Undergrads: Research Opportunity (non-paid) Rehab 499 – The Efficacy and Mechanisms of Psychological Pain Treatment

The Jensen Lab at the UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine is seeking highly motivated and organized students interested in gaining undergraduate research experience on studies examining behavioral treatments for chronic pain. Chronic pain is a significant problem affecting millions of Americans. Individuals with chronic pain also experience a number of other problems, such as mood and sleep problems. Research has shown that psychological treatments can help people with chronic pain manage their pain and improve their quality of life. Our lab is currently conducting two research studies examining self-management treatments for chronic pain.

The Back on Track to Healthy Living Study examines three common psychological treatments for chronic pain, delivered via group videoconference: Cognitive Therapy (CT), Mindfulness Meditation (MM), and Activation Skills (AS). While research has shown these treatments are helpful for people with chronic pain, there is little research explaining why these treatments are helpful. The purpose of this study is to understand the specific ways these treatments work. Increasing our understanding of how these treatments work will help researchers and clinicians improve treatments for people with chronic pain in the future.

The ROSE Study examines self-hypnosis for managing chronic pain. Self-hypnosis training has already been found to be effective for managing chronic pain. Unfortunately, self-hypnosis training often takes place in person, which can make it difficult for some to attend. The purpose of this study is to see if a self-hypnosis training program on the internet can help decrease chronic pain. The researchers also want to see if this type of treatment can help with other areas of people’s lives, including mood and sleep.

Students will be involved in the day-to-day operations of one or both studies (depending on their interests), which include activities such as recruitment and screening of potential participants, conducting informed consent, scheduling and conducting, doing telephone assessments and data entry, monitoring participants, and participating in weekly lab meetings. There may also be the opportunity to collaborate on a research manuscript, should this be of interest to the student. This research opportunity is perfect for students in the fields of psychology, mental health, rehabilitation science, or other social sciences. It provides a unique opportunity to learn about behavioral treatments for chronic pain management and valuable experience working on clinical trials. We are a collaborative lab and work closely together as a team.

We have flexible scheduling available for students during the quarter. Individuals interested in this opportunity may contact Research Coordinator Joy Chan at joychan@uw.edu or 206-744-3626 for more information. To learn more about the Back on Track Study, please visit our study website at https://sites.uw.edu/botstudy/.