Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

SEACAP Parenting Program Study

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Michele Smith

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Liliana Lengua
Department: Child Clinical Psychology
Office: Guthrie 231
Telephone: (206) 543-5655

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Professor Lengua will interact with 499 students during the normal operation of the project. One on one meetings can be arranged if needed.

Direct supervisor of students:

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

Short Project Description

UW and two early learning centers are partnering together to offer SEACAP, a brief parenting program, to families of preschool-aged children. SEACAP is a group curriculum that teaches parents skills for self-regulation and particular parenting skills that have been associated with children's positive social-emotional development and academic readiness. Families who take part will complete 3 assessment visits, which include a structured interview with the mother, brief iPad tasks for the mother and child to complete, and a parent-child interaction that is video recorded. RAs on this project will travel to the sites to conduct the assessment visits, and to provide childcare during the group classes. They will get exposure to all aspects of running a research study and will be primarily interacting with research subjects. An interview will be required of all applicants.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 9 (3 credits)
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Availability at least one morning and one afternoon/evening during the week (4-5 hours each period) is needed. Assessment visits for this study will cluster around the start and end weeks for the group intervention that families receive, meaning that some weeks will require more assessment hours. Weeks in between will comprise some hours of childcare during group sessions and other tasks that are less time sensitive and can be flexibly scheduled, such as data entry.
Student commitment: 2 quarters required, 3 preferred. Training will begin right at the beginning of FALL 2018 quarter; this includes one *mandatory Saturday training, October 6, 2018*. If you are interested in possibly joining us, please get in touch as soon as possible to aid in scheduling interviews and planning.

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
10 % data entry 10 % video taping 0 % animal care
10 % database management 25 % interview subjects 0 % animal observation
0 % encoding data % scheduling appt 0 % surgical techniques
0 % library research 25 % running subjects 0 % histology
0 % data collection 20 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
    0 % recruiting subjects    

Other:All students will be required to complete the CITI online human subjects training certification course prior to having any contact with potential participants. This training will be done as a part of the 499 commitment unless the student has already received certification. **At this stage we can only consider new applicants who are eligible to drive UCARs (valid driver's license and 2 years' driving experience) to do assessments on site at the early learning centers or home visits.**

Skills / Experience Preferred

Highly attentive to detail • Interest in learning all aspects of research • Ability to work independently and responsibly • Strong organizational skills • Previous psychology coursework is helpful but not required • Students with experience working with preschool aged children and families are encouraged to apply