Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Tribal Colleges and Universities Cultural Adaptation of an Evidence-Based Intervention

This project was expired on 06/25/2018


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Theresa Walter
Telephone: (206) 221-6390

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Mary Larimer
Professor, Psychology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Department: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Office: 45th St Plaza - 312
Telephone: (206) 543-3513

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Quarterly

Direct supervisor of students:

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

Short Project Description

Tribal Colleges and Universities Creating Campus Change Study is the first-ever epidemiological study of drug, alcohol and other substance use at TCUs. Results of this study will provide quantitative, empirical evidence to support the anecdotal narratives we hear from Native communities regarding substance use. The findings will also inform intervention programs targeted at combating drug and alcohol problems among TCU students. We invited a large sample of Tribal College students to participate in a 5-year study of health behaviors in the Fall of 2014. We assess our participants every 3 to 6 months and are currently conducting the final assessment to better understand cultural, intrapersonal, and social factors related to alcohol use and other health behaviors over time. Research assistants will play an important role in contacting participants via phone and mailings, entering data, and other administrative/clerical tasks. We also encourage our students who are interested in pursuing graduate school to actively engage in the research process through participation in the undergraduate research symposium.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: Preferably Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays. Can be flexible.
Student commitment: 2 quarters minimum commitment

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
20 % data entry % video taping % animal care
% database management % interview subjects % animal observation
% encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
% library research % running subjects % histology
% data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    60 % recruiting subjects    

Other:20% miscellaneous tasks, opportunity to present research findings at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium

Skills / Experience Preferred

Students interested in learning about alcohol use among young adults, students interested in differing norms cross-culturally. Human Subjects Protections Training (preferred), comfortable calling participants on the phone. Proficiency using MS Office Suite. Interview required for this 499. If interested, please contact Alex Lynch at