Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Real time associations between mood, self-regulation, and alcohol and marijuana use.

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Madi Feil
Telephone: (206) 295-5935

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:
Department: Psychology

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? 499s are welcome to attend weekly lab meetings with P.I. and students

Direct supervisor of students:

Madi Feil
Supervisor Title: Graduate Student
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project?

Short Project Description

This study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, seeks to understand how impulsive responses to emotions, measured in real-time, are related to alcohol and marijuana use and problems in young adults. Participants come in for in-lab sessions in which they are oriented to the project and complete a baseline battery of questionnaires and behavioral tasks. Then, for the following two months, they will receive mini-surveys on their smartphones multiple times per day to assess how they are feeling and what they have recently been doing. We then follow participants for the next two years, repeating self-report surveys to see if the smartphone data can predict changes in their feelings and behaviors over longer periods of time. Research assistants working on this study will be expected to 1) Meet with participants and walk them through the in-lab session procedures. 2) Track participants through their session of mini-surveys, including maintaining our tracking database and following up with participants as needed. 3) Attend weekly RA meetings to discuss study protocol and relevant literature. We are especially looking for RAs who can commit to three consecutive quarters of data collection. Additional opportunities are available in: statistical analysis, literature review, and study development and management. We look forward to helping our 499s grow in the areas that interest them.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Students may schedule times to meet with participants flexibly between 8am-7pm, though times must be consistent throughout quarter.
Student commitment: Minimum of two quarter commitment required. Study does not run during Summer quarter.

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
15 % data entry 0 % video taping 0 % animal care
15 % database management 0 % interview subjects 0 % animal observation
0 % encoding data 0 % scheduling appt 0 % surgical techniques
10 % library research 60 % running subjects 0 % histology
0 % data collection 0 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
0 % recruiting subjects


Skills / Experience Preferred