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Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

EPIC (Evaluating Personalized Information and Choices)

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Katja Waldron
Telephone: (206) 543-0752
Email: kwal2@uw.edu

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Mary Larimer
Professor, Psychology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Department: Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Office: 45th St Plaza - 312
Telephone: (206) 543-3513
Email: larimer@uw.edu

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

Yes
If yes, how often? As needed/scheduled

Direct supervisor of students:

Katja Waldron
Supervisor Title: Research Coordinator
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

Project EPIC is a UW study recruiting nationwide for young adults who use social networking sites with the goal of studying alcohol use and stress during the transition to adulthood, and other health risk behaviors. Research assistants would be instrumental in helping to successfully finish recruitment and maintain retention rates for this study led by a collaborative group of researchers. Duties would include - recruiting local young adults in-person, updating the study Facebook page, preparing assessment materials, assisting with survey beta testing, managing advertisements, conducting literature searches on relevant topics, contacting participants, and other administrative/clerical tasks.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Flexible. Based on student availability during lab hours (8:00am - 6:00pm)
Student commitment: Two quarters preferable

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
30 % data entry % video taping % animal care
30 % database management % interview subjects % animal observation
% encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
10 % library research % running subjects % histology
30 % data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    0 % recruiting subjects    

Other:In-person outreach in the community to enhance recruitment efforts

Skills / Experience Preferred

Students interested in alcohol and substance use, social networking site use, life transitions, and other health behaviors - Students comfortable spending time interacting with participants in person and on the phone - Interest/skill in Facebook and advertising are a plus - Students who have taken Psych 209 and Psych 315 (or Psych 317/318) are preferred, but those courses are not prerequisite to signing up for this 499. *** Interview required for this 499 ***