Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Peer Relationships and Psychosocial Adjustment Among Adolescents with Cancer

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Katy Fladeboe

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Lynn Fainsilber Katz
Research Professor
Department: Psychology
Office: Guthrie 339
Telephone: (206) 543-5625

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Once per quarter

Direct supervisor of students:

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

Short Project Description

This mixed-method study seeks to describe and understand peer relationships when an adolescent has cancer. This is a dissertation project being conducted by a graduate student within lab of Lynn Katz - undergraduate research assistants will be able to gain experience in study start-up, participant recruitment, data collection and data entry, as well as be responsible for transcribing qualitative interviews conducted with teens with cancer and their peers. These responsibilities will provide exposure to socio-emotional issues in an at-risk pediatric population and experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods. RAs will also be invited to work on other projects within the Katz Lab, including 1) understanding the experiences of families following a diagnosis of pediatric cancer and 2) evaluating a novel parent-training intervention program to helping families of a child with low prosocial emotions. RAs will also participate in team meetings focused on building critical skills for careers in psychology, such as reading peer reviewed articles, discussing contemporary issues in psychology, and learning about different approaches to treatment of psychological disorders. This research experience is ideal for students interested in child clinical psychology, developmental psychology, pediatric/health psychology, parenting, empathy, emotional development, and intervention research. In order to maximize the benefits of this experience, interested students should be willing to dedicate 6 hours per week to working in the lab for a period of 3 quarters. If interested, please email Katy Fladeboe ( with a brief statement and resume.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Flexible
Student commitment: 3 quarters

499 Responsibilities

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


Skills / Experience Preferred

Experience working with families and children preferred