsibilities may include assisting with participant recruitment (e.g., posting fliers around Seattle, contacting local organizations), phone screening participants for eligibility, and completing training for, running and scoring the psychophysiological task.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Must have 2.5 hour blocks of availability during the day to run subjects (preferably the afternoons).
Student commitment: 3 quarters

499 Responsibilities

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

Other:10% lab meetings

Skills / Experience Preferred

Research Methods, Abnormal Psychology