Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

School Social Environment Study

This project was expired on 04/01/2018


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Matthew Peverill

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Katie McLaughlin
Associate Professor
Department: Psychology
Office: Guthrie 325
Telephone: (206) 616-7863

Does faculty advisor meet with students?


Direct supervisor of students:

Matthew Peverill
Supervisor Title: Graduate Student
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

The School Social Environment Study focuses on economic inequality in high school as it relates to adolescent mental health. In particular, our work together will research social cognitive effects of perceived and material inequality and their role in in later psychopathology risk. As part of our research we invite adolescents, along with their caregivers, to visit the Stress and Development Lab and engage in a variety of tasks and interviews. Research assistants will have opportunities to have direct contact with families in the study, as well as to develop a variety of important research skills including experimental task design and literature review.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 3
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: 1 biweekly study meeting. Optional weekly lab/discussion meeting.
Student commitment: 2 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
% encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
20 % library research 70 % running subjects % histology
% data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    10 % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

Minimum requirements: an interest in working with adolescents, a professional attitude, 2-quarter commitment. We prefer applicants who: have experience with children and adolescents, study psychology, have afternoon availability in at least 3-hour blocks, and are interested in pursuing graduate school in the social sciences.