Allison Harvey, Professor

Closed (1) Community Implementation Study, Habit Formation Experiments (via Mechanical Turk), and 6-year follow-up of adolescent 'night owls' and an evaluation of a habit-based sleep health intervention

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

The Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic is currently working on three novel treatment and implementation studies this year.

a) A 6-year follow-up of adolescent 'night owls' and an evaluation of a habit-based sleep health intervention.

b) The Community Study focuses on implementing and sustaining a sleep treatment within community mental health clinics, to improve mental health outcomes for individuals with mental illness. The GBSMRC is partnering with nine counties throughout California, and our role as facilitators is to offer support-- from training clinicians to be 'sleep coaches' to providing materials to coordinating with clients-- every step of the way.

c) The Habit Formation Experiments study via Mechanical Turk is focused on better understanding habit formation. Habits impact nearly every domain of our physical and mental health. Evidence-based psychological treatments (EBPTs) are interventions targeting psychological processes that cause and/or maintain mental illness and that have been developed and evaluated scientifically. An implicit goal of EBPTs is to disrupt unwanted habits and develop desired habits. Yet, there has been insufficient attention given to habit formation principles, theory and measures in the development and delivery of EBTPs. The aim of this experiment is to compare strategies discussed in the scientific literature, which have been minimally studied, to dismantle unwanted habits.

Students will be assigned to various lab crews based on interest and demonstrated skills. There may be opportunities in the future to be involved in more advanced projects with direct clinical exposure. Some weeks will be lighter than others, but having the flexibility to work 10 hours a week is required.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Sondra Tiab, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Data Crew Must have excellent attention to detail.  Duties will include data entry of a variety of study information for all of our studies.  Data entry experience is preferred, but not required.  Working knowledge of Excel and Google Sheets, MS Access and R is preferred and would be helpful in fulfilling the role. With the growing emphasis on data analysis within the Psychology field, this is a great way to gain exposure and skills that will be valuable in advancing to graduate school and employment opportunities. Data science is the future!! Core Responsibilities Crew Must be organized, punctual, and responsible.  Students help project coordinators with critical aspects of the study processes including collecting sleep diaries (calling participants daily to collect sleep data over a week-long period), recruiting participants/flyering, preparing for sessions, contacting organizations for study recruitment, doing post-session tasks, scanning, making copies, and preparing therapy binders, as well as addressing with essential study needs as they arise. This position will allow the research intern to gain crucial knowledge of the inner processes essential to starting, running, and closing out large-scale clinical trials. Students will be assigned to various lab crews based on interest and demonstrated skills. There may be opportunities in the future to be involved in more advanced projects with direct clinical exposure.

Weekly Hours: 9-11 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: Remote

Related website: http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~ahsleep/