Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Project Info

  • Name: Project Better
  • Faculty Advisor: Mary Larimer
  • Department(s): Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Area(s): Adult Clinical

Contact Info

  • Contact Person: Ty Tristao
  • Email: tt88@uw.edu
  • Phone: (360) 206-6062


Our lab projects will include:

Project Better: We will evaluate a brief text message intervention for adults with post-traumatic stress symptoms and co-occurring problematic drinking. This project is in the early stages of implementation.

Project Self: We seek to understand how identities related to substance use change and test interventions to shift those identities to reduce problematic substance use. We study identity both implicitly (via the Implicit Association Test) and explicitly (via self-report).

Project Implicit Health: We contribute to an educational website on implicit cognition and health and oversee tasks related to substance use.

We are committed to creating an environment that is anti-racist, inclusive, and welcoming for our students, volunteers, staff, and participants.

We expect our work will be a combination of remote and in-person, depending on safety guidelines. Mandatory weekly lab meetings are on Wednesdays at 3:00 pm via Zoom for one hour.

Minimum Requirements

Looking for motivated, self-directed individuals looking to gain experience in clinical research that integrates social and personality psychology theories and methods.

Prior psychology coursework preferred.

Some experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook. Other programs used in the lab include SPSS and Microsoft Access which we can teach.

6 hrs/week or more (2 credits +)