Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Program Evaluation for the Center for Suicide Prevention and Recovery

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Karin Hendricks
Telephone: (206) 744-1758

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, PhD, MPH
Supervisor Title: Professor
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project?

Short Project Description

Recently established in 2019 and directed by Dr. Kate Comtois, the UW Center for Suicide Prevention and Recovery (CSPaR) mission is to further the field of suicide prevention and treatment through research, as well as training, consulting, and other dissemination and implementation initiatives ( CSPaR’s research is funded by NIMH, NIDA, the Department of Defense, Military Suicide Research Consortium, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and focused on outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment, active duty military personnel and leadership, and American Indian and Alaska Native communities. This center brings together expertise from the University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the Department of Veteran Affairs to conduct rigorous evaluation of interventions in real world settings and implement evidence based treatment and practices to promote suicidal individuals’ access to care. We are currently seeking students who are interested in evaluating clinical care and training programs through online research and providing support for researchers analyzing and publishing the results of CSPaR research.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 9
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: Weekly meetings on Thursdays from 9am-11am
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
15 % data entry % video taping % animal care
5 % database management % interview subjects % animal observation
% encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
25 % library research % running subjects % histology
20 % data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
% recruiting subjects

Other:5% weekly clinical research skills seminar and research team meetings 15% photocopying and organizational tasks, including filing 15% maintaining and updating center website and reference manager database ***Note: We do not currently have active studies recruiting or enrolling participants in person or other opportunities for students to work directly with research subjects other than through online research.

Skills / Experience Preferred

***Students must be willing to commute to the center at the Patricia Steel building at Harborview Medical Center. We recommend taking the free Health Sciences Express bus from the UW campus: ( • 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 For students interested in this position, please send a copy of a CV or resume and unofficial transcript to Karin Hendricks at