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Research Projects Seeking Undergraduate Assistants

The research opportunities described here are provided by faculty who are currently seeking  research assistants. These will be updated periodically as we become aware of additional opportunities, but you are encouraged to also talk with your course instructors and teaching assistants about research projects that they are conducting as well as visit faculty members’ individual web pages. Once you have identified laboratories of interest, contact the person listed as the Contact to find out about the availability of research assistant positions as well as the specific laboratory’s application procedures. You are encouraged to do this as early as possible, as some laboratories have a limited number of available positions and fill them before the semester begins.

Project Title

Project Yoga

Project Description

Our research is looking at whether practicing yoga is an effective strategy for improving women’s body image. The project will offer 12 weeks of free classes to college-age women (ages 18-30) on the UF campus in 2017.

Research Assistant Duties

Recruiting participants on the UF campus and collecting data at assessment appointments located within the Health Professions, Nursing, and Pharmacy (HPNP) Building during the Fall 2016 semester. Assisting with data entry, attending weekly yoga classes to track attendance, and other study-related duties as needed during the Spring 2017 semester.

Contact Info

Graduate Student Co-Investigator: Aviva Ariel, MS (ahariel@phhp.ufl.edu)
Faculty Principal Investigator: Michael Perri, PhD (mperri@phhp.ufl.edu)

Requirements

Applicants should be motivated, dependable, and responsible students who are able to work well with others. High attention to detail is a must. Students must be able to think critically, work independently, and dress professionally. Interest in women’s issues and yoga are not necessary, but may be beneficial. Students must be able to commit to at least one semester. Weekly time commitment will be approximately 4 hours per week.

Course Credits

N/A

Willing to Supervise Senior Thesis

N/A

Project Title

Youth Asthma Research Lab

Project Description

Our lab focuses on pediatric psychology, specifically in children, adolescents, and families coping with asthma. We are currently starting a project addressing sleep, cognition, and quality of life in youth with asthma.

Research Assistant Duties

Recruiting participants and collecting data in the UF pediatric pulmonary specialty clinic, administering questionnaires to subjects, running participants through a brief, computer-based task, scoring questionnaires, entering data, and helping to maintain the study database.

Contact Info

Principle Investigator: Dr. David Fedele (dfedele@phhp.ufl.edu)

Requirements

Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be able to devote at least 4 hours per week for each credit signed up for.  Research assistants must be organized, dependable, and able to act professionally in a medical setting.

Course Credits

1-3 credits (minimum of 4 hours per week)

Willing to Supervise Senior Thesis

Discussed on an individual basis.

Project Title

Pediatric Psychology Research Lab

Project Description

Our research is primarily in the area of pediatric obesity. Currently, several research studies are ongoing including a group-based weight management program for children in underserved rural settings funded by a 4.5 year $2.7 million grant from NIH. We also have an additional study that is examining disordered eating behaviors in youth and a study focusing on pediatric epilepsy.

Research Assistant Duties

Recruiting participants and collecting data in Shands-affiliated primary care clinics, assisting with design and preparation of treatment materials, data entry, and attending weekly laboratory meetings focused on discussing ongoing projects, critiquing journal articles, and discussing topics related to professional development

Contact Info

Faculty Sponsor: David Janicke, Ph.D.

Requirements

Applicants should be motivated, dependable, and responsible students who are able to work well with others in medical settings and communicate effectively with patients, medical professionals, and graduate and undergraduate students. High attention to detail is a must. Students must be able to think critically, participate in lab discussions, work independently, and behave and dress professionally.

Course Credits

2-3 credits (6-9 hours per week) for a minimum of two semesters

Willing to Supervise Senior Thesis

Students may be able to conduct a senior thesis related to ongoing lab projects or an existing dataset. A 2+ semester commitment is required to be considered for a senior thesis.
 

Project Title

The MACS Study: Mindfulness and Attentional Control in Seniors

Project Description

The MACS study investigates relationships between mindfulness, attention, and emotion in adults aged 65 and older, with a focus on change in these areas during 8 weeks of mindfulness education and training. Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. The study is supported by a National Institute on Aging grant to Jacqueline Maye MS; Michael Marsiske (Associate Professor, Clinical and Health Psychology) is her mentor.

Research Assistant Duties

Research assistants will provide support to  weekly mindfulness group training sessions, and/or administer attentional and emotional assessments to older adult participants, and/or assist with data management (coding, scoring, entry, quality assurance).

Contact Info

To inquire about this research opportunity, please contact Jacqueline Maye, MS (jmaye@phhp.ufl.edu)

Requirements

Please email your interest to Jacqueline Maye. Followup screening questionnaire and in-person interview may be scheduled. If accepted, students will have to complete (a) UF HIPAA training (b) Confidentiality Statement (c) UF Volunteer Record of Service (d) registration form (if applicable); See http://vitalitymind.phhp.ufl.edu/for-students/ for details.  Students are expected to devote at least 4 hours/week (one morning or one afternoon) for each credit signed up for.

Course Credits

CLP 3911, 1-3 credits (counts the same as PSY 4911 for undergraduate major).

Willing to Supervise Senior Thesis

Senior theses are occasionally possible for qualified research assistants who have been engaged in the lab for at least a year and who have demonstrated excellent writing and conceptual skills. This will be discussed on an individual basis.
 

Project Title

White Matter and Cognition in Parkinson’s Disease

Project Description

Our laboratory investigates the role of white matter and gray matter regions on cognition in Parkinson’s disease. We examine brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans and hypothesized relationships to specific cognitive functions.

Research Assistant Duties

Research roles include: 1) Assisting with cleaning of specific MRI brain structures, 2) Assisting with cognitive test data entry and analysis, 3) Assisting with entry and analysis of blood markers for vascular disease and blood pressure.

Contact Info

Principal Investigator: Catherine Price, Ph.D. (cep23@phhp.ufl.edu)Graduate student: Jared Tanner (jjtanner@phhp.ufl.edu

Requirements

GPA of 3.2 or better, able to devote at least 4 hours a week as needed for appropriate course credit. Student must be willing to work for at least 2 semesters.

Course Credits

CLP 3911, 1-3 credits (counts the same as PSY 3912 for undergraduate major)

Willing to Supervise Senior Thesis

Discussed on an individual basis.