Students interested in social science, helping professions (e.g., psychology, counseling, social work), and/or public health can participate in federally-funded studies examining close relationships and substance use.
The CRASH Lab focuses on examining the reciprocal relations among close relationships (e.g., family, friends, romantic partners), stress, and substance use. Using a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods, studies in the lab build upon existing knowledge of interpersonal processes and social influences on health behavior, and work toward the development of new measures and ways of leveraging these close relationship influences to improve health (e.g., how to use spouses/partners to help their loved one reduce problematic alcohol use).
Student lab members will gain experience in the development and use of surveys, interviews, and focus groups; literature review; participant recruitment and interaction; quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques; and the scientific publication process. Student participants are encouraged to define and develop research questions that link aspects of CRASH Lab studies to their intended future research interests.
Students may earn undergraduate research credit through their participation in the lab either through the Department of Psychology or Department of Community Health and Health Behavior.
CRASH Lab student members are encouraged to identify research interests early in their lab experience and to develop a research question related to CRASH studies. As they gain experience in research practices, they have the opportunity to develop a culminating short paper or poster, appropriate for an undergraduate level research conference. Potential opportunities include, but are not limited to, CRIA Student Research in Addiction Sciences Open House, Eastern Psychological Association conference, and New York State Public Health Association.
|Length of commitment||Minimum commitment is 1 semester, but preference will be given to students who can commit to more than 1 semester working in the lab.|
|Level of collaboration||Indiviual and small group projects|
|Who is eligible||All undergraduate students with good communication skills, attention to detail and ability to work independently.|
If you are planning to use this project to satisfy program requirements for your academic major or minor, it is your responsibility to obtain approval from your academic department prior to beginning the project.
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