Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

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

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Emi Gilbert
Telephone: (206) 616-5447

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:
Department: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Monthly lab meetings include 499’s. If their schedule overlaps, 499’s can also attend other weekly lab meetings. Meetings can also be set up individually with the faculty advisor.

Direct supervisor of students:

Emi Gilbert
Supervisor Title:
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project?

Short Project Description

The mission of the center is to accelerate progress in the juvenile justice and court system. Research conducted by our team integrates science in adolescent mental health and psychosocial development with juvenile justice related policy. 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. Current projects include the Housing Stability for Youth in Courts (H-SYNC) Program. The program is intended to serve as a prevention tool for youth homelessness. Specifically, it is designed to identify youth at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness within the juvenile court system and subsequently refer youth to appropriate prevention and housing services via a stepped-care model. The SAJE center is looking for volunteers to assist with running the H-SYNC study as we begin to implement the program in four counties (King, Snohomish, Kitsap, and Okanogan). Responsibilities include (but are not limited to) contact with human subjects (via phone, text, or e-mail), and tracking participant progress. In addition to assistance with the H-SYNC program, interns would also be expected to assist with general lab-related tasks, such as data entry, database management, literature reviews, qualitative coding, or other miscellaneous research activities as assigned. Research interns are also allowed the opportunity to participate in a larger, “big picture” research project managed by one of our research scientists. Interns will pick from one of the many ongoing research projects at the SAJE center and develop their own research question or project. Past projects have been presentations for undergraduate symposium, or assistance in the development of a manuscript.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: Flexible, in the range of Monday-Friday, 9-4 pm
Student commitment: 2 quarter minimum

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
0 % data entry 0 % video taping 0 % animal care
0 % database management 20 % interview subjects 0 % animal observation
0 % encoding data 0 % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
10 % library research 0 % running subjects 0 % histology
10 % data collection 0 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
60 % recruiting subjects


Skills / Experience Preferred

We are looking for volunteers who show interest in adolescent behavioral health systems. Research interests may include child clinical psychology, public health, juvenile justice, and/or other forms of behavioral science. Specific interest in speaking with behavioral health agencies and research participants and their families over the phone is desirable, as our current research project requires heavy phone contact. Previous experience working directly with research participants and/or adolescents is a plus, but not required.