Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Stress and Coping

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Peter Vitaliano, Ph.D.

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:
Department: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Psychology; Health Services

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Once a week or bimonthly depending on project

Direct supervisor of students:

Peter Vitaliano, Joan Russo
Supervisor Title: Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Adjunct Professor of Psychology
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project?

Short Project Description

Purpose: Assist Stress and Coping Project Staff in obtaining literature from the NET and assembling this literature so that it can be used to write scientific articles. The numerous data bases on the NET provide a wealth of information that students need to access, digest, and integrate in order to do their research. Objectives: Students will obtain knowledge in data base searches and library work, which will include accessing the major journals used in health psychology/behavioral medicine/aging. Articles to be written by project staff include the interface between chronic stress, psychosocial distress, risky behaviors, physiology, cognition and disease/illness. Students will sign up for a free, 2-hour Health Sciences Library class on performing data base searches. Our major indicators of Chronic Stress is caring for a spouse with Alzheimer's Disease, however we also examine financial stressors, other family stressors, personal health problems, and being the victim of an assault. Our work spans several of the areas listed in the "Area Box" below as we examine physiological measures (inflammation, metabolic, cardiovascular and immune function). We also examine personality, cognition, and risky behaviors. Because we "have to" choose a box, we will go with Social and Personality. Expectations: Staff will meet regularly with students to provide and review library assignments.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Flexible, Weekend/Evening depends on activities.
Student commitment: 1-2 quarters

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
15 % data entry 0 % video taping 0 % animal care
25 % database management 0 % interview subjects 0 % animal observation
0 % encoding data 0 % scheduling appt 0 % surgical techniques
60 % library research 0 % running subjects 0 % histology
0 % data collection 0 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
0 % recruiting subjects

Other:The percentages will vary with the position.

Skills / Experience Preferred

Experience with Excel, Word. Having had psych 209 or Psych 315 (317/318) is also desired unless one is doing library research.