Childhood Adversity and Sleep in College Students

Supervising Faculty:
Karen Matthews, PhD
Karen Jakubowski
Area of Research: Health psychology
Description of Research: 
Directed research students are needed for a study focusing on how childhood experiences may impact sleep in adults. This hands-on experience will provide students with the opportunity to learn how to conduct psychophysiological stress tasks in a laboratory setting and how to collect data from daily self-report and behavioral (i.e., actigraphy) measures of sleep.  
If interested, please send your resume and a brief description of your interests to Karen Jakubowski ( to apply.
Duties of Students: 
• Preparation of study materials
• Assist with recruitment-related tasks
• Assist with data collection
• Assist with data entry, management, and/or analysis
• Attend lab meetings to discuss study progress and to learn about childhood adversity and sleep research more generally  
• Complete a project consistent with the guidelines of PSY 1903
• Other responsibilities consistent with background and training

  • Students must complete the following prerequisites before the start of PSY 1903:
  • Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and meet all other departmental requirements.
  • A 10-hour/week commitment is required for the fall semester; opportunities for continuing into the spring term will be discussed at a later date.
  • Must possess excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Highly responsible and dependable individual
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to work as part of a team

Terms offered: Fall 2017; possibly Spring 2018
Number of Students: 1-3