Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Areán Projects – CREATIV Lab and Alacrity Center

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Brittany Mosser
Telephone: (206) 543-3350

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Pat Arean
Adjunct Professor, Psychology
Department: Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Psychology

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Students are welcome to attend weekly team meetings (Wednesdays at 10AM) led by faculty member. Individual meetings with faculty member available upon request.

Direct supervisor of students:

Brittany Mosser, MSW, LICSW
Supervisor Title: Program Manager Direct task supervisor may change depending on the specific project that the student is supporting.
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

Dr. Patricia Areán is an international expert in developing psychosocial treatments that are robust and easy to disseminate in diverse health care settings. At UW, she is the director of the CREATIV Lab and the NIMH-funded Alacrity Center. The CREATIV Lab ( focuses on personalized interventions designed to improve the mental health and well-being of people as quickly and easily as possible. We draw upon the latest advances in neuroscience, technology, and psychological science to develop targeted and streamlined behavioral interventions that any clinician can provide and that are readily available to a broad array of patients. The UW Alacrity Center brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers to improve access to and use of evidence-based psychosocial interventions in primary care. The UWAC addresses critical problems in the implementation of evidence-based psychosocial interventions for mild-to-moderate mental health problems, particularly in underserved communities and primary care medicine settings. Multiple studies are currently seeking assistants for credit: 1) Remote Training in EBP for Clinicians who Work with Migrant Workers (Alacrity): This study focuses on identifying and developing tools and best practices for training clinicians who work with migrant workers in Evidence Based Practices. Students would assist in building Intelligent Tutoring System, recruiting participants, and other study activities. 2) Engage Study (CREATIV): The Engage Study compares two psychotherapies for depression in adults over 60. Students would assist in participant screening, scheduling, and other study activities. 3) Estia Study (CREATIV): The Estia Study seeks to understand if a video game designed to target the brain’s cognitive control network results in improved mood and cognition for depressed middle aged and older adults. Students would assist in participant screening, scheduling, and other study activities. We are looking for students with an interest in clinical work who are detail oriented and thorough. Previous experience (practical or classroom) with evidence based interventions, training, and research a plus but not required.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 4
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Schedule is flexible depending on the project(s) that the student is supporting. General availability between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM preferred. Some projects can easily be worked on independently during evening and weekend hours. Ability to be on site at Northgate location on Wednesday mornings would be preferable so student can participate in team meetings, but not required.

499 Responsibilities

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


Skills / Experience Preferred