Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

3-Campus Alcohol and Marijuana (3CAM) Study

This project was expired on 12/01/2017


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Nicole Fossos-Wong
Telephone: (206) 685-1499

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Jason Kilmer
Associate Professor-Psychiatry
Department: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Office: 1100 NE 45th St, Ste 300
Telephone: (206) 685-4512

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Monthly

Direct supervisor of students:

Nicole Fossos-Wong
Supervisor Title: Project Manager
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

Some college marijuana users use alcohol and marijuana at the same time, which results in a greater number and severity of consequences than when either alcohol or marijuana is used alone. Given ongoing legal changes regarding recreational marijuana use, it is likely that combined alcohol and marijuana use will continue to increase. Little is known about what distinguishes frequent combined users from infrequent combined users and alcohol and marijuana users who do not use them together, and even less is known about specific occasions of combined use. Therefore, it is imperative to understand more about this phenomenon and the potentially unique motivational and contextual factors influencing combined use. The purpose of this study is to obtain data comparing occasions of combined use to occasions of alcohol and marijuana use alone, in terms of frequency, patterns, and consequences and to examine predictors of combined use. This study will examine present-day combined alcohol and marijuana use among 1,440 college students (ages 18-24) at three state universities (University of Washington, Rutgers University, and the University of Rhode Island), each with very different state laws regarding marijuana use, using a two-phase approach: a larger survey assessment coupled with a daily study design. The longer survey will be administered on-line in the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018 to 480 students per campus. Daily surveys on an app will also be administered to a subsample of 120 students per campus for 4 weeks during the fall and again during the spring. This multi-site study will provide information for designing preventive interventions to address problems associated with alcohol and marijuana use. The results of the study will provide critical and timely information to meet the needs of college administrators and counselors and also inform the marijuana legalization debate.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? No

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
% library research 25 % running subjects % histology
% data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    75 % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

Human Subjects Protections Training (preferred)