Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Individualizing Incentives to Maximize Recovery

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Morgan Kelly
Telephone: (206) 566-3601

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:
Department: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Ms. Morgan Kelly (Scientific Assistant) and Mr. Ian Muse (Research Coordinator) will supervise and mentor students.

Direct supervisor of students:

Morgan Kelly
Supervisor Title: Scientific Assistant
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project?

Short Project Description

The Individualizing Incentives to Maximize Recovery project is a 5-year study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. This study is focused on evaluating three types of contingency management to reduce drinking among alcohol dependent patients with serious mental illness. Our study uses urine tests to measure ethyl glucuronide (EtG), a biomarker for alcohol. Study sites in Seattle include the Belltown and Wallingford Community Psychiatric Clinics. Students who are interested in serious mental illness or substance use disorders may be a good fit to join our Seattle team! Research assistants will mainly assist with urine transportation from Belltown to Wallingford site, testing for EtG, and data entry. RA’s will obtain an understanding of clinical measures used in mental health and substance use treatment, exposure to clinical interview techniques, and cognitive assessments. *Our study site is not on UW campus. We are located in Wallingford and Belltown at Sound Health sites. Interested students should account for transportation time when applying to the lab if they are planning to work a 3-hour shift in between classes. *Please note that we welcome emails from interested RA's on a rolling basis but we do not accept applicants for the current quarter. For example, if you want to be considered for spring quarter you should email at least a month in advance as that is around the time we interview for open RA positions for the following quarter.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 3
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: Ideal candidates will be available to work 9am-12pm or 10am-1pm Monday, Wednesday, or Friday but we will consider applicants with availability between 8am-4pm Monday-Wednesday-Friday. We do NOT have Tuesday/Thursday shifts. This opportunity is only available to current UW students. Our study is off-site in Wallingford and Belltown, students must be able to transport to site for shifts between classes.
Student commitment: 3-6 hours/week for a minimum of two quarters. Minimum of one 3 hours (consecutive) shift. (Ex: 9am-12pm or 11am-2pm). If it is the first quarter you are working with us, we strongly prefer a 6-hour commitment as the training involved is extensive.

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
10 % data entry 0 % video taping 0 % animal care
20 % database management 0 % interview subjects 0 % animal observation
0 % encoding data 10 % scheduling appt 0 % surgical techniques
0 % library research 5 % running subjects 0 % histology
0 % data collection 0 % child care 35 % laboratory protocols
20 % recruiting subjects


Skills / Experience Preferred

Interest in serious mental illness and/or alcohol addiction treatment required. Must have or be willing to complet CITI and HIPAA certification prior to starting.