Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Lengua Lab – New Moms Connect Project Infant-Parent Interaction Coder

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Lisa Shimomaeda

Faculty Information

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

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? By appointment

Direct supervisor of students:

Lisa Shimomaeda / Stephanie Thompson
Supervisor Title: Graduate Student / Postdoctoral Fellow
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

Do you want to learn about how infants develop the cognitive skills needed to control their emotions and behaviors (i.e. self-regulation) and how moms can help their babies learn these skills? The New Moms Project is seeking highly motivated, responsible students who want first-hand experience with a clinical/developmental research project to code behaviors of mothers and children from tapes of our lab sessions. No prior experience in research is necessary and students will be trained and supervised on all coding procedures. An eagerness to learn more about research, gain new skills, and ability to incorporate feedback into your work is highly encouraged. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in pursing graduate school and/or careers in psychology related fields. Primary duties will include video coding of parent-infant interactions, data processing, entry, and management, as well as other administrative tasks. Dedicated and reliable research assistants who continue with the project beyond the required two-terms may be presented with opportunities for gaining additional skills in other areas of the study. If you are interested in our project, please email Lisa Shimomaeda (

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 9
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: There will be a weekly 1 hour lab meeting and initial group training sessions, which research assistants are required to attend.
Student commitment: 2 quarter minimum, 3+ preferred

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
5 % data entry % video taping % animal care
10 % database management % interview subjects % animal observation
80 % encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
5 % library research % running subjects % histology
0 % data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

Preferred candidates will have an interest in clinical/developmental research, the ability to work alone and in groups, a strong work ethic, a strong attention to detail, a desire to learn about the research process, and completed or currently enrolled in Psych 209.