Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Project Self

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Kirsten Peterson
Telephone: (206) 616-0260

Faculty Information

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

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? By appointment

Direct supervisor of students:

Kirsten Peterson, B.S. & Kristen Lindgren, Ph.D.
Supervisor Title: Research Coordinator & Principal Investigator/Associate Professor
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

The overarching objective of the project is to investigate potential cognitive mechanisms underlying hazardous drinking in young adults. We are currently running an online longitudinal study assessing individuals’ hazardous drinking behavior as they graduate from college. This project focuses on identity and social networks, in particular, and the ways they can predict behavior. Our studies evaluate these concepts using both implicit (fast, reflexive) and explicit (slow, reflective) measures. We will launch a second study summer 2018 that will involve both in-person lab sessions and online follow-up assessments. Research assistants will assume roles as experimenters and administer cue reactivity (with alcoholic beverages), alcohol craving, and narrative writing tasks. For both studies, research assistants will play an important role in retaining participants, acting as a point of contact and maintaining a positive rapport. They will also assist with data management and analysis of large data sets and databases (particularly using SPSS and Microsoft Access). Research assistants may also be trained in the use of computer software to design and deliver IATs (Implicit Association Tests; see Project Implicit’s website for examples) and other questionnaires. In addition, research assistants may conduct literature searches on relevant research topics, as well as assisting in manuscript and poster preparation as needed. Mentored independent research opportunities are available for extremely motivated students.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: Flexible. Generally between 10:00 and 6:00.
Student commitment: Minimum 2 quarters of 2-3 credits each quarter

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
10 % data entry % video taping % animal care
25 % database management % interview subjects % animal observation
% encoding data 5 % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
10 % library research 20 % running subjects % histology
% data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    30 % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

- Interest in research on alcohol and implicit measures (e.g. the IAT)
- Comfortable spending time in person and on the phone with participants
- Comfortable with computers and willing to learn new software and programs
- Psych 209 and Psych 315/317/318 preferred
* Interested students should attach a resume/CV and a copy of unofficial transcript when applying