Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Project Info

  • Name: Trauma Recovery Innovations (TRI)
  • Faculty Advisor: Michele Bedard-Gilligan
  • Department(s): Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Area(s): Adult Clinical

Contact Info

  • Contact Person: Dr. Emily Dworkin
  • Email: edworkin@uw.edu


Research in our lab seeks to find new ways to help address PTSD and substance use disorders in people who have experienced trauma. Much of our research focuses on sexual assault because it is a particularly harmful form of trauma.

TRI is testing a new program, called CARE, to help survivors of recent sexual assault and their support persons communicate more effectively. We are looking for 499s to help us set up our surveys, manage our data, and conduct literature searches. 499s who speak both English and Spanish may assist with screenings of participants.

TRI also recently completed a clinical trial of THRIVE, a new app for recent sexual assault survivors. 499s who work on the THRIVE project will get experience helping with writing research papers and managing datasets using SPSS.

To be considered as a 499 with TRI, you must fill out an application form via the following link, instead of emailing Dr. Dworkin: https://uwstudent.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3rU0Z59a9Gighls

Minimum Requirements

We are looking for research assistants who are highly motivated, organized, responsible, self-directed, and effective communicators. We especially encourage BIPOC students to apply and we are especially interested in accepting students with Spanish language fluency.