Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Preventing Addiction Related Suicide (PARS)

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Justin Um
Telephone: (206) 744-9323

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Katherine Anne (Kate) Comtois
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,Adjunct Professor, Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics, Dept. of Psychology
Department: Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Telephone: (206) 897-4225

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Weekly

Direct supervisor of students:

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

Short Project Description

Dr. Kate Comtois' research lab conducts clinical trials and health services research for suicide prevention (for more information, go to

The Preventing Addiction Related Suicide (PARS) study aims to evaluate the effectiveness and utility of a psychoeducational suicide prevention program designed to be used within Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) utilizing a novel, randomized stepped wedge design. Study participants will be recruited directly from the IOP groups throughout the Western Washington area.

We are seeking students with serious interest in graduate school and pursuing a career in research, clinical psychology, or a related field.

Veterans, Reserve and Guard members as well as ethnic minority students, students first in their family to attend a four-year college, and returning students are strongly encouraged to apply. Our goal is to prepare and support non-traditional students seeking eventual admission to a graduate school program best suited for their ideal career in behavioral health, clinical or counseling psychology or medicine. Dr. Comtois' lab also offers opportunities for mentorship as part of the McNair and Early Identification Program.

TO APPLY: Please send us an email at and include a copy of your unofficial transcript and resume/cv.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 9
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Student commitment: 3 quarters

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
25 % 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
    75 % recruiting subjects    

Other:Student must have a personal vehicle and be willing to commute to the researchers’ offices at Harborview Medical Center and project recruitment sites.

Skills / Experience Preferred

• Highly attentive to detail
• Interest in learning all aspects of the research process
• Ability to work independently and responsibly
• Strong organizational skills
• Completion of a research methods course in psychology, the social sciences, sciences, or medicine—or junior standing in the Psychology major
• Some classes in clinical or abnormal psychology are preferred