Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Simoni Lab -Global Behavioral Research with Minority Populations

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Liying Wang

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:
Department: Psychology

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Will occur through weekly face-to-face meetings with lab members, as well as regular phone, and email contact. 499s are welcome to attend lab meetings with Dr. Simoni, or schedule individual meetings with her as well.

Direct supervisor of students:

Jane M. Simoni
Supervisor Title: Professor
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project?

Short Project Description

Current Projects (psychology honors students especially welcome!): Project #1: Mixed-methods (experimental and qualitative) study of interpersonal aspects of emotion regulation and their relation to suicidal behaviors in Nepali youth in Kathmandu. Project #2: Meta-analysis of treatment comparison between hospitalization and outpatient therapy for suicidal behaviors globally. Project #3: Various research projects related to global HIV research (e.g., eHealth interventions for increasing treatment engagement and medication adherence, effect of long-acting HIV medication on mental health in the United States and Kenya), and other global mental health topics. Project #4: Manuscript development for a series of papers looking at e/mHealth interventions for marginalized populations for smoking cessation. Each paper will focus on a specific marginalized population (i.e., older adults, minority races). If you are interested in our work, please visit our lab website to learn more:

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Between 8 AM - 6 PM (M-F)
Student commitment: The research assistant should expect to work at least six hours a week for 2 credits, or three hours a week for 1 credit. The number of quarters committed to the lab (e.g., 1 quarter or 2+ quarters) experience, and interest level will determine the level of training received and the responsibilities and tasks assigned. Supervision will occur through weekly face-to-face meetings with on-site lab members, as well as regular phone and email contact. 499s are welcome to attend regular lab meetings with the Simoni Lab.

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
50 % data entry % video taping % animal care
30 % database management % interview subjects % animal observation
50 % encoding data 10 % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
60 % library research % running subjects % histology
50 % data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
% recruiting subjects

Other:If there are particular projects on which the research assistant prefers to work, these preferences will be accommodated to whatever extent possible.

Skills / Experience Preferred

Familiar with research methods or have a desire to learn about the research process, proficient in Excel and Word, attention to details, able to work alone and in groups, communication skills.