Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Jess Coifman

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:
Department: Psychology

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often?

Direct supervisor of students:

Jess Coifman
Supervisor Title: Research Projects Director
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project?

Short Project Description

The School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center ( provides opportunities to contribute to a variety of projects investigating the provision of mental/ behavioral health services in the school setting. The goal in this lab is to expose students to a variety of research activities and projects. The lab is headed by Dr. Elizabeth McCauley (Psychology and Psychiatry), Dr. Ann Vander Stoep (Psychiatry and Public Health), and Dr. Aaron Lyon (Psychiatry) and includes a number of other faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and the College of Education (see website for more details). Current projects include: (a) developing interventions to address behavioral health problems; (b) strategies to bring evidence-based practices to school settings (c) identifying and testing ways to reduce racial disproportionality in student discipline and achievement. 499 students will: • Participate in quantitative and qualitative research activities. • Assist with data collection, entry and cleaning • Transcribe qualitative interviews with youth, school personnel, and mental health providers • Assist with preparation for recruitment and research collection. • Collect data via phone, in-person interviews and focus groups Assist with literature searches and provide support for manuscript writing and federal grant applications. Supervision: 499 students will be supervised on a weekly basis by the program director and her designees. Schedule: The schedule is flexible according to the student's classes. Credits: 2-3 credits available depending on the number of hours worked (3 hours/credit)

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work:
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: Ideally, the student will work 2-3 days per week. Some flexibility allowed.
Student commitment: Seeking a 2-3 quarter commitment

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
25 % data entry 0 % video taping 0 % animal care
0 % database management 15 % interview subjects 0 % animal observation
15 % encoding data 15 % scheduling appt 0 % surgical techniques
10 % library research 0 % running subjects 0 % histology
10 % data collection 0 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
10 % recruiting subjects


Skills / Experience Preferred

Experience with adolescents, attention to detail, good phone skills (experience with interviews or other phone work a plus)