Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Center for the Study and Advancement of Justice Effectiveness (SAJE)

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Kristin Vick
Telephone: (206) 616-7209

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:
Department: School of Medicine; Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Monthly

Direct supervisor of students:

Kristin Vick
Supervisor Title: Research Coordinator
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project?

Short Project Description

The Division of Public Behavioral Health & Justice Policy (PBHJP) is part of the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Research conducted by our team integrates science in adolescent mental health and psychosocial development with juvenile justice related policy. Current projects include pilot studies of a gender-specific at-risk-behavior intervention program and evaluation of a praxis-oriented juvenile probation model. The Center for the Study and Advancement of Justice Effectiveness (SAJE) is an inter-institutional, interdisciplinary collaboration emphasizing justice-related research translation. Founded in 2017, SAJE is comprised of researchers from the University of Washington, Washington State University Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, and the Washington State Center for Court Research (WSCCR). The SAJE Center engages community agencies and government leaders to develop long-term, participatory-action oriented research networks with the purpose of accelerating progress in the justice system. Currently, SAJE is engaged in several projects related to youth homelessness and racial/ethnic disparities (RED) within the juvenile justice system. As SAJE continues to develop and build its network of collaborative partnerships, there is an increasing need for project management assistance.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: TBD in accordance with students' schedules. Usually during regular work hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Evening/Weekend hours determined on a case-by-case basis
Student commitment: 2-3 quarters

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
30 % data entry 0 % video taping 0 % animal care
15 % database management % interview subjects 0 % animal observation
25 % encoding data 0 % scheduling appt 0 % surgical techniques
% library research 0 % running subjects 0 % histology
% data collection 0 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
0 % recruiting subjects

Other:*Student researchers may make phone contact with study participants (to conduct research interviews, to conduct informational phone calls, to acquire assent/permission and consent, etc.). However, student researchers must first undergo training in proper interview procedures by supervising staff member. Interviews and phone outreach for research studies will be assigned to student researchers as needed by supervising staff.

Skills / Experience Preferred

• Knowledge of SPSS, Qualtrics, and Excel • Previous experience in a social science research lab setting or previous undergraduate coursework in social science research methods / data analysis • Strong communication skills • Strong time management skills • Ability to work independently and responsibly • Career or graduate school interests in research, social work, justice policy, clinical psychology, or related field