Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Project Info

  • Name: Deriving social vulnerability measure in US data
  • Faculty Advisor: Brian Flaherty
  • Department(s): Psychology
  • Area(s): Quantitative Psychology

Contact Info

  • Contact Person: Brian Flaherty
  • Email: bxf4@uw.edu


I'd like to create an analogous social vulnerability index (SVI) (see https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0002232) in one or more US data sets. For this project, you will need to familiarize yourself with the original SVI and items, then identify parallel or similar items in a publicly available US data set, for example NHANES, NHIS, or BRFS. Once a set of items has been identified, you can help with data analysis.

Minimum Requirements

- patience
- ability to carefully search through large PDF documents
- fuzzy search too, not only exact word matches
- to assist with data analysis, R or Stata experience (you can learn this on the job)