Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Quality Assurance Study for the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program at Harborview Medical Center

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Justin Um
Telephone: (206) 744-9323

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:
Department: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Weekly

Direct supervisor of students:

Kate Comtois
Supervisor Title: Professor
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project?

Short Project Description

Dr. Kate Comtois' research lab conducts clinical trials and health services research for suicide prevention. Dr. Comtois is looking for a student that will work directly with her to assist in clinical support and program evaluation research for the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Program at Harborview Mental Health and Addiction Services. This experience will include tasks like programming and monitoring online assessments, conducting library research, preparing reports, following up with meeting minutes, tracking tasks, and organizing meetings with research, clinical, and public health colleagues. Dr. Comtois is seeking a student with serious interest pursuing a career in research, clinical psychology, or a related field. Veterans, Reserve, Guard and ROTC members as well as ethnic minority students, students first in their family to attend a four-year college, and returning students are strongly encouraged to apply. Our goal is to prepare and support non-traditional students seeking eventual admission to a graduate school program best suited for their ideal career in research, behavioral health, clinical or counseling psychology or medicine. Dr. Comtois' lab also offers opportunities for mentorship as part of the McNair ( and Early Identification Program ( You can find more information about Dr. Comtois and her work at TO APPLY: Please send us an email at and include a copy of your unofficial transcript and resume/cv.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 9
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work:
Student commitment: 3 quarters (the first quarter is a probationary period but the student should only apply if at least 3 quarters prior to senior year/graduation)

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
20 % 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
20 % library research 0 % running subjects 0 % histology
20 % data collection 0 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
0 % recruiting subjects

Other:10% Other: Weekly clinical research skills seminar and weekly research team meetings. The majority of subject interaction will be addressing any problems with online data collection rather than meeting with subjects in person. Students must be willing to commute to the researcher's offices at the Patricia Steel building at Harborview Medical Center. We recommend taking the free Health Sciences Express bus from the UW campus:

Skills / Experience Preferred

Highly attentive to detail Interest in learning all aspects of research Ability to work independently and responsibly Strong organizational skills Completion of a research methods course in psychology, the social sciences, sciences, or medicine—or junior standing in the Psychology major Some classes in clinical or abnormal psychology are preferred