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Prevention Research Lab

Conducting Research with Schools and Communities in the U.S. and Around the World to Facilitate Positive Adjustment in Youth and Families

Information for Undergraduate Students

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Students working with Dr. Kliewer as part of a Prevention Research Internship (Psyc 494) engage in several activities in the lab. 

Students in the Prevention Research Internship course: 

  • Learn to work as a member of a team
  • Learn to value diversity of background and experience
  • Gain new skills in one or more of the following areas: coding transcripts, transcribing interviews, coding videotaped interactions, gathering data from electronic data bases such as the census, using SPSS to enter and analyze data
  • Learn to read and critically evaluate research articles
  • Learn to present research articles to a group
  • Learn about the process of research
  • Learn about the ethics of conducting research with humans, and the process of getting approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • Learn about the areas of violence, parent-child interaction, psychological adjustment, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, expressive writing and other content areas related to the projects
  • Learn what a VITA is and how to write one
  • Learn about professional associations and conferences, how to prepare a poster, and how to prepare a paper to deliver at a conference
  • Learn about graduate school, including different programs, the application process, and what it is like to be a graduate student

In addition to participating in project activities, students attend a weekly research team meeting. This team meeting has two purposes: to review problems and successes in the data analysis process and to familiarize students with relevant, scholarly material.

Specific activities in the lab include: 

  • Neighborhood coding
  • Interviewing
  • Data checking
  • Data entry
  • Data coding (parts of the youth and parent interviews from Project CARE are coded)
  • Transcribing the audiotaped Social Competence interviews conducted in English with the students and portions of the parent interviews in Project CARE (approximately 15-20% of the interviews will be conducted in isiZulu)
  • Involvement in literature searches

If you would like to enroll, please email Dr. Kliewer. After hearing from Dr. Kliewer, get an override from the Psychology Advising office in 806 W. Franklin. You can enroll for 2 credit hours (PSYC 494, 90 hour commitment) or for 3 credit hours (PSYC 494, 135 hour commitment). The team meets Mondays 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM, and the remaining hours are in the lab during the week.

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